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.

The ROSE program offers first-semester newly admitted 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 would like to attend their first year of Rutgers in their home country of China, where students will be able to experience Rutgers high quality education, community and extracurricular activities, and a path to help transition into Rutgers New Jersey more easily.

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, attendance numbers, or other 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 semester/year and help them transition to New Jersey after the semester.

Following the completion of the first or second semester at the ROSE program, it is anticipated that students will continue their studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

The ROSE program option is contingent upon the normal operating status of our partner universities, number of students who register, 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 have the option to attend classes in NJ or may be transferred to a fully-online semester option (if classes are still available and after talking with a school advisor). 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 1/13/22 Information will be added periodically.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


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

Interested students should look out for information regarding the ROSE program from Admissions.

Students should fill out their the Admissions form that states interest the ROSE program. If and when the application opens, students who signed up will be sent an email regarding how to register for the ROSE program, as well as dates needing to be completed by.

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 available) 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 the deadline stated in the application.

Financial penalties may apply for withdrawal, which will be stated in the application.

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

For Rutgers University operating status, please visit and

I received an email to apply for the ROSE program. However, I would prefer to complete my first semester in New Jersey or fully online if available. 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.

How do I secure a spot in ROSE? +

To secure your spot, you must complete the application by filling out the application once announced by email and WeChat.

A deposit is required to hold your participation in the ROSE program and will need to be paid by the date listed in the application. 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 do I know if I received a spot in ROSE? +

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


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.

ROSE Logistics and Eligibility

With which universities is Rutgers partnering? +

Rutgers is hosting the ROSE program at partner universities in southern China.

The current* ROSE location is South China University of Technology, our long-term esteemed partner, located in Guangzhou.

*Note: Changes in partners or locations may occur if required.

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.

Who is eligible to take part in the ROSE program? +

At this time, this ROSE program is only available to newly admitted incoming first year Chinese national students who are admitted to New Brunswick schools. Pathway students are not eligible. 

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

In Guangzhou, in order to ensure students have full campus access, all students will live at the partner hotel to ensure covid-19 safety protocols are met.

Students will need to pay their housing in full at check-in. Deposit will go towards 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 begin in the ROSE program, will I be able to transition to in-person classes in New Jersey or fully online during the semester? +

No. If you start your 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 either the second semester or after the first year.

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

ROSE Courses and Academics

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 location and Rutgers school choices.

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

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. Below are tentative courses that may be offered during the year.

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 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 be 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.

ROSE Services and Resources

Are any mental wellbeing services available to ROSE students? +

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

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

For more information on specific facilities and resources available at our partner university, visit the program profile at the top of this page.

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

Before the start of the program, students should email

After the start of the program, ROSE has on ground staff dedicated to ensuring student’s safety and to address concerns.

Students primary contacts should be 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, Student Affairs, etc for any concerns or questions.

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

What type of activities will I be able to take part in at ROSE? +

ROSE will offer students a Rutgers community feeling through various extra-curricular, co-curricular, mental well being, service learning, and English activities to enhance their experience. Extra-curricular events in the past include Rutgers 101, talent shows, BBQ's, galas, movie nights, game nights, excursions, sporting events, and many more! Co-curricular activities in the past have included academic workshops, academic integrity seminars, and other activities to help students succeed in the classrooms.


Students are also eligible to take part in SCUT local activities.

ROSE Finances

What is the tuition structure for ROSE? +

Your final tuition bill is determined by your school of enrollment and sent directly to you. Your Rutgers term bill will be Tuition for the tuition for the ROSE program and 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 with a typical in-person semester at Rutgers New Jersey.

You will be required to pay a $7,000 deposit through the ROSE portal as mentioned below. The remainder of your tuition will be paid through your my.rutgers term bill system.

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, there will be one deposit of $7,000 that will be required to take part in ROSE.

The deposit includes 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.

The deposit also includes a $1,500 housing deposit that is required if you will be living in ROSE housing.

Students who are approved to commute may still have to pay the full deposit, but will be transferred to your term bill.

Are the required deposits refundable? +

If paying the ROSE program fee deposit, and attending Rutgers through ROSE, the $7,000 will be applied to 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 the deadline in the application, your deposit will also be transferred to your term bill.

If withdrawing from ROSE or Rutgers after the deadline in the application, your program deposit will be non-refundable.

The housing portion will be charged a penalty according to the Housing Penalty as stated within the application.

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

Deposits will be part of your normal Rutgers tuition if enrolling into ROSE and will be transferred to your term bills as part of the payment.

Housing will be paid by student in full upon check-in with RMB.

When will deposits be applied to my term bill? +

Deposits will be applied to your term bills AFTER the semester starts. When 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.

Where do I pay my term bill? +

As stated above, the ROSE term bill is the same as your Rutgers term bill. Students will pay the $7,000 deposit within the ROSE application, but the remainder of the term bill through payment page.

When paying your term bill, make sure you deduct the amount of US Health Insurance (if not yet removed from your term bill) as well as the $7,000 deposit.

For example, if your term bill lists a total of $17,668.20 and still includes insurance which is around $1,363, then your term bill total you would need to pay is actually $16,305.20. As you also already paid the $7,000 deposit, then the amount you actually would need to pay for your term bill is only $9,305.20.

*Please note the figures above are hypothetical and may differ depending on your school of enrollment.

What do I do if certain costs are not removed from my term bill? +

Students who sign up for ROSE should have the US “Student Health Insurance Plan” removed from their term bill.

If the term bill still lists insurance, please deduct that amount from the term bill yourself and pay the remainder (minus the $7,000) deposit.

Visa, Insurance, Vaccine, and Other Questions

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 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 in China and has provided guidelines on the minimum coverage.

More information can be found in your application. Students will be exempt from US insurance while studying at ROSE.

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

Students will need to have received covid-19 shots and must be in compliance with partner requirements.