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Getting Started

Congratulations on your decision to study abroad through Rice Study Abroad! You are about to embark on one of the most academic and personally exciting, challenging and rewarding experiences of your career at Rice University. With so many important factors to consider and various programs to choose from, the planning can seem quite overwhelming at times.

The steps outlined on this page will help guide you through the process of choosing and applying to a Rice approved study abroad program - so follow these guidelines to help you get started!

Complete “Step One”: Your First Step to Studying Abroad!
The 8 minute “Step One” online video is your first preliminary informational session. Here you will learn all the important information to begin your journey! Completing “Step One” is mandatory for all students wishing to study abroad.

Verify Your Eligibility
Review Rice University eligibility requirements for study abroad.

Research and Explore Your Options
Carefully review the Choosing a Program pages to help you define your goals, learn about types of programs, academics/creditscosts and more! This very important step will help you explore your options and assist you in choosing the best program for your academic and personal goals. 

Search Program Offerings
Browse our “Program Search” for a complete listing of approved programs. You will be able to search for programs based on subject area/academic themes, language, geographical regions, as well as programs with research, internship or service learning components. There are many programs available, but which one is right for you?

Consult with Study Abroad Ambassadors and Study Abroad Alumni
Talk with other Rice students who have previously studied abroad!  Study Abroad Ambassadors and study abroad alumni are excellent resources as you learn more about the study abroad experience and research specific programs.   

Talk with your Academic Advisor, Major Advisor and Study Abroad Faculty Advisors
Discuss future study abroad plans with your academic advisor, major/minor advisor and Study Abroad Faculty Advisors to make sure your proposed courses abroad will complement your Rice academics. Decide together when would be the best time in your degree plan for you to study abroad.

Complete the online Advising Application (Study Abroad Worksheet) 
Request information on your program if needed via the online application system, accessible from your program brochure page. Complete the online Advising Application (Study Abroad Worksheet) to help organize your plans. This worksheet was designed to enable you to communicate your study abroad goals to your Study Abroad Advisor.

Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
Once you have completed “Step One”, conducted your initial research and have narrowed your program choices, you may schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor via our online scheduling system to discuss program options in greater detail.

Explore financial aid and scholarship opportunities
Our website has a wealth of information about financial aid and scholarship offerings specifically for study abroad. View the "Finances” section on the navigation bar to learn about financial considerations, scholarship opportunities and more.

Discuss ideas with your family
Discuss your ideas for studying abroad with your family to gain their support as you make plans. Share your research, discuss the programs you are considering, and be sure to talk about costs and financial aid. The "Parents and Families" section contains information your family may find helpful.

Decide on a program!
After assessing your academic goals and following all guidelines above, you are ready to make the final decision on which program is best for you. Choose your program

Complete the study abroad application
Once you have decided on a program, you are ready to apply!  Be sure to carefully follow the directions and complete all required application materials, including your specific program/host university application. Be aware of application deadlines! Applications must be complete and received by the deadline in order to be considered.