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First read about general requirements at Before You Apply, and then learn about additional requirements.
You’ll need to provide the following information for your online application:
When you complete your application, you should enter your biographical data as it appears on your passport:
Your Date of Birth should be entered in the format of month/day/year.
Upload a copy of your passport and of all dependents who will accompany you to Rutgers as part of the supporting materials for your application.
Most international applicants will not have a Grade Point Average (GPA) that is based on the 4-point scale used in the United States. If this is the case for you, please enter 0.00 on the electronic application. GPA information is used for statistical purposes and your transcripts will clarify your academic achievement.
A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test score is required if your undergraduate education was completed in a non-English speaking country. Even if you hold a master's-level degree from a U.S. or other English-speaking country you must still take the TOEFL or IELTS test.
If you have received an offer of admission without financial support, you must submit a Certification of Funds along with financial documentation before you can receive an official certificate of admission and eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019).
Financial documentation is not required for New Brunswick programs until you are offered admission. Financial documents must be original and current, dating no more than 9 months prior to the term of admission.
You must also show proof you can finance your first year of education and living expenses and provide a plan and sources for funding future years.
For single students, awards of assistantships and fellowships by Rutgers generally satisfy the financial certification requirements for admission.
International students recommended for admission who are presently attending a university and are transferring their SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) ID to Rutgers are required to submit a FSAR.
International students on CPT (Curricular Practical Training) and OPT (Optional Practical Training) are required to submit a FSAR.
The following information has been prepared to answer many of the questions frequently asked by new international scholars and students preparing to come to Rutgers.
International students on H, F, or J visas are not eligible for in-state tuition rates. To be eligible for in-state tuition, you must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident (hold a green card), and have resided in New Jersey for a minimum of 1 year.
International students on an F1 or J1 visa should review the important notices for students posted on the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA) website. The notices contain quick-reference summaries on how to stay in legal status.
In addition to Rutgers Administrative SEVIS fee, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) SEVIS fee is $200 for F1 students and $180 for J1 students. This fee is required to be paid by all international students applying for their F1 or J1 visa, and it is advisable that proof of payment be carried by the visa holder.
You should be prepared to incur the following expenses when you arrive on campus:
You may have special immunization requirements if you are an international student.
If you are on an F1 or J1 visa, you are not eligible for part-time nondegree study.