OISS continues to provide services online. For more information, visit the OISS Coronavirus FAQ page.
We invite you to join our free English and Culture classes!
Every semester, OISS hosts a selection of free English and Culture classes to help Rice students, scholars, and their spouses with acculturation to Rice and provide them with an opportunity to meet new people and practice their English language skills. These classes are offered to you by volunteers who enjoy meeting and helping Rice internationals, and receive no compensation except the enjoyment of meeting and working with you. Even if you feel confident in your English language skills, we encourage you to join us for a fun opportunity to make friends and find out more about American culture. These classes are available to Rice students, scholars, and their dependents.
OISS has canceled the remaining English & Culture Classes and Let's Chat sessions for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester.
The classes offered in the Spring 2020 semester are Beginning English Conversation, Advanced/Intermediate Conversation, and Grammar & Pronunciation.
Let's Chat is an opportunity to practice your English in a casual small group setting. These 30-minute chat sessions are offered every Wednesday from January 22nd to April 29th.
For more formal English classes, you may contact Rice's ESL (English as a Second Language) Program. This program is not free, but is an excellent program for all different levels of English speaking abilities.