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 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- 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.
To learn more about applying for a student visa, go to: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/study-exchange/student.html
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
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.
CONFIRMATON OF ENROLLMENT
If you haven't already done so, please submit this form to the international center by email on email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Instructions: Please send us your Arrival information by email to email@example.com by July 31, 2014.
ARRIVAL INFO include:
• Flight #
• Departure City
• Flight Arrival Time
Note: Be sure to include all flights details. If you have a transfer, please submit flight details for your final flight to the US.
Students arriving on August 26, 2014 between 8am to 4pm
The International Center will arrange the airport pick-up from Philadelphia airport to Rowan between 8am to 4pm on August 26, 2014. We strongly recommend that you arrive on this day during these hours.
Students will be brought up to campus by the International Center and assisted with moving into their housing during this time.
Airport Pick-Up Location: PHL, Arrivals, Inside Terminal B/C Baggage Claim at the Ground Transportation Desk.
Note: Look for Rowan Staff Member who will be holding a Rowan University sign.
Airport Pick-Up Emergencies: Please contact Tim Torre at +1 856-256-4105.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please send a confirmation email that you require an airport pickup to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students arriving AFTER August 26, 2014
It's MANDATORY that ALL students arriving AFTER August 26, 2014 inform the International Center of their plans. If arriving during normal business hours (Monday to Friday from 8am till 4 pm), please report to the International Center Address: 201 Mullica Hill Road, Robinson Hall Room 117, Glassboro, NJ 08028.
If you are arriving outside these hours, you must let us know so we ensure someone is available to assist you upon arrival.
Students arriving AFTER August 26, 2014 are expected to make their own transportation arrangements from Philadelphia to Rowan through:
RSVP FOR ORIENTATION (MANDATORY)
International Student Orientation is mandatory for International students to meet immigration and university requirements.
Date: August 28, 2014 Time: 8:30 am till 5:30 pm
Location: 201 Mullica Hill Road Glassboro, NJ 08028 Library
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Orientation is MANDATORY. Kindly send a reservation email confirming your attendance to email@example.com.
ACADEMIC ADVISING INFORMATION
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.
• Register for no more than one on-line class per session toward the full course of study.
For your FIRST semester of study at Rowan, the International Center staff will assist you in selecting your classes prior to your arrival and during the Mandatory orientation.
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, 2014 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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