Rice Unconventional Wisdom


  • Initial orientation for all international students and scholars;
  • U.S. immigration advisement and forms;
  • Travel authorization and counseling regarding application for new visas;
  • Authorize and advise on visa benefits, such as practical training and extension of programs;
  • Advise and assist dependents of international students and scholars with visa issues and benefits;
  • Liaison with U.S. and foreign embassies/consulates;
  • Assistance with matters of cultural adjustment;
  • Liaison with the Institute of International Education (IIE) and its Friendship Family Program;
  • Resource and referral to other offices and services within Rice University and in Houston, as needed;
  • Reporting of Rice's international population to government agencies, IIE, and the Rice community;
  • Informational workshops, programming and cultural activities;
  • Alternative health insurance policy applications;
  • Information on holiday hospitality programs;
  • Provide networks for international students to assist one another;
  • OISS listservs.

Please also refer to our list of OISS Key Contacts to see who handles what at OISS.