Available Courses

Below are sample courses offered through participating universities in the Global Scholars / Virtual Exchange pilot program. Participating universities are at various stages of program course offerings. Course offerings change over time, so be sure to visit the individual university’s page linked below for the latest up-to-date information and offerings. Updates to courses listed below will be made periodically.

All course credits in the Global Scholars program are expressed in terms of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). You will receive 0.5 Rice transfer credit hours per 1 ECTS. Coursework completed at other universities as part of the Global Scholars Program is processed as International transfer credit, and subject to Rice’s Transfer Credit policies as noted in the General Announcements, at: https://ga.rice.edu/undergraduate-students/academic-policies-procedures/transfer-credit/.

For International Students – Summer 2019 Courses

Rice University

ECON 100: Principles of Economics
CRN:
31491
Introduction to the basic concepts of microeconomics and macroeconomics.
Dates: May 20 – June 21, 2019 (Summer Session III)
Rice Semester Credit Hours: 3
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BIOC 300: Paradigms in Biochemistry & Cell Biology
CRN:
31431
Explore the paradigms in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, with a specific focus on the central dogma of molecular biology.
Dates: June 24 – July 26, 2019 (Summer Session V)
Rice Semester Credit Hours: 3
See course description

SMGT 362: Sport Marketing
CRN:
31479
Learn the fundamentals of sport marketing, create a marketing plan, and deliver a marketing presentation.
Dates: May 20 – June 21, 2019 (Summer Session III)
Rice Semester Credit Hours: 3
See course description

For Rice Students – Summer/Fall 2019 Courses

Australian National University

Astrophysics
This course is designed for students who learn about modern astrophysics. It covers: The greatest unsolved mysteries of the universe, including dark matter, dark energy, quasars and life in space. Exoplanets – how they are discovered, their properties and how they are challenging our understanding of solar systems. The Violent universe – white dwarfs, neutron stars, special relativity and black holes. Cosmology – the Big Bang, nature of space and time, observational cosmology, Inflation, entropy of the universe and ultimate fate of the universe.
Start date:  July 22, 2019
End date: October 25, 2019
ECTS: 7.5 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 3.75
Host Application deadline: July 5, 2019
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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

A System View of Communications: From Signals to Packets (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3)
This course gives students an understanding of the basic engineering tools used and the fundamental tradeoffs encountered in the design of modern communications systems.
Start date:  September 2, 2019
End date: December 19, 2019
Rice Semester Credit Hours: 4
Host Application deadline: June 13, 2019
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Delft University of Technology

The Basics of Transport Phenomena
Learn the basic framework to work on a broad spectrum of engineering problems concerning transfer of heat, mass and momentum. Learn through examples of everyday processes at home, in the lab and in industry.
Start date: September 9, 2019
End date: December 19, 2019
ECTS:
6 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 3
Host Application deadline:
August 26, 2019
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Responsible Innovation: Ethics, Safety and Technology
How to assess new technologies and deal with the risks and ethical questions raised by their development.
Start date: October 7, 2019
End date: December 16, 2019
ECTS:
3 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 1.5
Host Application deadline:
August 26, 2019
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IMAGEABILITY – Visualizing the Unimaginable
Enhance your communication to illustrate and  convey complex messages, concepts and ideas clearly to your audience using the right visual language  – By the renowned faculty of Architecture, 3rd in QS World Ranking.
Start date: September 12, 2019
End date: December 16, 2019
ECTS:
3 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 1.5
Host Application deadline:
August 26, 2019
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The University of Queensland

English Grammar and Style
Learn key concepts and strategies in grammar and style to help enhance your writing and confidently respond to the demand of high levels of literacy in the 21st century.
Start date: 
July 22, 2019
End date: October 1, 2019
ECTS: 7.5 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 3.75
Host Application deadline: June 25, 2019
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English Grammar and Style
Learn key concepts and strategies in grammar and style to help enhance your writing and confidently respond to the demand of high levels of literacy in the 21st century.
Start date: 
October 9, 2019
End date: December 17, 2019
ECTS: 7.5 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 3.75
Host Application deadline: September 11, 2019
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Leiden University

Public Values and Ethics
This course offers an in-depth discussion of important ethical approaches and moral issues in contemporary politics and public management.
Start date: October 28, 2019
End date: December 31, 2019, 2020
ECTS: 5 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 2.5
Host Application deadline: October 7, 2019
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Research in Public Administration
What makes research academic? What is the role of theory development in the social sciences? How does one translate abstract concepts into observable indicators? This course offers an introduction to the fundamentals of social science research, with a particular focus on the field of public administration.
Start date: October 28, 2019
End date: December 31, 2019
ECTS: 5 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 2.5
Host Application deadline: October 7, 2019
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Wageningen University & Research

Food Security and Sustainability: Food Access
Learn the basics of food access decision-making. In other words, who decides what ends up on your plate. Spoiler alert: it’s not just you!
Start date: October 15, 2019
End date: February 14, 2020
ECTS:
2 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 1
Host Application deadline: October 15, 2019
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Basics in Food Safety
Learn about bacteria, pesticides and health hazards present in food.
Start date: October 15, 2019
End date: February 14, 2020
ECTS:
2 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 1
Host Application deadline: October 15, 2019
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Nutrition and Health Part 1: Macronutrients and Overnutrition
Learn the fundamentals of nutrition and its impact on human health.
Start date: October 15, 2019
End date: February 14, 2020
ECTS:
2 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 1
Host Application deadline: October 15, 2019
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Nutrition and Health Part 2: Micronutrients and Undernutrition
Learn the fundamentals of nutrition and its impact on human health.
Start date: October 15, 2019
End date: February 14, 2020
ECTS:
2 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 1
Host Application deadline: October 15, 2019
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Sustainable Food Security: The value of systems thinking
Learn to apply a systems approach to food production systems with a focus on environmental sustainability, based on different disciplines.
Start date: October 15, 2019
End date: February 14, 2020
ECTS:
3 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 1.5
Host Application deadline: October 15, 2019
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Sustainable Food Security: Crop Production
Learn the basics of crop production and find out how to feed the future world population without depleting our planet’s resources.
Start date: October 15, 2019
End date: February 14, 2020
ECTS:
2 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 1
Host Application deadline:
October 15, 2019
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Sustainable Soil Management: Soil for life
Learn why soil is so important, how it’s being threatened and what we can do to protect this natural resource so vital to our lives.
Start date: October 15, 2019
End date: February 14, 2020
ECTS:
3 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 1.5
Host Application deadline:
October 15, 2019
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Previously Offered Courses