International Student Orientation

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. Want to see more campus resources, like where to find computer labs or get an RUID card? Visit our Useful Campus Resources page. 

Fall 2019 Orientation will begin on Monday, August 26, 2019, 8:30 a.m at the Rutgers Athletic Center on Livingston Campus (83 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854). 

Watch this space for the latest information and updates on orientation.

  • Schedule for the International Student Orientation week: 2019 International Student Orientation Program. We will provide a printed version for each student on Monday, Aug 26 at the orientation welcome session.
  • RBHS Student Schedule for International Student Orientation: This is a customized abridged program for RBHS students. If RBHS students want, they can also participate in the additional activities and sessions offered through the extended New Brunswick program. Students traveling to New Brunswick from Newark will be provided transportation to attend the New Brunswick program on Monday, August 26. 
  • 2019 Pre-Orientation Graduate Student Program: If you are a graduate student arriving before August 25, we have prepared a week of events and activities to help you settle in before the official international student orientation begins. 

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
  • Learning about the rights and responsibilities of non-immigrant students
  • 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 (fall orientation)
  • Meeting with your academic advisers (fall orientation)
  • Pre-Orientation Activities for Graduate Students (fall orientation)
  • Parent and Family Orientation (fall orientation)
  • Vendor Fairs with banks, cellphone companies, and more 

Post-Arrival Guide

There is much to do once you arrive in the United States and before you are ready to begin classes. Understand all the procedures involved and your responsibilities—arrival on campus, completing the legally required check-in process with global services, attending the mandatory international student orientation program, and more.

See Post-Arrival Guide >

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 >

Pre-Orientation Activities 
Monday, August 19, 2019–Sunday, August 25, 2019
We know many of you arrive before orientation begins on August 26, so we have prepared some activities for you before the official orientation begins as you settle into your new home. Schedule for the 2019 pre-orientation activities will be up in the summer but please see last year's schedule here.

International Parent and Family Orientation
Monday, August 26, 2019
For parents & families only: At the Parent and Family Orientation, you can interact with many of the active campus partners in your student's Rutgers experience, including the Student Accounting, Student Health, Residence Life, programs for parents and families, and Rutgers Global–International Student and Scholar Services. In addition to hearing more about services and resources on campus, you will meet with other international parents and family members, and ask our staff any last minute questions. You will also have the option to avail of a guided tour of the historic Rutgers campus. Please visit our International Parent and Family Orientation website