OISS considers it a privilege to get to work with the amazing international students and scholars at Rice University! While the population we serve continues to grow, we are unfortunately unable to accommodate the increasing numbers of one-on-one advisor appointment requests.

Therefore, OISS is hosting virtual & in-person walk-in advising opportunities to better serve you. Individual advisor appointments will be made available for complicated situations that cannot be fully addressed during the walk-in hours.

During the walk-in advising hours, students and scholars will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis. For the virtual walk-in advising this means that you will be placed in a Zoom waiting room until it is your turn. Please be ready to engage with the advisor when they become available. If you step away from your computer and we can't connect with you, we will have to move on to the next person and you will need to rejoin the Zoom meeting later to get back in line.

Before attending walk-in advising hours, please make sure to check other pages on this website, as many of your questions are already answered online.

For questions regarding work authorization for F-1 students, please first watch our virtual CPT and OPT Workshop videos at
Then read through the information pages for the specific work authorization type and complete the appropriate Canvas Tutorial.
If you have additional questions not addressed in the virtual workshop video, Canvas Tutorial, or information page, please attend one of the walk-in advising sessions.

Virtual & In-person Walk-in Advising Hours

General walk-in advising:

Mondays: 10am-12pm (in-person); 12-2pm (Zoom)
Tuesdays: 12-2pm (Zoom)
Wednesdays: 10am-12pm (in-person)
Thursdays: No walk-in advising available
Fridays: 10am-12pm (in-person); 12-2pm (Zoom)
In-person walk-in advising takes place in Lovett Hall, Entrance A
Click here to join virtual walk-in hours (Meeting ID: 926 2713 3717 | Passcode: oisswalkin)

Virtual advising on special topics:

Fridays: 1-2pm (Zoom) – STEM OPT reporting & Form I-983 (for Rice-sponsored F-1 students)
Click here to join virtual STEM OPT reporting advising hours (Meeting ID: 974 1447 4399 | Passcode: 995334)