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Applying for an F-1 Student Visa »

This instruction sheet outlines the necessary procedures to obtain your student visa and prepare for your arrival to the United States.


A jump into the start of your journey at Northeastern University!

The staff at OGS is so happy to help you prepare to arrive on Northeastern’s campus in September! OGS serves over 16,000 international students in the Northeastern community; we are committed to your success at NU.

As the summer progresses be certain to check your Husky email and read carefully any email sent by OGS as we send out important information to this address.  Below you can find videos of various topics that will help you to get started with your journey to Northeastern!

Topics include:

  • I-20 request process
  • Your suitcase: what to bring and what to buy here
  • Key contacts to know on campus
  • Student life and opportunities for involvement
  • U.S. classroom culture
  • Housing responsibilities
  • Health insurance requirements
  • Safety on campus

Make sure to check out the FAQ’s if you still have questions after watching the videos.

Video: Information for Graduate Students

Video: Information for Undergraduate Students

Video: Academic Culture in the U.S.

Video: Student Life at Northeastern

Video: Avoiding Scams

Video: Off-Campus Housing

Video: Regional Campus - Seattle

Video: Regional Campus - San Francisco Bay Area

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F-1 Visa Process

The F-1 visa application can be confusing, which is why the Office of Global Services (OGS) walks international students like you through it step-by-step.

Paying SEVIS Fee

The I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System fee (SEVIS) supports the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and the automated system that keeps track of students and exchange visitors—ensuring they maintain their status while in the U.S.

International Student Orientation

Your experience at Northeastern University will be nothing short of amazing. You will enhance the cultural diversity of our campuses and be a valued member of our growing and inclusive community. It all starts with orientation.

Applying for Your Initial I-20 (F-1)

All admitted students who will be studying with an F-1 visa need an I-20 form in order to move forward with the visa process.