The Global Roommate Program seeks to support new undergraduate international students in their transition to Rutgers and the US by pairing them with a mentor in 4 person on campus apartments. Mentors are current Rutgers students who have an interest in living with international students, and can be domestic or returning international students. The program is grounded in providing support for international students through valuable experiences and positive interactions with mentors.

Mentors and mentees have the opportunity to live in one of the following 4 person on campus apartments: Silvers Apartments on the Busch Campus, University Center at Easton Ave. Apartments on the College Avenue Campus, and Livingston Apartments on the Livingston Campus.

Programming for this community has included the following:

  • Trip to see a Broadway show
  • Go Outdoors camping trip in collaboration with Rutgers Recreation
  • Trip to a professional basketball game
  • Trip to the Von Thun Corn Maze
  • Trip to Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Snowtubing at Mountain Creek with Rutgers Recreation
  • And smaller community programs by campus!

As a mentee:

  • Must be an incoming first year international student to Rutgers University

As a mentor:

  • Open to full time 2nd year and above students
  • Must have at least one semester of experience living on campus at Rutgers.

Program Engagement: GRP Participants are required to attend two in-hall programs/events in their communities per semester. The Global Roommate Program is a year-long commitment.

As a mentee:

  • Communicate with mentors over the summer as part of Summer Outreach
  • Move onto campus on Sunday, August 25th, 2019.
  • Must attend the following events during the year:
    •  Global Roommate Orientation on Monday, August 26th, 2019 7pm-9:30pm
    • Global Roommate Welcome Reception on August 29th, 2019 4pm-5pm
    • Apartment Check In (September-October 2019)
    • Mid-semester Check In on November 1st, 2019 4:30pm-6:30pm
    • End of Year event (April 2020)

As a mentor:

  • Must attend Global Roommate Mentor Orientation on Thursday, April 25th, 2019 7pm-9pm (Make up session Friday, April 26th, 2019 5:30pm-7:30pm)
  • Communicate with my mentees over the summer as part of Summer Outreach
  • Move onto campus on Sunday, August 25th, 2019.
  • Must attend the following GRP events during the year:
    • Mentor Meeting #1 Monday, August 26th, 2019, 1pm-2:30pm
    • Orientation on Monday, August 26th, 2019 7pm-9:30pm
    • Mentor Meeting #2 Tuesday, August 27th, 2019, 1pm-2:30pm
    • Welcome Reception on August 29th, 2019 4pm-5pm
    • Apartment Check In (September-October 2019)
    • Mid-semester Check In (November 1st, 2019 4:30pm-6:30pm)
    • End of Year event (April 2020)

Why Join GRP?

GRP是学校的一个宿舍项目。这个项目的目的是帮助国际学生更好的融入大一生活。今年我们经过面试筛选,选拔出60余名优秀的愿意帮助大一新生的学长学姐。作为一个大一国际学生,当你参与GRP, 我们将会给你分配一个高年级的学生,你将和这个学长/学姐住在同一公寓一年,学长/学姐将给你提供必要的生活帮助。此外,我们将定期举办课外活动,例如滑雪,鬼屋探险,登山(以上是我们去年举行的活动)。 这些活动都将帮助丰富你的课外生活.

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Why GRP? 首先,作为国际学生, 能尽快融入当地生活是很有意义的。参加GRP可以让你和愿意帮助国际学生的学长/学姐住在一起,你能很快融入当地文化,让你的第一年变得更轻松。其次, 我们会举办很多课外活动,这些活动的大部分费用都由我们承担。这是个很好的参与活动的机会。亲爱的国际学生,与其普通的住在宿舍,不如参加GRP。结交其他国际学生,结交愿意帮助国际学生的当地人,让你的大一生活更加顺利。我们期待你的加入!

– Shuting Zhang, GRP Mentee 2014

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“The GRP program has given me the opportunity to interact with a completely different group of students than I am normally used to interacting with. The best part is learning about their culture and way of life back in their home countries, and also seeing them grow so much and adapt so well to the Rutgers and surrounding community.

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Our first week together was definitely the most eventful. We went shopping for our apartment together, sat down at the dinner table and had our respective and quite different meals, decorated the apartment, cooked together, and just got to know a lot about each other. Thanks to the GRP program, we had a bunch of opportunities to attend events together as well. I wasn’t able to go on as many as I wanted because of school commitments but my international roommates went and they really enjoyed it. I signed all of us up for snow tubing so that’ll be our first event with all 4 of us together!”

– Kriti Gupta, GRP Mentor 2014

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Application Process

As a mentee:

  1. You must complete the incoming first-year student online application at Enrollment Pathway. (You will need your NetId and password)
  2. You must complete the GRP Mentee Application.

As a mentor:

  1. Complete the GRP Mentor Application. (Application will OPEN on January 14th, 2019. Priority deadline is Feb. 7, 2019 by 11:59PM.)
  2. Apply for a housing selection number.
  3. You must complete an interview with Residence Life staff.

Note: You may interview together with another mentor candidate if you intend on living in the same apartment.

Frequently Asked Questions

I indicated a preferred roommate, do they also need to apply?

Yes, both of you must complete an application listing each other as preferred roommates. You cannot pull in a roommate who is not also a GRP mentor candidate. You may interview together.

I already submitted an application, but would like to add a preferred roommate.

Send Janet an email at janet.loh@echo.rutgers.edu that includes the following: Your name & RUID number, your preferred roommates name & RUID number, and your preferred roommate’s email address

I only selected Livi Apartments/listed Livi as my first choice, will I get my top preference?

Unfortunately, we have limited space in each of our placement sites. By applying for the program, and accepting your placement if selected, you are agreeing to live any GRP apartment site (Livingston, Silvers, University Center at Easton Avenue Apartments). We try to place mentors to create diverse communities, and while we do try as hard as we can to place people by their preferences, we hope you understand that this is not always possible. Every year, we have around 90% of all applicants list Livingston Apartments as their 1st or 2nd preference, and unfortunately we are unable to place everyone there. Our placements sites are some of the top picks for living on campus in the Rutgers system.

When will I hear back about interviews, and when are they?

This year’s interview date is Friday, February 15, between 1p-6pm at BEST West Main Lounge. You should receive an email with interview instructions by February 12, 2019. If you do not receive the email, first check your spam/junk folder, then please contact Janet at janet.loh@rutgers.edu as soon as possible.

I am an international student, can I apply to be a mentor?

Yes, Mentor candidates can be domestic or international. The current eligibility requirements are that you are a full time Rutgers student, are a sophomore by August 2019, and have lived on campus at Rutgers for at least a semester.

What are the mandatory requirements as a GRP mentor?

A mentor must attend Global Roommate Mentor Orientation on Thursday, April 25, 2019 7pm-9pm (Make up session Friday, April 26, 2019 5:30pm-7:30pm). A mentor must communicate with mentees over the summer as part of Summer Outreach. Mentors must move onto campus on Sunday, August 25, 2019. All mentors must attend the following GRP events during the year:

  • Mentor Meeting #1 Monday, August 26, 2019, 1pm-2:30pm
  • Orientation on Monday, August 26, 2019 7pm-9:30pm
  • Mentor Meeting #2 Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 1pm-2:30pm
  • Welcome Reception on August 29, 2019 4pm-5pm
  • Apartment Check In (September-October 2019)
  • Mid-semester Check In (November 1, 2019 4:30pm-6:30pm)
  • End of Year event (April 2020)
  • Program Engagement: GRP Participants are required to attend 2 in-hall programs/events in their communities per semester.
  • The Global Roommate Program is a year-long commitment.

Why are acceptances and placements sent out at different times?

Because individual candidate’s situations may change between application and acceptance (ie internships, ability to live on campus etc.) we will first ask for confirmation from successful applicants that they will be participating in the program. Once acceptances are completed, we will begin placing mentors into their spaces for the year.

As part of GRP, are we paid or do we receive reduced housing?

Being a GRP mentor is a volunteer position, so there is no compensation in the form of a wage or reduction in housing costs. Click here for more information on  the costs of living on campus.

I want to live in a GRP apartment with 3 of my friends.

The structure of the GRP program is 2 mentor/mentee pairs living in one apartment. Therefore, you can only apply to the program as a single applicant or as paired applicants. We cannot accommodate groups of 3 or more, as that restricts our ability to accommodate mentees.

Is there a GPA or academic requirement to be a mentor?

No, there is no academic or GPA requirement to this program at this time, other than the general university requirements for remaining a full time student registered in classes.

What should I do about the housing selection process?

    1. GRP is a special interest program, which means that seniority points and selection numbers do not have an impact on placement within the program.
    2. However, because the timeline for the GRP program is after many housing selection dates, we encourage you to apply for housing on campus as you would normally. 
    3. If you are selected for the GRP, and you accept, we will move you from wherever you are on campus (selected through the housing process etc) to a GRP space.
    4. This means that if you are applying to a housing space through selection with others who are not in the GRP process, only GRP mentors will be moved to a GRP space. Again, we encourage you to let your potential roommates know if they are not applying for the GRP.
    5. All applicants MUST Apply for a housing selection number by the January deadline. Learn more about housing selection.

For more information, please contact:

International Programs and Outreach Coordinator

For more general information on living-learning or thematic communities, please submit an interest form or call 848-932-4371 to speak with a staff member.