Pre-Arrival Information

International Students Pre-Arrival Information

ORIENTATION  --  January 11 and January 12, 2016


REGISTRATION - Very Important


We are excited to welcome you to NJIT and look forward to seeing you on campus. Below is some helpful information and some items you will need to complete in order to enroll at NJIT.


Pay Your USD $250 Tuition Deposit - Very Important

You must pay your USD $250 tuition deposit to confirm your spot at NJIT. You can deposit online at  Your deposit also serves as your registration for International Student Orientation.


Attend mandatory International Student Orientation  --  January 11 and January 12, 2016

During orientation you will register for classes, make friends, open a bank account and get ready to start your NJIT student career. Students must arrive for Orientation by 7:30 a.m. and report to the Campus Center Ballroom. You can view a campus map here: You will receive an email one week prior to the orientation with orientation agenda.


If you are a College of Computing Sciences student, there will be a placement exam that you need to take on campus. The exam will take place on August 17 and you will need to arrive by August 16. You will receive a separate email about the placement exam process later on in the summer. The exam is five sections and will take approximately two hours. You will receive a separate email about the placement exam process and location later on in the summer.


I-20 and Immigration Documents


I-20: Visa eligibility forms are released once a student has been formally admitted to NJIT and has submitted appropriate financial documentation. Your Form I-20 will be mailed to the permanent address listed on your application. Once you have your NJIT I-20, make a visa appointment at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy.  As part of your visa application process you will be required to pay a SEVIS fee in the amount of USD $200; this fee must be paid online at Additional information will be required by the Consulate/Embassy and we recommend you check with the nearest Consulate/Embassy for more details. Take your NJIT I-20 and apply for the F-1 visa. Click here for more visa information. If you are currently in the U.S. on an F-1 visa you may not need to apply for a new visa but you will still need a NJIT I-20. Contact us for additional documentation that you may need to provide.


Immigration Documents: Please scan the following documents into PDF files and email them along with your full name and NJIT student ID to as soon as possible:  photocopies of your passport (bibliography page with photo and exertion date), your visa and originals of all other non-NJIT I-20s (if you are transferring from another U.S. university). You will also need to bring the following with you to orientation: completed copy SEVIS Data Collection Form, your original NJIT I-20, and your I-94 from


INSURANCE - Very Important

The State of New Jersey requires that international college students (carrying 3 or more credits) purchase the NJIT medical insurance policy. There will be an explanation of its usage and benefits at our “Connecting with NJIT” (Orientation).  Specific insurance questions should be addressed to  You will be covered for the period August 18, 2015 to December 18, 2015. 

Please be aware that, in the past, some insurance policies bought overseas were not accepted in the U.S.  Also be aware that health costs can be very expensive in the U.S.  Therefore, we encourage you to purchase the NJIT insurance. It is inexpensive.

J-1 students must purchase (or be covered by) an insurance plan* that meets minimum requirements set by U.S. Department of State.  Additional information in this requirement is provided separately to you and mailed with your acceptance materials.  It is critical that J-1 students comply with these U.S. Department of State insurance regulations.

* Note: The NJIT student insurance plan DOES MEET U.S. Department of State, J-1 regulations.



You must submit two medical forms by August 1: Immunization Form and Physical Exam Form. Download the forms here: New Jersey State law mandates that Health and Immunization forms be submitted before you can register for classes. If you have any questions, please contact Health Services at (973) 596-3621, or send fax to (973) 596-0047.  You are advised to have the required forms completed by your physician before you depart your home country, since the cost of a physical exam in the U.S. and immunizations are very expensive.



Your placement in classes will be based on your academic record.

Contact the NJIT Center for First Year Studies or visit



Any student already in the U.S. in F-1 status transferring to NJIT, must complete the transfer process by attending orientation and later by collecting an updated I-20 indicating that the transfer is complete. You will receive an email from the OIS approximately one month after the semester begins telling you that the "Transfer to NJIT Completed" I-20 is ready for collection. You must collect this I-20.  Click here for a copy of the transfer information form, in case you did not receive one in your admission packet.



Your tuition and fees will be due on August 26 for the 2015 Fall Semester. If you register after August 26, you must pay your tuition immediately upon registration. A late payment penalty of USD $500 will be assessed on all unpaid accounts after September 9.


Your estimated tuition and fees for the 2016 Spring Semester will be:

Graduate: USD $16,723 (based on taking 12 credits)

Undergraduate: USD $13,896

**The cost of textbooks and housing are not included.


Payment can be made by check (from a U.S. bank made payable to NJIT), Peer Transfer, money order, or credit card (Visa, Master Card, or Discover card). See the NJIT Bursar's website for more information:


For those receiving financial support from NJIT, the award will cover tuition only. It is the responsibility of the student to pay the remaining fees.  Students will be billed within two weeks of registration for classes.


Living expenses are estimated to be approximately $1,700 (including rent, food and utilities) per month.  This will vary according to individual lifestyles and area of residence.  Please plan for more, not less, expenses.  Those receiving assistantships from NJIT should find their stipends sufficient to cover the yearly expenses.  However, you will still need sufficient money with you to get started, since the first stipend payment is usually received four weeks after the beginning of the semester.


Note:  If your spouse and/or children are accompanying you, you must be certain that you have adequate financial resources to support them (e.g. an additional $375 (estimate) per month for a spouse and $209 (estimate) per month per child, plus funds to purchase insurance coverage).  Please note:  NJIT does not act as a bank.  It does not accept large deposits from which a student can withdraw for living expenses.


Please make arrangements for additional funds for living expenses and tuition and fees, as you need them.  We strongly advise that you have access to USD $2,000 to enable you to pay for living expenses for the first two months.



The closest airport is Newark Liberty International; however, you can also fly into JFK International Airport.

There are several options to get to campus after you arrive from your flight:


Via NJIT Shuttle Van: Schedule a free pick up at Newark Liberty International Airport or JFK International Airport by emailing Please provide the following information: full name, student ID, Gender, Major, Country of Origin, flight number, airline, and date/time of arrival. This pick up service will operate from August 2 to August 17.


Via Taxi:  From Newark Liberty International Airport to NJIT:  Seek taxi service from the designated taxi dispatch area.  Do not accept a ride from any other sections of the airport.  It is very important that you ask the driver approximately how much the trip will cost before you get into the taxi.  (CAUTION:  sometimes drivers take advantage of unsuspecting people.)  You can expect the trip to NJIT to cost approximately $25USD.  Tell the driver you want to be taken to 154 Summit Street in Newark (NJIT's Office of Public Safety).


Via Bus:  Take the #62 Bus (USD $2.35, exact change required) from the arrival area of Terminal A of Newark Liberty International Airport to Newark Penn Station. Transfer to the Newark Subway and travel three stops to Warren Street. Exit left from the station to Lock Street.  You are at NJIT with the athletic field in front of you.


Via Air Train JFK:  Take Air Train JFK to Long Term Parking/Howard Beach Station. Connect to New York City Subway A train to NY Penn Station/34th Street. Connect to NJ Transit train to Newark Penn Station. Board the Newark Light Rail at Penn Station, Newark, ride 3 stops and get off at Warren Street. You are at NJIT.



Temporary housing is available on campus at NJIT from August 1-15, 2015.  The cost is $49 per night/$233 per week for a two person room/shared bathroom with a total of four students.  All charges will be placed on your NJIT account.  To make a reservation email with the following information:

First Name:

Last Name (Family Name):


Email Address:

Arrival Date:

Departure Date:

For additional information please contact Residence Life at



The below hotels in the area offer NJIT students a discount.  You will have to show your I-20 or DS-2019, passport and NJIT letter of acceptance to get the reduced rate.  Student rates only apply to the student.  It does not apply to any accompanying family members or friends.  The student is responsible for any personal expenditure such as, telephone usage, meals, internet service, etc.

Please contact the hotel directly for reservations and mention that you are a new NJIT student.

Best Western, Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark, NJ


Phone:   973.622.1000

Distance from campus:  10-15 minute walk to campus

Rates:  $109 per night/room.  Room accommodations are singles or doubles.  Reservations are necessary to ensure availability.


Hampton Inn & Suites Newark/Harrison River Walk, 100 Passaic Avenue, Harrison, NJ


Phone:  973.483.1900

Distance from campus:  20-25 minute walk to campus, shuttle provided to campus

Rates:  $129 per night/room.  Room accommodations are king or double-queen standards.   Double-queen standards have two queen beds and can accommodate up to four people.  $149 per night/room.  Room accommodations are for a double-queen suite.  Double-queen suites have two double beds and a pullout couch; this room can accommodate up to five people.  Reservations are necessary to ensure availability.

Other temporary housing in the area without NJIT arrangements:

YMWCA via or  The YMWCA is located on 600 Broad Street, Newark.  You can contact them at (973) 624-8900 or fax (973) 624-3024.



On-campus housing is available to graduate students. Graduate students can live in any building on campus, including the Greek Village.  For a virtual tour of the residence halls visit: and for the Greek Village floor plans visit   Most rooms on campus are two person rooms with shared bathroom with an adjacent two person room. All buildings have a common area kitchen on the first floor. All the residence halls are air-conditioned, have 24-hour security and are furnished. The cancellation fee for housing prior to August 7, 2015 is $750. After this date, the charge is 1/2 of the contract (for the academic year) plus your pro-rated time in housing (

Meal plans are available, but are not required of graduate students. Room and meal plan rates are located:

To apply for housing, please go to: and click on the housing application and contract. You will need to enter your NJIT UCID and password. If you have not created your NJIT UCID yet, please do so by visiting and select/create it. When reviewing the Housing Application and Contract, make sure to carefully read the "Terms and Conditions of Contract” ( - gray box on the right had side fourth item down).  If you move into your room and decide you no longer wish to live on campus, you are responsible for paying the cancellation fee (

While we encourage you to live on campus, PLEASE consider carefully your choice.  Many graduate students reserve a space on campus because they are worried about finding off campus housing.   Please know every student who comes to NJIT will find housing. The MOST important thing to do is to give yourself time to find housing (come a few days earlier), if you choose not to live on campus.

If you have additional questions about the residence halls and living on campus, please review the web page, or contact the Residence Life Office at (973) 596-3039, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. You can also email the office at



Off-campus housing is available in a number of towns in close proximity to NJIT.  Monthly rents typically begin at $350 for a room and increase depending on the specific living conditions. Most rental space will require one month's rent and up to one and one-half month's deposit prior to moving in.  It is recommended that you arrive as early as possible (see the section on temporary housing) to allow yourself time to search for suitable accommodations.

The Residence Life Office provides an "Off-Campus Housing" newsletter and a list of available rentals in the area (updated weekly).  You can view the newsletter and the list of available rentals by viewing In addition, Residence Life staff will be available to assist you in finding housing upon your arrival. You can email the Residence Life Office at or with any questions.