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 Summer 2019 event schedule, please click on the image below. More information about all the events may be found below the picture.
Cookies & Conversation - Wednesdays, June 5 - July 24
Join us every Wednesday from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in OISS for Cookies and Conversation, as we discuss U.S. idioms and slang within cultural context. Light refreshments will be provided but feel free to bring your own lunch.
Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Thursday, June 13
Enjoy the vast art collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. We will meet at the Lovett Hall Sallyport at 3:00 p.m., and expect to return to campus by 6:00 p.m. Free entrance and guided tour. Backpacks are not allowed in the museum. To sign up, please visit http://bit.ly/2PZKtzH (link will go live on June 3rd)! For more information on the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, please see www.mfah.org.
Houston Zoo - Friday, June 21
Explore the Houston Zoo with us! Meet at the Lovett Hall Sallyport at 10:00 a.m., and walk to the Houston Zoo together (dress for the hot and humid Houston weather). We expect to return to campus by 12:00 p.m. The Zoo is free with a Rice student ID, all others will need to purchase a ticket For more information about the Houston Zoo, please see www.houstonzoo.org.
Houston Downtown Tunnel Tour - Thursday, June 27
Join us for an exciting tour of the Houston Downtown Tunnels with the Houston Greeters! We will meet at the Lovett Hall Sallyport at 3:00 p.m., and expect to return to campus by 6:00 p.m. This event is free, but you need to purhase a ticket for the light rail ($1.25 each way) if you don't have a QCard. To sign up, please visit http://bit.ly/2VtNdM1 (link will go live on June 17th)!
Independence Day Fireworks - Wednesday, July 4
The best way to celebrate 4th of July is with the Houston Symphony and fireworks at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park! Bring a blanket or a folding chair to sit on, and feel free to bring your own snacks and water as well (glass bottles are not allowed). We will meet at the Lovett Hall Sallyport at 7:00 p.m. and walk over together.
Houston Aquarium - Friday, July 12
Join us for a trip to the Houston Aquarium! Tickets will be available at OISS starting June 24th:
Cost: $10, cash only
What: Ticket includes unlimited all day access to the Aquarium Adventure Exhibit, Stingray Reef, and all rides
When: Friday, June 12th, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Transportation: We will meet at the Lovett Hall Sallyport and take the lightrail to downtown (Metro ticket cost $1.25 each way)
Please also bring some cash or your credit card for snacks/drinks.
For more information about the Houston Aquarium, please see www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumhouston.
NASA Space Center - Saturday, July 13
The NASA Trip is sold out!!
This trip has been rescheduled and will now take place on July 13th!
Join OISS for a fun day at NASA Space Center!! We will meet at the Lovett Hall Sallyport at 9:00 a.m. and return to campus by 3:00 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase starting June 3rd, and may be purchased in OISS or online:
Cost: Early bird rate is $20 for tickets purchased on or before June 20th. Tickets purchased after June 20th will be $25. This event typically sells out, so get your tickets quickly!
For more information about Space Center Houston, please see http://spacecenter.org.
Houston Museum of Natural Science - Thursday, July 25
Explore the Houston Museum of Natural Science with an expert tour guide. We will meet at the Lovett Hall Sallyport at 3:00 p.m., and expect to return to campus by 6:00 p.m. Entrance is free, backpacks are not allowed in the museum. To sign up, please visit http://bit.ly/2HbGdKW (link will go live on July 15th)! For more information about the Houston Museum of Natural Science, please see www.hmns.org.
Apollo 11: First Steps Edition @IMAX - Tuesday, July 30
Please join us for the IMAX movie "Apollo 11 - First Steps Edition" celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing! We will meet at the Lovett Hall Sallyport at 3:15 p.m. and walk to the Houston Museum of Natural Science together. The film will start at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase in OISS or online:
Cost: $6 (discounted rate provided by OISS)
Final Wrap Up of Summer Party - Wednesday, July 31
You are invited to join us for the Texas Style End of Summer Party, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., in the Welcome Center (Sewall Hall) to wrap up your summer with great food, drinks, games and friends. No registration is needed.
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