Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts
United States of America

Language of instruction


Northeastern University is a private university located in the heart of Boston. It is a leader in interdisciplinary research, built on a tradition of engagement with the real world. Not only do students have the opportunity to study at a leading university in professional development, but they also get to experience a city laden with U.S. history and incomparable spirit and pride.

One of the USA’s greatest walking cities, having Boston in your backyard opens you up to a cultural hub, with so much to see and do.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester January–April
Semester 2 Fall Semester August–December

View Northeastern University's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Northeastern University has online resources to help prepare you for your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

16 credits at Northeastern University is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at Northeastern University.

Find courses

View the Northeastern University course catelogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Biological sciences
Chemistry and biochemistry
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer engineering
Electrical engineering
Environmental engineering
Environmental studies
History and ancient history
Information technology
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Political science
Software engineering

Course restrictions

You will require a flexible program, preferably with available electives, to study exchange at Northeastern University.

Students are limited to a maximum of 2 subjects within the School of business. If you plan to take only business coursework while on exchange, Northeastern is not a suitable option.

Economics sits outsire the School of Business.

There are a number of course restrictions to exchange students outlined in Northeastern University's course information and selection.

• Journalism is not available
• Architecture is not available
• Postgraduate Studies is not available
• Law is not available
• International Business (BSIB) Core Courses are not available
• Cooperative Education courses and experiences are not available
• Courses from The College of Professional Studies (CPS) are not available
• Courses for English as a Second Language (ESL) are not available
• Courses starting with CAEP are not available.

Additional academic information

Course numbering at Northeastern University:

  • 0001-0999: Non-credit courses
  • 1000-1999: Undergraduate first year courses
  • 2000-2999: Undergraduate second and third year courses
  • 3000-3999: Undergraduate third year courses
  • 4000-4999: Undergraduate fourth year courses
  • 5000-9999: Postraduate & Doctoral level courses

Northeastern University has online resources to help you understand their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


On-campus housing is not guaranteed for exchange students, due to limited availability. The housing options vary each semester depending on availability. There are, however, numerous housing options, both on- and off-campus, available to international students. Information regarding on-campus accommodation options can be found on Northeastern University's housing and residential life webpage

Cost of living

Northeastern University's cost calculator provides an estimate of the basic costs associated with studying at NU and living in Boston. The university provides insight into the lifestyle and costs associated with living in Boston, such as transport, housing and food spots.

Additional Mandatory Fees

NEU does not have any additional mandatory fees for exchange students.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All exchange students studying at NEU are required to maintain adequate health coverage throughout the duration of their exchange. NEU has health cover available, however students will not be automatically enrolled in Northeastern University's Student Health Plan (NUSHP).

Exchange students may be eligible to waive the Health Insurance Plan if they have additional cover that meets NEU's minimum waiver requirements. UQ’s Corporate Travel Insurance has previously met the minimum waiver requirements for NEU Student Health Insurance. However, waiver eligibility is assessed by the host university and is not guaranteed as requirements are subject to change.

Before purchasing an additional policy, students should confirm that the policy meets NEU’s minimum waiver requirements.

A waiver is not automatic. Do not assume that a waiver will be approved or that you will receive a waiver based on the experience of a friend from UQ who studied at the same institution on exchange.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Northeastern University has visa and travel information for international students.

Contact the US Embassy and Consulates for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

You must register your travel plans on the International SOS so that you can be contacted and supported in an emergency.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.