Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS)

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The Office of International Student & Scholar Services (OISS) in Rutgers University – Newark serves more than 1,700 international students, scholars and their dependents from more than 70 countries. 

COVID-19 Updates for Students

International Student Survey

Dear Student,

We are preparing for your arrival and supporting your academic journey this Fall. It is urgent, therefore, that you please answer the following survey by August 6, 2021.  The survey is mandatory for all new and continuing international students. OISS and the university at large will use the information to inform you on next steps necessary to secure your enrollment and, if applicable, safe arrival to New Jersey! 

Please complete THIS SURVEY as soon possible!

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Update for International RU-N Students

Dear Incoming and Returning Students,

The following message was sent out on behalf of Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Rutgers University – Newark.

Please note that international students will not have their NetID access blocked if they are planning on arriving to the United States and obtaining a vaccine. For students requiring the vaccine upon arrival, the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is highly recommended.   

As President Holloway announced on March 25, all students taking classes in the 2021-2022 academic year must receive a COVID-19 vaccine and upload their COVID-19 vaccine records by Sunday, August 1, 2021. This requirement applies to students living both on- and off-campus.

Failure to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate will prevent you from continuing your academic work at Rutgers in fall 2021. Students not compliant with the vaccine mandate will have their NetID access blocked. This means they will NOT be able to access any Rutgers application that requires a login such as, Canvas, email, WebReg, and housing information. Students with on-campus housing assignments will not receive keys to their residence halls or apartments. The OISS will work with you to ensure that you are compliant prior to the start of classes.

If you have not already done so, please upload your completed immunization documents as soon as possible to Once you have uploaded your COVID-19 vaccine documentation, your record will be reviewed, and you will be notified if any further action is needed. You can check the status of your vaccination uploads by logging into the immunization portal; detailed guidance on reviewing your status can be found at this FAQ on the vaccine webpage. Bear in mind that Rutgers staff is working hard to review an unprecedented number of vaccination records as quickly as possible, and we appreciate your patience while we work through the uploads.

Additionally, there has been some confusion over the exemption policy for students in online degree programs. That exemption applies only to fully online degree-granting programs. These are programs that only offer online courses and did so pre-pandemic. The vaccination requirement applies to all undergraduate students and to all graduate students in programs that traditionally offer in-person courses regardless of the mix of online and in-person courses for which they register for the fall semester.

We understand that you have a lot to do before starting the semester and want to make sure that the COVID-19 vaccine mandate is complete so you can enjoy a safe and healthy academic experience. Additional information is available by visiting the Rutgers University COVID vaccine information page. We look forward to seeing you on campus and in classrooms.

As mentioned above, please upload your vaccine information by August 1, if available. If you are encountering any difficulty with uploading your vaccine details, please try the below link:

If you continue to experience difficulty with the above link, you can reach out to


The Office of International Student & Scholar Services (OISS) is the primary resource center, striving always for excellence in service to the international community of Rutgers University - Newark.


  • Advise F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors on compliance with immigration laws and regulations to maintain legal status; 
  • Provide support to international students and scholars through orientation programs, cultural & social events and services in collaboration with other University units;
  • Assist University offices and academic departments in their international initiatives and help nurturing growth of international programs; 
  • Ensure institutional compliance to immigration regulations governing enrollment of F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors; serves as liaison with state and federal agencies concerning F-1/J-1 regulatory issues.

OISS Walk-In Hours:

OISS is currently closed for walk-in hours. Please book an appointment if you would like to speak with one of our advisors.

OISS Advising Hours:

Please book an advising appointment, using our Webex booking system:

Email Inquiries:

All student inquiries must be sent to A member of the OISS staff will respond to your email within 5 business days. Please assist OISS staff by only sending inquiries to Please do not send duplicate/follow-up emails to individual OISS staff members, as that will slow overall processing times and cause delays! Duplicate emails and follow-up emails will not receive a response.

Processing Times:

Due to an increasingly large volume of applications, please be aware that the OISS average processing time for all successfully complete and accurate requests is currently a minimum of 5 business days, and we will process all requests in the order that they are received. Additional time will be added to applications that require updated/corrected documentation. Requests for expediting will only be considered in cases where the OISS determines that a student is at risk of losing legal status. Plan the submission of your requests accordingly with the minimum 5 business day timeline!  

Key Contacts

Conklin HallRoom 241
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 (


Virtual Walk-In Hours

* No appointment necessary*
Tuesday: 12:30pm – 3:30pm EST

Thursday: 9:00am – 12:00pm EST

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