Summer Bridge program in the USA

The Summer Bridge term at Northeastern University builds on the knowledge and skills gained during your Year 1 Fall and Spring terms and readies you for the social and cultural challenges of US university life. Academic classes and social activities are designed to help you grow in confidence and equip you for a successful transition to your chosen US university.

While intensive, the Summer Bridge allows plenty of opportunities to explore Boston—a thriving academic city filled with history.

Experience the Summer Bridge in Boston

US Pathway Program students discuss how the Summer Bridge Global Student Ambassadors help them adjust to life and studies in the USA.

Curriculum details

CourseBusiness and Humanities majorsEngineering and Computer Science majorsOther majors
Total Summer Bridge credits12-13 credits13-14 credits12-13 credits
Chemistry Lab1 credit - select students only1 credit - select students only1 credit - select students only
College Writing or Introductory Writing4 credits4 credits4 credits
Exploring AmericaNon-creditNon-creditNon-credit
Music of the USA4 credits-4 credits
Physics for Engineers with lab-5 credits-
Principles of Macroeconomics4 credits4 credits4 credits

The Summer Bridge curriculum is based on the student’s destination university and academic major at time of admission.

2017 Summer Bridge details


Northeastern University in Boston

Important dates:

  • May 29 – June 2: Arrival Week
  • June 5: Classes begin
  • August 4: Classes end
  • August 7-11: University progression preparation meetings

A student's Summer Bridge experience

There were so many things I learned during the Summer Bridge program that helped me to adapt quickly to life at my university. When I arrived at Baylor University, many things were no longer unfamiliar to me; it was because of the Summer Bridge.

Anthony Uzuazokaro

BS in Pre-Engineering

Baylor University

Progression details

The table below provides an overview of the admission and progression standards required for students to enter each CNAU institution. Each university may, for certain academic programs, require different minimum overall GPAs. The Summer Bridge curriculum in the United States will be based on your academic major at the time of admission.

CNAU university admission and progression requirementsBaylor UniversityDePaul UniversityMarist CollegeNortheastern University
Maximum number of transfer credits32-3332-3327-3132-33
Minimum admission GPA2.
Minimum required Summer Bridge program GPA2.
Minimum University Preparation II / English Preparation II Spring midterm gradeB-B-B-B-
Minimum grade to receive transfer creditCCCC
Certain academic programs have higher admission requirementsYesYesYesYes

University progression requirements are subject to change. 

Meet the team

Liz Quinn

Director, US Pathway Program

I manage the operations and communications of the US Pathway Program, including the Fall and Spring terms taught in the students' home countries and the Summer Bridge program at Northeastern University in Boston. My team of Summer Bridge staff work directly with the students, living with them in the residence halls. I also manage the academics of the Summer Bridge, working very closely with the faculty who teach our students throughout the term.

Jun Li

Assistant Director, US Pathway Program

I work with the Director and various members of senior leadership to oversee the US Pathway Program. In particular, I serve as the primary liaison between Northeastern University, Kaplan International, and the international USPP centers.

Accommodation and well-being

The Summer Bridge term takes place on Northeastern University‘s beautiful 73-acre campus located in the heart of Boston. Directly across from the Museum of Fine Arts, it is within walking distance of several attractions including Newbury Street, Boston Common and Fenway Park, home to the famed Boston Red Sox.


During the Summer Bridge program you will be living in International Village in modern, secure student accommodations. Rooms are set up as semi-private suites of two single or double bedrooms, connected by a shared bathroom. Each room contains a bed, set of drawers, closet, desk and chair for each resident. Your residence will be within easy reach of your classes, and will feature the following amenities:

  • Free internet
  • TV and study lounges
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry facilities
  • Games rooms
  • Mail services
  • Secured entrance
  • Gym
  • Gas, electricity and water included in price
  • A dining plan of 110 meals at excellent campus cafeterias is included in Summer Bridge costs

Health Insurance

The cost of the Summer Bridge program includes student health insurance coverage. You will be able to find assistance with medical issues at University Health and Counseling Services (UHCS) – a resource to help all students stay healthy, physically and mentally, and to provide care.

Academic support services

Summer Bridge students have access to a wide range of resources at Northeastern, including tutoring and disability support services, writing consultation, and the University libraries.

Arrival week

Arrival Week provides you with the information you need to be successful academically, culturally and socially during the Summer Bridge and beyond. Planned activities will familiarize you with the campus and surrounding city, introduce you to staff and classmates, and help you settle in to your residence hall.

Global Student Ambassadors

We hire current Northeastern University students as Global Student Ambassadors during the Summer Bridge term. They are your peer guides to the University, the city of Boston and US student life.

Campus map (pdf)

The award-winning International Village residence hall features a gym, dining hall, and enclosed garden. Photo: Lauren McFalls

The award-winning International Village residence hall features a gym, dining hall, and enclosed garden. Photo: Lauren McFalls

Summer Bridge image gallery

Transition to your US university after Summer Bridge

USPP students must remain in the United States during the short recess between their Summer Bridge program and the start of orientation at their destination university. Each university will coordinate students’ campus arrival following the Summer Bridge program.

For Summer Bridge programs held at Northeastern University, staff will work with USPP students destined for Baylor University, DePaul University, Marist College and The University of Vermont to provide housing between the end of the Northeastern Summer Bridge and the earliest move-in date at their destination university, wherever possible. If housing is provided past the end date of the Northeastern Summer Bridge program, additional charges will apply.

Progression degrees by university