ROSE Initiative

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 who are unable to come to the United States to attend Rutgers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The ROSE program offers Chinese students the opportunity to experience their first or second semester of Rutgers at a partner university campus in China. Three locations with Chinese partner universities were identified beginning in the fall of 2020: Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai.

The ROSE program is still under negotiations for Fall 2021. If the ROSE program is held for Fall 2021, program sites and partners may vary.

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

The below program pages are according to the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters only.



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 allows 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 are accessing the same materials and syllabi that are 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 toward their degrees. Students taking part in the ROSE program also have access to Rutgers academic and student affairs resources to actively support them and help them transition to New Jersey once restrictions related to the pandemic ease. 

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 universities, 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 semester option. 

ROSE Program Important Documents

If you have questions regarding your 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 11/4/20. Information will be added periodically.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

The ROSE program is still under negotiations for Fall 2021. If the ROSE program is held for Fall 2021, program sites and partners may vary.


If you are a new student, make sure to check your email and fill out a survey regarding ROSE programming! 

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

For the spring semester, Rutgers 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 operating status as well as plans for next semester, read the most recent communication from Rutgers leadership.

I received an email to apply for the ROSE program but 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 for the Fall 2021 semester? +

The ROSE program is still under negotiations for Fall 2021. If the ROSE program is held for Fall 2021, program sites and partners may vary from previous semesters.

How do I know if I received a spot in ROSE? +

For new first-semester at Rutgers students who are eligible to apply for ROSE, you 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 a spot on 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. 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.  

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

For newly admitted first-semester students for the spring 2021 semester, you will be assigned to ROSE Shanghai as this is the only option offering the courses required for first semester students. 

If I attend the ROSE program, may I switch to another location during the semester? +

We understand students and parents may want to attend another ROSE program during the semester, however, in order to ensure students are fully supported and conducive to providing a positive academic environment, students will not be able to change ROSE locations during the semester.

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. 

Note: As a new first-semester ROSE student, you will need to complete 1B and NOT 1A. 



If all the checkboxes are not marked (with the exception of either 1A as mentioned above), you will be required to complete those sections by making sure you click on the "submit" button within each section. 

Can newly admitted non-first-year transfer students participate in the ROSE program? +

At this time, only newly-admitted first-year transfer students are eligible. Second-year transfer students are not eligible.

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

Students are provided with a choice to reside in nearby ROSE housing if they desire. Residential staff and support are provided for students' needs. 

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

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, a $1,000 deposit will be required. Your housing deposit will be applied against your total housing fee for the semester and it will secure your housing spot. This deposit will be refundable up to a point, and then afterwards will become non-refundable.

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 have an issue while in the ROSE program, whom should I contact? +

The ROSE program location has on-ground staff dedicated to ensuring student’s safety and addressing concerns. The ROSE on-ground staff should be the primary contacts for students. 

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

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

For academics, students are recommended to contact local staff and/or their schools

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

Yes. Students can take advantage of several options, including CAPS, which will offer virtual programming throughout the semester. (Please note that one-on-one or counseling services will not be able to be provided by CAPS to students outside New Jersey.) Students also have access to ROSE mental health counselors either in person or virtually. Students can make appointments for counseling, or take part in well-being 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 offers 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, helps to 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 offered to all Rutgers students. While in-person classwork is similar to academic coursework normally offered in New Jersey, course options in China vary due to locations and Rutgers school choices. 

Please visit the individual ROSE Shanghai program page for more information regarding academics.

Are the current courses listed on the ROSE Program pages the final list of courses that will be available? +

The final course offering may vary slightly due to student enrollment. The courses 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 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 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 in-person courses conducted in 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 ROSE students? +

Yes. In order to support students’ academic needs, on-site academic advisors and tutors from both Rutgers and the Chinese partner universities 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 in the next semester? +

No. If you start your the spring 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 summer or fall 2021 semester. 

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 a fully online semester, but will have a first semester experience more comparable with a typical in-person semester at Rutgers 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 (only one deposit required if you are waiving ROSE housing).  

The first deposit is a $3,500 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. 

A second deposit is a $1,000 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. 

Are the deposits refundable? +

The $3,500 program fee deposit is refundable if you attend Rutgers in the fall and will be applied against your spring 2021 term bill. 

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

The $1,000 housing deposit will be refundable up to a certain point. Afterwards, the deposit will be non-refundable as this will go directly to secure a room at your preferred housing. 

Can I use credit on my term bill to pay my deposit? +

No, you will need to pay deposits by credit card.

Are the program fee housing deposits in addition to term bill and housing costs? +

If you attend Rutgers in the fall spring through ROSE or online, the $3,500 will be applied towards your term bill. 

If you attend ROSE in the spring, your housing deposit will be subtracted from your housing bill, and the remainder will be paid in full upon arrival.

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

For more information on specific facilities and resources available at each ROSE location, please consult the program pages.

Will ROSE students 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 as early as possible.

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

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