Newly Accepted Students

Newly Accepted Students

Welcome to Rowan University!

After a non-U.S. citizen student has been admitted to Rowan and has confirmed their intent to enroll, the International Center will reach out to them with detailed instructions on how to proceed with assessing their visa needs. 

In brief, the order of events after a student is admitted to the university for students requiring an F-1 visa is as follows:

If you are a J-1 exchange student, please visit our J-1 Exchange Visitor Page for more information.

COMPLETE YOUR I-20 APPLICATION:

IMPORTANT NOTE: Bank statements will now be accepted if they are dated no older than 12 months for the I-20 application. We previously required bank statements to be dated within the last six months. This change is being made to accommodate students who may not be able to access their banks as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns.

The I-20 Application 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 didn't start the I-20 process: Please download our I-20 application and start filling, collecting and sending required documents to rowanic@rowan.edu as soon as possible.
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 rowanic@rowan.edu.

Note: While the I-20 application and supporting documents are not required for admission, it is recommended you submit these documents as early as possible to avoid processing delays. 

Shipping: Once your I-20 is complete, it will be shipped to you free of charge through DHL. Please make sure to provide us a detailed and accurate shipping address. Due to the COVID-19, we are now allowed to send Electronic I-20 Forms by email. 
I-20 signature: Once you have received your I-20, sign in blue ink on the bottom of page 1.

 

PAY YOUR SEVIS FEE
International students applying for an F-1 status are required to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee. Please do so prior to visiting the U.S. Embassy. The I-901 SEVIS Fee for F international students will increase from $200 to $350 on and after June 24,2019. 

  • Go to fmjfee.comIt is extremely helpful to watch the updated tutorial .  This tutorial guides you through each step of the required I-901 SEVIS Fee payment process, highlighting the information you must input and what you must do once you have completed payment. The tutorial also clarifies instructions for making payments through the Western Union payment process. 
  • Important reminders highlighted in the tutorial:
    *Regulation requires all prospective F students to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee before the U.S. Department of State issues them a visa to study in the United States.
    * The I-901 SEVIS Fee is different from the fees for visa services issued by the Department of State.
    * F students must pay their I-901 SEVIS Fee in order to study in the United States, to remain compliant and to maintain their student status.
    * F students must print their I-901 SEVIS Fee payment receipt to present as proof of payment at their visa interview and to enter the United States at a U.S. port of entry. Showing an email notification alone will not be sufficient.
    *The SEVIS ID on the payment confirmation receipt must always match the SEVIS ID on the student’s most current Form I-20, unless the F student is considered a border commuter student. If the SEVIS ID is different, please email sevis@ice.dhs.govto confirm if a new I‑901 Fee payment is required.
  • REMEMBER: When you Access Form I-901, 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 for Glassboro and NEW214F00278001 for Stratford Campus (Rowan SOM and GSBS). You must also enter your SEVIS ID number, which is printed on the top left hand side of the I-20. It starts with the letter “N”.

 

APPLY FOR NONIMMIGRANT VISA, DS-160
You must submit a completed DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application:  for all nonimmigrant visa categories. Read Carefully complete details about student visas . 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.

 

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AT THE US 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:

  • Acceptance Letter
  • Supporting Financial Documentation
  • I-901 SEVIS Fee Receipt
  • Signed I-20
  • A valid Passport
  • DS-160 Confirmation Page
  • Photo

Please carefully read all the details of required and additional documentation  

Additional Documentation may be also required. Your academic preparation, such as: 


  • Transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you attended; and Standardized test scores required by your U.S. school;
  • Your intent to depart the United States upon completion of the course of study;
  • How you will pay all educational, living and travel costs.

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” prepared by NAFSA.

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.

 

ENROLL/ MATRICULATE

Undergraduate Students: Please make sure you enroll after your acceptance. The new enrollment confirmation form is available in the application portal. If you would like to defer your acceptance to the next semester, please request a revised Acceptance Letter from Admissions for the term you plan to enroll by sending an email to international@rowan.edu and make sure to copy rowanic@rowan.edu. The International Center will revise your I-20 based on the new acceptance letter. 

Graduate Students: Please make sure you matriculate after being accepted. If you would like to defer your acceptance to the next semester, please request a revised Acceptance Letter from the International Center for the term you plan to enroll by sending an email to international@rowan.edu. Make sure to copy rowanic@rowan.edu. The International Center will revise your I-20 based on the new acceptance letter. 

GSBS Students:  Accepted students will receive an enrollment confirmation letter with their acceptance letter.  This should be signed and returned to GSBS along with your matriculation deposit.  If you have questions, please contact GSBS-Stratford@rowan.edu

 

ACTIVATE YOUR ROWAN EMAIL

To access your Rowan email for the first time, follow these instructions for setting up new student accounts.

For additional assistance with username, password and PIN issues, call the rowan University Support Desk at +1 856-256-4400 or email support@rowan.edu

Rowan policy is that, after matriculation, all official correspondence from Rowan University is sent to your Rowan email address. 

For GSBS Students: Students will receive instructions with their orientation packet for obtaining e-mail and network access credentials which is e-mailed to you after we receive your enrollment confirmation letter and deposit.  If you have questions, please contact GSBS-Stratford@rowan.edu

 

SUBMIT YOUR HEALTH FORMS & GET YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE
For all students EXCEPT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS): 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 at the Wellness Center Website.

If you have questions about health requirements, please email wellnesscenter@rowan.edu
For Frequently Asked Questions and important health and insurance information, Please review International Students Health Services details.

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.

For GSBS Students: You will receive health forms and instructions in your orientation packet which is e-mailed to you after we receive your enrollment confirmation letter and deposit.  If you have questions, please contact GSBS-Stratford@rowan.edu.

 

ARRANGE YOUR HOUSING
For all students EXCEPT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS): 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 apply for Rowan Housing on this webpage. 

If you qualify for an exemption from the policy, and you don't want to live on campus , you can complete a Mandatory Housing Waiver that is located on MyHousing Portal. You can read more on this webpage.

If you want to live On-campus, please check your On-Campus housing options. The International House is an option for Interntional Students. Click here for an overview of the building and details on room features and amenities. The International House is a learning community and you have to submit an application to be considered to live in the House.

A new housing option that is offered to International students at Rowan is the Homestay option.  The American Homestay Network (AHN) is an affiliate homestay provider of Rowan University. AHN’s flexible homestay packages are designed to welcome international students to the local community and provide a home away from home as students pursue their education in the United States.
Hosts are carefully selected to ensure students are placed in environments that are not only safe and comfortable, but also warm and welcoming, where they can enjoy a shared cultural experience in a local home. Students will be matched with a host family close to campus according to AHN’s world-class standards of best practice. Please click here for more information. 

Any housing cancellation should be done correctly. Before you cancel your housing request, carefully read all the policies related to cancellations. If you become a current student and you don’t cancel your housing reservation properly, a cancellation fee might apply to your record which will lead to a hold on you account.

For more information about housing and Off-Campus living: Please contact: housingquestions@rowan.edu or visit the website of Residential Learning and University Housing.

For GSBS Students: GSBS does not offer on-campus housing; however, there are many off-campus living opportunities close to the campus.  For more information, go to GSBS Student Life.

 

GET YOUR MEAL PLAN
For all students EXCEPT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). You can check the meal plan options. Check the detailed information about New 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. 

For GSBS Students: No meal plans are available; however there are on-campus cafeteria options that will take cash and credit cards.  Open for select meal times only.  For more information, go to GSBS Student Life. 

ITEMS TO BRING ON THE AIRPLANE:

  • I-20 for Rowan University
  • I-901 Receipt
  • Valid passport
  • Valid 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)
  • Airplane ticket(s)
  • 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)
  • Directions to the International Center (201 Mullica Hill Road, Hawthorn Hall, 3rd Floor, Glassboro NJ 08028)
  • 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. email: rowanic@rowan.edu)

 

ARRIVAL INFORMATION & MOVE-IN DAY
IMPORTANT: Please complete the Pre-Arrival Confirmation Form in your portal. This form must be completed by all newly accepted international students.

Ground Transportation:
Students can arrange their own transportation to Rowan. Please click here for updated information about ground transportation from Philadelphia airport to Rowan Glassboro.

Arrival Dates, Testing, Quarantine :

There has been an important change in the quarantine requirements for unvaccinated international students. Unvaccinated international travelers must quarantine for 10 days. Please see more details below.

  1. Upon arrival to the United States all students/traveling faculty must quarantine on arrival. Students living on-campus must first quarantine in Triad Apartments before moving into their assigned rooms.
  2. Arriving individuals must contact the Wellness Center for a rapid antigen test at 856-256-4333, #4
  3. These individuals will be scheduled, by the Wellness Center, for a PCR test at day five after arrival.
  4. If the PCR test result is negative, vaccinated individuals can end quarantine after 7 days.
  5. If a student is fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the US FDA or World Health Organization (WHO), routine asymptomatic surveillance is not required.
  6. If a student is not fully vaccinated or if they received a vaccine which is not approved by the FDA or WHO, revaccination will be offered.  These individuals must submit to regular asymptomatic surveillance testing until they are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated international travelers must quarantine for 10 days regardless of testing.

Recommended Timeline for UNVACCINATED Incoming International Student Arrivals:

  • August 13: Incoming International students arrive in New Jersey. Students go to Wellness Center for Rapid testing as soon as they arrive in NJ. 
  • August 18: International students receive PCR test in Wellness Center 5 days after arrival.
  • August 24: Last day of quarantine for all incoming international students. Quarantine also applies for students who live off-campus.
  • August 25, 26: International Student Orientation. Students attend orientation in person since they completed 10 day quarantine prior to the orientation. Students must have their masks on during the Orientation.
  • August 27: International students receive first dose of Covid vaccine on campus. 

 

Students/Traveling Faculty Vaccinated Outside of the United States

  1. Upon arrival to the United States all students/traveling faculty must quarantine on arrival. If living on campus, Triad will be offered.
  2. Arriving individuals must contact the Wellness Center for a rapid antigen test at 856-256-4333, #4
  3. These individuals will be scheduled, by the Wellness Center, for a PCR test at day five after arrival.
  4. If negative, can end quarantine after 7 days.
  5. If fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the US FDA or World Health Organization (WHO) no routine asymptomatic surveillance is required.
  6. If not fully vaccinated or if they are the recipient of a vaccine not approved by the FDA or WHO, revaccination will be offered.  These individuals must submit to regular asymptomatic surveillance testing until fully vaccinated.

 Recommended Timeline for vaccinated International Student Arrivals:

  • August 16: Incoming International students arrive in New Jersey. Students go to Wellness Center for Rapid testing as soon as they arrive in NJ. 
  • August 23: International students receive PCR test in Wellness Center 5 days after arrival.
  • August 24: Last day of quarantine for all incoming international students. Quarantine also applies for students who live off-campus.
  • August 25, 26: International Student Orientation. Students attend orientation in person since they completed 7-day quarantine prior to the orientation. 

 Source CDC: People vaccinated outside the United States

People who were vaccinated outside the United States with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and have received all the recommended doses do not need any additional doses. People who received the first dose of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine that requires two doses do not need to restart the vaccine series in the United States but should receive the second dose as close to the recommended time as possible.

Some people may have received a COVID-19 vaccine that is not currently authorized in the United States. No data are available on the safety or efficacy of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized in the United States after receipt of a non-FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. However, in some circumstances people who received a COVID-19 vaccine not currently authorized in the United States may be offered revaccination with an FDA-authorized vaccine:

  • COVID-19 vaccines not authorized by FDA but listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO)2
    • People who have received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is listed for emergency use by WHO do not need any additional doses with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
    • People who have not received all the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine listed for emergency use by WHO may be offered a complete FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.
  • COVID-19 vaccines neither authorized by FDA nor listed for emergency use by WHO
    • People who received all or some of the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is neither authorized by FDA nor listed for emergency use by WHO may be offered a complete FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.

The minimum interval between the last dose of a non-FDA authorized vaccine or a WHO-listed vaccine and an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine is 28 days. Only people who have received all recommended doses of an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine are considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of public health guidance.

*This protocol comes directly from the Wellness Center and is subject to change at any time. The International Center will communicate any and all changes directly with our incoming and current international students

 Vaccine Incentive for International Students

Rowan University will accept the vaccination of students who will be vaccinated with non-FDA, but WHO approved vaccines. Here is the latest list of WHO approved vaccines that we will accept as a part of the incentive program and exemption from routine testing. Students who are vaccinated with WHO approved vaccines will get the $500 credit that can be put towards their course registration bill for Fall 2021. Residential students will receive an additional $500 credit to put towards their housing bill. These students don’t need to participate in ongoing surveillance testing that will be conducted for non-vaccinated students.  

MANDATORY ORIENTATION

All Undergraduate and Graduate International students are required to attend the International Student Orientation on Wednesday August 25, 2021 and Thursday August 26, 2021 at the Student Center Ballroom. Undergraduate students only are also required to attend the virtual general University Orientation. 

The International Center staff and representatives from different departments on campus will be present at the orientation to welcome you and provide you with the information you need to start your journey at Rowan. Departments include but not limited to Wellness Center, IT, Writing Center, Advising Center, Bursar, Student Center Staff. These representatives will answer any questions or concerns you might have. During this time, we will also assist students with getting their Rowan ID cards. Please click here to access the Fall 2021 Orientation Schedule. Schedule might be subject to slight changes. Please make sure you arrive on time for the orientation. 

Important Information about Placement Tests (Undergraduates Only): All in-person placement tests will take place on the 3rd floor of Savitz Hall. Students also have the option to take the placement tests at home from their computer. Please visit the Testing Center webpage for more information about both options. All students who are required to take the test will be notified via email by the Testing Center. If you have any questions about placement tests, please contact Testing Services at testingservices@rowan.edu or call Lara LeBeau on 856-256-4263 or email lebeau@rowan.edu  for more information.

For GSBS and SOM Students ONLY: the International Center will reach out to all GSBS and SOM International students for more information on Spring 2021 Orientation.

 

PAY YOUR BILL 
Rowan University offers three methods for the payment of your tuition, fees, housing, and meal plan costs. A new method was recently added. Rowan has partnered with Western Union in order to provide our students with international and domestic wire payment capabilities via the existing TouchNet student portal. For more details, please check more information and examples on Bank Wires-International Payments. 

The remaining three methods are detailed below:
Option 1: On-line Payment

  • Go to: rowan.edu/selfservice.
  • 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”

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: NRTHUS33XXX
 ABA: 031201360
Name: Rowan University
Depository Account
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 bursar@rowan.edu  to ensure that Bursar staff know to look for your payment. You may also utilize the following Form when sending payments to Rowan University electronically. 

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