International Student Services
Accepted Students Checklist
This page is intended for International Students that have been recently accepted to Rowan University. Congratulations on your acceptance! We are pleased that you have chosen Rowan as your school. The International Center staff is here to support you by providing sound immigration counsel so that you can focus on your academic and professional goals. This webpage is to help guide you through the next phases of your international student experience.
OBTAINING YOUR I-20
The I-20 Form verifies your F-1 student status and allows you permission to study in the U.S. at Rowan. In order for the International Center to issue an I-20 on your behalf, you must be first accepted to Rowan.
Students who already started the I-20 process: Please contact the International Center to confirm that your I-20 request has been received and is complete or if you should have any questions concerning your I-20 please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shipping: Once your I-20 is complete, it will be shipped to you through a courier mail service (Fed Ex or DHL). You will receive an email to complete an on-line shipping form through University Express Mail Services: E-Ship Global.
You can also chose to ship your I-20 free of charge through priority mail but this option is not track-able like E-ship Global.
I-20 signature: Once you’ve received your I-20, sign in blue ink only on the bottom of page 1.
OBTAINING YOUR F1 STUDENT VISA
STEP I- PAY YOUR SEVIS FEE
International student applying for an F-1 status are required to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee which is 200$. Please do so prior to visiting the U.S. Embassy.
1. Go to www.fmjfee.com
2. Access Form I-901 and complete it answering all questions (you must have an I-20 from Rowan in order to complete this form). Be sure that you enter your personal information exactly as it appears on the I-20. To complete the form I-901, you must enter the Rowan School code of NEW214F00278000. You must also enter your SEVIS ID number, which is printed on the top right of the I-20, above the bar code. It starts with the letter “N”.
3. Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee, print and keep the receipt.
Step II- APPLY FOR NONIMMIGRANT VISA, DS-160
You should have your passport and SEVIS ID numbers available while completing the DS-160. All answers must be in English, using English characters only, with the exception of providing your full name in your native alphabet. If you submit your application in any language other than English, it will be denied, and you may be required to submit a new application. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions for further details.
Note: After you have completed the DS-160, you will need to print and keep the DS-160 barcode page.
STEP III- MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AT THE U.S. EMBASSY
Apply for your visa as soon as possible! Please schedule an appointment at your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country to obtain your F-1 student visa.
Please read information about nonimmigrant visa application fees. Applicants must pay these fees as directed prior to their visa interview, and they must bring the receipt to their interview.
Read through all information provided online by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that you will be visiting prior to your interview. At your interview you will need to provide:
What to bring to your embassy appointment:
1. Acceptance Letter
2. Supporting Financial Documentation
3. I-901 SEVIS Fee Receipt
4. Signed I-20
5. A valid Passport
6. DS-160 Confirmation Page
Please read the details of required documents on Gather Required Documentation.
Additional Documentation May be also required.
1. Your academic preparation, such as:
Transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you attended; and
Standardized test scores required by your U.S. school;
2. Your intent to depart the United States upon completion of the course of study; and
3. How you will pay all educational, living and travel costs.
Please read the details of Additional Documentation.
Note: Be sure to present the original documents, not copies.
To better prepare for your visa interview, please read through the “10 Points to Remember When Applying for a US Visa.”
Note: The earliest the embassy will issue your visa is 4 months before the start of your program (the date on your Form I-20). You must NOT use your student visa to enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the start of your program. Also, DO NOT enter the U.S. on a B-1 or B-2 status (tourist) as it is considered fraudulent entry.
Items to carry with you on the Plane:
I-20 for Rowan University
U.S. visa for Rowan University
Admission letter from Rowan University
Financial support documents
Immunization records (with English translations)
Medical records regarding chronic medical conditions (with English translations)
Prescription for medications
Cash, traveler’s checks, or any international bank card (ATM or debit card)
We recommend carrying $300-$500 in U.S. currency for travel emergencies (such as problems with flight connections – you might need to spend the night in a hotel, for example)
Direction to the International House (124 State Street, Glassboro, NJ) *OR* your off- campus housing.
Contact information (telephone numbers and email addresses) for family/friends at home
Contact information (telephone numbers and email addresses) for family/friends in the U.S.
Contact information for the International Center (phone: 856-256-4105 or 856-256-4292 or 856-256-2914 ; email: email@example.com)
CONFIRMATON OF ENROLLMENT
If you haven't already done so, please submit this form to the international center by email on firstname.lastname@example.org Due Date: Fall Semester: June 15 Spring Semester: Nov 15
Graduate: The Matriculation Signature page can be found on the last page of the Student Guide included in your Welcome Email of Acceptance from CGCE.
Deferred Acceptance: If you would like to defer your acceptance to the next semester, please notify the International Center of your plans and we will request a revised Acceptance Letter from Admissions for the term you plan to enroll. We will revise your I-20 based on the new acceptance letter. Be sure to submit a complete request within 30 days of the start date noted on your I-20.
If you haven't already done so, please submit these forms and records (in English) to the Student Health Center as soon as possible. If you do not complete these requirements, you will not be permitted to begin classes or live on campus.
The required health forms can all be found on the link below:
If you have questions about health requirements, please email email@example.com
Health Insurance Waiver: Rowan University automatically enrolls all full-time students for the entire academic year in the Student Health Insurance plan. Students that already have health insurance may apply online for a Student Health Insurance Waiver.
Rowan's policy states that all undergraduate students who are unmarried, under age 21, and not living with a parent or legal guardian are required to reside in University residence facilities until the completion of their second academic year (58 credits).
If these conditions apply to you: Please complete Housing Reservation Form
Please see the Bursar’s page for detailed information about Meal Plans. An optional Rowan Card Account is available to all students that gives you the convenience of purchasing power all over the campus without money, checks, or credit cards.
ROWAN NETWORK ACCOUNT AND EMAIL
Steps required activating your Rowan Network Account and email.
Rowan policy is that, after matriculation, all official correspondence from Rowan University is sent to your
Rowan email address. To set up forwarding to a personal email account, please visit
GETTING TO CAMPUS
Do not attempt to enter the U.S. after the school start date indicated in your I-20, as you will be denied entry.
Please send us your Arrival information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31, 2014.
ARRIVAL INFO include:
• Flight #
• Departure City
• Flight Arrival Time
Note: If you have a transfer flight, please only submit flight details for your final flight to the US.
The international Center is not arranging an airport pick up. We strongly recommend students to fly into Philadelphia International Airport because it’s faster and less expensive to get to Glassboro Campus.
Students living on Campus are expected to make their own transportation arrangements from Philadelphia Airport to the International House 124 State Street, Glassboro 08028 through:
1. Rapid Rover (an airport shuttle service) at www.rapidrover.com (856) 428-1500 OR
2. Taxi: Philadelphia Taxi Service at http://www.phltaxi.net/reservations.php (215) 232-2000
* Check Move-in Day below for more details
If you are living in off-campus housing near the University, you also have to arrange your own transportation through Rapid Rover Or Taxi.
MOVE-IN DAY: Undergraduate & Graduate Living On-Campus ONLY
Day: Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The International Center will help students who are living on-Campus to move to their on- campus dorms.
It's MANDATORY that ALL Internationals planning to live on campus to arrange their own transportation to arrive to the International House 124 State Street, Glassboro 08028 between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM on August 26, 2015. All students have to arrive to the International House even if they are assigned dorms somewhere else On-Campus.
Once you arrive, you will have the opportunity to receive your welcome packet that includes: Bed sheets, blanket, pillow, towels, laundry bag and some snacks.
It's also MANDATORY that ALL students, planning to live on-campus, but arriving outside this time range to inform the International Center of their plans by sending their arrival details to email@example.com. If you are arriving outside these hours, you must let us know so we ensure someone is available to assist you upon arrival.
Note: Students who arrive before August 26 have to arrange their own accommodation. If you don’t have a place to stay, you can check Marriott Hotel which is a walking distance from campus. Average cost per night is $120.
ORIENTATION ACTIVITIES FAll 2015
Orientation Day 1. All Undergraduate, Transfer, and Graduate students
Day: Thursday, August 27, 2015
Place: The Keith and Shirley Campbell Library Room 126- 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro NJ 08028
8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Placement Testing. Location: Savitz Hall, Academic Advising Center, 3rd Fl
*Required for Undergraduate freshmen & some transfer only. (Exempt students will be previously notified). All Graduates will do their IDs or visit support for technical help with laptops & internet connection. Undergraduates that don’t have to take the test can also do their IDs.
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm F-1 Compliance
2:00 pm Health Requirements and Review
• Presentation on services
• Review student medical records and set follow up appointments if necessary
2:30 pm Bursar
• Presentation on Meal Plans and Payment options
• Pay Bill/Arrange Payment Plan
3:00 pm Library Instructions Program (Library 138)
3:30 pm Life as an International Student
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Orientation is free of charge and MANDATORY for International students to meet immigration and university requirements. Kindly send a reservation email confirming your attendance to firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP for orientation is also MANDATORY.
Orientation Day 2. Mandatory to (Undergraduate & Transfer students ONLY)
Day: Friday, August 28, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM Followed by events & activities
Note: You will receive an email regarding the details of this orientation from Orientation & Student Leadership program. You have to pay to reserve your spot.
During this orientation, the advising center will help you register your courses. As an international student, you are expected to follow all of the rules governing your F-1 status. For example, you must:
• Register for a full-time course load every Fall and every Spring semester. (12 credits per semester for UG)
• Register for no more than one on-line class per session toward the full course of study.
AFTER the first semester, you will work with your academic advisor to select your classes and you will register for those classes yourself.
NOTE for Students with Transfer Credit: Please bring a description of the coursework you completed at another college or university (such as the course catalogue or the course syllabus). This material will be helpful in the evaluation of your transfer credit.
Placement test is only required for Undergraduate Freshmen & some Transfer Students.
You should be prepared for the testing session on August 27, 2015 at 9:00 am Location: Savitz Hall, Academic Advising Center, 3rd Fl. If you don't require placement testing, we will let you know prior to arrival.
PAYING YOUR BILL
Rowan University offers three methods for the payment of your tuition, fees, housing, and meal plan costs.
Option 1: On-line Payment
1. Go to: www.rowan.edu/selfservice.
2. Choose “Access Banner Services” and log in using your Rowan ID number and PIN.
•To access an online “real-time” bill (without schedule) or view payment instructions, click on “Bursar Services,” then choose “Official Billing/Account Statement” or “Instructions for Term Invoice”.
•To make a payment, click on “Bursar Services”, then choose “Make a Payment” to be directed to the secure payment site. At the payment site, you may choose to pay in full by clicking the “Make a Payment” button, or you can enroll in the deferred payment plan by clicking on the “Payment Plans” tab.
Option 2: Wire Transfers
Ask the bank to process a wire transfer transaction using the information below:
TD Bank, NA
300 Delaware Ave. Wilmington, DE 19801
Swift Address: NRTHUS33 ABA: 0312-0136-0
Name: Rowan University
201 Mullica Hill Rd. Glassboro, NJ 08028
Account: 8280612 School Code: 002609
Note: Make sure the bank includes your name and your nine-digit Rowan ID number in the transaction
Please e-mail Sara Morgan (email@example.com) or call her at 856-256-5161. She will ensure that your transfer is processed and your account is credited.
Option 3: Postal Mail Payment
• Make check or money order payable to: "Rowan University" (in U.S. dollars)
• Include your name and your nine-digit Rowan ID number.
• Mail to: Rowan University – Bursar’s Office, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028