New International Student Orientation

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The OISS (Office of International Student and Scholar Services) conducts comprehensive orientation programs for new international students in collaboration with Office of the Dean of Student Life and academic departments. During the mandatory 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 to maintain F-1/J-1 legal status while studying in the U.S., 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!

Spring 2024 New International Student Orientation

Congratulations and welcome to the Rutgers-Newark family!

We can’t wait to welcome you this Spring!

The International Student Orientation (ISO) is a mandatory program for all newly admitted students who are enrolling at Rutgers and will be held on Friday, January 12, 2024 from 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM at Rutgers Business School, 1 Washington Park, Newark, NJ, Room 206. 

Breakfast and lunch are provided. GSN students are REQUIRED to attend this orientation.

Public and driving transportation instructions to Newark:

Parking: Free parking is available; however, you must pre-register your vehicle. We will provide the parking link ASAP. 

Please note that OISS orientation is only for incoming Rutgers University-Newark Students. Guests, including family members, cannot join their students for Orientation under any circumstances.

Family programming will be scheduled for the Spring semester.

Lastly, please download the RUN app (Links to an external site.). The app is required to check in for orientation and is available for free download from your app store (Links to an external site.).

The ISO is an important component of your successful transition to Rutgers. Please note that even if you have studied in the U.S. in the past, you are expected to attend the program.

The Rutgers University, International Student Orientation program is designed to help you:

  • Learn about fulfilling your legal and visa status related obligations
  • Recognize the resources and tools available to you on campus
  • Connect with other new students and OISS staff

When you arrive on-campus, we will provide you with opportunities to take care of all essential tasks (such as getting your RUID, opening a bank account, getting a cell phone, and much more).

Again, congratulations on your decision to attend Rutgers! If you have additional questions, feel free to reach us at

Key Contacts

Conklin HallRoom 216
175 University AvenueNewarkNJ07102

OISS In-Person Walk-In Hours:

* No appointment necessary. *
Monday - Thursday: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: CLOSED

Virtual one-on-one appointments available at  Rutgers Newark - OISS (