International Students

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.

The Professional Science Master's Program offers an intense preparation for incoming foreign students

Application Requirements:

Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)

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.

Immigration Information

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:

International Student Associations There are several student associations at Rice that support students of various descents. For a complete listing, visit Rice's Student Activities page.