Orientation

International Student Orientation (ISO)

Welcome, our new Scarlet Knights to Rutgers!

Rutgers Global–International Student and Scholar Services conducts a comprehensive orientation for all new international first-year and transfer students students every fall and spring semester. This mandatory orientation welcomes, prepares, and engages new students and their families in their transition to Rutgers University - New Brunswick. 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. For Fall 2022, the ISO program will be an in-person experience along with virtual pre-orientation resources.

Overall Program Structure

Pre-Orientation

Don’t forget, all first-year and transfer students who start in Fall 2022 are required to complete two online learning modules by September 1, 2022.  Students who fail to complete the two modules by the deadline will be unable to register for Spring 2023 classes.  This registration hold will remain on the student’s account until both modules are completed. For all new students (first-year and transfer) starting in Spring 2023, these modules will be sent to you via your Rutgers email account and guidelines for completion will be similar to those outlined above. 

Students who have concerns about completing a module or wish to request an exemption are asked to contact nb.compliance@rutgers.edu.    

For questions about the modules or technology, please review the FAQs or email nb.compliance@rutgers.edu

I. Learning Modules

1. Not Anymore

Not Anymore is an online program designed to help students foster healthy relationships and deal with the issues of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, and stalking.

2. Not Anymore for Alcohol & Other Drugs

Not Anymore for Alcohol & Other Drugs is designed to inform students about the risks of drugs and alcohol abuse. Students will learn a variety of methods to manage situations involving these substances.

Access Learning Modules

II. Orientation Course in Canvas

You will be given access to our International Student Orientation Canvas site one week prior to your scheduled orientation date. Students will need to complete all of the modules in the course prior to the in-person orientation. You will receive an email at your Rutgers email account inviting you to this ISO course on Canvas.

How do you access the virtual Canvas orientation? 

Canvas is the learning management 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 be given access to our International Student Orientation Canvas site and will have to complete all of the modules in the course prior to your scheduled orientation date. Instructions on how to access your Canvas account can be viewed here.

International Student Orientation 

Students attending New Student Orientation must be up to date with the university's COVID-10 Immunization Policy.  Up to date means completing a primary series (2 does of Pfizer, 2 does of Moderna, or 1 dose of J&J) as well as a booster once eligible.  Students will not be able to participate in the International Student Orientation until they are compliant.

How to Register for Orientation - Monday, August 29 to Wednesday, August 31

Undergraduate Students: Register for Orientation on your myRutgers dashboard.

Graduate Students: You are automatically registered for the program.

What Can You Expect

International Student Orientation is a 3-day program from August 29 to August 31, for graduate and undergraduate international first year and transfer students. Through presentations and interactive activities, students will learn more about the Rutgers campus, connect with Rutgers departments, resources, and staff, and get guidance from current Rutgers students. Through a variety of social activities, ISO is also an opportunity for students to make friends as they begin their Rutgers journey.

We want to ensure that everyone is able to fully participate in our Orientation experience.  If there are questions and/or concerns about the method(s) of delivering content, please do not hesitate to contact our office at isss-students@global.rutgers.edu.

If you are in the U.S. or are traveling to the U.S. for Fall 2022 please make sure you follow all the steps outlined in our Pre and Post Arrival Steps to activate your SEVIS status in a timely manner. 

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

International Parent and Family Orientation

Parent and Family members are invited to attend orientation while their student attends International Student Orientation. Tickets for Parent & Family Orientation must be purchased in advance. Registration for Parent & Family Orientation is available at getinvolved.tix.com. Email us with any questions at ruparents@echo.rutgers.edu.

All Parents and Family Members are also encouraged to sign up for the Rutgers Parent and Family Newsletter.

Parent and Family members are welcome to visit our International Parent and Family Orientation Webpage for customized information. 

Welcome to Rutgers!

Meet the 2021 International Student Orientation Leaders

Meet your 2021 International Student Orientation Leaders