The Basics – Visa Types
Most degree-seeking international students will come to study on an F-1 student visa and exchange students on a J-1 Exchange Visitor visa. To apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa, the student will need an I-20 or DS-2019 immigration documents, respectively.
Occasionally international students may study on other visa classifications, so please check with an OISS advisor if you have questions.
Admitting New Students
International Student Admissions Flow Chart - Describes the process from when an international student applies to Rice University to when he/she arrives. It is a resource for any academic coordinator, faculty member, or new international student.
Checklist of Required Documents for I-20/DS-2019
International Financial Declaration Forms (new forms for 2016-2017 will be available March 15, 2016)
- Undergraduate Degree-Seeking Student
- Undergraduate Exchange Student - Full academic year
- Undergraduate Exchange Student - Fall semester only
- Undergraduate Exchange Student - Spring semester only
- Graduate Degree-Seeking Student
- Graduate Music Student
- Graduate Architecture Student
- Professional Masters Students in Natural Science
- Professional Masters Students in Engineering
- MBA Student
- Graduate Exchange Student - Full academic year
- Graduate Exchange Student - Fall semester only
Proof of Language Proficiency
Foreign Student Transfer Release Form (if transferring from a US institution)
**Special Case: Visiting International Research Student
Visiting International Research Students are students who are not pursuing a degree at Rice University, but are instead coming for a short visit to conduct research typically in the summer months.
Advising Internationals Students
- Full-time Status: All F-1 and J-1 students need to be full-time at all times, unless they have prior authorization from their academic department and OISS
- Part-time authorization procedure
- On-campus employment: F-1 students are eligible to work on-campus for a maximum of 20 hours/week while school is in session, and may work more than 20 hours/week while school is on break.
- Off-campus employment (internships)
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for Undergraduates
Curricular Practical Training (CPT for Graduate Students
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
- Academic Dismissal/Withdrawal: If an international student is experiencing difficulty in their program, please advise them to make an appointment with an OISS advisor. If the student is either considering withdrawing or may be dismissed, there are immigration consequences to be considered.
SEVIS Fee Handout for F-1 Students
Student Pre-Arrival Information
Checklist for Newly-Arrived Students
SSA Regulations for F-1 Students