Fall 2017 International Student Orientation Programs

It is mandatory that all new international students attend orientation programs jointly organized by OISS and academic departments. During orientation, you will receive information essential to transition to your new life at Rutgers and in the U.S. You will be informed of law and regulations for you to maintain F-1/J-1 legal status while studying in the U.S.; you will become familiar with the University and its resources, meet with advisers to plan your curriculum, learn about University policies and procedures and register for courses; you will also have opportunity to make new friends with peer new students as well as continuing students and have a smooth start of your education at Rutgers University - Newark!

COMPONENTS OF ORIENTATIONIt consists of three parts:

  •      Law and regulations for maintaining F-1/J-1 legal status (Part 1)
  •      Academic affairs (Part 2) 
  •      General orientation (Part 3) covering medical insurance and health care in the U.S., driver's license, cultural adjustment and other information specific to international students.


General Orientation (Part 3)Friday September 1, 2017 at 9:30 in the morning (location to be announced),  ALL NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND. 

Graduate international students will attend combined Part 1 and Part 2. Your academic department/school will notify you the detailed schedule of your orientation program in which a time slot will be designated for OISS staff to conduct "Law and regulations for maintaining F-1/J-1 legal status (Part 1)". OISS is scheduled for the following dates and time:  

  • MBA (Master of Business Administration) Program:
              Monday,  August 7, 2017, 4:15 p.m. to 6:00p.m., 1 Washington Park
  • MQF (Master of Quantitative Finance) Program: 
             Tuesday, August 22 from 9:30am -11:30am., 1 Washington Park, Room 118
  • MIT (Master of Information Technology)Program: 
             Monday, August 28, 2017, 9:30am-11:30am, Location to be announced by email.
  • All PhD and other Masters programs NOT mentioned above:
             Wednesday, August 30, 2017 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m., Dana Room, 4th Floor, Dana Library               

Undergraduate (Bachelor's Degree) international students will attend Part 1 and Part 2 separately.  You MUST attend ONE of the two identical "Law and regulations for maintaining F-1/J-1 legal status (Part 1)" sessions scheduled below. Your academic advising offices will notify you for class registration and other academic orientation programs as Part 2.

     Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 2:30pm (location to be announced by email)                    
     Thursday, August 31, 2016, 11:00am (location to be announced by email) (Repeat the last session for those who COULD NOT attend the Tuesday session, offered to accommodate students arriving at different times)          

BBQ:   Friday afternoon, September 1, 2017: All students and your families are invited. Enjoy good food, meeting and mingling with your new friends who may be new to Rutgers like you or came some time before you!  

SHOPPING TRIPS to Jersey Gardens Outlet:   

       OISS will provide shuttle service for our Orientation Leaders to take new students to Jersey Gardens for shopping and entertainment at Elizabeth, NJ. in August. Signed-up is REQUIRED. Shuttle schedules and contact information for sign-up will be provided later. 

Trip to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with OISS Staff:  Friday, September 8, 2017 (Details will be provided during general orientation on September 1, 2017)

Please note: if you are unable to attend the orientation program for reasons beyond your control, you are still required by federal law to complete a “reporting/check-in” procedure at OISS upon arrival. Entering the U.S. after the starting date specified on your I-20 or DS-2019 may lead you to go through complicated procedures. If you cannot arrive in the first week, you must contact the admissions office immediately as you may need to reapply for readmission the following semester.