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International Students – Graduate

Steps for Applying

The Graduate Admissions Office 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 college transcripts.
       - You must send an official copy of transcripts from all postsecondary (after high school) institutions you attended.
    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. A TOEFL score (pbt 550, cbt 213, or ibt 79*) or an IELTS (composite 6.5).
       - An official report must be sent to the university directly from ETS or IELTS.
    d. A Northeastern Financial Statement
       - This form must be notarized. - For the College of Business and Management use this Financial Statement.
    e. An official bank letter(s) from each sponsor.
       - Amounts must be given in U.S. Dollars.
    (NOTE: Most Northeastern graduate programs do not require a GRE score. Admission to the MBA or MS in Accounting, however, requires a GMAT score of 450. You can also present your results from GRE; we will consider them instead of GMAT)
    f. A Statement of Purpose - one-page document that states why you have chosen Northeastern and your particular Academic Program
  4. Wait for your I-20 to schedule an appointment with U.S. Consular Office ( To check on the status of your I-20, contact the Office of International Programs at
  5. When you arrive in the United States, report to the Office of International Programs at Northeastern Illinois University as soon as possible.
  6. Look for more application tips.


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


Have more questions regarding admission? Contact the Graduate Admissions Office at (773) 442-6001,, or complete the admissions inquiry form.


  • Computer Science
  • Linguistics
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Political Science
  • Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language
  • Human Resource Development
  • Biology
  • Exercise Science


Study one of our 44 full graduate and certificate programs.


There are three ways to help fund your education.

1. Apply for a scholarship

There are some funding opportunities available for international students. Please refer to our scholarships 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 a graduate assistantship

All international graduate students are eligible to apply for graduate assistantships. Assistantships allow you to work part-time on campus and receive both a waiver for some or all of your class tuition and a monthly stipend. The amount of the waiver and stipend depend on the availability of positions.

Apply through the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

3. Apply for a merit tuition waiver

You can apply to your individual departments for a merit tuition waiver. These waivers are based on academic performance and may not be available until after you have established an academic record in your first semester. Awards are competitive and are based on the availability of funding to the departments. Check with your graduate program advisor for more information.

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

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