Rice University welcomes applications from students from around the world. In the fall 2017 semester, approx. 39% of our graduate students were international, representing a large variety of countries. This diversity is mirrored by the City of Houston, which is comprised of people from hundreds of countries worldwide representing the highest diversity compared to other large cities in the U.S.
The Professional Science Master's Program offers an intense preparation for incoming foreign students that starts in the summer with assigned reading and study preparation, and continues with a two-day Cultural Workshop before orientation week starts at Rice.
Services and resources:
¬∑ ¬†Orientation upon arrival at the university
¬∑ ¬†Workshops on income taxes and the IRS, healthcare and insurance, immigration status, and more¬†
¬∑ ¬†Social gatherings - welcome party, dinner for new graduate students, activities fair, cultural movies, and Graduate Student Association (GSA) party
Rice Host Family Program¬†(sponsored by the Houston chapter of the International Institute of Education)
Houston-area families open their homes to students from other countries, giving them a place to go for holidays, spring break, birthday celebrations, or simply a brief escape from academics.
Spouse of Internationals at Rice organization
Plans lunches and other events for wives and international women students.¬†
¬∑ Academic records that provide a list, year-by-year, of all courses taken and grades earned
¬∑¬†Include the grading scale of the institution and the student's rank in class when available
¬∑¬†Must have a signature (in ink) of the appropriate official, such as the registrar or recorder of records, and bear the institutional seal
If your college or university will not provide original academic documents, exact copies, verified "Certified True Copies" by the appropriate institutional official may be substituted. Uncertified photocopies are not acceptable.¬†All documents not in English must be accompanied by official English translations bearing an original ink signature and seal.¬†
We realize that language and cultural differences may affect the GRE scores of foreign students, particularly if the student's native language is not English. This situation is taken into consideration when such students' applications are evaluated. The scores are nevertheless required and must come directly from the Educational Testing Service. For information on the GRE exam, visit www.gre.org.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test is required for any student whose native language is not English, regardless of whether or not you have attended another U.S. institution. Exceptions are granted on rare occasions. Applicants must score at least 600 on the paper-based TOEFL or score at least 95 on the computer-based TOEFL. However, due to the professional nature of the PSM degrees, higher scores are recommended. For information on the TOEFL exam, visit www.toefl.org.
Students may opt to take the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Exam in lieu of the TOEFL.¬† The IELTS was created by the University of Cambridge, and is accepted at numerous American universities. A minimum score of 8 is required. For information on the IELTS exam, visit www.els.com or www.els.com/houston.
For information on how to obtain and maintain legal status in the U.S., contact the Rice Office of International Students & Scholars. For more information, you may consult the following web sites:
There are several student associations at Rice that support students of various descents. For a complete listing, visit Rice's Student Activities page.