Monthly Reminders for International Parents and Families

Together with our partners at Parents and Family Programs, we have prepared some monthly reminders that may be helpful to you and your students:

Always remember - any academic of personal information changes, will probably entail an update on your student's legal SEVIS record. Please encourage students to read important information sent out by the ISSS office, visit our website regularly, and contact an international student advisor with any questions. 

August
  • New international students may move into their on-campus residence hall the Sunday before the international student orientation program begins. Continuing students may move into their on-campus residence hall the weekend before the start of semester. Students who wish to live off-campus may consult with Off Campus Living and Community Partnerships for tips on finding an off-campus residence
  • For undergraduate students, the international student orientation is followed by Welcome Week - an exciting array or events and activities held prior to the start of classes to help new and transfer students transition to Rutgers. 
  • Term bills for the Fall semester are typically due at the end of August to early September
September
  • The Fall Involvement Fair takes place within the first two weeks of the start of the semester. There are over 500 student organizations that your students can learn about and join
  • The Fall Career Mega Fair hosted by the office of Career Exploration and Success is a great way to meet potential employers for internships
  • Encourage your student to sign up for a free writing tutor if they are taking any English writing classes
October
  • Its midterm exam season. Check in with your students about study habits and resources. Encourage your students to seek out academic resources including visiting the Learning Centers and visit their professors or teaching assistants during their office hours
November
  • Homesickness can start to set in for many students, they may also need to see a doctor for health concerns. Remind them about Counseling Services and Health Centers on campus. Counseling Services (CAPS) also offers a program called "Let's Talk" where students can drop in to meet with a counselor at a number of locations across campus. Our office (180 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901) is one of the Let's Talk locations. 
  • Encourage your student to meet with an academic advisor to help with course selection for the Spring semester
  • The American Thanksgiving holiday is the fourth Thursday of November. School is off between Thursday to Sunday during Thanksgiving week. Residence halls remain open during this time.
December
  • It’s final exams month! Encourage your students to seek out academic resources and speak to them about their study plan for their exams
  • If your student is traveling home or anywhere outside of the U.S. over winter break, they need to request a travel signature on their I-20/DS-2019 with Rutgers Global- International Student and Scholar Services before their travel.
January
  • Term bills for the Spring semester are due early to mid-January
  • The Housing lottery process for on-campus residences will open this month
February
  • It’s midterm exams season. Check in with your students about study habits and resources. Encourage your students to seek out academic resources including visiting the Learning Centers and visit their professors or teaching assistants during their office hours
March
  • Spring Break is here. If your student is traveling outside of the U.S., they must have a valid travel signature on their I-20/DS-2019 before their travel
  • Remind your student to meet with an academic advisor to help with course selection for the Fall semester
April
  • Final exams will soon be under way. Students should use academic resources like the Learning Centers and visit their professors or teaching assistants during their office hours to seek additional help
  • Taking summer classes? Pursuing an internship? Speak to your students about their plans for the summer
May
  • It’s final exam time! Speak to your students about their study plan for the finals
  • Find some time to celebrate the end of the academic year and all the success that comes with it!
  • If your student is traveling home or anywhere outside of the U.S. over winter break, they need to request a travel signature on their I-20/DS-2019 at Rutgers Global- International Student and Scholar Services before their travel

In addition, the University’s Academic Calendar contains specific dates including start/end of each semester, holidays, and breaks.