Sponsored Students

Who are sponsored students? Sponsored visitors are those who come to Rutgers Sponsored visitors on a visa sponsored by an organization other than Rutgers and are usually on a J-1 student visa.

Rutgers provides support to both sponsoring agencies as well as sponsored students and scholars to help them reach their goals. We are committed to serving as the liaison between sponsoring organizations, students, and scholars, and various academic departments and other offices on campus. The list of sponsored programs Rutgers hosts changes every semester. The Fulbright Student program is one such example.


Additional Information

Services for Sponsored Students and Sponsoring Agencies +

For Sponsored Students:

  • General admissions assistance and advising
  • Communication services between the sponsoring agency and the sponsored student or scholar

  • Resources and information on housing options

  • Personalized advising services to support the students’ welfare while they study at Rutgers, including academic, health, and housing issues

  • A customized orientation for new sponsored students

  • Assistance for students in fulfilling the requirements of sponsoring agencies

  • Special programs and exclusive events for sponsored students and scholars

For Sponsoring Agencies:

  • Primary post-placement contact so the sponsor can communicate with the university in an ongoing fashion

  • Assistance in obtaining individual students' invoices

  • Assistance in locating housing for arriving sponsoring students and scholars

  • Deferred billing to facilitate sponsored student registration

  • Coordination of site visits when requested by sponsoring agencies

  • Assistance in obtaining transcripts from the university



Resources for Sponsored Students +

The following information will help sponsored students and scholars acclimate more quickly to Rutgers:

Pre and Post Arrival Steps for students (Starting from Step 6)

New Student FAQs

Vaccination requirements and immunization form – required for every student who will enroll in classes

Online Schedule of Classes – use this online form to enroll in the appropriate classes

Orientation for International Students and Scholars – learn more about orientation, which is designed to help incoming students adjust to life in the United States and at Rutgers.

Resources for Visiting Scholars – helpful links, including international resources, news and information, transportation, and more

Transferring-in to Rutgers:  

If your visa sponsorship is ending but you require more time to complete your studies, you may be able to transfer your visa sponsorship to Rutgers.  This is a process known as transferring in.  Your host department must agree to this process and you must show sufficient financial support before Rutgers will agree to transfer in your SEVIS record. 

To transfer in, you will need to complete some information online and upload some documents.  You can access the transfer in page through the R Global portal  and follow the steps below:

  • Inform your current sponsor that you will need to transfer your visa sponsorship to Rutgers

  • Submit the Academic Information e-form and the Financial Information e-form (available only after your Academic Information e-form has been submitted by you and your academic official)
    1. If your current sponsor provided you with a document that needs to be signed by your International Student Adviser, you can upload it in in this step.
    2. If your current sponsor asked for a letter from our office stating that Rutgers will accept sponsorship of your visa and SEVIS record, you can request it at this step.
    3. Submit the SEVIS Transfer e-form.