International Student Orientation (ISO)

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 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 continue to offer a virtual orientation experience for all incoming students for Fall 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. 

Fall 2021 ISO Dates: Monday, August 23 to Friday, August 27

How to register for the virtual ISO?

  • Activate your Rutgers NetID
    • Activate your Scarletmail on the same site
      • To access your Scarletmail after activation, go to gmail.com, type in your FULL Scarletmail email address  (NetID@scarletmail.rutgers.edu) and the password you created. You will be prompted to enter your NetID and password via Rutgers Central Authentication System. Once that information is entered, your Scarletmail will open.
  • Create your Rutgers University Zoom account

Incoming graduate students will be automatically registered for the ISO. 

Incoming undergraduate students must complete the following additional steps before registering for the ISO:

After completion of the above steps, undergraduate students will be able to go to their myRutgers Dashboard and select the Virtual International Student Orientation.  

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 your Rutgers Scarletmail email a 2-3 days prior to the start of the ISO program.  

Once you are added, you will be able to log into your Canvas account and begin the asynchronous portion of orientation. Click here to access Canvas using your NetID and password. Click here if you are having issues with Canvas to reach the Canvas help desk.

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 live events that are being planned to help with your transition to Rutgers. You do not have to begin the virtual program 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. More information about live events and programs will be provided during the summer.

In addition, you will also receive a confirmation/invitation email with other important details about the ISO. Please check your Scarletmail account for this information. If you have not received your confirmation/invitation email and/or have not been added to our Canvas course 2 days prior to the program start, email us at isss-students@global.rutgers.edu

What Will You Need?

Please review the following items to make sure you are prepared for your orientation experience: 

  • Access to your Rutgers University Zoom account & Scarletmail email account 
  • Access to our Orientation Course in Canvas (you will not have access to this until 2-3 days prior to the ISO start date)
  • Use a device (computer, laptop, or tablet) that has audio functionality
  • Access to the internet
  • While not required, we recommend the use of headphones to not be distracted by background noise

Overall Program Structure

  • ISO Modules for all students
  • Separate Break-Out Sessions for Graduate Students and Undergraduate Students
  • Office Hours with Orientation Leaders
  • Live 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 isss-students@global.rutgers.edu 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 Spring/Fall 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 Spring/Fall 2021 please make sure you follow all the steps outlined in our Post-Arrival Guide to activate your SEVIS status in a timely manner. 

See Post-Arrival Guide >

Mandatory Check-In and Document Verification (for students attending in-person)

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. 

Welcome to Rutgers!

2020 International Student Orientation Leaders Welcome Video

Meet your 2020 International Student Orientation Leaders