COVID-19 Update


The Office of Global Services (OGS) has prepared the following information regarding Northeastern University’s decision to move to online and remote learning in response to the global COVID-19 outbreak.

For current international students in the US, online study and remote practical training is considered an F1 accommodation that has been approved by the Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) on a temporary basis due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  This means:

  • You can study full-time online in the US and stay in good standing.
  • If you decide to return to your home country or leave the US (you need to submit a Travel Request for COVID-19 e-form), you can do so. We highly recommend you review current global public health advisories and keep track of any travel restrictions in place. Please also consider your ability to access online learning, travel limitations, and remember that this is an evolving situation that is subject to change.
  • You can engage in remote practical training or make other arrangements for successful completion with your employer’s approval.

OGS recognizes that this evolving health crisis is a stressful situation for our international student community. We will support and respect your decision on how best to complete your academic term—either staying in the U.S. or returning to your home country.

Helpful Resources:

If you are in need of immediate assistance, please call the NUPD non-emergency dispatch number at 617-373-2121. The NUPD 24/7 operator will connect you with an international support team member.  

Click here for FAQs for F-1 Students about COVID-19!

Click here for FAQs for J-1 Students about COVID-19!

Click here for FAQs about Social Security Numbers!

Welcome to the Office of Global Services

The Office of Global Services (OGS) is an active resource to 13,000 international students and scholars from 147 different nations across the world. We provide the professional expertise and support you need to maintain compliance through immigration, academic, and your employment experiences—helping you remain a valuable member of the Northeastern community.

Executive Order

Diversity is at the heart of the Northeastern community. And despite the Presidential Executive Order, the OGS will continue to work with various departments at Northeastern to create an inclusive environment.

For complete and updated information about the Presidential Executive Order, please visit the Northeastern Executive Order Site. You can also visit the Department of State Website to find our more about the specifics of the travel ban.

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