About the Global Scholars Program

A New Opportunity for Students

The pilot Global Scholars Program provides students with the opportunity to take online for-credit courses from international research universities, while enrolled full-time in residence at Rice. Recognizing that ideas transcend nations and that international immersions are an essential component of a Rice education, the Global Scholars Program enables Rice students to join a global community of learning and to earn course credit from top-tier international universities.

Note that the Global Scholars Program is also known as the “Virtual Exchange Program” at some of our partner institutions.

About the Program

The program is a collaboration, at present, among 9 leading international universities, including Rice University, to offer a selection of online for-credit courses to students from partner universities. As part of this program, Rice students have the opportunity to gain credit by undertaking online courses from around the world.

In this program, you will have the opportunity to study online with committed students from across the globe and engage with the most cutting-edge tertiary education delivery models. You will learn from leading academic staff and forge cross-boundary and cross-cultural awareness, knowledge, and friendships – all without leaving Houston.

All courses involve online engagement with the curriculum. However, some courses may have a final exam that will be administered at Rice. Just like in a study abroad program, you will receive a formal result and grade from the host university and be eligible for transfer credit towards your Rice degree.

Global Scholars / Virtual Exchange is a pilot program, undergoing continuous improvement. Participating universities are at different stages of program availability and course offerings, with more courses currently in development for the future. We welcome your feedback.

Participating Universities

The universities currently offering this opportunity are:

  • The Australian National University, Australia
  • Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  • Leiden University, the Netherlands
  • The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • Wageningen University, the Netherlands
  • Rice University, USA

Check out the video below from a recent Info Session discussing the Global Scholars Program, with Rice University panelists that included:

  • Dr. Caroline Levander, VP for Global and Digital Strategy
  • Dr. Brian Gibson, Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduates
  • David Tenney, University Registrar