International Student Orientation
Begins Monday, August 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m. (College Avenue Gym)
The Center for Global Services at the GAIA Centers 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. To get to the College Avenue Gym on Monday, August 28, 2017, 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!
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? See our Student Information Hub.
2017 International Undergraduate Student Orientation Program >
2017 International Graduate Student Orientation Program >
2017 International RBHS Student Orientation Program >
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
- Meeting with your academic advisers
- 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
- Learning about the rights and responsibilities of non-immigrant students
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 >
Monday, August 21, 2017–Sunday, August 27, 2017
Meet various banks, cell phone companies, local markets, etc.
Sunday, August 27, 5:00–7:00 p.m. | College Ave Student Center, Fireside Lounge
Monday, August 28, 4:30-6:00 p.m. | College Ave Student Center, Fireside Lounge
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.
International Parent and Family Orientation
International Parent and Family Orientation
Monday, August 28, 12noon-5pm
Graduate Student Lounge, College Ave Campus
The Office of New Student Orientation and Family Programs offers an International Parent and Family Orientation for family members who are traveling with their students to the United States. 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, financial aid, health services, residence life, programs for parents and families, and the Center for Global Services at the GAIA Centers.
In addition to hearing more about services and resources on campus, you will meet with current Rutgers students to hear about their experiences, meet other international parents and family members, and ask our staff any last minute questions.
Registration for this event is live; please visit getinvolved.tix.com to reserve your spot. Up to two (2) family members per student are allowed to attend this session. The cost is $20 per registrant in advance and $30 at the door. We encourage you to register as soon as possible, as space is limited.
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.