International Student Orientation (ISO)
Rutgers Global–International Student and Scholar Services 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.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, we will be implementing a virtual orientation experience for all incoming students for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. We recognize this may be different than what you anticipated, but we are dedicated to still providing you an intentional and engaging experience. You will have an opportunity to learn about tools and resources available to you as a Rutgers student, tips and strategies to best navigate the campus, and connect with other new students and student leaders.
What will you need?
Please review the following items to make sure you are prepared for your orientation experience:
- Use a device (computer, laptop, or tablet) that has audio functionality.
- Virtual Orientation is best viewed by using Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
- Access to internet
How do you access virtual orientation?
Virtual ISO is supported through the University’s Learning Management System, Canvas. Canvas is the platform many of our faculty use and where the majority of your coursework will be located. This is a great opportunity for you to get comfortable using Canvas. You will receive access details and instructions via Rutgers email. You will not be able to access orientation before then.
Once you have access to the Canvas ISO course site, you will have until the start of classes to complete all modules of the program. We will be sharing announcements through Canvas about for new programs and events that are being planned to help with your transition to Rutgers. You do not have to begin on a certain date, but we would recommend accessing the site soon after you receive the email with instructions so you are aware of what is being offered. Ideally, you should complete the program before the start of classes.
Overall Program Structure
- ISO Modules for all students
- Separate Break-Out Sessions for Graduate Students and Undergraduate Students
- Office Hours with Orientation Leaders
- Interactive events and activities
Our orientation team will be available to assist with your Virtual ISO experience and/or questions about your transition to Rutgers University. Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 848-932-7015.
International Parent and Family Orientation
Parent and Family members are welcome to visit our International Parent and Family Orientation website for customized information.
All Parents and Family Members are also encouraged to sign up for the Rutgers Parent and Family Newsletter
For Students Attending Rutgers In-Person for Fall 2020/ Spring 2021
We understand that this year, many students will be starting their Rutgers experience remotely but some students may be inside the United States already. If you are in the U.S. or are traveling to the U.S. for Fall 2020/ Spring 2021 please make sure you follow all the steps outlined in our Post-Arrival Guide to activate your SEVIS status in a timely manner.
Mandatory Check-In and Document Verification
This is a legal requirement of your F-1 or J-1 status, and your status will not be legally activated until you have successfully completed this process. Use your Rutgers NetID and password to login to your RGLOBAL account and complete your data through the check-in form (available under “Orientation” in the RGlobal portal). You can also begin to fill out the check-in form using the information and documents you have available to you before you arrive in the United States. Save a draft of the form and complete the form immediately after your arrival and before the start of classes.
You will be asked to upload scans or photos of your passport biographical page, visa page, your I-20/DS-2019, and I-94. If you are on campus, you will have access to multiple Rutgers computer labs.The easiest way to upload these documents is to take a clear picture of them with your phone and email it to yourself. We will host a check-in support session during the Spring International Student Orientation, so please feel free to ask a staff member for assistance if you have any questions. You will receive notification via email once your form has been processed and approved.
For detailed instructions, please review the RGlobal Check-in Tutorial >
Want to learn more about campus resources, like where to find computer labs or get an RUID card? Visit our Useful Campus Resources page.