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. 

Spring 2019 Orientation will be held on Monday, January 21, 2019, 9:00 a.m. at College Ave Student Center. Detailed schedule will be posted soon.
Fall 2018 Orientation: Begins Monday, August 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. (College Avenue Gym)

To get to the College Avenue Gym on Monday, August 27, 2018, take the A/EE/F/H/LX bus to the College Avenue Student Center and walk next door to the gym—you'll see many of your fellow students outside, so you can't miss it!

2018 Orientation schedules can be viewed here:

Undergraduate Student Orientation Schedule
Graduate Student Orientation Schedule
RBHS Student Orientation Schedule

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)

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 check-in support sessions every day during orientation, so please check the program for times and locations.
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 (Fall Orientation ONLY)

Monday, August 20, 2018–Sunday, August 26, 2018

International Parent and Family Orientation (Fall Orientation ONLY)

Monday, August 27, 2018
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, 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.

The International Parent and Family Orientation schedule can be found here>

The fee for the Parent and Family Orientation is $30. Fee includes lunch, dinner, guided campus bus tour, and a whole day of events and sessions.

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.

To register for the International Parent and Family Orientation, please visit www.globalservices.tix.com