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 the Office of Global Services for a program extension at least 30 days before the program end date on your I-20 or DS-2019. Complete the Office of Global Services Program Extension Request and submit it to the Office of Global Services.

In order to be eligible for a program extension, a student must:

  • Submit the completed program extension request to the Office of Global Services 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 (Government approved reasons can be found at the Office of Global Services Program Extension Request)
  • Resolve any financial holds on your myNortheastern account before submitting the extension request to the Office of Global Services