The Greater Boston Metro Area is home to nearly 5 million people, with over 600,000 living in the city of Boston. Home to Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox, JP Licks, Mike’s Pastries, Faneuil Hall and more, the region’s advancement lies in the research and development emerging from the area’s institutions of higher education, health care, finance, government, business, and human services. We hope you find this initial information helpful as you prepare to begin classes. If you have any further questions after reading this information, please feel free to contact our office.


Taxi services are readily available at Ground Transportation as soon as you exit the baggage claim area. There are also a variety of ride-sharing options that can help you get from Boston Logan Airport to Northeastern University, including Uber and Lyft. The On-Airport Shuttle and the MBTA are other options you may explore. Please note that we do not endorse these companies, we are just listing them as options for your convenience.

Northeastern University participates in the MBTA semester pass program offered for the Fall and Spring semesters.  Passes can be purchased during specific times of the year through the student myNortheastern portal. The purchase time for the Fall Semester runs through early August. Click here for information regarding the MBTA Semester Pass.


August 25 – 27, 2019

In addition to the mandatory Husky 101 Student Orientation the Office of Global Services invites international freshman students to participate in an Early-Arrival Experience (EAE).

This program is designed to offer additional support and resources as you settle into life at Northeastern and explore the city of Boston. We will guide you through our transportation system, point out shopping destinations and attractions, and offer tech support for your electronic devices (cell phone calling plan, wifi credentials, etc.). You will have a chance to meet fellow international students and begin building your Northeastern network by attending the following activities:

  • Master Class lectures geared for international students
  • Boston harbor cruise
  • Red Sox game
  • Movie night and ice cream social
  • Game night

The EAE is an optional program for those who would like a head start before the mandatory Student Orientation.

Space is limited. Visit your App Status Check to register and pay the $1,000 program fee.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at ogs_ssp@northeastern.edu


Below are the orientation sessions for incoming international graduate students who will be completing Master’s programs. The PhD Network will host their own orientation session for international students. Please note that you only need to attend one OGS session as all sessions will contain the same information. Please arrive on time as latecomers will not be allowed to enter. Attendance for the entire session is required. Registration will open in early August. Registration below by clicking on the date and time that works best for your schedule.


Friday, August 30th – Blackman Auditorium

08:45AM – 11:15AM

12:30PM – 03:00PM


Tuesday, September 10th – Blackman Auditorium

09:45AM – 12:15PM

01:45PM – 04:15PM


Thursday, September 12th – Curry Ballroom

09:45AM – 12:15PM

01:45PM – 04:15PM


Friday, September 13th – Curry Ballroom

08:45AM – 11:15AM

12:30PM – 03:00PM



You will receive an email from CPS directly with orientation information.

The Office of Global Services will hold an international compliance session at the CPS orientation. Attendance at this session is mandatory.

Undergraduate CPS students:

Register using this link

Graduate CPS students:

Register using this link


Freshman Student -> First Year Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate international students are required to attend the Student Orientation session immediately preceding the start of the academic semester in late August. This will be the only date posted in their portal.

The Office of Global Services (OGS) will host a specialized presentation that will be incorporated into the Student Orientation program; separate registration is not required. Following Student Orientation, OGS will continue with acculturation programming, such as regional excursions and intercultural/diversity education seminars. Students who are U.S. citizens, but reside abroad, are more than welcome to join OGS sessions/activities.


How to register for orientation

Dates and registration will be made available to all enrolled undergraduate students in their myNortheastern Student Portal beginning mid-April. Within 24-48 hours from when you enroll, your college-specific dates will populate under the Services & Links tab. Family members can be registered via their student’s portal or by phone at 800.696.6516.


Parents and Families of Undergraduates

The Office of Global Services will host two sessions for international parents to provide information on your student’s F-1 visas. These sessions are designed to give parents and families the information they need to help guide their student through maintaining their time here at Northeastern.

The OGS will host two sessions for the parents and families of international students. An OGS advisor will present the F-1 compliance information for the first hour and then will open up the session to respond to your questions. The sessions will provide the same information. Please attend the session which best fits your schedule.

Date: Thursday, August 29th
Time: 9:00am-11:00am
Location: Richards Hall, Room 458

Date: Thursday, August 29th
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Richards Hall, Room 458

Additional information

More information about undergraduate orientation can be found on the Student Orientation and Parent/Family Programs website.



The Office of Global Services will hold an international session at the orientation for new PhD students.

PhD Orientation:
Date: Tuesday September 3, 2019
Time: 8:00am-5:30pm (Registration & breakfast begins at 7:30am)
OGS session: 8:00am-9:00am
Location: Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, 805 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02120.

For more information and the complete schedule, please visit this website.

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Welcome to Northeastern University and to the Office of Global Service! We thrive to provide you with all the resources that are available to you while you are at Northeastern and help you to be successful in your academic program!

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