American Classroom

American Classroom is an innovative transitional experience for international students who are looking for advanced English language preparation and an introduction to the American education system and college culture. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be enriched from your exposure to college life and academics and prepared for a degree program.

Based on English proficiency scores, students will complete between one and three levels in American Classroom (see Curriculum below). Each level is designed to provide appropriate ESL proficiency preparation and content based on English language proficiency.

One of the major benefits of American Classroom is the opportunity to gain conditional acceptance to a Northeastern University degree program. If you are interested in pursuing your higher education at Northeastern after completing the American Classroom Program, please apply via Option 1 or Option 2 under the Admissions link below.


 

Program Benefits
  • Earn academic credits that may be transferable to other colleges and universities
  • Improve your English language skills through specially designed courses
  • Experience the culture of an American university and participate in campus life and activities
  • Develop greater professional skills and a stronger resumé
  • Receive support every step of the way from an individually assigned academic advisor

For more information, please contact an enrollment coach at 877.668.7727 or cpsadmissions@northeastern.edu.

Curriculum

Level 1 entry requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT 65 OR
  • IELTS 6.0 (no bands below 5.5) OR
  • PTE A 46

Level 1 students take 4 courses focused on English language skills and acculturation.


Level 2 entry requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT 74 OR
  • IELTS 6.0 (no bands below 6.0) OR
  • PTE A 50

Level 2 students take two English language courses, one service-learning course, and two credit-transfer courses. Credit-transfer courses will count toward degree program requirements.


Level 3 entry requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT 83 OR
  • IELTS 6.5 (no bands below 6.0) OR
  • PTE A 56

Level 3 students take two English language courses and two credit-transfer courses. Credit-transfer courses will count toward degree program requirements.

 

Level & Transfer Credits Business Track Majors Engineering/Math/Science Track Majors  Humanities/Social Science Track Majors 
Level 1 (Intercultural); English Language only

Core Structure and Vocabulary

Principles of Reading and Writing

Principles of Listening and Speaking 

American Culture and Society

Core Structure and Vocabulary

Principles of Reading and Writing

Principles of Listening and Speaking 

American Culture and Society 

Core Structure and Vocabulary 

Principles of Reading and Writing 

Principles of Listening and Speaking 

American Culture and Society

Level 2 (Experiential); 8 Transfer Credits

College Reading & Writing 

College Listening & Speaking 

Introduction to Philosophy (4 credits)

Macroeconomics (4 credits)

Community Learning 

*Environmental Science for students who have AP credits 

College Reading & Writing

College Listening & Speaking 

Introduction to Philosophy (4 credits)

Pre-Calculus or Calculus 1 (4 credits)

Community Learning 

*Environmental Science for students who have AP credits

College Reading & Writing 

College Listening & Speaking 

Introduction to Philosophy (4 credits)

Globalization & International Affairs (4 credits)

Community Learning 

*Environmental Science for students who have AP credits

Level 3 (Academic); 8 Transfer Credits 

Advanced Reading & Writing 

Advanced Listening & Speaking 

Introduction to American History (4 credits)

Business Calculus or Pre-Calculus (4 credits)

Advanced Reading & Writing 

Advanced Listening & Speaking 

Introduction to American History (4 credits)

Calculus 1 or Calculus 2 (4 credits)

Advanced Reading & Writing

Advanced Listening & Speaking 

Introduction to American History (4 credits)

Technology & Human Values (4 credits)

 

Admissions Options

Depending on your desired program of study, please choose either Option 1 (conditional acceptance to the undergraduate residential programs) or Option 2 (conditional acceptance to a College of Professional Studies degree program).

Option 1: American Classroom to gain conditional acceptance to Northeastern University Undergraduate- Residential programs
Option 2: American Classroom to gain conditional acceptance to Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies
Admission Criteria for Each Option

1. Northeastern University Undergraduate- Residential

  • Application
  • Official academic records: Submit both official records and an English translation:
    • Secondary Education AND all undergraduate/post-secondary institutions attended (this may not apply to all applicants)
  • Letter of interest (250-500 words): A formal letter indicating:
    • Why you are interested in American Classroom
    • Why you want to continue your education at Northeastern University’s residential undergraduate program
  • Minimum English proficiency test score
    • TOEFL iBT: 65 or higher
    • IELTS: 6.0 (no bands below 5.5)
    • Pearson 46 or higher

2. Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies - Undergraduate

  • Application 
  • Official academic records: Submit both official and an English translation 
    • Secondary Education AND all undergraduate/post-secondary institutions attended (this may not apply to all applicants) 
  • Professional resuméCurrent resumé that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Letter of interest (250-500 words): A formal letter indicating: 
    • Why you are interested in American Classroom 
    • Why you want to continue your education at Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies
    • Which program you are interested in and why 
  • Minimum English Proficiency test score 
    • TOEFL iBT: 65 or higher
    • IELTS: 6.0 (no bands below 5.5)
    • Pearson 46 or higher
American Classroom Dates 2017-2018
Term Application Deadline (Overseas) Application Deadline (U.S. Transfer)
Fall 2018 

Complete Application Deadline:

June 25, 2018

Complete I-20 Request Deadline:

July 16, 2018

Complete Application Deadline:

July 23, 2018 

Complete 1-20 Request Deadline: 

August 13, 2018 

 

 

 

International Student Visa Requirements

 

The following must be submitted prior to the program deadline if applying for an international student visa:

Please determine your current status here under "What else do I need to know?". Once accepted, it is important that all students create a myNortheastern accountThis account must be active for at least 24 hours before completing the myOGS e-form. If you have determined that you will need to be in F-1 status to study at Northeastern University, you will need to fill out the American Classroom myOGS e-form here. Please be prepared ahead of time by reading the points below to see what documents you will need to have on hand for your I-20 request:

  • A copy of the identity page of your passport
  • Financial documentation indicating availability of funds equal to or exceeding the amount needed to attend American Classroom at Northeastern and pay for living expenses for at least a full academic year
    • Financial documents must be dated within 9 months prior to your program start date.
  • All submitted financial documents must be written in English with amounts listed in U.S. dollars. (If funds on the bank statement are not in U.S. dollars, please attach a currency conversion from an online calculator such as http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter).
  • The name of the account holder on any bank documents must be in English.
  • If you are receiving government sponsorship, please provide a financial guarantee letter that has your name, major, and the covered terms.

In addition to the required documents above, all international students who are currently studying within the United Statesbut who now intend to enroll at Northeastern, must also submit a completed Transfer-In Verification Form for students in F-1 or J-1 statusIMPORTANT: Please make your visa interview arrangements only after receiving your visa eligibility document from Northeastern University and make your travel arrangements only after receiving your visa in your passport. The myOGS I-20 request e-form is designed to respond to an individual student's situation and will guide you through the request process. If you have any questions, please contact the CPS Admissions Office at cpsadmissions@northeastern.edu, by calling 877-668-7727, or contact the OGS at ogs@northeastern.edu.

Tuition for American Classroom for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

These figures are tuition estimates for the 2017-2018 academic year and are subject to change at any time by Northeastern University's Board of Trustees. Additional University fees apply to the cost of full attendance. Please click here to view the list of fees on the Student Financial Services website.

American Classroom Undergraduate  $13,675 (per term)

Tuition Deposit

All admitted students must submit a non-refundable $1,000 (USD) tuition deposit. The deposit will be counted toward the tuition for your first term of enrollment. Please refer to your acceptance letter for complete information.

Fall 2018 American Classroom Orientation

The American Classroom Program hosts a detailed arrival orientation for new students to our program. This orientation introduces new American Classroom students to the American Classroom program, on-campus student services and resources, and student life on campus and in the Boston area. Attendance at our orientation is required of all new students.

Dates: Monday, August 27–Friday, August 31

Location: TBD

*Please bring a laptop or tablet to the orientation program.

Visit our American Classroom Facebook page to learn more about our program, events, and activities offered to students, and to view photos of our past student events.