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ROSE Initiative


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Rutgers Overseas Semester Experience (ROSE)



Rutgers University is pleased to offer the ROSE Initiative (Rutgers Overseas Semester Experience), a program designed for first-year undergraduate students from China whose ability to come to the United States to attend Rutgers in the fall of 2020 may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The ROSE program offers Chinese students the opportunity to experience their first semester of Rutgers at a partner university campus in China. Due to concerns of COVID-19 as well as partner capacity, four locations with Chinese universities (which are in final discussions) have been considered to mitigate these challenges which include Beijing, Guangzhou, Haikou, and Shanghai. 

The ROSE program is a voluntary option for newly admitted students in lieu of beginning a Rutgers semester fully online or deferring admission. 

How the ROSE Program Works 

ROSE will consist of a combination of Rutgers in-person classes at a leading Chinese partner university campus taught by Chinese professors coupled with online coursework taught by Rutgers professors. ROSE will allow students to interact with classmates in China, New Jersey and around the world to create a unified Rutgers community. With both in-person and online classes, students will be accessing the same materials and syllabi that will be used on the Rutgers campuses in New Jersey. 

By participating in the ROSE program, students will remain  registered and enrolled as Rutgers University students. The coursework completed will appear on a Rutgers transcript, helping to ensure that students make timely progress towards their degree. Students taking part in the ROSE program will also have access to Rutgers academic and student affairs resources to actively support them during the Fall 2020 semester and help them transition to New Jersey once restrictions related to the pandemic ease. 

Following the completion of the Fall 2020 semester  through the ROSE program, it is anticipated that students will be able to experience Rutgers University in New Jersey for the Spring 2021 semester. 

Participation in this program is contingent upon government regulations within both China and the United States, immigration and travel restrictions that may be in place, and the university’s operating status at that time. 

The ROSE program option is contingent upon the normal operating status of our partner university, as well as government and health regulations. The program may be cancelled at any time if required for student’s health and safety. In such a scenario, students may have the option to transfer to another location should spacing be available, or may be automatically reverted to a fully-online first semester option. 

ROSE Program Important Documents

If you have questions regarding your admissions application or status, emails need to be sent to Direct inquiries regarding ROSE can be sent to Please include your name and RUID.

Make sure you follow our official Rutgers Global WeChat account for more information.

This page including the FAQs was updated on 6/19/20. Information will be added periodically.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I am interested in participating in the ROSE program. What are my next steps? +

If you are interested in participating in the ROSE program, we ask that you check your email from the Rutgers admissions office sent June 18th. The email will provide details of your ROSE program location for which you can apply to. After reviewing the information, you will need to apply through the ROSE portal by June 25, 2020.  

Student who apply for the ROSE program have the ability to withdraw and transition to a fully online semester any time before September 2nd with no penalty. 

What are Rutgers University's plans for the Fall 2020 semester? +

Rutgers University is working on several contingency plans to provide the best academic experience to newly admitted international students who may not be able to come to study on campus in New Jersey. For the latest messaging on the Rutgers Fall 2020 operating status, read the most recent communication from Rutgers leadership.


I received an email to apply for the ROSE program. However, I would prefer to complete my first semester fully online. What are my next steps? +

All first year Chinese international students are given the option to voluntary apply for the ROSE program. If you are planning on taking a fully online semester, you do NOT have to fill out the application nor do you have to inform us. 

You may also login to the ROSE application and click “withdraw” to decline your participation in the ROSE program. This will not affect your acceptance to Rutgers University.

With which universities is Rutgers partnering? +

Rutgers is hosting the ROSE program at partner universities in northern, central and southern China. The current ROSE locations* include: 

*Note: Universities and locations are still under final negotiations. Changes in partners or locations may occur if required.

How do I secure a spot in ROSE? +

All students who are eligible to apply for ROSE will receive an email from the Rutgers admissions office. 

To secure your spot, you must complete the application by following the link in the email.  

Students will be assigned  to a final location on a first come, first served basis so timely completion of your program application with location preference is key. Our partner university student capacity will also factor into your location placement as space is limited. 

A deposit is required to hold your participation in the ROSE program and is payable between June 29th and July 6, 2020. If your deposit is not received during that period, your spot will be forfeited. You may still have the ability to join at a later date should space be available or you may be placed on waiting list if already filled.  

If you wish to choose an alternative location, please see below for the question regarding alternative location placement. 

How will I know which location I have the option to apply to? +

Within the email sent to you by the Rutgers admissions office, you will be informed of which location you have been assigned.  

You can also find this information when logging into your ROSE application. You will see the location you have been pre-assigned to on your portal Home Page. 

I was not assigned to the location I have an interest in. May I choose which of the Rutgers partner universities I want to attend? +

We understand students and parents may have strong preferences for which location they would like students to attend. Due to travel restrictions, safety concerns, and individual planning of each Rutgers School, Rutgers has assigned students wishing to participate in the ROSE program to a campus based on their intended area of academic interest, geographic location, and Chinese partner capacity. 

For predesignated locations, all students within the School of Engineering and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences were assigned to Guangzhou. Students in the Rutgers Business School were assigned to Beijing or Shanghai based on geographical location. Students in the School of Arts and Sciences were assigned to Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai, based on geographical location as well as intended academic area of interest. 

If students have a strong preference in attending an alternative location, they must indicate their preference in the ROSE portal questionnaire by June 25th. (See “ROSE Participation and Location Preferences”)  A brief justification for why you prefer an alternative ROSE location is required. 

Once receiving this information, we will determine current capacity at each partner university and review your requested location change with your first year advisor or dean at the relevant Rutgers school and assess the request. If eligible, we will send you confirmation for the location change along with information on your next steps within the ROSE portal. 

I was assigned to a specific location. Am I guaranteed a spot to attend at this location? +

Rutgers has partnered with four universities to try to allow as many students to participate as possible.  

While every attempt will be made to secure your spot at your original location, due to capacity at each partner location, we are not able to  guarantee a spot. 

Students who complete their application first will be given priority at that location. Once all available slots have been filled, students completing the initial application will be placed on a waiting list and notified.  

If you are placed on a waiting list, you may be initially placed at an alternative location. If a slot becomes available, you will be notified so you can determine your interest at the original assigned location.

I was assigned to a location in which I do not meet the minimum academic requirements or I am not interested in the classes offered. What are my choices? +

Students were assigned to their original locations due to school of enrollment and their intended academic interest. While most locations offer similar academics, one site specializes in coursework that is focused on students interested in business. If you were placed at the Beijing location but would not be able to meet the minimum academic requirements, you can apply for an alternative location within the application. Make sure to include a brief summary of your reasoning.

Please talk with your Rutgers academic advisor if you have any questions.

Within my application I noted that I would prefer an alternative location instead of the location I was assigned. Will I be guaranteed my original spot and when will I find out when if I was assigned to that alternative location? +

If you indicated that you would prefer an alternative location, your spot for your original location will NOT be guaranteed and may be offered to another student. Your request to attend an alternate location will be evaluated taking into consideration capacity restrictions at each location, whether you meet the pre-requirements, and whether your school of enrollment approves. 

Between June 26th and June 29th, you will be notified if your alternative location has been approved. 

How will I know if my application is received by the ROSE review committee? +

If all checkboxes within your ROSE program application are marked as complete, your application has been received and is being reviewed. Should additional information or clarification be needed, we will contact you. 

If all the checkboxes are not marked, you will be required to complete those sections by making sure you click on the "submit" button within each section.   

Can current Rutgers students or newly admitted transfer students participate in the ROSE program? +

At this time, this signature program is only available to newly admitted incoming students. We are currently exploring the possibility of allowing some of our current students to study abroad at a partner Chinese university. Options for current students will be determined by our Chinese partner university’s capability and policies to accommodate students. Additional information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. 

What options are available for housing? Will any residential staff and support be provided? +

Depending on the city location, students will be provided with a choice to reside in on-campus housing or a nearby hotel. Residential staff and support will be provided for both scenarios. 

Students also have the option to decline on-campus housing and commute from home if they are closer to campus. 

For information on each site's specific housing information, visit the individual program pages above. 

Students will be required to note their housing preference on the ROSE portal’s “ROSE Housing Selection” questionnaire. 

If students select the ROSE housing option, an $800 deposit will be required by July 6, 2020. Your housing deposit will be applied against your total housing fee for the fall 2020 semester and it will secure your housing spot. This deposit will be refundable until July 16, 2020.

What are the main differences between the ROSE program and an online-only coursework option? +

In order to offer first-year incoming students a more comprehensive student experience and integration into the Rutgers student community, the ROSE program will offer select in-person classes, recitation sections, and tutoring. This option, when coupled with distance education and advising from Rutgers faculty and staff in New Jersey, will help maximize a students’ academic success by increasing their sense of belonging to the Rutgers community. 

Through the ROSE program, students will also be able to participate in student activities organized by Rutgers and/or the partner university to better foster an on-campus experience.

Will the courses offered for the ROSE program be the same as those offered at Rutgers in New Jersey? +

All online coursework will be the same coursework offered to all Rutgers students. While in-person classwork will be similar to academic coursework normally offered in New Jersey. In-person course options in China may vary due to locations and Rutgers school choices. 

Please visit the individual program pages above for more information regarding academics at each location.

Are the current courses listed on each ROSE program profile the final list of courses that will be available? +

The final course offerings may vary slightly due to student enrollment. Those currently listed are preliminary courses that may be offered. 

Will the courses provided by ROSE be core components for graduation? +

Yes. The courses provided through this program will be core components that are normally required for first year students in order to help you graduate on time. These courses are prepared according to approved Rutgers syllabi and will be taught jointly by Rutgers and Chinese university faculty. 

Will students need to also take online classes? +

Yes. The ROSE initiative program consists of a combination of in-person and online classes. Academic advisors in your school will assist you in choosing the appropriate online courses for the fall 2020 semester. Online coursework will primarily be asynchronous remote learning, but occasionally may require live interactions to better integrate students with other Rutgers classmates around the world.

Will the in-person courses and coursework be conducted in English or Chinese? +

The in-person academic courses and coursework will be conducted in English. However, there will be bilingual support from professors to help students better understand and supplement course content if needed. 

Will Rutgers provide academic support to students who choose the ROSE program? +

Yes. In order to support students’ academic needs, on-site academic advisors and tutors from both Rutgers and the Chinese partner university will be available, as well as learning center support from Rutgers University in New Jersey.  

If I begin in the ROSE program, will I be able to transition to in-person classes in New Jersey during the fall semester? +

No. If you start your Fall 2020 semester in the ROSE program, you will be required to complete the semester in China. The goal will be to welcome you to the New Jersey campuses at the start of the Spring 2021 semester.  

What is the tuition structure for ROSE? +

Your final tuition bill will be determined by your school of enrollment and sent directly to you. Tuition for the ROSE program is anticipated to be approximately $14,500 with additional fees totaling approximately $1,000. 

The tuition structure is similar to a fully online semester, but will have a first semester experience more comparable to a typical in-person semester at Rutgers in New Jersey. 

What deposits are required for me to participate in ROSE? +

To guarantee your spot in the ROSE program, you will be required to make two separate deposits.  

The first deposit is a $500 program fee deposit to secure your spot in the ROSE program. This deposit will need to be paid after your final assignment has been made around June 29th and before the July 6th deadline. 

A second deposit is an $800 housing deposit that is only required if you will be living in ROSE housing. This deposit will need to be paid after your final assignment has been made around June 29th and before the July 6th deadline.

Are the required deposits refundable? +

The $500 program fee deposit is refundable if you attend Rutgers in the fall and will be applied against your fall 2020 term bill 

If you withdraw from Rutgers, the program fee deposit will be non-refundable. 

The $800 housing deposit will be refundable until July 16th. Afterwards, the deposit will be non-refundable as this will go directly to secure a room at your preferred housing. 

Are the program fee deposit and housing deposit separate from the tuition and housing costs? +

If you are attending Rutgers in the fall through ROSE or online, the $500 will be applied to your tuition. 

If attending ROSE in the fall, your housing deposit will be subtracted from your housing bill.

Are facilities and resources at the partner Chinese universities open to Rutgers students? +

Rutgers students should have access to many facilities and resources at the partner Chinese universities, including a library access, dining halls, etc.* However, depending on partner university policies, more facilities, including local campus cards, may be available. For more information on specific facilities and resources available at each location, visit the program profiles at the top of this page. 

*Beijing campus access will be more limited due to COVID-19 measures currently in place on campus. 


Will students still need an F-1 visa to attend the ROSE program? +

To attend the ROSE program, there is no requirement for an F-1 visa. However, it is highly recommended that you start your F-1 visa application for Spring 2021 as early as possible.

Will I be required to purchase health insurance? If so, will Rutgers provide insurance guidelines for all students? +

Yes. Rutgers will require students to purchase insurance and will provide guidelines on the minimum coverage.