Final term enrollment

Some students do not have a full course load left to take in their final academic term because they have already taken most requirements.   Students in this situation are allowed to enroll in less than a full course-load during their final term, but the following criteria must be met:

  • F-1 students may not be registered for only online courses during their final term, unless they are finishing their program overseas. If you intend to do so, please click here.
  • Enroll in the remaining courses needed to complete the academic program
  • Students must ensure that they are enrolled in on-ground courses throughout the entire term. For instance, F-1 students cannot enroll in courses that only occur in the first session of the term and have no course enrollment in second session of the term.

Please note that all students in their final term must notify OGS by submitting the Intent to Complete Program form within 30 days after the start of their final term!

Key Resources

Finish Degree Online from Overseas »

This form is for students who wish to leave the U.S. and complete their program abroad.

Intent to Complete Program »

Students that are in their final academic term must submit this form to notify OGS.

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Guidelines on Maintaining Status

While it is your responsibility to maintain your status, the Office of Global Services is here to help guide you through the complexities of the US government regulations and procedures.

Transferring Out

Occasionally, F-1 students will decide to transfer out of Northeastern University. When this occurs, the Office of Global Services (OGS) staff will support your decision and help you experience a seamless transition.

Applying for Post-Completion OPT (F-1)

F-1 students may apply to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization, which helps them apply their classroom learning to the real-world.