It can be exciting to bring your family to the United States either for the first time, or to join you in your current program, but there is a lot to consider before doing so. We want our international students, scholars, and dependents to be as well supported and prepared as possible. With this in mind, we have several resources on campus to help you and your family as you get acclimated to Rutgers Consider exploring the Rutgers Community options or see our FAQs.
While F-1 or J-1 visa holders are busy at the university, spouses and children dependents can take part in one or more of the following special resources to assist you in transitioning to life in the United States. These programs offer excellent opportunities for dependents to practice English, learn about day-to-day living in the United States, become involved in community activities, socialize with other spouses, and learn from others' experiences.
Rutgers International Women's Group (IWG)
The International Women's Group offers a variety of programs organized by and for spouses of international faculty, researchers and students. From English conversation classes to cultural presentations and day trips to local points of interest, the IWG's programs are varied, educational, and fun. The IWG designs programming of interest primarily to female spouses of international students and scholars, but the group occasionally opens special programs to male spouses, as well.
Rutgers International Friendship Program (IFP)
The International Friendship Program (IFP) is about bringing Rutgers international students together with Rutgers and local community members in a comfortable environment that is conducive to cross-cultural friendship and learning. The IFP hosts many events each semester, so be sure to check our event calendar.