Welcome to London Scholars

Why London Scholars?

The NU London Scholars program offers first-year students a rigorous academic environment in one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world. Northeastern University London’s unique global position will allow you and your peers to amplify your university experience by living, studying, and growing in London during your first year of college. London will be your gateway to Europe; Northeastern will be your gateway to the world. 

Students will spend their first year in London before transitioning to Northeastern’s Boston campus for the remainder of their U.S. Bachelor’s degree. Students who choose to enter as NU London Scholars will take courses that align with Northeastern’s first-year curriculum. In addition to fulfilling major requirements, NU London Scholars courses count toward NUpath, Northeastern’s general education requirement.

Northeastern University London is situated in Devon House at St Katharine Docks, a vibrant and dynamic quarter in central London. Located just a short walk from some of the UK’s most recognizable and iconic sites, including the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, St Katharine Docks is steeped in the history of London and the River Thames upon which the city was founded.  

London Scholars Program Academics

Courses taken with the London Scholars Program align with the first-year freshman curriculum taught at Northeastern, as well as integrating cultural learning opportunities. In addition to fulfilling major requirements, London Scholars courses also count toward NUpath, our institution-wide general education requirements for students in all majors.

As an Northeastern University London, you can take courses across the Northeastern academic colleges, earning a full academic years’ worth of credit. You may be able to select alternate courses if you receive advanced credits from AP, IB, or other international examinations. Please note that not all first-year courses at Northeastern will be offered at your location. Because all degree plans are unique, please keep in mind that your individual plan may be different than other Northeastern students and that a four-year graduation is not guaranteed.

Students will make their initial course selections in early June. Students will have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor to review course registration and confirm fall classes in June and July. You will receive your actual class schedule when you arrive on location.If you have or anticipate having a passing score on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam, International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, or other college-level transferable courses, you must report this during the London Scholars registration process, both in your Application Status Check and when you meet with an academic advisor.

Course Registration Timeline

June & July

Review your course selections with your Northeastern University – London academic advisor and confirm your fall courses. You should discuss any AP, IB, or other transfer credits you have or anticipate.

August

Summer advising for London Scholars  fall semester closes. Your courses are finalized and confirmed with NU London. No course changes can be made until you arrive on site.

August & September

Program launches and classes begin. Course changes during NUL’s add/drop period are possible. However, while you can request a change, you are strongly discouraged from doing so. Your courses were carefully reviewed and confirmed with your academic advisor over the summer. Any changes once you arrive on site may impact your academic progress. Please also keep in mind that requests are not guaranteed. Factors such as capacity, timetabling, and add/drop deadlines may not allow for a change to be made.

October & November

You will have the opportunity to consult with academic advising and plan for spring courses. You can expect to complete spring course selection at this time.


The program is required to make advance financial commitments to travel agents, vendors, and the partner institution to secure items such as housing, classroom space, and co-curricular activities. Therefore, should you withdraw from the program at any time after May 1, you will be responsible for the terms provided within the Withdrawal and Payment policy. You are encouraged to plan carefully and are required to review this policy as soon as possible. In this policy, you will see information on payment terms, schedule of charges, and withdrawal conditions and processes.

You can read more about this policy: 2023 2024 London Scholars Payment Withdrawal Policy

Housing

London Scholars will reside across six student accommodation properties: Chapter Spitalfields, Chapter Aldgate, IQ Aldgate, Chapter Old Street, IQ Will Wyatt, and Scape Mile End.

Chapter Spitalfields

Located in the heart of London, Chapter Spitalfields is perfectly placed for those who want to live in a bustling neighborhood that specializes in shopping and food. Close to Shoreditch and Hoxton, Chapter Spitalfields is a five-minute walk to grocery stores, shops, the famous Spitalfields Market, and approximately one mile away from Northeastern University London’s campus at St. Katharine Docks. Chapter Spitalfields is also within walking distance of both Aldgate and Old Street, allowing easy access to other accommodation buildings. The area is served by several tube, rail, and bus lines.

In Chapter Spitalfields, Global Scholars England students will live in either ensuite studios, 2 bed apartments, or 4 bed apartments, featuring kitchenettes with induction hobs and combination microwaves, as well as shared bathrooms with their flatmates. The Global Scholars Program finalizes roommate assignments in late August, using information related to living habits from the student-submitted housing preference form.

Students will have access to building amenities which include:

  • 32nd-floor lounge area and 33rd floor dedicated study space, both with panoramic views across London
  • Ground floor coffee bar
  • Courtyard
  • Auditorium
  • Karaoke rooms
  • Games area
  • Gym and studio
  • Cinema room
  • Social spaces throughout the ground floor
  • Laundry room
  • Private meeting rooms for residents to utilize for study groups
  • 24/7 On-Site Team
  • Postal Service
  • Social Events.
Chapter Aldgate

Nestled in the heart of the city, Aldgate offers a unique blend of history, modernity, and convenience. Combining the commercial with the financial, it encapsulates the sense of business and fast-moving pace that has come to define London. Aldgate also boasts a vibrant nightlife scene. Living in Chapter Aldgate allows students the opportunity to live in a building that is occupied by multiple university communities, allowing one to create friendships and links to institutions across the city. Chapter Aldgate offers single rooms with private kitchenette, bathroom, and studying space. Aldgate is also well-connected via public transport, with Liverpool Street, Aldgate, and Aldgate East Stations all within walking distance.

The building features:

  • Social and Study Spaces
  • Courtyard
  • On-Site Gym
  • On-Site Team
  • Vlogger Tour
  • Study Spaces
  • Cinema
  • On-Site Laundry
  • On-Site Postal Service
  • Social Event
IQ Aldgate

Living in Aldgate means embracing the best of London’s history, culture, and urban lifestyle. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, an art lover, or simply someone wanting an exciting and well-connected place to call home, Aldgate offers an amazing living experience. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this vibrant community and create lasting memories in one of London’s most dynamic neighborhoods. The building offers single rooms with private kitchenette, study space, and bathroom. IQ Aldgate differentiates itself from its Chapter counterpart by fostering a larger Northeastern community. If you would prefer to be part of a bigger NU cohort within your accommodation building, then IQ Aldgate is for you.

The building features:

  • Social and Study Spaces
  • On-Site Gym
  • Cinema
  • 24/7 On-Site Staff and Security
  • 18th Floor Sky Lounge
  • Regular Social Events
  • On-Site Laundry
  • Cinema
  • Postal Service.
Chapter Old Street

Situated in East London, Old Street is home to one of the most active and thriving art and cultural neighborhoods in the city. Old Street has carved itself into London’s identity as the tech home, with the area fostering cutting-edge innovation and countless startups. Balanced with this is Old Street’s art scene, which is brimming with concert venues, art exhibitions, and much more. Located just a few minutes from Liverpool Street Station, and a stone’s throw from Chapter Spitalfields and IQ Will Wyatt, Old Street is well connected to other accommodation buildings, as well as the rest of the city. The building offers single studios with private kitchenette, bathroom and study space. If you’re seeking a place where art, technology, and urban living seamlessly blend together, Old Street is the perfect choice.

The building features:

  • Social and Study Spaces
  • Quiet Study Area
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Courtyard
  • 24/7 On-Site Team
  • Games Room
  • On-Site Gym
  • On-Site Laundry
  • Cinema
  • Postal Service
  • Regular Social Events
IQ Will Wyatt

Mixing a more residential experience into the heart of London, IQ Will Wyatt is located in the quieter area of Hoxton. Hoxton promises more for those who are looking for a more traditional living experience. Boasting a strong building community, as well as local community, IQ Will Wyatt allows you to meet people from across the city and different institutions. Shoreditch and Old Street are mere minutes away, so Hoxton is well connected to those busier areas, whilst

enjoying a bit more calm and quiet. Nature is also key to Hoxton’s charm, with Shoreditch Park and Haggerston Park nearby, as well as being perfectly located for the Columbia Flower Market that takes place every weekend. The building offers ensuite apartments of seven or eight beds; with private bedrooms and bathrooms, and shared kitchen and living room.

The building features:

  • Social and Study Spaces
  • On-Site Gym
  • Cinema
  • 24/7 On-Site Staff and Security
  • Courtyard terrace
  • Regular Social Events
  • On-Site Laundry
  • Cinema
  • Postal Service
Scape Mile End

Scape Mile End is located in the center of one of London’s most exciting student-led areas. There are also endless opportunities to explore the natural side of London. One of London’s most beautiful parks, Victoria Park, is on the doorstep of Scape Mile End, with Regent’s Canal and Mile End Park also in the neighborhood. Scape Mile End is accessible to other buildings and areas of London via bus, or either the Mile End or Stepney Green tube stations located within a ten minute walk of Scape. Mile End has a strong sense of community, with various local initiatives, events, and community groups bringing residents together. Whether it’s participating in neighborhood clean-up projects or joining local clubs and organizations, you’ll have ample opportunities to connect with your neighbors and contribute to the community spirit, as well as the other students living within Scape. The building offers ensuite apartments of six, seven, or eight beds. These entail private bedrooms and bathrooms and a shared kitchen and living room.

The building features:

  • Social and Study Spaces
  • Cinema Room
  • On-Site Gym
  • On-Site Laundry
  • Postal Service
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Regular Social Events.
Packing Guide

Click here to download the London Scholars Packing Guide.

Disability Accommodations

2023-2024 Academic Year 

If you require services and accommodations during the 2023 academic year because of a disability, make requests for accommodations directly to the London Student Support Team at: disability@nulondon.ac.uk.

Since eligibility for disability accommodations does not automatically transfer from high school to college, it is crucial to begin the process as soon as possible after enrolling.  

Fall 2023 

Please be aware that the Northeastern Disability Resource Center (DRC) also requires documentation for services and accommodations needed in the spring semester, separately from those accommodations you may receive during the fall semester. To receive accommodations through the DRC, you must provide appropriate documentation that demonstrates a current substantially limiting disability. You must submit documentation to the DRC even if you have previously supplied documents to The London Scholars  Program office. Please contact the DRC for more information:  

Phone: +1.617.373.2675  
Email: DRC@northeastern.edu 

Code of Student Conduct

All London Scholars students must adhere to the Northeastern Code of Student Conduct as well as the London Scholars Supplement, which acts as an addendum to the overall Code. It establishes the guidelines and processes specific to the London Scholars Program, as they may differ from or incorporate the Northeastern University Code of Student Conduct. The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to set expectations of behavior that promote the safety and welfare of the Northeastern University community. The university seeks to provide a supportive environment that is conducive to learning, the pursuit of truth, the exchange of knowledge, the intellectual development of students, and the general good of society. In those instances where violations of the behavioral expectations occur, Northeastern University has developed policies and procedures to protect the rights of members of the university community, individually and collectively.

We encourage you to click on the links below to read the Code of Student Conduct as well as the London Scholars Supplement:

Visa Resources

All students are required to obtain a UK Student Visa to study the London Scholars program before travelling to the UK. UK and Irish citizens are exempt from this process.

You will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) from Northeastern University – London prior to making your online visa application. Additional information regarding the visa process and any documents required from you will be communicated as early as possible. Please note that such information is intended as informational guidance only and does not constitute legal advice.


Can I travel during weekends and/ school breaks in the UK or other countries? If not, why? If so, what is your recommendation for support?

Students who are studying the Global Scholars programme in London are able to undertake tourist activities outside of class time. It is very important that students ensure their intended travel does not impact their studies. If a student wishes to travel outside of the UK, it is their responsibility to gain the necessary visas to enter the country that they are travelling to. Northeastern University London is not able to provide advice to students regarding visas for other countries. Many countries have visa information on their governmental websites and it is important that students access this information to understand the visa requirements for their destination country prior to travelling there.

Can I travel to other European countries post program?

Once students have completed their Global Scholars programme in London they are free to travel to Europe. Students need to ensure that they have the correct visas to enter the European countries that they are travelling to. It is students’ responsibility to obtain visa(s) and adhere to the visa rules and requirements prior to and while travelling in European countries. Students should check visa requirements on the countries’ governmental websites, or the Schengen Visa website, if they are only travelling to EU countries that belong to the Schengen Area.

Transition to Boston

Upon successful completion of the London Scholars Program, you and your peers will enroll at Northeastern’s Boston campus to continue your studies in your second year. You will be invited to attend orientation and receive ongoing support as you transition into academic and social life in Boston. Your experiences with the London Scholars Program will allow you to apply a unique global perspective in the classroom and beyond.

We are pleased to be able to offer students who complete the 2023-2024 London Scholars Program the opportunity to apply for university housing during their second year when they arrive in Boston. Interested students will have the opportunity to declare their intention to reside in university housing during the Spring ’24 term. This opportunity does not represent a mandatory requirement as students can still decide to live in off-campus housing in the local area if they choose. Please note that university housing for all students—including students completing the London Scholars Program—can take the form of traditional campus residence halls, leased apartments, or leased hotel spaces in the area around campus. We will provide more information about specific housing options for London Scholars later in the 2023-2024 academic year.


London Scholars Alumni

Outreach

The Global Experience Office presents opportunities each  year for London Scholars Alumni to serve as Ambassadors of the program once completed, offering the chance to speak with prospective and enrolled students about their experiences. 

GEO Ambassadors provide valuable first-hand insights to students as they decide whether or not to enroll in a global experience and during preparations for the semester. The Global Experience Office typically opens the application process for GEO Ambassadors in the winter or early spring of every year. If you are interested in volunteering or working with the team in Boston, visit this page for more information.

Requesting Transcripts

All NU London Scholars participants earn a full semester of academic credits in their fall and spring semesters, provided that they achieve a grade of “D-” or better in the U.S. grading system. Your London Scholars program courses and letter grades will appear on your Northeastern University transcript and will be included in your Northeastern GPA. You can download an unofficial transcript through your Northeastern student portal, and you can request official copies of your transcript from Northeastern’s Registrar.

Keeping in Touch

We know that keeping in touch with family and friends back home can be challenging during your time away. Past traveling NU students have found it helpful to set up a schedule for calling home, as having a set time can make time differences much easier to handle. You and your family might also consider a variety of technologies to keep in touch. For example, the instant messaging service WhatsApp also allows voice and video chat, and the voice-over-IP (VOIP) programs Skype, Zoom, and Facetime use an Internet connection to talk for free. 

Email communications from Northeastern University and the London Scholars Program will be sent to students via their Northeastern email addresses, which are created as soon as you activate your myNortheastern portal. Parents will receive some communications, but students are encouraged to initiate their own inquiries and problem-solve independently.

For safety reasons and for ease of communication, London Scholars students are required to have a working cell phone for use on-location during their time in the London Scholars Program. Phones must be acquired and working (calls, texting, and data required) within a week of arriving on-location. You should research the mobile phone options available to you prior to arriving. You typically have a chance to learn more about phone plans and purchase a phone during on-location orientation.  

Contact 

If you have questions about your admission decision and the enrollment process, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at londonscholarsadmissions@northeastern.edu or 617-373-2200

For questions about the London Scholars Program, please contact the Global Experience Office at londonscholars@northeastern.edu or 617-373-6447

If a family member has an emergency and needs to get in contact with someone outside of office hours, please contact NUPD at +1.617.373.3333.