International Student Orientation

Fall 2024 International Student Orientation (ISO) - Monday, August 26 to Wednesday, August 28 at the JERSEY MIKE'S ARENA, 83 Rockafeller Rd, Livingston Campus, Piscataway, NJ 08854 

    Welcome, our new Scarlet Knights to Rutgers!

    Rutgers Global–International Student and Scholar Services conducts a comprehensive orientation for all new international first-year and transfer students students every fall and spring semester. This mandatory orientation welcomes, prepares, and engages new students and their families in their transition to Rutgers University - New Brunswick. At orientation, students become familiar with their new surroundings and are told about available opportunities and resources on and off campus. New students also meet other new and returning students, learning from their experiences and making new friends. For Fall 2024, the ISO program is an in-person experience along with virtual pre-arrival components.

    We're looking forward to meeting you at the upcoming Orientation program! Our primary goal is to ensure that every student walks away from their orientation program with the resources, tools, and answers to make sure their first semester is a successful one.

    How to Register for Orientation 

    Undergraduate Students: ISO Registration is now open!  Visit your myRutgers Dashboard - under Required for Enrollment - Sign-up for International Student Orientation. 

    Graduate Students: You are automatically registered for ISO.

    What You Can Expect

    The fall International Student Orientation (ISO) is a two and a half day program for graduate and undergraduate international first year and transfer students. Through presentations and interactive activities, students will learn more about the Rutgers campus, connect with Rutgers departments, resources, and staff, and get guidance from current Rutgers students. ISO is also an opportunity for students to make friends as they begin their Rutgers journey. 

    Graduate students may be invited to department and school specific orientation programs that are separate from the ISO. Please make sure you attend those programs as well. 

    We want to ensure that everyone is able to fully participate in our Orientation experience.  If there are questions and/or concerns about the method(s) of delivering content, please do not hesitate to contact our office at

    International Parent and Family Orientation (for parents of undergraduate students only)

    Parent and Family members are invited to participate in an orientation experience while their student attends International Student Orientation. 

    Tickets for Parent & Family Orientation must be purchased in advance. Registration for Parent & Family Orientation will be available in May, 2024.

    Email with any questions.

    All Parent and Family Members are also encouraged to join the R Family Hub, our parent communications platform. Sign-up and select what type of information you want to receive and how often you want to hear from us.

    Post Orientation

    Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your first semester:

    Review our Pre and Post Arrival Steps for more information on how to prepare for your arrival and important tasks you should complete to prepare you for your first semester.

    Undergraduate Students: Review the information and resources on the Student Orientation and Transition Programs website.

      Welcome to Rutgers!

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      Meet your 2023 International Student Orientation Leaders