Eligibility requirements

  • Submit the completed program extension request to the Office of Global Services (OGS) prior to the program end date on your most recent I-20 or DS-2019
  • Currently be maintaining a valid F-1 or J-1 status
  • Have a compelling academic or medical reason that is cause for the delay in completion of the program, below are the government approved reasons:
    • Change of major
    • Thesis/Dissertation Continuation
    •  Co-op/Internship
    • Medical – A Medical Leave must have been granted by the University Health & Counseling Services (UHCS)
  • Resolve any financial holds on your myNortheastern account before submitting the program extension request to OGS

How to request a program extension

If you are unable to complete your program of study before the program end date on your I-20 or DS-2019, you must apply to OGS for a program extension at least 30 days before the program end date on your I-20 or DS-2019. Please complete and submit the Program Extension Request.

Key Resources

Program Extension Request »

This request is for an international student that requires additional time for the completion of his/her program of study.