Inter-Institutional Graduate Student Enrollment

If you are a non-Rice student seeking to enroll at Rice, information is available on the Visiting Student website.

Introduction

A number of inter-institutional graduate student enrollment agreements have been established enabling graduate students from one institution to take graduate level courses at one of the other participating institutions. Students must be registered full-time (9 credit hours) between their home institution (Rice) and their host institution during the semester they register for courses under the inter-institutional agreement. The institutions currently participating in inter-institutional agreements include Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center, University of Houston, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Registration Rules and Guidelines

  • Requested class must not be offered by the home institution during the requested term/semester
  • Requested class must be necessary for completion of graduate degree
  • Visiting students may register for a total of no more than 12 credit hours outside their home institution, as part of the inter-institutional agreement
  • Number of credits allowed per term/semester may vary depending on the policy of the host school
  • All approval signatures must be completed
  • Foreign students taking inter-­institutional courses: You must check with OISS regarding additional paperwork. Most host schools will require a copy of your I-­20/DS-­2019, visa stamp, passport ID page, and I-­94.
  • **For a comprehensive list of Registration Deadlines (including ADD, DROP, Variable Credit deadlines etc.), please consult the semester specific Academic Calendar.

Enrollment Process for Rice Students

This section details the procedures and required signatures necessary for a Rice student to register with Baylor College of Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, or the University of Houston.

Enrollment Process for Rice Students Registering for a Course at Baylor College of Medicine

  1. Complete the Inter-Institutional Graduate Program Registration Form.
  2. Obtain the approval signature of your academic advisor, graduate director, and the Office of International Students and Scholars (if applicable).
  3. Submit the Inter-Institutional Graduate Program Registration Form to the Rice University Office of the Registrar for full-time enrollment verification.
  4. Obtain permission from the instructor of record at Baylor College of Medicine.
  5. Submit the completed Inter-Institutional Graduate Program Registration Form to the Office of the Registrar at Baylor College of Medicine, N204, Alkek Building.

Enrollment Process for Rice Students Registering for a Course at Texas A&M Health Science Center

  1. Complete the Inter-Institutional Graduate Program Registration Form.
  2. Obtain the approval signature of your academic advisor, graduate director, and the Office of International Students and Scholars (if applicable).
  3. Submit the Inter-Institutional Graduate Program Registration Form to the Rice University Office of the Registrar for full-time enrollment verification.
  4. Obtain permission from the instructor of record at Texas A&M Health Science Center.
  5. Submit the completed Inter-Institutional Graduate Program Registration Form to the Institute of Biosciences and Technology, Texas A&M Health Science Center at 2121 W. Holcombe, Room 214K, Houston, TX 77030

Enrollment Process for Rice Students Registering for a Course at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

  1. Complete the Inter-Institutional Graduate Program Registration Form.
  2. Obtain the approval signature of your academic advisor, graduate director, and the Office of International Students and Scholars (if applicable).
  3. Submit the Inter-Institutional Graduate Program Registration Form to the Rice University Office of the Registrar for full-time enrollment verification.
  4. Obtain permission from the instructor of record at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
  5. Submit the completed Inter-Institutional Graduate Program Registration Form to the Office of the Registrar at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston 7000 Fannin, Suite 2250, Houston, TX 77030.

Enrollment Process for Rice Students Registering for a Course at University of Houston

  1. Complete the Inter-Institutional Graduate Program Registration Form.
  2. Obtain the approval signature of your academic advisor, graduate director, and the Office of International Students and Scholars (if applicable).
  3. Submit the Inter-Institutional Graduate Program Registration Form to the Rice University Office of the Registrar for full-time enrollment verification.
  4. Obtain permission from the instructor of record at the University of Houston.
  5. Submit the completed Inter-Institutional Graduate Program Registration Form to the Office of the Dean of Graduate & Professional Studies at University of Houston, 501 Ezekiel Cullen Building to secure permission of Dean Marco J. Mariotto for enrollment through the Inter-Institutional Graduate Program.

Transfer Credit

  • The host university should automatically send an official transcript to the Rice University Office of the Registrar – however, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the transcript is sent and then received by Rice's Office of the Registrar.
  • The Rice University Transfer Credit Specialist will apply TRAN credit toward the student’s record after receipt of the official transcript from the host university.
    • TRAN credit is applied due to the fact that courses taken through Inter-Institutional agreements have no equivalent at Rice University.
    • No grade is entered and these courses have no effect on a Rice student's grade point average.

Fees

Fees are paid directly to Rice.