Graduate International Orientation

(updated as of 07/23/2021)

Graduate International Orientation

Howdy! – Once again, congratulations on your acceptance to Rice University!

We can’t wait to meet you (virtually and in person), learn about you, and help you have a successful Rice chapter of your life!

You will receive three newsletters between now and start of the fall semester. You will have three virtual meetings throughout the summer with us, and four mandatory orientation sessions in August and September. You will also attend a mandatory check-in session when you arrive in the U.S.

Graduate International Orientation (GIO)

Graduate International Orientation (GIO) is a mandatory orientation program for all new international graduate and graduate exchange students. Students will review immigration regulations, graduate specific policies, and programs geared specifically to support the international graduate population.

August 16, 2021
August 17, 2021
September 2, 2021
September 16, 2021

These sessions will be held virtually from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Houston time (CDT). Graduate students must attend all four of the sessions. The invitations with details will be emailed to students’ Rice email address closer to the events.

Any student unable to attend must notify OISS in advance and schedule a make-up session. Unfortunately, those students who do not attend will have a hold placed on their student record, which blocks them from registration until check-in and orientation requirements are met.

*Please note that MBA has a special session designed for MBA international students that will take place during the international immersion week.

Graduate Meet & Greet

We will be happy to meet all our newly admitted graduate international students, welcome you to Rice, introduce you to your Rice student status, explain your next steps, and answer your questions.

June 2, 2021
June 16, 2021
June 30, 2021
July 14, 2021
August 6, 2021

These sessions will be held virtually from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Houston time (CDT). The invitations with details will be emailed to students’ Rice email address closer to the events.

Pre-Arrival Newsletters

The newsletters are emailed to students’ Rice email address, and will be posted here once available.

Immigration Check-in

All graduate international students are required to attend a check-in session. Please see https://oiss.rice.edu/orientation for the information.

If you have further questions, please contact us at oiss@rice.edu.