Achieve Your Educational Goals

Northeastern Illinois University is a fully-accredited* state university that attracts students from around the world. Northeastern is located in Chicago, America’s third largest city. Despite the urban surroundings, our 67-acre Main Campus is a welcoming oasis to nearly 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students who attend and study in one of our more than 80 bachelor's and master's programs in one of three colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business and Management, or Education. Our university is consistently ranked as the most ethnically diverse in the Midwest, as well as one of the best investments in the United States (# 6 in 2012).

* The University has regional accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission

Students applying for the Program must apply on their own. Please do not have family or friends apply on behalf of you, as this creates issues with admission supplemental forms and I-20. 


  • Fall Semester: June 15
  • Spring Semester: October 1
  • Full and First Half Summer Semester: March 1
  • Second Half Summer Semester: April 1

Three Ways to Begin Your Education in the United States

1. Undergraduate study / bachelor's degree;
2. Graduate study / master's degree;
3. English as a second language / conditional admission

1. Undergraduate Study / Bachelor's Degree

Are you coming to start -- or finish -- your bachelor's degree? Find out more on how to apply in the Apply as an Undergraduate

2. Graduate Study / Master's Degree

Are you advancing your education with a master's degree? You can find more information in Apply for a Master's.


Do you need to improve your English? Then you need to apply to SAELL, Northeastern's intensive English program. You can request "language only" or "Graduate conditional admission" (Note: For "conditional admission," please indicate whether you want to enter a graduate program after you meet your language proficiency requirement.) To find out more about the program and how to apply, check out the Intensive English Program (SAELL) page.

Exchange Students

Students who are attending school at our partner universities can attend Northeastern through the Exchange Programs. You are eligible to spend one semester (one academic year) at Northeastern. Visit International Partner Universities for a listing of schools we currently have a partnership with. To obtain more information you should seek out the international department at your university and the nomination process.