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NU.in admission details (Northeastern University.In)

DIBM96DIBM96 Registered User Posts: 150 Junior Member
My S got an email that he is admitted into the NU.in program. Have any of you gotten that and do you know exactly why some students are put in the .in program and if there is anyway they can do this semester-abroad program later on in their career rather than as first semester?
Also, he is told that he will be joining the BioEngineering on the NU campus (Boston) starting from Spring which means he will have to be spending one semester abroad.
1) Any of you here have attended this .in program with the semester abroad? Is that a Northeastern Univ campus or some other Univ affiliated to NU? And do we get to see what courses he will have study there and who his batch/room mates will be etc etc? We are happy on one side that he has got into one of his top choices at the same time confused about the study-abroad-in-first-semester program.

2) Isn't this program a sort of Deferred admission?

3) Also, for the past students, did any of you get any scholarship when selected for .in program or did it come later on?

4) Did this study-abroad program help when applying for CoOp program?

5) In general, how likely is a student going to get into a coop position when studying at Boston NU campus?

Thank you for any clarification any of you can provide -- looking forward to it.

Replies to: NU.in admission details (Northeastern University.In)

  • ptkid16ptkid16 Registered User Posts: 390 Member
    1st year here, didn't do NUin but am a tour guide and have explained it a fair amount.

    Essentially what Northeastern is offering you is a guaranteed spot in your class here in the Spring. To accept that spot, you go abroad to a partner institution in the fall. As an engineering major, you have a choice of Ireland, Greece and Australia. You take the same classes you would your first semester here, you just take them there instead and they transfer back. When you get back from winter break, you join us back in Boston with everyone else who went on NUin! There's lots of programming to show you guys around and everyone who did the program ends up being so close with each other. The people I know that did it absolutely loved it.

    Can't say for sure, but I don't believe there is financial aid for the first semester and I'm not entirely sure when you find out what package from Northeastern.

    You're pretty much guaranteed a coop. We have more coops than students going out on coop at any time. Submit your apps on time. If you don't get an offer from your first round of applications, you can apply for more. You take an Intro to Coop class the semester before you go out and have a coop advisor to help you through.
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 15,497 Senior Member
    Regarding NUIn's effect on coop it may depend on your field. Having done an international experience early on would be an eye catching line on a resume and a great talking point during an interview. It would show that the student is adventurous and willing to sample the unknown as opposed to someone looking for a 9-5 job.
  • DIBM96DIBM96 Registered User Posts: 150 Junior Member
    edited March 2017
    Thanks to all of you for your prompt and helpful responses.

    @TragicComedy : Thank you for all the time taken to respond to each of my queries.
    The letter says you are admitted into the NU.in program with an opportunity to study abroad the first semester.
    My complaint is that if it is an opportunity offered to study abroad, the student must be allowed to say No if he or the family chooses not to for various reasons? From my understanding, if the student does NOT do the first semester abroad program, then the admission to NU itself gets rescinded.
    That is such a brute-force method ?
    I wonder if there has been anyone who has asked the Univ admissions office to see if they can do this semester abroad later in the future years?
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 15,497 Senior Member
    edited March 2017
    Northeastern is firm that if offered NUIn the fall semester must be done internationally.
  • MassDaD68MassDaD68 Registered User Posts: 1,548 Senior Member
    @DIBM96 I agree with you. It always seemed strange to me that NEU does this. I was not aware that there was no aid for the international leg. I wonder if that is true to for any Merit aid received. That could make it tough for families to afford.
    I think it is just like you say. Study abroad for the first semester or do not come here. A bit harsh IMO.
  • MassDaD68MassDaD68 Registered User Posts: 1,548 Senior Member
    One other comment.

    I am not sure if your local but I know of an individual that drove 1 hour each way to avoid this requirement. The explanation was that they did not have dorm space so they sent people abroad. He decided to be a commuter for the first semester.
  • NoMoreFishingNoMoreFishing Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    My impression is that they simply don't have dorm rooms for everybody so this is how they deal with it.
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 15,497 Senior Member
    edited March 2017
    @MassDaD68 That is not true, You cannot avoid the international fall semester by being a commuter student. And limited dorm space is not the reason for offering NUIn. It is an alternative entry path similar to Cornell's guaranteed sophomore transfer acceptance or BU's CGS January-London program.
  • MassDaD68MassDaD68 Registered User Posts: 1,548 Senior Member
    Ok. The parents must have been mistaken then. That is how they explained it to me.
  • cafe9999cafe9999 Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    I am surprised at the lack of information people have about NUIn admittance. Northeastern explains it clearly on their Admissions Deadlines and Decisions page, they ask you about your preferences for it on their Common App, they repeat again on the student's portal that it is one of the decision outcomes that you may receive. I agree that rather than saying you are admitted "with an opportunity," they should have said you are admitted "with a requirement," but the notion that Northeastern misled you or that it's a "brute-force" method isn't fair. My son was denied at Northeastern and would have been thrilled to be offered NUIn. I did read some of the previous posts about it and they were overwhelmingly positive experiences. (Many students, like your son, are unhappy with the decision however). I also recall reading on here that financial aid had been offered at the same level but federal gifts (such as Pell grants) were not. Northeastern has detailed information on their website about NUIn including a FAQ.
  • TragicComedyTragicComedy Registered User Posts: 15 Junior Member
    While it can be difficult to break away from the allure of a typical freshman 1st semester and fathom the idea of having to survive on your own for four months, in some ways, I actually found the requirement of going abroad better than the option. If NUin had been optional, I probably wouldn't have chosen to, and I think many others would not either. By having it be mandatory, however, I ended up taking a step which I probably would have never taken otherwise and ended up growing and maturing more than I ever thought possible. I certainly agree that it can seem rather harsh to have to either study abroad or give up Northeastern- even after I made my decision I would sometimes feel sad that I couldn't be on campus in the fall. Ultimately though, I think I enjoyed my fall semester in Canada more than I would have if I were in Boston. And if you think about it, Northeastern has to be firm in respects to admission decisions and how they are carried out or else it would be extremely confusing and messy for everyone involved. It also begins a student's process of maturing even before going abroad because you really have to do some thorough soul searching and consideration to figure out if the program is right for you. Really though, if I had the opportunity to do NUin again, I would in a heartbeat.
  • DIBM96DIBM96 Registered User Posts: 150 Junior Member
    @TragicComedy :I liked your explanation. That's true too.A question is if those students who went abroad for the first semester missed out on forming friendships with peers, faculty hereon Boston campus?

    Also, I am wondering if there is any scope for Scholarships/Merid Awards for NU.in students and will this info come a while after the admissions are announced. I dont think he will qualify for Financial Aid but wodnering if there is any form of financial assistance for .in students?

    Thank you!
  • DIBM96DIBM96 Registered User Posts: 150 Junior Member
    Yes, I did ask my son if he had checked that box after seeing your email and he said he had :(
  • DIBM96DIBM96 Registered User Posts: 150 Junior Member
    @TragicComedy : Based on your experience and others', is it okay to say that NU.in candidates were good but for NU not as good to get into the Fall Semester at Boston and so the school wants such students to study outside and come back in Spring ? In berkeley and other Cali schools, some students do get admitted for Spring but the students can study anywhere until Spring and most of them stay on their respective campuses and take courses offered by the same school's Extension division.

    Also anybody can indicate what are the sample CoOp jobs that students from NU normally get into?
    I mean is there a fixed set of companies that choose the students from this Univ?
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