COVID-19 Information for Engineering Graduate Students

As a result of the current health crisis, Rutgers is creating alternative opportunities for engineering graduate students to enroll in the fall 2020 semester. We understand that attending in-person may not be a viable option for some students given the travel restrictions and visa policies currently in place. The opportunity to begin online is extended for the fall 2020 semester only and will allow you to initiate course work, get to know the faculty and students here at Rutgers, avoid delays in pursuing your advanced degree, and join us in spring 2021 as an on-campus Rutgers student. 


Can I still apply for the fall 2020 semester?

Admission is rolling. You can apply here.

What are tuition and fees for the online fall 2020 semester? 

Tuition and fees for fall 2020 will be announced in July 2020 by the Rutgers Board of Governors. Currently, the tuition rate for international and out of state residents can be found here. Tuition charges per 3 credit course are approximately $3,800. 

What is the impact on internship/CPT opportunities and the requirement to be in US residence for nine months? 

Internships and CPT eligibility and requirements remain as designated by the F-1 Federal regulations. There is ongoing discussion about whether an online semester while overseas for new students will count towards the CPT eligibility requirement of spending one full year in F-1 status. More information on this issue is forthcoming.

What is the impact on the tuition fee if my F-1 visa gets rejected for spring 2021? 

The course remains on the transcript and can be used for future enrollment or potential transfer to another institution.  Refunds for course tuition and fees are available up to a designated add/drop period.

What is the policy if enrollment is deferred to fall 21/spring 22?

The usual practices for deferring admission are in place. Deferrals are reviewed and approved, as appropriate, by the graduate programs. There is no extra fee.

Is there a deadline for the final decision regarding admission?

This is set by the programs and can be extended beyond the noted dates. Non-resident status is intended and courses are enrolled online. Communicate further with the graduate program.

Can I study at Rutgers in-person for the fall 2020 semester in F-1 or J-1 visa status?

This is a viable option if the university returns to in-person classes and travel and visa restrictions are lifted. In this case you will need to request an I-20 or a DS-2019 and apply for F-1 or J-1 visa (whichever is applicable to you). You will be informed about the requirements to obtain the I-20 or DS-2019 by the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.  

Can I transfer my SEVIS record to Rutgers?

If you are transferring your SEVIS record to Rutgers, we can provide you with a new I-20/DS-2019 based on your status. In this case, you can attend Rutgers in-person if you are able to travel to Rutgers, or online if you are unable to make it due to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Can I begin my graduate degree online?

If you are unable to join in-person this fall, Rutgers will offer the option for you to begin your degree program and enroll for a full course of study online for the fall 2020 semester from your home. This special option is available for all newly admitted graduate students who are unable to travel to Rutgers for the fall semester.

Can I complete all semesters online?

No, completion of the program completely online is not offered at this point.

Do I need to be full-time if I take courses remotely?

No, students without a completed F-1 or J-1 visa can enroll online for fewer than 9 credits. They are not expected to be full-time from the immigration regulations perspective. However, if they plan to come to campus mid-semester, they would need to have F-1 or J-1 status and in that case they would need to be registered full-time. Continuing students who may be enrolling remotley as well - if they are maintaining their F-! or J-1 status (which they can from overseas), they have to be compliant with all rules governing their status, including full-time enrollment.