OISS is happy to organize events and activities during the summer and winter breaks. All international students and scholars as well as their family members are welcome to attend any and all of our activities. For more information, please see our Event Calendar.
For a printer friendly version of the full Winter 2018-2019 event schedule, please click on the image below.
Zoo Lights - Wednesday, December 12
We begin this yearâ€™s Winter Events at the Houston Zoo (https://zoolights.houstonzoo.org) on â€śCollege Student Wednesdayâ€ť. The Zoo is transformed into a dazzling light display to host the 7th annual â€śZoo Lightsâ€ť! This is one of Houstonâ€™s holiday traditions and the sights are absolutely amazing. Gather with OISS and friends for great photo opportunities! â€śSip hot chocolate as you stroll through the beautiful Houston Zoo grounds and take in the sights and sounds of the season. Fifteen miles of earth-friendly LED lighting illuminate our ancient oak trees and decorate the paths to light your way.â€ť
Current students only pay $12 instead of the regular price of $23. Friends, scholars, spouses, and families are welcome to join and would pay a special price of $17.95. Weâ€™ll meet at the Lovett Hall Sallyport at 4:45 pm and walk to the Houston Zoo together. Remember to bring your Student ID!
A Christmas Carol at Alley Theatre - Thursday, December 13
EDIT: This event is sold out!
Join us for a show at the Alley Theatre and a backstage tour with one of the actors after the show!
Tickets are available at a discounted rate if we can get a group of 10 or more by November 15th. If we get the group rate, you will receive a refund!
We will meet at the Lovett Hall Sallyport at 6:00 p.m. and take the light rail to Alley Theatre. The show will start at 7:30 p.m.
Houston Rockets Basketball Game - Monday, December 17
We will cheer with you for the Houston Rockets as Houstonâ€™s own professional basketball team takes on the Utah Jazz. We will meet at the Sallyport at 5:45pm to take the metro over to the Toyota Center downtown. Game starts at 7:00pm. Cost is $28.00 (tickets must be purchased in cash at OISS in advance, exact change greatly appreciated) plus $1.25 for each ride on the metro. Please note that backpacks are not allowed at Toyota Center. GO ROCKETS!
Lunch at Sweet Paris - Friday, December 28
Come and meet us at Sweet Paris (www.sweetparis.com) in Rice Village for lunch at 12:00 pm (noon) and enjoy French food together while having a friendly chat. Lunch is at your own cost. No prior reservation is necessary.
Museum of Fine Arts - Thursday, January 3
We will start the new year with a visit to the oldest art museum in Texas, which is also one of the largest in the U.S. The MFAH (www.mfah.org) has a diverse collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, French Impressionism, photography, American and European decorative arts, African and pre-Columbian gold, American art, and post-1945 European and American painting and sculpture, just to name a few, so bring your friends and family and meet us at the Lovett Hall Sallyport at 2:30 pm to walk or take the light rail (depending on the weather) to the museum together.
The museum will be free, but feel free to bring some money for snacks and drinks, and bring your Metro Q card or cash of $1.25 each way for transportation (if needed)
Houston Downtown Tunnel Tour - Friday, January 4
EDIT: This event is full!
We will visit Houstonâ€™s underground tunnel system, see the amazing view from high above the city and learn about the history of some buildings in downtown with a guide from Houston Greeters (www.houstongreeters.org). The tunnels have lots of services, shops, stores and weâ€™ll walk above and below ground so dress comfortably and based on weather conditions. We will be meeting at the Lovett Hall Sallyport at 3:00pm and take the light rail to downtown and back to Rice. The tour is free but feel free to bring some money for snacks and drinks, and bring your Metro Q card or cash/credit card for $1.25 each way for transportation.
Registration is required, click here to RSVP!
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