To be eligible for study abroad, you must:

  • Be enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate Rice student at the time of application
  • Have completed freshman year
  • Have watched the Step One online video
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Be in good disciplinary standing
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Keep in mind, program or university eligibility requirements must be followed as well (for example, if a partner requires three semesters to be completed at Rice, that would override our requirement or freshman year completed).

GPA note: Some study abroad programs require a minimum GPA above 3.0, and may further require a higher GPA for certain departments. Carefully review the course information for your chosen program and consult with your study abroad advisor as necessary.

Note: If you are a citizen of or spent a prolonged period of time in a country that you are considering for study abroad, please consult a Study Abroad Advisor prior to starting an application.

Before departure, you must:

  • Complete all required paperwork by the assigned deadline
  • Secure transfer credit evaluation/pre-approval of proposed courses abroad
  • Attend the mandatory Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

Eligibility note: Students who do not meet these requirements are not authorized by Rice University to study abroad, regardless of the minimum requirements for individual study abroad programs.