International Students

Rutgers SPAA: A Global School of Public Affairs and Administration
Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration has established a strong international presence. Rutgers SPAA, the American Society for Public Administration, and the Chinese Public Administration Society organize a bi-annual conference, usually in China, and we have translated books in public administration into Chinese. In Korea, we work with the Korean Association of Public Administration, several universities, and other groups on research and conferences. In South Africa, SPAA engages in regular scholarly exchanges and collaborations. And in Western Europe, the school has helped develop a series of trans-Atlantic dialogues between the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and the European Group on Public Administration (EGPA).

SPAA faculty and alumni have also advised public administration projects in the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and the Middle East. Our E-Governance Institute has conducted four global surveys of the websites of 100 cities worldwide.

International Student Support
In Newark, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS) supports international students, scholars, and their dependents. OISS provides assistance with various issues, from understanding visa regulations to adjusting to American college life.

The friendly and knowledgeable international advisers help provide many services, such as:

  • Answering questions
  • One-on-one advising for help with problems
  • Workshops designed for international students, on topics like travel and employment
  • Social organizations that bring international students together for fun and support

Community Life
Rutgers University-Newark, home to the School of Public Affairs and Administration, is one of three campuses of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. More than 10,500 students representing over 70 nations are working on undergraduate and graduate degrees at Rutgers University-Newark, while taking advantage of the city’s outstanding cultural, entertainment, recreational and dining opportunities. The campus sits in the heart of Newark’s bustling University Heights, a culturally diverse community in the downtown of New Jersey’s largest city. It is easily accessible via the region’s major thoroughfares and public transportation, just minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport and a 15-minute train ride from New York City. Substantial communities of various ethnic groups in nearby New Jersey cities provide students from many lands with cultural support.

English Language Requirements
Satisfactory English proficiency is a prerequisite for graduate study at Rutgers. Admitted students may be required to take a test of English proficiency soon after they arrive at the university, and they may be required to take course work in English as a Second Language (ESL). International applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if English is not their native language.

Financial Aid
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) allows non-immigrant or international students and exchange visitors to receive various visa categories to study in the United States (US). International students or exchange visitors do not qualify for Title IV funds (federal financial aid); A student must be either a US Citizen or an eligible non-citizen to qualify. However, international students may qualify for an alternative loan (contingent upon lender’s eligibility requirements).

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