Pioneering a New Approach to International Student Success at Rutgers
Rutgers Global–International Academic Support (IAS) was created in 2017 to enhance the academic success of international students at Rutgers University, primarily by coordinating programming across the university and helping students navigate a complex university structure.
The International Academic Support office works with a wide range of partners, including faculty and staff from key schools and units within the University, including the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), School of Engineering (SOE), Rutgers Business School (RBS), Division of Student Affairs, Rutgers Foundation, and Undergraduate Admissions.
Through thoughtfully designed programming, we address key challenges often faced by international students, including:
- Acculturative stress
- Cultural barriers
- English language competencies
- Immigration regulation compliance
- Lack of familiarity with US academic system
- Teaching methods
- Academic integrity standards
Rutgers Global–International Academic Support
106 Somerset, 7th Floor
New Brunswick, NJ
Assistant Vice President for Global Affairs, Jeff Wang: 848-932-3065
Assistant Dean, Anu Gupta: 848-932-3054
Program Coordinator, Flora McVay-Bozkurt: 848-932-3062
See our core programs below.
International Pre-Departure Orientations
Pre-Departure Orientations (PDOs) take place in the home countries of our international students and serve as comprehensive pre-arrival orientations to introduce academic expectations and resources for student success at Rutgers. They also create an opportunity for our team to understand and address any concerns and questions that students and their families might have.
Since 2017, Rutgers has hosted PDOs in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, New Delhi, Mumbai, and Seoul.
“Today, I’ve witnessed the true sincerity of Rutgers.”
- Parent at a PDO, 2019
RU-FIT Transition Course
RU-FIT (First-year International student Transition course) is a one-credit course taught by Peer Leaders—Rutgers Juniors and Seniors (often international students themselves)—designed to aid international students in a successful transition to Rutgers University. This course, mandatory for first-year international students enrolled in SAS, SOE, RBS, and SEBS, aims to help students develop a foundation for a well-rounded college experience by connecting them to Rutgers resources, promoting engagement within and outside the classroom, and communicating university expectations. Peer Leaders are trained by faculty and staff advisors and, as mentors, become an important resource for international students during their time at Rutgers.
“This is a really important course for first-year international students …. This course will help keep them on track for the next 3-1/2 years at Rutgers.”
- Nimit Jogani, Peer Leader
Peer Mentoring and Coaching
In partnership with the Rutgers University Learning Centers, we have developed a new Peer Academic Coaching Program. Research has shown that academic coaching helps students prioritize and plan their studies and overcome barriers to their academic success. This program complements the academic coaching offered by the Learning Centers by training Peer Leaders who have taught the RU-FIT course to be academic coaches. The coaching is provided through Mini courses that run for seven weeks in the first and second half of the semester. They are offered in small groups of six students or fewer enabling Peer Leaders to address individual academic needs. In addition to the Mini courses, Peer Leaders also hold academic coaching sessions at the Learning Centers.