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.
Late Arrival and Deferral Policy for Students Waiting for a Study Permit Approval
If you have been approved a study permit and a TRV/eTA, you are expected to arrive by the first day of class.
We understand that some students may experience delays in their study permit processing. Each college has its own policies regarding late arrivals and deferrals, so please make sure you are aware of the correct information below for your program.
If you do not have a study permit approved by the relevant deferral deadline, or if you are not confident that you will be able to arrive on campus for classes by the Late Arrival Date, you are advised to defer before the deferral deadlines.
Program Start Date: The date that your program begins, generally you should be in Canada by this day.
Late Arrival Date: Some colleges may allow late arrivals. This is the latest and last day that you can arrive in Canada and begin your studies. The Late Arrival Date is the latest day that you are allowed to arrive in Canada.
Deferral Deadline: If you are not able to arrive in Canada by the Program Start Date or the Late Arrival Date, then you can defer your studies to the next available intake for your program. You must request a deferral before the Deferral Deadline date.
Deferral Contact: If you decide to defer your studies, this is who you will need to contact to request it.
No Late Arrivals: You must arrive in Canada to start your program by the Program Start Date, there are no exceptions.
Program Start Date
|Late Arrival Date||
|College of Science||January 8, 2024||No late arrivals||January 8, 2024||Deferrals should be requested through your Slate Application Status Page, and students can contact [email protected] with any questions.|
|Khoury||January 8, 2024||January 22, 2024||January 29, 2024||[email protected]|
|College of Professional Studies||January 8, 2024||No late arrivals||January 22, 2024||Applicant Inquiry Form (site.com)|
|College of Engineering||January 8, 2024||January 22, 2024||January 29, 2024||[email protected]|
|College of Arts and Media and Design||No Winter/Spring Intake||No Winter/Spring Intake||No Winter/Spring Intake|
Note: 1/22 is the last day to add classes and 1/29 is the last day for students to drop classes without a W. Students would want to make sure they defer their admissions before the drop deadline. Deferrals can only be processed if classes are dropped, and no class is registered.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I submitted my study permit application and I am still waiting for my study permit approval. When can I expect that approval?
Please see here for the processing time posted by IRCC.
Q: Do I need to do a Covid test prior to traveling?
All travellers, regardless of citizenship, are no longer required to:
- submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website;
- provide proof of vaccination;
- undergo pre- or on-arrival testing;
- carry out COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation;
- monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arriving to Canada.
For detailed information, please see https://international.northeastern.edu/ogs/student-support/global-campuses/canada/traveling-to-canada/
Q: I am a returning student. When shall I travel back to Canada after spending my scheduled break overseas?
You may enter any time before your next term starts if you meet the travel requirements. If you cannot arrive back for the start of classes, please contact your Academic Advisor. If you are going to miss more than one or two classes, you may need to take a leave from your program as these are graduate programs and require attendance in all classes.
Q: Can I start my program online while I’m waiting for the study permit to be approved?
No, you cannot start your program online while you await your study permit. Students are expected to be physically on campus by the Late Arrival Date, if late arrival is allowed by their college. If a Late Arrival Date is not specified by your college, you should be on campus by the Program Start Date.
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 an SDS country?
Only SDS eligible students can be issued a first year tuition fee invoice. If you are not SDS eligible and 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.
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 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): [email protected]
College of Professional Studies (CPS): [email protected]
College of Science (COS): [email protected]
College of Arts, Media, and Design (CAMD) [email protected]