Welcome to OISS! – #YouAreWelcomeHere

The Office of International Students & Scholars is here to support all Rice internationals and the Academic Departments with all matters related to immigration, international compliance, and cultural adaptation.

Welcome New International Students!

We look forward to meeting you!! All new students are required to attend their respective orientation program, as well as complete their Immigration Check-in with OISS within 15 days of arrival in the U.S. Make your travel plans accordingly.
For more information, please see https://oiss.rice.edu/orientation.

You are welcome here.

OISS Services

OISS has returned to campus! In addition, our office space has expanded! We are still in Lovett Hall, Entrance A, but now OISS has a reception desk on both the First (Room 101) and Second (Room 201) floors to assist you faster, and in a less crowded manner. Document pick-up still requires an appointment, but now with expanded hours. To schedule a document pick-up appointment please visit https://oiss.rice.edu/getdocs.

Document Submission

We encourage you to continue using our online options:
• CPT requests: https://oiss.rice.edu/CPT (netID login required)
• OPT requests: http://bit.ly/optrequest
• STEM OPT Extension requests: http://bit.ly/stemdocs
• Other document submissions: http://bit.ly/oissdocs


Appointments with an OISS advisor are currently available by phone, zoom, or in-person. When scheduling an appointment, please specify your preferred option and we will accommodate accordingly. To schedule an appointment please call 713-348-6095, email oiss@rice.edu, or visit https://oiss.rice.edu/appointment. Please also see information about our Virtual Walk-in hours.
In-person appointment reminder: OISS follows the Rice Face Mask Policy regarding indoor meetings. Individuals who are fully vaccinated are exempted from the indoor face mask requirement, but those who are not fully vaccinated must wear a mask when indoors. OISS also invites even fully vaccinated people to wear a mask if they choose, as we want everyone to feel at ease and comfortable during indoor meetings.

Virtual Walk-ins

OISS is hosting virtual office walk-in hours via Zoom, Monday – Friday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
To get the Zoom link, please visit https://oiss.rice.edu/virtualoffice (netID login required).
Visit https://oiss.rice.edu/covid19 for the OISS Coronavirus FAQ page.