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 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 Spring 2022. 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. 

Overall Program Structure

Part 1 - In this part, you will be invited to join a Canvas course site. You should complete all ISO modules before your live virtual ISO session. You will receive an email at your Rutgers email account inviting you to this ISO course on Canvas.

How do you access 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.

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.

Full orientation attendance is dependent on BOTH your scheduled orientation session and the orientation course. If you leave the live program early or do not complete all online modules, you will not be given credit for completing orientation.

Once you have access to the Canvas ISO course site, you will have until January 24 to complete all modules of the program. We will be sharing announcements through Canvas about for new programs and 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 joining the Part 2 of the ISO program. 

Part 2On January 19, we will host a live virtual ISO - Welcome, Resources, and Q&A session for all incoming international students. This will be an opportunity for you to receive additional information, learn about on-campus resources, and meet other students. The live virtual ISO will take place from 7pm-9pm EST. You will receive a zoom invitation in your Rutgers email prior to the event.

How to register for the virtual live ISO session?

Please confirm your attendance at the virtual ISO by completing this form.

  • Activate your Rutgers NetID
    • Activate your Scarletmail on the same site
      • To access your Scarletmail after activation, go to gmail.com and 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

In addition, you will also receive a confirmation/invitation email with other important details about the ISO. Please check your Rutgers email account for this information. If you have not received your confirmation/invitation email and/or have any issues accessing our Canvas course or the live session, 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 have access to this in early January)
  • 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

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 Webpage 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 2022

We understand that this year, some students may be starting their Rutgers experience remotely but most are expected to be inside the United States already. If you are in the U.S. or are traveling to the U.S. for Spring 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. 

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. 

New Student Online Modules

Not Anymore Online learning module information is sent to all new students via their Rutgers email account. 

Don’t forget, all first-year and transfer students who start in Spring 2022 are required to complete two online learning modules by February 1, 2022.  Students who fail to complete the two modules by the deadline will be unable to register for Fall 2022 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 2022, 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

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Meet the 2021 International Student Orientation Leaders

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