Applying to Global Pathways

Step One: Submit an application

The application to apply for Fall 2024 is now available. To apply, please visit . Please note that as we continually look for ways to improve and enhance the student experience, Northeastern University has recently moved to Slate, an admissions application platform designed to provide each student with a unique and personalized admissions experience.  Thank you for your interest in Northeastern University!

Step Two: Upload your documents

Please have a copy of the following documents ready to successfully complete your application:

Proof of English Language Proficiency
TOEFL®, IELTS, Pearson PTE, Duolingo, or other university-approved equivalent language tests.

  • If you are submitting a TOEFL score, you must also send the official score report to Northeastern University through your TOEFL iBT account (code 4999) before your application can be reviewed.
  • If you are submitting an IELTS score, results are delivered to our Electronic Download account by the IELTS test center. An institution code for IELTS is NOT required. Please contact the test center where you took the IELTS test directly, and request that your test scores be sent to the account name: Northeastern University College of Professional Studies.

Unofficial College Transcripts
To submit and complete your application, you must upload a PDF file of your unofficial transcript directly to your online application. Unofficial transcripts must be in English.

Please ensure that the scanned documents are readable and include all courses, grades (i.e., marks, scores, etc.), and credits completed to date. The scanned documents should also include information about the institution’s grading scale. If admitted, you will need to provide your official transcript. For a transcript to be “official,” it must be in a sealed envelope from the transferring college or university.

Other Documents

  • Statement of purpose – 500 words minimum
  • Letters of recommendation (2 or 3 for graduate programs)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)/résumé

When should I apply to Global Pathways at Northeastern?

Since each program is different, you are advised to apply as early as possible, and at least 3 months in advance of your preferred start date. This will allow enough time for your visa to be processed, and for you to secure accommodation.

Check the fees and dates page for application and start dates.

After you’ve been admitted

1. Send us your official academic transcripts to the below address:

Mail to (first choice)

Northeastern University College of Professional Studies
Application Processing Center
P.O. Box 8150
Portsmouth, NH 03802 USA

Northeastern University – College of Professional Studies
Graduate Application Documents
101 Belvidere St, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02115 USA

It is important to include “College of Professional Studies” in the address when sending mail or requesting transcripts from previous institutions.

Email Supporting Documents from your Previous Institutions to:

[email protected]


Foreign Transcripts must include original English translation and be mailed from institution in a stamped and sealed envelope or e-mailed through E-Script, National Student Clearinghouse, Docufide, or another secure electronic transcript transmission service. If transcripts are not issued from the university in the English language, an official or notarized translation must be sent directly from a certified translation agency, along with the original transcript. Foreign transcripts must show degree completion equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in the United States. We encourage you to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your diploma(s) and transcript(s).

2. Once you have accepted your offer, you will be advised on how to pay your deposit (the first installment toward your tuition fee).

3. Finally, once you have received your I-20 form, you will be eligible to apply for your student visa. You can interview for your visa as early as 120 days before the start date listed on your I-20.

Need help?

We are ready to help guide you through the application process. Our representatives are located in many key countries around the world and can speak many languages including English, Arabic, Cantonese, French, Hindi, Mandarin, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, and Thai.

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