Universities Information:

Rice University

Name of Institution

Rice University

Type of Agreement

Undergraduate exchange


William Marsh Rice University is a private university located in Houston, Texas. rice_university_1Established in 1912, Rice is a top research institution and is dedicated to the “advancement of letters, science, and art”. With an undergraduate population of about 3,800 students and a small student-to-faculty ratio, students are able to have more personal interactions with professors. In 2012, the U.S. News & World Report ranked Rice 17th among national universities and the Princeton Review ranked Rice 1st for “Best Quality of Life” and “Happiest Students”. Rice University is well known for its applied science program, and a strong emphasis is placed on arts and sciences.


Rice is located in the heart of the Houston Museum District. Additionally, it is adjacent to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, and the campus encompasses nearly 300 acres. Houston is a growing city and is ranked the fourth most populous city in the United States. Houston is also considered a global city, with very diverse residents from various ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Academic Offeringsrice_university_3

Exchange students have the ability to take courses in four of Rice’s academic schools: George R. Brown School of Engineering, School of Humanities, Wiess School of Natural Sciences, and School of Social Sciences. Course information and schedules can be accessed by consulting the Registrar’s webpage. For a full list of majors and minors offered at Rice University, Click Here. For more information on schools and departments at Rice, Click Here.

Courses Taught in English

For the course catalog, Click Here.
For the course schedule, Click Here.

Student Life

One very important aspect of student life at Rice is the college system. Unlike a typical university, Rice has residential colleges.  There are eleven residential colleges, each housing approximately 200-250 students from all classes and all academic disciplines, providing for a diverse living environment.  The college is a place for living, eating, and socializing.  Residential colleges also host their own parties and other social events, many of which are frequently open to members of other colleges. Click here for more information about the residential college system.
There is also a wide variety of student clubs and activities students can participate in.  Student clubs range from service clubs to cultural clubs and academic clubs open to many students.  In addition to these clubs, students are able to participate in sports such as basketball, soccer, and ultimate Frisbee.  In addition to the activities organized through Rice, there are many other ways for students to entertain themselves in Houston.  There are many museums located near Rice as well as the Houston Zoo, Rice Village where many stores and restaurants are located, and Hermann Park, one of Houston’s most-visited public parks.

International Students

What services are offered to international students? (Orientation days, Buddy System etc.)

Exchange students participate in, iPREP, a mandatory orientation designed specifically for international students, as well as receive program-specific guidance prior to the start of classes. Exchange students who come to Rice in the fall participate in an Orientation Week designed for all new students. Exchange students are in regular contact with Rice’s Office of International Students and Scholars, as well as the Study Abroad Office. Rice students who have studied abroad will often host events in collaboration with exchange students, both education events to educate the student body about going abroad, and fun events designed so that exchange students can experience Houston’s culture.


Admitted exchange students are automatically placed in on-campus housing. No separate application is needed.

Expected Monthly Expenditures

2013-14 figures:
Fall orientation: $655
Room and board: $6,500
Fees: $340
Personal: $775
Books: $400
Transportation: $400
Insurance: $760 – $1,148
Total Cost Estimate per Semester: $10,000

Scholarships/Financial Aid Available

All exchange students receive a tuition waiver. No other financial support is available.

International Office page


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