International Student Orientation

August 28–September 1, 2017

The Center for Global Services at the GAIA Centers conducts a comprehensive orientation for new international students every fall and spring semester. This mandatory orientation helps incoming international students adjust to life in the United States and at Rutgers. At orientation, students become familiar with their new surroundings and are told about available opportunities and resources on and off campus. New students also meet other new and returning students, learning from their experiences and making new friends.

Detailed Orientation schedule will be posted soon.

Highlights of the orientation include:

Moving into your residence hall for students who live on campus

Fulfilling your immigration-related reporting obligations and verifying your travel documents

Meeting with your academic advisors

Meeting other new students at various social events

Learning about academic and social life in the U.S.

Learning about the campus and local community

Shopping for basic supplies

Obtaining permission to work on-campus and applying for a U.S. social security number, if needed

Learning about the rights and responsibilities of non-immigrant students

Mandatory Check-In and Document Verification

All international students and their visa dependents must complete a mandatory check-in process to activate their SEVIS records by following these steps:

  • Create your iSTART@RU account. You should begin this before you arrive in the U.S.

  • After you have created your account arrived to the U.S., and before classes start, you must complete the online check-in process on iSTART. This is a legal requirement of your F-1 or J-1 status.

International Parent and Family Orientation

International Parent and Family Orientation
Monday, August 28, 12noon-5pm
Graduate Student Lounge, College Ave Campus

The Office of New Student Orientation and Family Programs offers an International Parent and Family Orientation for family members who are traveling with their students to the United States. At the Parent and Family Orientation, you can interact with many of the active campus partners in your student's Rutgers experience, including the Dean of Students, financial aid, health services, residence life, programs for parents and families, and the Center for Global Services at the GAIA Centers.

In addition to hearing more about services and resources on campus, you will meet with current Rutgers students to hear about their experiences, meet other international parents and family members, and ask our staff any last minute questions.

Registration for this event is live; please visit getinvolved.tix.com to reserve your spot. Up to two (2) family members per student are allowed to attend this session. The cost is $20 per registrant in advance and $30 at the door. We encourage you to register as soon as possible, as space is limited.

In addition to attending our International Parent and Family Orientation, we also invite you to get involved with the Rutgers Parent & Family Association, a helpful and informative resource for all parents and family members of Rutgers students.