Beginning Your Application
There are two parts to applying for study abroad at Rice: the Rice Study Abroad online application, and the host university/program provider's application. Begin the Rice Study Abroad application by finding your program on our list of approved programs and clicking the "Apply Now" on its brochure page. Be sure to carefully follow the directions provided and complete all required application materials by the earlier of the two deadlines.
Please note that Study Abroad Advisors can only complete program approval forms for students applying through our office who have completed all components for both the online Rice Study Abroad application and program application, once the Rice Study Abroad application is approved.
Rice Study Abroad sets the following deadlines to submit a completed application for study abroad. Depending on the program, some deadlines will be earlier (discussed below).
Late deadline (late fee*)
Summer, fall semester, academic year
Applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59PM CDT. After this time, the online system will close and students will be unable to submit materials online.
*These are the final deadlines to apply, but please note that many deadlines can be earlier depending on the program and term.
Late fee: A $200 late fee will be charged for applications received after the initial deadline. All application materials/components must be received by the deadline for the application to be considered complete. Applications submitted after the final deadline will not be accepted.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been submitted.
Early application deadlines and rolling admissions
Take careful note of individual programs' deadlines, as they may fall earlier than the October and March deadlines set by Rice Study Abroad (with some as early as a full calendar year before the program begins). If a program deadline falls before the Rice deadline, both the program's and the Rice Study Abroad applications must be submitted by that program's deadline. This is to allow for timely review of your Rice Study Abroad application so that your advisor can grant home school authorization typically required by universities/programs. However, if a program deadline falls after the Rice deadline, both applications must still be submitted by the Rice deadline (as described in the table above).
Admissions to some programs may be more competitive and/or determined on a rolling basis. Additionally, some programs determine entry into desired courses or housing on a first come, first served basis. It's therefore advised to submit your application comfortably in advance of the program application deadline.
Application flow for specific program types
Students applying to study abroad at a partner institution as a visiting exchange student should first complete the Rice Study Abroad online application for review and approval by their advisor. Once approved, students will be nominated by the Rice Study Abroad as exchange applicants at the partner institution. Under the guidance of Rice study Abroad, students will collect and submit all application materials required by the partner institution.
Foreign universities and third-party provider programs
Students applying to study abroad through a foreign university or program provider must complete both the online Rice online application as well as the individual program application simultaneously. If deadlines differ, both applications must be submitted by the earlier deadline for review and approval by the Rice Study Abroad. Study abroad advisors cannot complete program provider certifications or approvals until all components of a student's application have been completed (including the faculty recommendation).