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Orientation

International Student Orientation and International Parent Orientation for fall 2020 are scheduled to be on the Rutgers University campus. However, please continue to check this webpage for the latest updates as we monitor the COVID-19 situation. We look forward to welcoming you to Rutgers in the fall of 2020.  

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For the latest COVID-19 information visit coronavirus.rutgers.edu.

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. 

We will update information about the FALL 2020 Orientation program as soon as the information is finalized. The dates for the program are: Monday, August 24 to Friday, August 28.

Highlights of the orientation program 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
  • 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
  • Meeting with your academic advisers 
  • Pre-Orientation Activities for Graduate Students 
  • Parent and Family 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 >

International Parent and Family Orientation

Please check back for more details about the fall 2020 parent and family orientation. The program is currently scheduled for Monday, August 24, 2020.

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.