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International Students – Undergraduate

Steps for Applying

The Office of Admissions accepts and reviews all applications and supporting documents that you submit. After a decision on your admission has been reached, the Office of International Programs works with you to process your immigration documents.


  1. Apply for admission at our Admissions page or complete the downloadable application on our homepage.
  2. Pay the $30 application fee.
  3. Submit the following documents:
    A. Official high school transcripts.
            You must send an official copy of transcripts from all secondary institutions you attended.
            * Northeastern will accept you if you are in the top 50% of your graduating class, have an ACT 19 (composite score), or have an SAT 890 (combined score).
            Have official copies of your scores sent directly from ACT or SAT.
    B. An ECE or WES “course by course” evaluation of your transcripts
            An official report must be sent to the university directly from ECE or WES.
    C. TOEFL score (pbt 500, cbt 173, or ibt 61) or an IELTS (composite 6.0).
            An official report must be sent to the university directly from ETS or IELTS.
    D. Northeastern Financial Statement
            This form must be notarized.
    E. An official bank letter(s) from each sponsor.
            Amounts must be given in U.S. Dollars.
    F. Wait for your I-20 to schedule an appointment with the U.S. Consular Office. To check on the status of your I-20, contact the Office of International Programs.
    G. When you arrive in the United States, report to the Office of International Programs at Northeastern Illinois University as soon as possible.


Fall – June 1
Spring – October 1                         
Summer I – March 1
Summer II – April 1

Top 10 Undergraduate Majors for International Students

  1. General Business Administration
  2. Computer Science
  3. Accounting
  4. Biology
  5. Liberal Arts & Sciences
  6. Communications, Media, & Theater
  7. Finance
  8. Psychology
  9. Management
  10. Education


There are two ways to help fund your education

1. Apply for a scholarship

There are some funding opportunities available for international students. Please refer to our Scholarship webpage to see if you meet the eligibility requirements. Information on how to apply is provided.

Note: There may be scholarships available from other sources in your country or from the U.S. Embassy. Contact the Office of International Programs to learn if we have additional information available for you.

2. Apply for an on-campus job

International students are eligible to work on-campus only for up to 20 hours per week. The money earned can help to supplement personal expenses. Apply in person at the Student Employment Office.

Contact Us

Contact the Office of International Programs for any questions about the application process or to check on your admission status.

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