Welcome New KDI-EJB Scholars 2020!

Welcome to the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University! Our robust orientation program at the Bloustein School is the first step in ensuring that our scholars have a successful transition and integration into Rutgers and community-at-large. We are looking forward to your arrival this January 2020!



Please find below information you will need for your arrival on Monday, January 6th as well as the start of your program.  Please note that this is the only date we are able to provide transportation from the airport and support checking into housing:

School Welcome Letter

Full Orientation Schedule (coming soon)

University Academic Calendars

Bloustein School Calendar

Directions to the School

Please note that the University is closed for the Holiday season from December 22nd through January 1st, we will be unavailable to support students during this time period.  Which is why we encourage you to come for the official start date of January 6th.


Activate Your Rutgers NetID and Email

You will need a Rutgers NetID and password to access many Rutgers electronic systems including the housing application and your school email.

To set up your Rutgers NetID you must visit https://netid.rutgers.edu/activateNetId.htm. You will be required to enter in your first and last name. Under where it says “Identifier” select the “RUID” option and enter in the last four digits of your RUID number, which can be found on your application. From there you will then be asked to set up security questions in the case that you lose your password and then your Rutgers email address. Once you have set up your NetID please send me an email letting me know what it is.

Complete On-Campus Family or Single Housing Application

On Campus Family & Single Housing

KDI scholars live in fully furnished units at the Marvin, Johnson, and Livingston Apartments.  We encourage you to make prior arrangements with our current KDI students to “take over” their existing apartments.

Benefits include:

  • Moving into an already furnished apartment
  • Avoiding having to transport furniture from one apartment to another during the cold month of January


  • “Taking over” apartments can only be done through arrangement with the current occupant. All other students will be placed in housing by the university housing office based on availability.
  • In this “take over” scenario, University Housing will NOT have the opportunity to clean out the apartments before you arrive.  Apartments have to be completely empty in order for them to do their cleaning.  Please communicate this with the current occupant so they are aware to clean the apartment before their departure!
  • Please note that “taking over” an apartment can only happen if there is an overlap between the current occupant and your arrival.

The monthly rent for Marvin and Nichols Apartments is currently $ 1,419; Johnson is 1,328; this amount will change (increase) in August 2020.  The contract you sign will be good through July 31st and must be renewed at that time. The monthly rate for a single apartment varies depending on where you are assigned. Once we receive your official assignments you can be provided an exact rate.


The housing application will be available very soon.  You will need to set up your NetID prior to completing the application and will use it to sign in to this website. Please see the below requirements regarding housing:

1). You must submit your housing application by going to https://oncampus.rutgers.edu/. Once you have logged in, you have to complete the Emergency Contacts (on left-hand side under the Menu) in order to see the link of “NB Graduate Family Incoming Application” or “NB Graduate Singles Incoming Application”. If you submitted the Graduate Family Housing Application, please email the following documents to oncampus@echo.rutgers.edu:

·         A copy of your marriage certificate
·         If you have children, you must also submit copies of your household registry from Korea as well as a Passport for each child.

* International students must submit an official English translation of documents.

2). All Rutgers students who are living on campus are required to have the Meningococcal Meningitis vaccine. At least one dose after the age of 16 or within five years of the original vaccine. If you already have Meningococcal Meningitis vaccination, please submit a copy of proof to the Student Health Office by Tuesday, December 10th. If you do not have the vaccination, please schedule an appointment for Meningococcal Meningitis vaccination in the Student Health Office once you arrived at Rutgers.

3) Please note that in your last semester here at Rutgers your Housing bill will be adjusted to reflect your departure in December as you will be billed automatically through the end January.

If you have any questions regarding the vaccination, please contact the Student Health Office at vaccine@rutgers.edu. For more information, you can visit their website at http://health.rutgers.edu/who-are-you/incoming-students/pre-entrance-immunizations/.

Housing Application

Family Housing Information

Marvin (Graduate Family)

Single Graduate Housing Information

Livingston (Graduate Single)

Housing Rules and Policies

Housing Maintenance

For any questions regarding housing, please feel free to contact Ryan Kassis, Assignment Coordinator, by email at ryan.kassis@echo.rutgers.edu or by phone at 848-445-0750.  You may also contact our office via Courtney Culler, Steve Weston or Sophia Jung.

As you know our program begins on January 6, 2020 and your arrival that day is required for orientation.  We start by providing transportation that day for you and your family members.  The scheduled pickup is for that day only.  Please fill out the form through the link below on your flight arrival information so we can include that in the day’s travel.

Submit Flight Information

Obtain Immunization Records

Rutgers University requires all new students to submit their immunization records at the time that they arrive in the US. These records MUST be translated into English.  If you are paying an outside translator to do this, the immunization records must then be certified by a Notary Public.  All immunization records must be printed on your physician’s letterhead. Failure to show your immunization records may result in a “hold” being placed on your grades, transcripts and you may be unable to graduate.

Pre-Entrance Immunization Record

Reminder: All Rutgers students who are living on campus are required to have the Meningococcal Meningitis vaccine. At least one dose after the age of 16 or within five years of the original vaccine. If you already have Meningococcal Meningitis vaccination, please submit a copy of proof to the Student Health Office by Tuesday, December 10th. If you do not have the vaccination, please schedule an appointment for Meningococcal Meningitis vaccination in the Student Health Office once you arrived at Rutgers.

If you have any questions regarding the vaccination, please contact the Student Health Office at vaccine@rci.rutgers.edu. For more information, you can visit their website at http://health.rutgers.edu/who-are-you/graduate-students/.

Pre-Register Your Children

Free Public Schooling is offered to children in the US beginning at age 5.  We have set aside time in our schedule to complete the public school registration.  If you would like information on enrolling children under the age of 5 in a private preschool, please let us know. In order to register your child/children successfully, your required to complete steps 1 and 2.  All documents must be translated in English – including immunization records.

1.) Pre-register online. To begin the online pre-registration process please click on the link here: Online Pre-registration

2.) Print out and complete the enrollment packet by clicking on the link below.  Complete one packet for each child you are registering.  Enrollment Packet.

If you can not access the link above please download the pdf copy here

Please note you must bring all required documents to your scheduled enrollment appointment. Faxes or emails cannot be accepted. If you do not have all required documents at the time of your appointment, your appointment will be rescheduled.

Student Health Insurance

All new arriving KDI scholars automatically receive student health insurance here at the University.  The fee for this will already be included in your term bills and a part of what you pay here.  This health insurance is very comprehensive.  Insurance for your family is also REQUIRED of each student.  Purchasing the Rutgers plan is the most recommended method.  If not, you must review any other plan you choose in advance with the Center for Global Services at Rutgers and Ms. Eirinn Jones, at eljones@gaiacenters.rutgers.edu. The plan that you have reviewed must be exactly the same in coverage as the comprehensive Rutgers plan.  If not, it will not qualify.  Proof of this health insurance will need to be submitted to the Rutgers International Office upon your arrival unless otherwise purchased via the university.

Student Health Insurance

Drivers License:

In order to apply for a New Jersey driver’s license, a 6-point system of providing several identification papers is required.  A detailed list of the documents required is here:

Fact Sheet

6-Point Verification Requirements

NJ Driver Manual

NJ Driver Manual (Korean Translation)

All those seeking a license must bring their current Korean license with them or a International drivers license translated in English.   ALL documents must be translated to English.  As a non-US citizen, you are encouraged to bring as many of these listed identification items as possible. For example, bring your Korean bank ATM card if it lists your name on it, bring your health insurance card if it lists your name on it, etc.  It’s very important to be as prepared as possible when we go to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Each person seeking a license will need to pass a computer examination.  You can prepare for this examination by studying the driver’s manual which you can find above. One of our former KDI students and his wife created a Korean-language version of this manual.  He has generously agreed to share this with all of you for your preparations.  This document is attached.

Bus Systems: Rutgers has a large student bus system, you can us the buses to get around campus until you have your drivers license.  Additional information on the bus system as well as bus routes and schedules can be found here on the Rutgers Transportation website.

Parking: Anyone who has a car on campus should purchase a parking permit.  To find information on permits and parking lots please visit the Rutgers Transportation website.  Please note, if you are taking over a car from a previous scholar you will need to insure you have a valid parking permit for your vehicle.  Rutgers will ticket vehicles parked on campus without a valid permit.


Before the start of the semester, during the Bloustein Orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet with the student services staff, program directors and Bloustein School deans as we introduce you to our services of which we hope will support your academic and personal goals.  We will discuss academics during orientation and complete registration then, discussing all course requirements.  Some of the information on that is below for your reference now and going forward.  Please do not register yourself for any courses.  The program will register you soon for courses automatically and you will have the ability to change those courses during your academic orientation.  In addition, DO NOT pay for your university bill if one is charged to you.  You will pay your bill directly to the school DURING/AFTER orientation.

Bloustein School Orientation Agenda (Coming soon!)

Bloustein School Orientation Calendar (Coming soon!)

MPAP Advising Sheet

MCRS Advising Sheet

Course Schedule Offerings Website

Additional Methods Course Flow Chart

2019-2020 University Registration Calendar

Credit Transfer Form

Should you have any questions, please contact:

Courtney Culler
Assistant Director for Graduate Student Services
Room 183
(848) 932-2727

Sophia Jung
KDI Program Assistant
Room 183

Stephen Weston
Assistant Dean for Student and Academic Services
Room 190
(848) 932-2728