NU Canadian Campuses

Northeastern University is committed to sharing with our students the most up-to-date information possible regarding study permits and ongoing travel restrictions.   Please know that we will work diligently to provide comprehensive advice, process all requests, and advocate for the needs of our students.

Latest Update

The Government of Canada announced that starting January 15th, 2022, international students must be fully vaccinated to travel to Canada. As of April 25th, 2022, fully vaccinated travellers are not required to provide a quarantine plan.

Travel restrictions, testing and quarantine requirements may change without notice. Visit COVID-19: Travel, testing, and borders for updates.

For students who have been issued a visa, or an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), and are planning to travel as soon as possible, please note that IRCC CSBA has indicated students should not travel earlier than four weeks (28 days) prior to the program start date on their Proof of Acceptance Letter (POA).

For more information on Traveling to Canada during Covid, please click here.



Late Arrival & Deferral Policy for the Students Waiting for Study Permit Approvals

Online/Distance Learning option will NOT be offered in Fall 2022 based on the temporary COVID-19 policy IRCC published. All students are expected to arrive by the first day of class.


College  First day of the Fall 2022 
College of Professional Studies (CPS)​ Sept 19th, 2022​.
College of Engineering (COE)​ Sept 7th, 2022​.
Khoury College (Khoury)​ Sept 7th, 2022​.
College of Science (COS)​ Sept 7th, 2022​.
College of Arts, Media, and Design (CAMD)​ Sept 7th, 2022​.


We understand that some students may experience delays in their study permit processing or personal reasons. Each college has their own policies regarding late arrivals and deferrals, so please make sure you are reading the correct information below for your program.

College  Late Arrival Policy  If you still cannot join, please contact the admissions team to request deferral. Deadlines may vary. 
CPS​ September 25th ​ ​
COE​ September 20th​ [email protected] ​
Khoury​  September 20th   ​ [email protected]
COS​ No late arrivals​ [email protected]
CAMD​ September 20th​ Graduate Enrollment Manager: Cathy Bright​

[email protected]


If you do not have a study permit approval by the relevant deferral deadline, you are strongly advised to defer to a later intake.

Please note: The COVID situation in Canada is rapidly evolving, and the options presented to Northeastern University’s Canadian Campus students regarding arrival and study may be affected by future travel restrictions put in place by the Government of Canada. Students are advised to closely monitor the Office of Global Services – Canada page for up-to-date information on restrictions, guidance, and policy updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have submitted my study permit application before June 2022, and I am still waiting on my study permit approval.  When can I expect that approval?

The current processing time is approximately 12-13 weeks. IRCC is aiming to process all the study permit applications submitted before June 2022 prior to the beginning of the Fall 2022 term. If you submitted your application early June, you may receive a decision on your application before early September.

Q: If I am not able to receive a decision on my study permit application by the first day of class in September 2022 due to local pandemic lockdowns, and I have deferred once with my program, may I defer again?

A: Please keep in mind that the deferral policy may vary from college to college. Please contact the admissions team of your college (see contact information above) to discuss the possibility of special consideration.

Q: Do I need to do a Covid test prior to travelling?  

No, pre-entry testing is not required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air, or water. You must still use ArriveCAN within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada.

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children under the age of 12 are not required to provide a valid pre-entry test result, if they are accompanying a fully vaccinated adult.

Children who are less than 5 years old are not required to test, regardless of their vaccination status.

Q:  Do I need a quarantine plan if I am able to travel? 

Quarantine plans are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers. If you are tested positive after your arrival, please follow the federal and provincial instructions (British Columbia, Ontario) for isolations.

Q: Will classes be online or in-person for the academic term starting Fall 2022?

Northeastern University has returned to on-ground instructional delivery of courses since the 2021/2022 academic year and will no longer be accepting requests for Remote Learner Status.

Q: What is the refund policy for classes starting in Fall 2022?

All refunds are issued in accordance with the policies of your college. Please see this link for more information:

Q: I have received a study permit approval and travel visa. When shall I travel to Canada?

IRCC and CSBA has indicated students should not travel earlier than four weeks (28 days) prior to the program start date on their Proof of Acceptance Letter (POA).

Q: I am a returning student. When shall I travel back to Canada after spending my summer vacation in my home country?

You may enter any time before your next term starts if you meet the traveling requirements.

Q: If I started studying online in a previous term, will my PGWP (Post Graduation Work Permit) eligibility be affected?

IRCC has authorized online studies to count towards the duration of the PGWP for studies completed between March 2020 to August 31, 2022. As such, if you study online while registered at a Canadian campus during this period, and you submitted a study permit application prior to starting your program, and you received a study permit approval before the end of your program, you will be able to use this period of studies to qualify for your PGWP and it will be included in the calculation of the duration of the PGWP.

Q:  What do I need to bring with me when I travel to Canada? 

Please see this page for a list of documents that you need to bring with you to Canada.

Please see this link for more items you may need to bring as suggested by IRCC:

Q: Do I have the option to prepay the first year tuition fees to support my Study Permit/Visa application if I am NOT from a SDS country?

A: No. Currently we only issue the 1st year tuition fee invoices to the students who are eligible to apply for their initial Study Permit under the Student Direct Stream. If you receive a specific request from IRCC asking for proof of payment of tuition after submitting your application, please email [email protected] for further instructions.

Q: Can my family travel with me? 

If your accompanying family member has the required travel documents to enter Canada, they may be able to travel with you. Please see this link for more information:


COMMUNICATE your plans to OGS (Office of Global Services) and to your college- see contact info below

MONITOR the Visa Application Centres (VACs) in your country for updates and information

VISIT the IRCC website often for travel and permit processing updates

MAKE A PLAN! Consider all your options and alternatives, and plan based on your situation.

We encourage you to check your emails for future announcements and the links below for news and updates.

Visa Application Centres for your country

IRCC for permit, travel, and processing updates

Information on quarantine requirements

Northeastern University COVID-19 information

Contact Information:

If your questions on traveling, study permit/TRV/e-TA applications, are not answered in the above, or online with our FAQ, you may email [email protected] Please note that this email is experiencing an extremely high volume of emails, so please be patient. Make sure you include your full name and student ID in the message, and please do not send it to multiple recipients, as this will slow down our ability to respond to your request.

For questions related to your course registration, or to communicate your study plans, please contact your Academic Advisors as follows:

College of Computer Science Khoury: [email protected]

College of Engineering (COE): coe-[email protected]

College of Professional Studies (CPS): [email protected]

College of Science (COS): [email protected]

College of Arts, Media, and Design (CAMD) [email protected]