Orientation

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 2020 Orientation will be held on Monday, Jan 20, 9:00 a.m at the College Avenue Student Center (126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901). 

A detailed program will be available on this page closer to the date of the event. Please note that this is a full day event and will end at 5:00 p.m., with some additional optional evening activities as well. 

Highlights of the orientation include:

  • 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
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 >

Information about the FALL 2020 Orientation program will be available on this page in February 2020. The dates for the program are: Monday, August 24 to Friday, August 28.

Resources for International Parents and Families