Rice University is consistently ranked as one of the best undergraduate teaching and research institutions in the country. Its small size (approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 3,500 graduate students) allows for a small student-to-faculty ratio. Selectivity, a love of learning, intellectual curiosity, and creativity are only some of the attributes Rice faculty and student share.

Rice University hosts exchange students from partner institutions only. Interested students should contact the international programs office of their home institution for information on their internal application process and deadlines. Upon the conclusion of the home institution’s selection process, prospective exchange students to Rice are nominated by the Rice deadlines of March 15 for the following fall semester and the academic year, and September 15 for the spring semester. Nominated applicants should be full-time undergraduate students of their home institution in good academic and judicial standing, typically in their third year of study. Nominations are to report language test results showing required English proficiency.

Exchange partnerships enable students to visit the host institution for a semester, or potentially an academic year (two consecutive semesters). Credits earned are transferred to the home institutions according to the home institution's internal rules and regulations. Exchanges take place in the fall and spring semesters. Exchanges are not possible for the summer term.

Prospective exchange students should refer to the student exchange fact sheet for more details including the Rice application process, deadlines, etc. To learn more about Rice University as well as the campus and city environment, please visit the following links.

Undergraduate admissions

Schools and departments

Course catalog

Academic calendar