Studying Abroad at Rutgers University

Studying Abroad at Rutgers University

Do you attend Rutgers University at its New Brunswick, Camden or Newark campuses? Do you want to study abroad, but are naive or nervous about the process? No need to fear, I am here!

Applying to study abroad is definitely scary. It can be time consuming and quite complicated if you have no one there to guide you through the process. I want to share what my experience has been like applying to study abroad as a Rutgers University, Newark-student. Hopefully, I can encourage you to study abroad if you are still considering or answer a question of yours if you’ve already decided to apply!

Initially, I was super naive to the entire process. I didn’t even know Rutgers, Newark had a study abroad program! My weekly schedule goes “class, work, homework, sleep,” so I have no time to stick around campus to take part in any sort of campus fairs or rallies. I never attended a study abroad fair at Rutgers, Newark and constantly ignored emails from Global Education; so when I knew I wanted to study abroad, I had to start from scratch.

I started by Google-searching “Rutgers Newark study abroad.” Rutgers University’s Center for Global Education popped up at this link. The Rutgers Center for Global Education doesn’t just cater to Rutgers, New Brunswick students, but to Newark and Camden students as well.

Before creating an account I began by searching through the programs Rutgers offered/partnered with. I knew I wanted to study abroad in Australia for the Fall 2017 semester. I did not care whether I be exchanged through a school in Sydney or Melbourne, I just knew I needed to find a school with which the requirements fit my academic standing.

First and foremost, you must know when the deadline is for the program you want to take part in during the semester of your choice. You cannot apply to more than one program during each semester, so you must be certain and confident in your abilities to get into the program with which you applied.

Applications usually include the submission of the following– a personal statement, one professor recommendation, your unofficial Rutgers transcript and/or any transfer transcripts, as well as a $35 application fee. For reference, applications for the Fall 2017 semester were due by March 1st. Don’t quote me on this, but aspect a similar due date if you’re considering applying for a semester abroad in Fall 2018.

If and when you get accepted, there are a few things you need to know.

  1. You will have to submit a non-refundable $800 program deposit to the Center for Global Education. The deposit was due March 15th for the Academic Year and Fall programs in 2017. Accommodations are made if you cannot make the payment by contacting your advisor.
  2. You are technically only accepted into the Rutgers program, not the actual university you’re applying to abroad. You will have to fill out a second phase application packet, submit it and wait for your admission to the university. Due to rolling admission, I learned of my acceptance to the Rutgers study abroad program about a week later, then filled out my second phase application packet for Macquarie University. Where a few days after submitting, I found out I was officially accepted!
  3. You’ll have to buy a visa, only after officially being accepted and gaining the proper documentation. Depending on where you’re studying, it will determine how much you’ll be paying for a student visa. My visa to study abroad in Australia is about $400, but I can’t apply for it until I receive my official admission and enrollment documents.
  4. You’ll need to set an appointment with your doctor to fill out the Physician’s Medical Information.
  5. I have felt the hardest part about this whole experience is picking out classes that will contribute toward my major. (Tbh, I don’t even have my official major(s) set due to the fact I can’t decide on anything, which makes it even harder) You’ll need to speak to evaluators in the departments in which you want to take classes for, to approve whether or not a certain class will fulfill a certain requirement. It’s a lot of work.

Studying abroad is expensive, it is a big commitment, a lot of work and can be intimidating to think about. However, my experience with applying thus far has been nothing but smooth. My advisor, Patty Welsh, has been a huge help and I encourage you to take advantage of the advisor for your program. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and be overzealous.

I wish I knew a lot of this information before applying. There was no Pinterest page or blogger to advise me on what it would be like. I want to disclaim that my experience may be quite different than others– but it’s good to know how my experience applying has been so you can prepare. I’m super excited to study abroad, so try subscribing to my site to stay updated on my activities involving it. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me. Good luck with your application and your next endeavor!

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