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Welcome to Rutgers Global.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is committed to preparing our students for the globally interconnected world in which we live. Our office provides innovative study and service-learning abroad opportunities, support for international students and scholars including visa and immigration processing, international partnership facilitation, and on-campus global programming that helps to educate students and professionals alike.

With a long history of international connections, Rutgers now hosts 9,000 international students (out of 70,000 total) and 1,500 international scholars. The Rutgers Global team provides necessary support to our international students and scholars, helping them navigate the often shifting and confusing terrain of immigration processing and offering much-needed academic support to make their transition to Rutgers successful.

Rutgers Global is committed to students’ global education, providing more than 180 study and service-learning abroad programs, with over 1,000 students participating annually. There are programs that range from a few weeks to a full academic year.  With many scholarship options, we work to ensure that global education is an option for every Rutgers student. 

Rutgers Global also develops cross-cultural programming that enhances global awareness among Rutgers’ constituencies and surrounding communities. We work to facilitate strong partnerships with universities and institutes abroad while welcoming international delegations that encourage the exchange of knowledge, technology, and cross-cultural dialogue. Recent initiatives have focused on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as well as the global migration and refugee crises.

While there are challenges regarding student mobility and international education in the current geo-political landscape, we retain strong ties with many partners throughout the world. We are strong advocates of breaking down barriers and building strong ties via education and academic diplomacy.

You are welcome here!

Eric Garfunkel
Vice President for Global Affairs
Rutgers University

Rutgers Global is the university-wide office devoted to comprehensive internationalization for both students and faculty. We create resources and opportunities to enhance our global engagement at home and abroad.

Rutgers Global

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Here is a short video overview of mission and activities of Rutgers Global.