Pre-Arrival FAQ

We want to help you prepare to come to Northwest University (NU). Below are frequently asked questions from students prior to coming to NU. For more information on Pre-Arrival, check out your corresponding pre-arrival guide:

If you have a question not answered here or in the pre-arrival guides, please email CELE@northwestu.edu.

  • How do I access my NU email?
  • What is allowed in the dorms? 
  • How do I apply for Housing?
  • What should I pack? 
  • What will my initial expenses be (besides tuition and fees)?
  • What are the campus rules? 
  • Do I need to take the iTEP placement test? 
  • What is Orientation?
  • How do I find more information on classes? 
  • What do previous students recommend before coming to NU?
How do I access my NU email?

Go to NU email: http://studentmail.northwestu.edu/  

Log on with your NU email: firstname.lastname##@northwestu.edu and default password: Nu000###### (student ID number).

What is allowed in the dorms? 

Use this link from Housing to find out what furniture is provided and what is allowed in the dorms.

How do I apply for Housing? 
  • Log in to Housing by going here.
  • Use your NU email and password to login.
  • Select the “CELE-Exchange Student Application” for the semester you plan on attending.
What should I pack? 

Seattle has cool and wet weather in the winter and spring. It is good to bring clothes that you can layer to stay warm as well as jackets and shoes that are waterproof. When we pick you up from the airport, we will also stop by a store so you can buy bedding, toiletries, a pillow, and other necessary supplies.

What will my initial expenses be (besides tuition and fees)?

We understand that you may be overwhelmed with the expenses that come with traveling abroad. At the beginning of the semester it may seem like you are spending a lot of money to get started at NU. We want you to know that the expenses do slow down. Once the semester starts your housing and meals will be already paid for. For entertainment, the university offers free activities and CELE will provide you with monthly field trips and events.

In order to know how much money to bring with you, here is a list of expected expenses. Some people will spend a little more or less, but we want to help you plan. Please bring around $175 in USD to get started.• $25 Bank Deposit
• $75 Bedding and Dorm Room Set-up
• $20 Toiletries
• $20-30 Food and Snacks
• $250 Textbooks (bought on Amazon)

What are the campus rules? 

If you’re interested in learning more about our campus community, you can review the Student Community Handbook. In this handbook, you can learn about academic life, the spiritual life policy, and community life here at NU.

Do I need to take the iTEP placement test? 

During Orientation, you will take the iTEP (International Test of English Proficiency) if
your TOEFL score is below 80. If your TOEFL score is 80 or above, you do not need to
take the placement test. After the test, you will receive a “CELE Level Report” showing
your iTEP scores and recommended courses for the semester. All exchange and visiting students will meet with the CELE Program Coordinator for an advising appointment during Orientation.

What is Orientation?

During Orientation, all the new students come together to learn about NU. It is a time for you to get to know the community and get prepared for the semester. We will help you know what tasks to complete to be successful. You will receive a full Orientation schedule when you arrive to NU.

How do I find more information on classes? 

To read a class description go here.

  • Login using the same e-mail and password that you used to register for housing
  • Type the Course # in the Keywords section
  • Select “Year Semester” (e.g. 2019 Spring) for Period and Main for Session

To read a class syllabus of a class you are interested in, go here.

  • Type the Course # for Keyword
  • Login using the same e-mail and password that you used to register for housing
What do previous students recommend before coming to NU?

To read tips from previous exchange students, please go here.