ROSE Initiative

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Rutgers Overseas Semester Experience (ROSE) Fall 2021

Rutgers University is pleased to extend the ROSE Initiative (Rutgers Overseas Semester Experience) for the Fall 2021 semester. The ROSE Initiative was designed in 2020 for first-year undergraduate students from China whose ability to come to the United States to attend Rutgers was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ROSE program offers newly admitted first-semester Rutgers Chinese students (who hold Chinese citizenship) the opportunity to experience their first semester of Rutgers at a partner university campus in China. The ROSE program is a voluntary option for newly admitted first-year students who are unable to travel to New Jersey in light of visa, travel, or safety restrictions/concerns.

We recommend all students to apply for their visa regardless of their intended plan to enroll into ROSE. Having a visa will provide students with more options in the case that a ROSE program needs to be cancelled due to COVID-19 related issues.



How the ROSE Program Works 

ROSE consists of a combination of Rutgers in-person classes at a leading Chinese partner university campus taught by Chinese or American professors and instructors 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 or similar materials and syllabi that will be used on the Rutgers campuses in New Jersey.

By participating in the ROSE program, students 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 also have access to Rutgers academic and student affairs resources to actively support them during the Fall 2021 semester and help them transition to New Jersey after the semester.

Following the completion of the Fall 2021 semester  through the ROSE program, it is anticipated that students will be able to experience Rutgers University in New Jersey for the Spring 2022 semester pending university operation status, visa interview availability, and travel restrictions.

The ROSE program option is contingent upon the normal operating status of our partner universities, as well as government and health regulations. The program, or any site, 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, may be transferred to a fully-online semester option (if classes are still available and after talking with a school advisor), or travel the US. For this reason, we recommend students apply for their visa as soon as possible.

ROSE Program Important Documents

If you have questions regarding your Rutgers admissions application or status, please contact:

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 6/15/21. 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 around June 17th. 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 24, 2021. 

Student who apply for the ROSE program have the ability to withdraw from ROSE to travel to the United States or transition to a fully online semester if they notify ROSE with written documentation (note online classes may be limited and you would have to talk with a school advisor first) any time before September 1st. Students will have to notify the ROSE program in advance through written communication as well as discuss with their school of enrollment advisor.

What are Rutgers University's plans for the Fall 2021 semester? +

Rutgers University has announced that the Fall 2021 semester will be a majority of in-person classes and select online courses. Please refer to the university website for further details. 

I received an email to apply for the ROSE program but I would prefer to complete my first semester in New Jersey or fully online. What are my next steps? +

All first year newly admitted Chinese international students are given the option to voluntary apply for the ROSE program. If you are planning to attend classes in New Jersey or taking a fully online semester, you do NOT have to fill out the application nor do you have to inform us. However, later applications may not be considered.

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 for the Fall 2021 semester? +

For the Fall 2021 semester, Rutgers is hosting the ROSE program at partner universities in northern and southern China. The current* ROSE locations include:

•    One of China's most prestigious universities, Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management located in Beijing.
•    South China University of Technology, our long-term esteemed partner, located in Guangzhou.

*Note: Changes in partners or locations may occur if required and are still in discussion.

If a location does not meet the required minimum registration amount during the registration period, it may undergo changes or may be cancelled. In such a case, we will notify students.

How do I secure a spot in ROSE? And how will I know if I have received a spot? +

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 24th and June 29th, 2021. 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 the program is already filled. 

If you would like to request an alternative location, view the below FAQ regarding alternative location placement. 

If you are accepted into the ROSE program, your application status in the ROSE portal will read “accepted” or “committed.”

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 to which you have been assigned. 

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

I was not assigned to the location I have an interest in. Can 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 Guangzhou based on geographical location. Students in the School of Arts and Sciences were assigned to Beijing or Guangzhou 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 29. “ROSE Participation and Location Preferences”   A brief justification for why you prefer to 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 two 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 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.

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 indicate on your application that you 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 24th 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 sections 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 sections are not within “Completed Requirements,” 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, the ROSE program is only available to newly admitted incoming students. 

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

Depending on the city location, students are provided with a choice to reside in nearby hotels. Residential staff and support are planned to be provided.

In Beijing, Students will have the option to decline ROSE housing and commute.

In Guangzhou, all students will need to live at the partner hotel to ensure COVID-19 safety protocols are met. Students who are native Guangzhou students and may live from home will need to apply for an exemption.

Students will need to pay their housing in full at check-in. The deposit will go toward your term bill in the US.

For information on each sites specific housing information, visit the individual program pages above.

What rules and policies will Rutgers students need to abide by during the ROSE program? +

ROSE students will need to abide by Rutgers policies applicable to all Rutgers students, ROSE policies, as well as partner policies.

Students will receive a handbook explaining ROSE policies, and will be briefed on partner policies during orientation.

Students will be held to same standards and accountability as students in New Jersey.

If I am experiencing an issue while in ROSE, who shall I contact? +

Each ROSE location has on-ground staff dedicated to ensuring student’s safety and to addressing concerns. Students' primary contacts should be the ROSE on-ground staff.

Students are also able to directly communicate with ROSE staff in New Jersey regarding any concerns or questions.

Additionally, students are able to directly contact any relevant Rutgers departments such as Student Conduct and Student Affairs for any concerns or questions.

For academic issues, it is recommended that students contact local staff and/or their schools.

Are there any mental health and wellness services available to ROSE students? +

Yes. Students can take advantage of several options. First, CAPS will offer virtual programming throughout the semester that ROSE students can participate in. However, one-on-one or counseling services will not be available to students outside of New Jersey by CAPS.

Students also have access to ROSE mental health counselors either in person or virtually at each ROSE location. Students can make appointments for counseling, or take part in wellbeing workshops throughout the semester.

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 is the same coursework offered to all Rutgers students. While in-person classwork is similar to academic coursework normally offered in New Jersey, in-person course options in China 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 offering may vary 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 2021 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.

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

The in-person academic courses and coursework are primarily conducted in English. 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 are 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 or fully online during the fall semester? +

No. If you start your Fall 2021 semester in the ROSE program, you are 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 2022 semester.

If a student wants to withdraw from the ROSE program to attend classes in-person in New Jersey or online before September 1, they will need to talk with an advisor from their school to ensure classes are still available. Online classes are limited.

What is the tuition structure for ROSE? +

Your final tuition bill is 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 in-person classes in NJ and a fully online semester, but will have a first semester experience more comparable to a typical in-person semester at Rutgers New Jersey.

For more information on term bills, visit our FAQ.

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 $5,500 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 24 and before the June 29 deadline.

A second deposit is a $1,500 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 24 and before the June 29 deadline.

Are the required deposits refundable? +

If paying the ROSE program fee deposit, and attending Rutgers in the Fall through ROSE, the $5,500 will be applied against your tuition. If withdrawing from ROSE to attend classes in NJ or online (note that online classes are limited and will need to be approved by your school advisor) before September, your deposit will also be transferred to your term bill.

If withdrawing from Rutgers before July 15, your deposits will be refundable. If withdrawing from ROSE and Rutgers after July 15, your program deposit will be non-refundable.

The housing deposit will be refundable before July 15. Cancellations after July 15 will be refunded according to our cancellation policy within your application.

Is the Program fee deposit and housing deposit separate in addition to tuition and housing costs? +

Deposits will be part of your normal tuition if enrolling into ROSE, NJ courses, or online.

If attending ROSE in the fall, your housing deposit will also be applied to your term bill. You will need to pay full amount of hotel at check-in.

When will deposits be applied to my term bill? +

Deposits will be applied to your term bill after the semester starts. If paying your term bill beforehand, please subtract the deposit(s) from your total bill.

For more information, please visit our ROSE Financial FAQs on the main ROSE website above.

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

Campus access varies according to each partner and local government policies. Depending on partner university policies, more facilities, including local campus cards, may be available.

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

For more information on specific facilities and resources available at each location, visit the program profiles at the top of this page.

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, we highly recommended that you start your F-1 visa application for the Fall 2021 semester regardless if you intend to attend ROSE or not in case of any unexpected cancellations or changes to the ROSE program.

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 has provided guidelines on the minimum coverage. More information can be found in your application.

Will I be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine to take part in ROSE? +

More information will be given in the near future regarding if an FDA or WHO COVID-19 vaccine will be required to attend the ROSE program.