New Jersey Institute of Technology
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Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Office of Global Initiatives
NJIT is New Jersey's science and technology university. We're proud of our 125 years of history, but that's just the beginning. We've doubled the size of campus in the last decade, pouring millions into major new research facilities to give our students the edge they need in today's demanding high-tech marketplace.
We live in a knowledge-based economy where technology defines the direction of virtually every industry, from medicine to entertainment. At NJIT, technology permeates all aspects of student life.
Small classes and professors with advanced industry experience allow students to make their education as personal as they want. The student–faculty ratio is 13:1; and of the 416 full-time faculty members, 98 percent hold the highest degree possible in their fields.
NJIT offers 92 degree programs through six professional schools and colleges. Students can double major, design an interdisciplinary major, opt for an accelerated bachelor’s or master’s degree program, and cross-register at nearby schools such as Rutgers University–Newark and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Note that exchange student are permitted to enroll in classes only on the NJIT campus.
NJIT is located in the vibrant University Heights district of downtown Newark, just 20 minutes from Manhattan by train.
TERMS OF EXCHANGE
- Undergraduate Students: Accepted
- Graduate Students: Accepted (for one semester only)
- Computer Science Majors: Accepted
Note: We cannot accept graduate students for one year stays.
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for incoming international Global E³ students.
Minimum TOEFL scores:
- Paper-based - 550
- Computer-based - 213
- Internet- based - 79
Minimum IELTS score: 6.5
Graduate: Master's Degrees
Graduate: Doctoral Degree Programs
Additional application materials?
These materials will be provided to students by e-mail as they are accepted by NJIT.
When will students receive their acceptance package?
In June for students studying in the fall. In November for students studying in the spring.
COURSE REGISTRATION & ACADEMIC INFORMATION
- Fall: early September to mid-December
- Spring: mid-January to mid-May
Course descriptions | Schedule of classes
Workload per semester
For undergraduates, a full-time course load is 12 or more credit hours. For graduate students, a full-time course load is 9 or more credit hours.
Note: Unlike undergraduate courses, there is no D grade for graduate courses.
It is the student's responsibility to request an official transcript upon completion of studies.
Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?
On-campus housing options
Off-campus housing is available in a number of towns in close proximity to NJIT. Monthly rents typically begin at $350 and increase depending on the specific living conditions. Most rental space will require one month's rent and one month's deposit before moving in. Have a sufficient amount of money available when you begin your apartment search. It is recommended that you arrive as early as possible 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). In addition, Residence Life staff will be available to assist you in finding housing upon your arrival.
When can exchange students move-in to the Hall of Residence?
Dates are listed on the Residence Life website.
Please visit the U.S. State Department site for information on the J-1 Exchange Visitor visa and how to apply for a J-1 entry visa.
Health Insurance & Immunizations
Health Insurance is mandatory for all registered exchange students as a condition of enrollment. In addition, The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) requires verification of all required immunizations prior to arrival on campus.
NJIT requires that international students have adequate medical and accident insurance coverage.
- Mandatory student health insurance will be charged for all exchange students.
- The mandatory student health insurance charge will include 1 week early arrival insurance for all new incoming exchange students to cover the International Student Orientation program.
Visit our website for more information.
When should I arrive?
Our orientation is MANDATORY for ALL students. We will be presenting key information about NJIT, immigration matters, academic advisement, registration, personal health and safety, banking, paying your NJIT bill, and local accommodations. We have found that active participants at our orientation settle more quickly into their new surroundings.
You must attend orientation before you will be allowed to register for classes. You MUST bring the original DS-2019, passport, I-94 printout. More detailed information about the orientation program can be found at njit.edu/global
Is airport reception available?
NJIT provides airport pick-up to new international students arriving from JFK or Newark International airports. If you would like to reserve this service, please submit the Airport Pick-up Request Form found on our website. Once picked up, you will be brought to NJIT campus, we cannot drop students off at any other location.
Is there any bank on campus?
Banks will be on campus at orientation to provide information and to open accounts.
Since it is neither necessary nor practical to carry large amounts of cash with you, arrangements have been made with a bank representative to be on-campus to assist you in opening a bank account. Personal checks are acceptable almost everywhere in the area with appropriate identification (passport, student ID). Checks should always be used to pay bills; never send cash through the mail. Cancelled checks are returned to you from the bank either automatically or upon request and provide a record of your payments. Keep them in a safe place in case you have to prove you have paid a bill.
Different banks have their own policies on service charges and minimum balance requirements for checking accounts and interest yields on savings. Be sure to ask for complete information about the various plans.
An automatic teller machine (ATM) is located at the entrance to Public Safety (Parking Deck-NJIT) and the first floor of the Campus Center for the convenience of cash withdrawals.
It is not advisable to carry too much cash when traveling. Two hundred dollars in cash and the rest in traveler's checks and bank drafts should be sufficient for the first few days. After opening a bank account and depositing your drafts or checks, it takes about three weeks for your deposits to clear and for your money to be available to you. Therefore, for the first month at NJIT, we recommend that you bring $1000, in an easily exchangeable form (such as traveler's checks), for living expenses. Do not be short of money upon arrival in the United States. If you are short of money, your energy will be focused on that issue, not on finding accommodation, meeting students, faculty and staff, and preparing to commence classes.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING
Cost of attendance
Local transportation Approximately $900 per year
Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery) Approximately $2,750 per year
Personal expenses Approximately $1,100 per year
Other administrative fees
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Office of Global Initiatives
NJIT is located in one of the nation's most exciting cultural and business regions. The Greater New York/New Jersey region offers a rich array of cultural and recreational offerings, and New York City, with its vast resources for education, cultural enrichment, and entertainment is just 20 minutes from the campus.
Newark is also a great city for science and technology students. For its size, New Jersey has the country's highest number of engineers, scientists and technology workers who work for major firms and start-up companies alike. These firms constantly need new employees, and NJIT students have an edge; the firms are filled with NJIT alumni, who help NJIT graduates find jobs.
The Newark-New York metropolitan area is also a living laboratory for NJIT students. Architecture students, for instance, get to work on urban revitalization projects in Newark, Jersey City and New York. Students studying civil and environmental engineering work on projects to improve the region's water, air, roads and bridges. And management students find internships at investment banks, business consultants and brokerage firms based on Wall Street -- a subway ride away from Newark's Penn Station.
Newark has major assets that other cities envy: the largest seaport on the Eastern Seaboard, a major international airport, a network of highways as well as Penn Station and the PATH Trains, which offer quick rides into Manhattan, just 10 miles away. It is also home to the state's most vibrant arts center, NJPAC, and boasts a first-class professional baseball stadium - Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium, where the NJIT baseball team plays its home games. Newark is also home to the Ironbound section, a chain of Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian restaurants, bakeries, food markets and shops.