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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. 


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.

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