Who can apply to be a remote learner?

International students who are unable to arrivin the U.S. for the Fall 2021 academic term due to travel or visa restrictions may request approval to be a remote learner by following the directions in the email that was sent to them 

I am an international student in the U.S. Can I apply to be a remote learner?

Northeastern University is offering inperson courses in Fall 2021. If you are in the U.S., you are expected to enroll in courses with on ground presence and meet all the requirements of your F/J student status 

What is the deadline to request remote learner status (REML)?

Students will need to apply for remote learner status (REML) by completing the Remote Learning Request form. Undergraduate student were required to  complete the form by July 23, 2021 to accommodate university housing deadlines, and graduate students should complete the form by August 15, 2021. 

*Please note that these forms are still available although the dates have past.*

What do I need to consider regarding the Program Start Date on my I-20?

You should consider arriving on-campus before the program start date but no earlier than 30 days prior to the program start date. 

What should I do if I am unable to arrive before the program start date on my I-20 for the fall 2021 term?

If you foresee visa or travel delays and cannot arrive by the program start date indicated on your Form I-20,  

  • Please review the late arrival deadlines provided at the OGS website and submit a request for a late arrival letter.   
  • Students will then receive an email with a link to complete a Travel Support Letter Request which explains to Customs & Border Protection (CBP) at the U.S. Port of Entry that your late arrival has been approved by your institution.  
  • Please ensure that you have communicated with your faculty and academic advisor(s) regarding your late arrival date.  

What should I do if I foresee not being able to arrive by the late arrival dates extended for Fall 2021 provided at the OGS website?

If you are unable to arrive to your campus-country by the late arrival deadlines:  

  • Undergraduate Students should consider engaging in classes remotely through Global ConnEXions for Fall 2021
  • Graduate Students should consider engaging in classes remotely through Hybrid NUflex for Fall 2021 
  • All students should plan to apply for remote learner status by completing the Remote Learning Request form 
  • Students who decide not to engage remotely may have the option to defer their admission to a future academic term.  
  • You must request a deferral of your admission from your college/program.  
  • Once approved, request OGS to defer the Program Start Date on your I-20 and reissue your I-20 for a future academic term.  

If I request approval to be a remote learner, and then I am able to arrive in the U.S. by the late arrival deadline, can I be a remote learner after my arrival?

Please note:  

  • Northeastern University is offering in-person courses in Fall 2021. If you are in the U.S., you are expected to enroll in courses with on ground presence and meet all the requirements of your F/J visa. F/J international students should not request remote learner (REML) status if they are present in the U.S.  
  • Remote learner status will only be granted to international students who are unable to arrive in the U.S. If you were approved to be a remote learner, but then you are able to travel to the U.S. for the Fall 2021 academic term, you will need to work with your academic advisor to reverse the approval for REML and meet the on-ground requirements of your F/J visa. F/J students are required to complete the Immigration Clearance process by the deadlines communicated in individual emails from OGS.  
  • Any student who is unable to arrive in the U.S. by the late arrival deadline will continue to be a remote learner outside of the U.S. and should work with OGS to amend the I-20 Program Start Date to the next available academic term. 
  • Students whose visa application is placed in administrative processing should communicate with their academic advisor and OGS for a possible solution.  

I am a continuing international student who returned home due to the pandemic. I may not be able to return to the U.S. in Fall 2021 because of travel or visa restrictions. Do I need to request approval to be a remote learner?

  • International students continuing to study from outside U.S. should continue to meet the requirements including full-time enrollment for their F/J status.  

I moved away from my campus during the pandemic. Do I have to move back now?

International students are expected to maintain the on-ground presence requirements of their F/J status. You have two options: 

  • You should either plan to move closer to the campus that has issued your I-20; 
  • Or you should consider if a campus change is possible for your specific academic program. Please click here for more information on campus transfer or location change. The E-form to submit this request to OGS is available here. 

Do I have to be a full-time student?

All international students on F/J status must meet all the requirements for maintenance of status including full-time enrollment