Finances

Everything you need to know about program costs, billing, scholarships and financial aid for your global experience.

Study abroad program costs are listed by program. Northeastern covers all academic costs for most study abroad programs. Housing and all other non-academic costs are typically the responsibility of the student and will be paid directly to the relevant vendor, host institution, or program provider.

A complete breakdown of estimated costs can be found on the individual program pages. The cost of most of our global experience programs are Northeastern tuition for that semester, plus an International Security and Emergency Support Fee. You can find specific costs on any program’s specific program page.

There is no additional cost outside Northeastern tuition for taking virtual study abroad courses.

For questions regarding program costs, please contact your Global Experience Advisor. For additional questions regarding housing and other non-academic costs, please contact the appropriate host institution, provider or vendor directly.

You must have a zero balance on your Northeastern student account at the time of departure. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester, your study abroad registration will be purged and you will not be allowed to go abroad.

You can find specific billing information on the Student Financial Services site.

When looking at a global experience opportunity, be sure to budget according to your specific program or region. Your budget for your program will vary based on things like:

  • Geography and location
  • Flights and transportation
  • Time of year and length of stay
  • Program type and activities included
  • Course or program of study

You can use the GEO Budget Planning Worksheet to help plan your budget.

You are eligible to maintain your financial aid while you study abroad as you retain your full-time student status. If studying abroad changes your number of classes and/or co-op semesters in an academic year, then your financial aid may be reduced or withheld. To maintain full-time status, the following conditions must be met:

To receive full financial aid for the year, you must:

  • attend one full-time academic semester (16 SH) and one co-op semester, OR
  • attend 2 full-time academic semesters (32 SH)

You must consult with your financial aid advisor before departing Boston. Please keep the following in mind:

  • One study abroad term is equal to one NU semester.
  • You will not be eligible for work-study while abroad.
  • Double check the deadline for submitting your financial aid applications for the following academic year. It might occur while you are abroad.
  • If your parent/guardian is an employee at Northeastern, the Northeastern tuition waiver policy provides a partial tuition waiver for a semester abroad. Your parent/guardian should consult with Human Resources for the exact tuition waiver amount.

Each year, the Global Experience Office offers scholarship opportunities to eligible students participating in global experience programs. These funding opportunities are awarded based on academic performance, financial need, or both.

Students can apply to any funding opportunity that they are eligible for. For more information, please visit our Scholarships & Funding page.

Every global experience program has financial nuances specific to that program. Find more information about your program below:

Dialogue of Civilizations program costs:  Northeastern tuition + DOC Fee

  • These typically cover academic costs, accommodations for the program duration, international security and emergency support, as well as some local transportation, excursions, and group meals.
  • Not ALL programs include group flights. Students are responsible for ensuring they understand whether or not a group flight is included in their program.

Once admitted to a program, a non-refundable $500 deposit is required to secure your place. This deposit will go towards your tuition. If you have financial aid that covers most or all of the cost of the program, you may apply to have this deposit waived. Please contact the Global Experience Advisor for your program if you would like more information on this option. If you have not paid the deposit or requested a waiver by the deadline, you will lose your place in the program.

A complete breakdown of estimated costs for specific programs can be found on the individual program pages.

Northeastern covers the cost of: 

  • Confirmation payment (unless required for lodging)
  • Academic costs
  • Excursions/field trips if directly related to the program
  • Accommodations
  • Airport transfer in host country
  • Travel Support Network

You are responsible for the cost of: 

  • Course supplies and books
  • Meals
  • Local transportation
  • Visas
  • Entry/exit fees
  • Residency fees
  • Insurance
  • Optional tours and/or volunteer activities
  • Extra fees
  • Utilities/internet
  • Events/excursions that are not directly related to a course or orientation

Global Engagement Program Cost: Northeastern tuition + Program fee

Students in The Global Engagement Program typically benefit from lower overall cost as compared to studying abroad independently, outside of the program.

Scholarship

You will be awarded $5,000.00 per semester spent studying away from Boston (with a lifetime maximum of $20,000) —either at one of Northeastern’s regional campuses or through a traditional study abroad program.

Program Costs

The cost associated with the first year of your program (2021-2022) will be announced in the coming weeks. We expect this year’s cost to be comparable to the 2020-2021 cost of $13,000.00. This is paid in addition to your Northeastern tuition. Additionally, you may combine other scholarships, grants, or funding opportunities available to you.

Four Year Finance Breakdown

Year 1: London

  • You will receive a total of $10,000.00 in GEP Scholarship funding, for the two semesters you are in London.
  • You will owe around $1,500 (pending final cost announcement) per semester; this amount is inclusive of housing, co-curricular activities, and travel via public transport in London. This amount is not inclusive of cost of tuition.

Year 2: Second Semester in San Francisco

  • You will receive a total of $5,000.00 in GEP scholarship funding for the one semester you are in San Francisco.
  • You will owe around $1,500 for this semester. This amount is not inclusive of the cost of tuition or housing. Housing costs will vary, as you will work with the Global Experience Office and Off Campus housing to find independent accommodations.

Year 3: Study Abroad

  • You will receive a total of $5,000.00 in GEP scholarship funding for the one semester of Study Abroad.
  • What you owe will vary, depending on where you study, as is the case for any Northeastern student studying abroad.

Year 4: Boston

  • There are no global programming costs associated with year 4 of the program as you will not be abroad.

Contact Us

For more information on the GEP Scholarship, please email Global Experience Advisor Jeff Sullivan at [email protected]

For more information on your individual financial aid package, please contact Student Financial Services.

Global Quest program costs: Regular Northeastern tuition + $7,500 program fee.

These costs cover academics, accommodations for the program duration, international security and emergency support. For questions regarding program costs, please contact your Global Experience Advisor.

You will need to pay a $500 deposit upon registration submission. This deposit will go towards your tuition. A complete breakdown of estimated costs can be found on the individual program cards.

Students participating in Global Quest will also receive a $3000-$5000 scholarship, depending on location.

Billing

You will be billed Northeastern tuition for 12-18 credits in addition to the program fee. Your student account will be charged before your departure in the spring.

What does your Northeastern tuition and program fee cover?

  • Confirmation payment (unless required for lodging)
  • Academic costs
  • Accommodations
  • GardaWorld fees
  • Orientation
  • Some activities and excursions

What are students responsible for?

  • Meals
  • R/T airfare
  • Local transportation
  • Visas
  • Entry/exit fees
  • Residency fees
  • Insurance
  • Optional tours and/or volunteer activities
  • Extra fees
  • Course supplies/books
  • Utilities/internet
  • Events/excursions that are not directly related to a course or orientation.

Semester in: Northeastern tuition + Program fee  (+ International Security and Emergency Support fee for International options)

Study abroad costs are: Northeastern tuition + International Security and Emergency Support fee (visit the program page to determine whether there are any specific program fees/costs associated with the program)

Students will be billed the Northeastern tuition cost of their term abroad plus a $100 International Security and Emergency Support fee.

Term costs:

  • Fall and spring semesters: Students billed Northeastern tuition for 12-16 credits
  • Summer terms: Students billed Northeastern tuition for 6-8 credits

Non-academic costs are the student’s responsibility. In rare instances, the host institution or provider will bill Northeastern University for these costs. In those cases, GEO will pay the bill on the student’s behalf and then charge the student account.

What does Northeastern cover?

  • Confirmation payment (unless required for lodging)
  • Program fee- academic costs only
  • Orientation (not including lodging)
  • Excursions/field trips if directly related to a course
  • Course fees if courses are being transferred back to NEU
  • Lab fees

What do students cover?

  • Application fees/Non-refundable program deposits
  • Lodging
  • Lodging and/or security deposits or bonds
  • Meals
  • Local transportation
  • Visas
  • Entry/exit fees
  • Residency fees
  • Insurance
  • Activity/Student Union fees
  • Airport transfer/airport reception fee (unless included as a part of orientation)
  • Non-credit bearing courses (i.e., intensive language months prior to semester start)
  • Optional tours and/or volunteer activities
  • Extra fees
  • Course supplies/books
  • Utilities/internet
  • Cell phone
  • Events/excursions that are not directly related to a course or orientation
  • Travel Support Network fees (paid by NEU, but will be charged back to student)

Virtual Study Abroad Finances

You are charged Northeastern tuition for the semester, but there are no additional costs for virtual study abroad courses.