Office of International Students

International Students Pre-Arrival Information

August 19-21, 2014 Orientation


REGISTRATION - Very Important

Please note:

  1. Students will not be allowed to register for classes until they have attended orientation and obtained clearance from the Office of International Students (OIS).

  2. Please set up your UCID account BEFORE your arrival.

  3. After initial registration, students may be charged a fee for any course changes made. Self-registration instructions and course selection advice will be made available to you at the orientation. Student may also click here.

INSURANCE - Very Important

The State of New Jersey requires that international college students (carrying 3 or more credits) purchase the NJIT medical insurance policy.  It cannot be substituted for any other policy.  There will be an explanation of its usage and benefits at our “Connecting with NJIT” (Orientation).  Specific insurance questions should be addressed to  You will be covered for the period August 21, 2014 to August 21, 2015. 

Please be aware that, in the past, some insurance policies bought overseas were not accepted in the U.S. Also be aware that health costs can be very expensive in the U.S. Therefore, we encourage you to purchase the NJIT insurance. It is inexpensive, compared with some others.

J-1 students must purchase (or be covered by) an insurance plan* that meets minimum requirements set by U.S. Department of State.  Additional information in this requirement is provided separately to you and mailed with your acceptance materials.  It is critical that J-1 students comply with these U.S. Department of State insurance regulations.

* Note: The NJIT student insurance plan DOES MEET U.S. Department of State, J-1 regulations.


Health and Immunization forms that all students MUST be complete and submit to the Health Services Office at NJIT are provided at the web site listed below.  New Jersey State law mandates that Health and Immunization forms be submitted before you can register for classes. If you have any questions, please contact Health Services at (973) 596-3621, or send fax to (973) 596-0047.  You are advised to have the required forms completed by your physician before you depart your home country, since the cost of a physical exam in the U.S. ranges from $20 to $80, and immunizations are very expensive.


Your placement in classes will be based on your academic record.  Contact the NJIT Center for First Year Studies.


Any student already in the U.S. in F-1 status transferring to NJIT, must complete the transfer process by attending orientation and later by collecting an updated I-20 indicating that the transfer is complete. You will receive an email from the OIS approximately one month after the semester begins telling you that the "Transfer to NJIT Completed" I-20 is ready for collection. You must collect this I-20.  Click here for a copy of the transfer information form, in case you did not receive one in your admission packet.


The J-1 Orientation workshop is Friday, August 22, 2014 at 10:00am.


You are responsible for payment of tuition and fees at the time you are billed.  Billing is approximately seven (7) days after you register.

Estimated annual costs for new international students for the 2013-2014 for a required full time course load is ($27,755) approximately for graduates and $28,274 for undergraduates, (the costs of textbooks not included).  For those receiving financial support from NJIT, the award will cover tuition only.  It is the responsibility of the student to pay the remaining fees.  After August 1, 2014, you will see the 2014-2015 fees posted on the NJIT Bursar web site at: 

The living expenses are estimated to be approximately $18,000 (including rent, food and utilities) per year.  This will vary according to individual lifestyles and area of residence.  Please plan for more, not less, expenses.  Those receiving assistantships from NJIT should find their stipends sufficient to cover the yearly expenses.  However, you will still need sufficient money with you to get started, since the first stipend payment is usually received four weeks after the beginning of the semester.  Please plan for this.

Note:  If your spouse and/or children are accompanying you, you must be certain that you have adequate financial resources to support them (e.g. an additional $4500 per month for a spouse and $2500 per month per child, plus funds to purchase insurance coverage).  Please note:  NJIT does not act as a bank.  It does not accept large deposits from which a student can withdraw for living expenses.

Please make arrangements for additional funds for living expenses and tuition and fees, as you need them.  We strongly advise that you have access to sufficient funds to allow you to pay for living expenses and food for the first months:  $10,000.

You can pay the tuition and fees by bank draft, traveler’s checks, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card ONLY), cash or money order. Payment is necessary only after registering for your classes.  peerTransfer is available for transferring money from your country to NJIT.  See

Please visit NJIT's Tuition & Fees page for detailed information.


Please refer to the following web sites for further information:


Via Taxi:  From Newark International Airport to NJIT:  Seek taxi service from the designated taxi dispatch area.  Do not accept a ride from any other sections of the airport.  It is very important that you ask the driver approximately how much the trip will cost before you get into the taxi.  (CAUTION: sometimes drivers take advantage of unsuspecting people.)  You can expect the trip to NJIT to cost approximately $25.  Tell the driver you want to be taken to 154 Summit Street in Newark (NJIT's Office of Public Safety).

Via Bus: Take the #62 Bus ($2.35, exact change required) from the arrival area of Terminal A of Newark International Airport to Newark Penn Station. Transfer to the Newark Subway and travel three stops to Warren Street. Exit left from the station to Lock Street.  You are at NJIT with the athletic field in front of you.

Via Air Train JFK:  Take Air Train JFK to Long Term Parking/Howard Beach Station. Connect to New York City Subway A train to NY Penn Station/34th Street. Connect to NJ Transit train to Newark Penn Station. Board the Newark Light Rail at Penn Station, Newark, ride 3 stops and get off at Warren Street. You are at NJIT.

Driving:  For directions contact the Office of International Students or look it up here.

Airport Pick-up: You can be picked up from Newark Liberty International Airport.  Pick-up begins on August 2, 2014 and ends on August 18, 2014, the day before the August mandatory Orientation.

You may email your request to  Once picked up, you will be brought to NJIT, or either the Robert Treat Hotel, Newark or the YMWCA, Newark. We cannot take you to other destinations.

Note:  Classes begin on September 2, 2014.

When requesting pick-up, please provide your full name, NJIT student ID#, gender, major, country of origin, date and time of arrival, and airline and flight number.  You will need to arrive at Newark Liberty International Airport which is 6 miles from the NJIT campus.  If you know in advance that your flight will be delayed, please let us know by email,  If you have arranged pick-up by NJIT, but find out that you do not require it, we request the courtesy of being contacted. 

Please note that this is a service staffed by student volunteers.  We will expect that if you ask to be picked up at Newark Liberty International Airport, you will be there.  The flight may, of course, be delayed, but you will be picked up.  If you want to cancel a pick up request, 24-hour notice is requested.


Temporary housing on-campus will be available from August 1 - 23, 2014.  The cost will be $48 per person.


NJIT has contacted some hotels in the area and both offer a reduced rate for any amount of time you reserve space.  You will have to show your I-20 or DS-2019, passport and NJIT letter of acceptance to get the reduced rate. Please contact the hotel directly for reservations and mention that you are a new NJIT students

  • Best Western, Robert Treat Hotel located at 50 Park Place, Newark, Phone: 973 622-1000
    Contact:  Winston Reyes at  (It is a 15 to 20 minute walk or a 5 minute shuttle ride to NJIT).
    Rates:  $99 for a single bedroom and $115 for two bedroom per night.  Room accommodations are singles or doubles.  Call for reservations to guarantee room availability for the dates you need.

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Newark/Harrison River Walk – located at 100 Passaic Avenue, Harrison, NJ.  Phone:  973-483-1900.  Web site:  It is about a 20 minute walk to campus.
    Rates:  $129 per night/room.  Room accommodations are king or double-queen standards.   Double-queen standards have two queen beds and can accommodate up to four people.  $149 per night/room.  Room accommodations are for a double-queen suite.  Double-queen suites  have two double beds and a pullout couch; this room can accommodate up to five people.

Student rates only apply to the student.  It does not apply to any accompanying family members or friends.  The student is responsible for any personal expenditure such as, telephone usage, meals, internet service, etc.

Other temporary housing in the area without NJIT arrangements:

NJIT Residence Life provides an off-campus housing list to assist with finding an apartment or more permanent accommodation.  We will also keep a running list of people looking for roommates.  You can view the list of off-campus apartments at  This will give you an idea of what to expect when you arrive.  It is best to look for an apartment closer to your arrival date or immediately after arriving.  You can also email our Off-Campus Housing Coordinator for assistance at


Off-campus housing is available in a number of towns in close proximity to NJIT.  Monthly rents typically begin at $350 for a room and increase depending on the specific living conditions.  Most rental space will require one month's rent and  up to one and a half month's rent as a deposit before moving in.  Have a sufficient amount of money available when you begin your apartment search. It is recommended that you arrive as early as possible (see the section on temporary housing) to allow yourself time to search for suitable accommodations.

The Residence Life Office provides an "Off-Campus Housing" newsletter ( and a list of available rentals in the area (updated weekly).  You can view the newsletter and the list of available rentals by logging onto and click Off-Campus Housing. In addition, Residence Life staff will be available to assist you in finding housing upon your arrival. You can email the Residence Life Office at with any questions.  You can also look at the following web sites to assist with your search.


If you want to live on the NJIT campus, please visit  Please note, read the on-campus housing contract carefully before signing.  Cancellation of the contract will be expensive and will not be waived.   One of several advantages of being on-campus is that no travel, or walk to campus.  You have immediate access to the library, gymnasiums, pool, laboratories and campus center.  Think about the time you will save in one week or one semester by not traveling home on the rail or bus, or walking to your apartment or room, which may be over one mile distance from NJIT.

For additional information on Housing, visit or call 973-596-3039.


Orientation Schedule

Office of International Students

AUGUST 19 – 21, 2014                             

DAY 1  -- Tuesday, August 19, 2014    --  Ballroom A         

7:45am    Program begins

8:00am    Welcome - International Office

8:30-10:30am     Document Collection Begins (Submit SEVIS Data Collection Form, I-20s, Visa, Passport, printed I-94                          from


Services:    Banks, peerTransfer, G.S.A., Residence Life, Health Services Society of Women Engineers and Insurance Co.

10:30am    Document Collection Ends, Services Close

10:35am    Students Assemble Ballroom A

Welcome:   Vice President, Academic Support and Student Services, Dr. Charles Fey; Associate Provost for Graduate Studies, Dr. Sotirios Ziavras; Associate Dean of Students, Dr. Marybeth Boger; President, Graduate Students Association (GSA), Sapana Patel

10:50am    Making Connections Groups  

12:00noon  Lunch and GSA   

1:10pm     GSA

1:30pm     One to World   

2:00pm     F-1 Status   

2:45pm     Break

3:00pm     Landlords and Contracts

3:45pm     Students-to-Students Session --  (Q&A with Ambassadors)                     

4:15pm     Day 2 Instructions

4:30pm     Luau – GSA           

DAY 2 - Wednesday, August 20                                                                   

8:00am     Breakfast

8:30am    Graduate Studies / Plagiarism / Honor Code / English as a Second Language

9:10am    Acclimating to NJIT / USA --  Center for Psychological and Counseling Services (CCPS)

9:35am    Computing Services

10:00am   Health Services

10:40am   Questions & Answers

11:00am   Visit Departments for Academic Advising

1:00pm    Registration Begins

4:30pm    Chinese Students Meet                  Cullimore Hall III

DAY 3 - Thursday, August 21                 Ballroom A

9:00am    Breakfast sponsored by Career Development Services

9:30am   Working On-and-Off Campus

            CDS Presentation on:  Job Search Strategies / Co-operative Education / Community and Public Service /

            Curricular Practical Training

10:45am  Break

11:00am  “How did I get here?”-Journey through NJIT & Beyond

              Breakout groups: Ashish / Kai / Toby

1:00pm    F-1 Status (Staying in Status, Travel, Reporting to  SEVIS)

1:35pm    Being Secure On and Off Campus

3:30pm    Ice Cream Event


Striving & Thriving at NJIT Workshop  --  (follow-up to Orientation)

Monday, September 22 at 11:30am – 1:00pm in Ballroom B

Mandatory attendance