OISS continues to provide services online. For more information, visit the OISS Coronavirus FAQ page.
Rice University Emergency Management
For official Rice University Emergency notifications including school closures, please see https://emergency.rice.edu/. All official communications from Rice will be posted on this site, but to ensure you receive notifications as efficiently as possible, please make sure you sign up for emergency alerts through your Esther account. The Rice Emergency Management page has helpful FAQs on when Rice will use emergency alerts, etc.
Other Emergency Alerts Websites
In case of a disaster, it may also be helpful to track the emergency website for the City of Houston. The following websites will post updates, as well as helpful tips and other resources.
Hurricane Preparedness Tips
In case of a hurricane or flooding, here are some important notes to take into consideration:
Since international students are not eligible for U.S. government funding (e.g. financial aid), here are a few options for loans and grants in case of an emergency, be it personal or otherwise:
Graduate Student Association (GSA) Loan – For graduate students only. For more information, please see http://gsa.rice.edu/guide-to-grad-life/funding
Mosely/Adams Graduate Student Loan Fund – For graduate students only. For more information, please see https://graduate.rice.edu/moseleyadams
Undergraduate Emergency Loan – For undergraduate students only. Available for international students through OISS recommendation, please contact OISS to schedule an appointment with an advisor for more information.
Other Potential Financial Resources: