Summer Enrollment at Northeastern

During required academic terms, F-1 and J-1 students are required to maintain full-time enrollment. At Northeastern, the summer term is considered a vacation term for most students. However, it is considered a required term for some students. It is important to understand how to maintain your status if you enroll in courses during the summer. Please read the following information carefully to make sure you understand your summer enrollment requirements.

Summer enrollment in your first term 

If the summer term is your first term of enrollment at Northeastern, you must maintain your F-1 or J-1 status according to the “Guidelines on Maintaining Status” provided by OGS.

Summer Enrollment in your final term 

If the summer is your final term of enrollment at Northeastern and you are not completing your program overseas, you must maintain on-ground presence. You can maintain your F-1 or J-1 status according to the “Final Term” guidelines provided by OGS.  

Summer enrollment during a term that is required by your academic program 

If the summer term is required by your academic program, you must maintain your F-1 or J-1 status according to the “Guidelines on Maintaining Status” provided by OGS. 

Summer enrollment during a term that is not required by your academic program 

If the summer term is a vacation term and it is not your final term of enrollment, you may enroll in both in-person and online courses.  

Summer enrollment and F-1/J-1 status 

Some benefits require you to have been enrolled full-time in F-1 or J-1 status for a certain number of semesters in order to be eligible. You may count the summer term towards this requirement if you are enrolled full-time; part-time summer enrollment may not be counted towards eligibility for these benefits. 

Summer Travel

If you plan to travel during the summer term, please review all the travel guidance provided by OGS.

Key Resources

Travel Signature Request »

This is to request a travel endorsement on your I-20 or DS-2019.