The Office of International Education (OIE) at Rider University is deeply concerned about your health and safety and sincerely hope that you, your families, and your friends have not been directly impacted. The well-being of Rider’s international students and scholars are our priority.
Rider University Information
The University is using guidance from local, state and federal public health officials to inform our decision making. Please visit rider.edu/resolved-and-ready for the latest updates. This site is the official source of information about the University’s academic and campus plans for the Spring 2022 semester.
OIE knows that as international students and scholars you may have questions and concerns specific to your needs and circumstances. We offer you the opportunity to meet with an OIE staff member by emailing [email protected] to schedule a Zoom meeting.
Our goal is for this page to provide general answers to the questions that may impact you. We seek to provide you with the most up-to-date and accurate information on documents, travel, visas, and resources.
General Resources for International Students & Scholars
FAQs for Rider’s International Students and Scholars
Rider University for Fall 2021 has returned to normal delivery of classes. Students should prepare to arrive on campus for their start date or continuation of their degrees if on an F or J visa.
If you are unable to enter the US and be on campus for your classes, please contact International Admissions if you are a new student ([email protected]) or the Office of International Education if you are a continuing student ([email protected]).
Rider continues to issue I-20s and DS-2019s to students upon admission to the university. Questions regarding admissions should be directed to [email protected] Rider will send these documents to you electronically, complete with an electronic signature. Requests for Travel Signatures, Extensions, CPT and OPT should be directed to OIE at [email protected].
If you are an F student with an I-20, No, you do not need the original (wet signature) document for applying for your visa or for entering the United States. The US government is currently accepting electronically signed documents.'
If you are a J student with a DS-2019, a wet signature is required. If you have not received your DS-2019, please contact International Admissions at [email protected].
All documentation will be provided to you electronically. We will issue you a new I-20 for Rider University once your current school has released your SEVIS record to us.
Please contact the U.S. Consulate nearest you for more information on visa appointments and requirements. It is important to stay up-to-date on the list of countries whose citizens may face difficulties entering the United States; these restrictions are constantly changing.
Please see the CDC's webpage on current travelers prohibited from entry into the United States for the most up-to-date guidance. Please also refer to the Fragomen immigration update for a comprehensive list of travel restrictions around the world.
Before making any travel plans, please confirm that neither your destination nor any transit countries have put in place restrictions that could affect your itinerary. In addition, check with your airline to ensure you have the right status to make a layover in other countries.
Please check with your academic coordinator to see if you can begin your classes online for the fall semester.
- Norm Brodsky College of Business:
- College of Education and Human Services:
- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:
- Westminster College of the Arts:
If you plan to begin your studies online for the Spring 2022 term, and are unable to arrive on campus in time for the spring semester, please contact [email protected] so we can defer your start date on your I-20/DS-2019.
We advise that you speak with an immigration attorney to assist you with applying for a change of status to F-1 or J-1 status. You may search for an immigration attorney through the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). As you will require assistance from Rider University, please email the [email protected] for supporting documentation.
For new International Students
If you are joining Rider this Spring 2022, be sure to attend your new student orientation by January 20th. View information for admitted students.
For more information on your arrival to Rider University, including airport pickup, orientation, and housing, please refer to your bi-weekly Newsletters and/or contact [email protected].