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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. Admissions will notify you of the admission decision. Once admitted, you will be required to submit financials to the Office of International Programs to process your I-20 for you to apply for the F-1 Visa.


  • Apply for admission: Start your application online.
  • Pay the $30 application fee.
  • Submit the following required documents:
    • Official high school transcript
      • You must send an official copy of transcripts from all secondary institutions you attended.
      • If you attended school outside of the U.S., the official transcripts must be evaluated through ECE or WES “course by course”.
      • An official report must be sent to the University directly from ECE or WES.
    • ACT 19 (composite score), or have an SAT 890 (combined score).
      • * Northeastern will accept you if you are in the top 50 percent of your graduating class


  • If you have attended college, submit official transcripts from your college or university.
    • If you attended school outside of the U.S., the official transcripts must be evaluated through ECE or WES “course by course”.

      • An official report must be sent to the University directly from ECE or WES.
  • 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.
      • *if you studied more than 24 credit hours in a U.S. Institution the TOEFL/IELTS is not needed.

*We encouraged students to submit their financial documents for I-20 processing to the Office of International Programs (OIP). This will not impact your admission review but will help with the I-20 application process.


Required documentation is needed to be able to review and process the information for the I-20.

Copy of your passport

If you are in the U.S. with a current I-20

  • Copy of I-20
  • Copy of visa
  • Copy of I-94

Northeastern Financial Statement

  • This form must be notarized.
  • If you have more than one sponsor you will need to provide a second Financial Statement.

An official bank letter(s) from each sponsor.

  • ANY COMBINATION of funds is acceptable, as long as you can demonstrate the coverage for 12 months.
    • This financial statement and attached supporting document(s) cannot be dated more than six months prior to the date of receipt in the OIP. You can provide the originals but we can also accept scanned original copies in PDF. Please make copies of all application documents, including your financial documents, for yourself. Students must submit original financial statement and bank letter upon arrival to the U.S. They will become property of the University and will not be returned. Copies will not be provided to you by the OIP.

Bank letter/statement/ loan guidelines

Sponsor can be: self, family, friend.

  • Personal funds
  • Personal loan
  • Must be dated within six months of application submission
  • Name of account holder must be present
  • Official letter must be in English or be certified by an English translator
  • Type of accounts ONLY: savings, checking, certificate of deposit, money market accounts
  • Must show currency and its USD equivalency
  • Must be issued by bank with official bank seal
  • Official bank letter with bank seal; if no seal letter must be notarized
  • Recent bank statements must be dated within the last six months

Sponsors from family/friends in the U.S.:

  • Copy of Affidavit of Support – I-134 is required 
  • Copy of official bank letter with official bank seal
  • Must be dated within the last six months

Governmental agency/scholarship sponsor:

  • Original letter from governmental agency or scholarship sponsor
  • Must be dated within the last six months
  • Must indicate award recipient
  • Must indicate period of time covered by the award
  • Must indicate institution: Northeastern Illinois University
  • Must indicate total amount of support given to during the time period
  • Must indicate if the amount will be awarded to student or to the institution


  • Once completed, you will receive an email from OIP that your I-20 and admission letters are ready. OIP will send your admission letter and I-20 through regular mail. If you want your I-20 to be expedited, you will be able to purchase an expedited label so that we can print out and send it to you.
  • 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.
  • When you arrive in the United States, attend the International Student Orientation before classes start and/or report to the Office of International Programs at Northeastern Illinois University as soon as possible.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall – June 15
  • Spring – October 1                         
  • Summer I – March 1
  • Summer II – April 1

Top 10 Undergraduate Majors for International Students

  • General Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Biology
  • Accounting
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Communication, Media, & Theat
  • Finance
  • Psychology
  • Management
  • Education

Funding Your Education

There are two ways to help fund your education.


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.


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 and it should not be used a source of income for Financing your education. Visit Student Employment Opportunities.

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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