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 Rice Students – Spring 2019 Courses

Rice Global Scholars application deadline is one week prior to host application deadline.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Introduction to Java Programming

This course is designed to equip students with the fundamental concepts of programming elements and data abstraction using Java. Students will learn how to write procedural programs using variables, arrays, control statements, loops, recursion, data abstraction and objects using an integrated development environment.
Starts: January 30, 2019
Rice Semester Credit Hours: 3
Host Application deadline: 
January 3, 2019
Preview on edX (part 1)
Preview on edX (part 2)

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:  February 25, 2019
ECTS: 7.5 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 3.75
Host Application deadline: February 8, 2019
See course description | Preview on edX

 

Delft University of Technology

Topology in Condensed Matter

Get a simple and hands-on overview of topological insulators, Majoranas, and other topological phenomena. You will learn about the variety of subtopics in topological materials, their relation to each other and to the general principles. You will learn to follow active research on topology, and critically understand it on your own. You will acquire skills required to engage in research on your own, and to minimize confusion that often arises even among experienced researchers.
Start date:  April 26, 2019
ECTS: 6 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 3
Host Application deadline: January 15, 2019
Sneak Preview on edX

 

Next Generation Infrastructures

Explore the challenges and complexity of both global and local infrastructure (IT/Telecom, Energy, Water and Transportation) and how to make the best decisions to improve it.
Start date: April 26, 2019
ECTS: 2 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 1
Host Application deadline: January 15, 2019
See course description | Sneak Preview on edX

 

Solar Energy

Discover the power of solar energy and learn how to design a complete photovoltaic system.
Start date: March 5, 2019
ECTS: 2 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 1
Host Application deadline: January 15, 2019

See course description | Sneak Preview on edX

 

Data Analysis: Take It to the Max

Enhance your data analysis skills using spreadsheets and data visualization. Increase your productivity and make better business decision.
Start date: March 3, 2019
ECTS: 5 |Rice Semester Credit Hours: 2.5
Host Application deadline: January 15, 2019

See course description | Sneak Preview on edX

 

Creative Problem Solving

Learn how to solve complex problems with analysis based decision-making and solution designs.
Start date: March 5, 2019
ECTS: 3 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 1.5
Host Application deadline: January 15, 2019

See course description | Sneak Preview on edX

 

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

(Exam period is June 20 – July 7, 2019)

Digital Signal Processing

Learn the fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing from the ground up. Build a DSP toolset complete enough to analyze a practical communication system in detail.
Start date: February 20, 2019
ECTS: 6 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 3
Host Admission deadline: February 13, 2019

Preview on Coursera

 

Neuronal Dynamics

The activity of neurons in the brain and the code used by these neurons is described by mathematical neuron models at different levels of detail
Start date: February 20, 2019
ECTS: 4 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 2
Host Application deadline: February 13, 2019

Sneak Preview on edX

 

Fundamentals of Biomedical Imaging

Learn about magnetic resonance, from the physical principles of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) to the basic concepts of image reconstruction (MRI)
Start date: February 20, 2019
ECTS: 4 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 2
Host Application deadline: February 13, 2019

Sneak Preview on edX

 

The University of Queensland

The Psychology of Criminal Justice

This course systematically explores the effectiveness of the law and justice system from a psychological perspective. By experiencing a fictional case first hand, you will learn about the psychology of law and some of the misconceptions commonly held about criminal justice.
Starts:  TBA 2019
ECTS: 7.5 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 3.75
Host Application deadline: February 25, 2019

See course description | Sneak Preview on edX

 

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.
Starts: 
TBA 2019
ECTS:
7.5 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 3.75
Host Application deadline: February 25, 2019

See course description | Sneak Preview on edX

 

Fall 2018 (Enrollment has closed)

Leiden University

Clinical Kidney, Pancreas and Islet Transplantation

Learn about clinical kidney, pancreas and islet transplantation and its challenges.

Starts: September 24, 2018
ECTS: 2 credit | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 1
Host Application deadline: September 17, 2018
Preview on Coursera

 

Public Values and Ethics

This course offers an in-depth discussion of important ethical approaches and moral issues in contemporary politics and public management.

Commences: November
ECTS: 5 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 2.5
Host Application deadline: October 21, 2018
Course description

 

Research Design in Public Administration

This course offers an introduction to the fundamentals of social science, with a particular focus on the field of public administration.

Starts: October 29, 2018
ECTS: 5 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 2.5
Host Application deadline: October 22, 2018
Course description

 

The University of Adelaide

Introduction to Programming

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of procedural programming. Topics include data types, control structures, functions, arrays, files, and the mechanics of running, testing, and debugging.
Starts: October 8, 2018
ECTS: 7.5 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 3.75
Host Application deadline: October 1, 2018
Course description

 

Introduction to Project Management

This course introduces students to the basic theory and principles within generic project management. It covers project management historical context, definitions and terminologies, the project environment and project manager roles.

Starts: October 8, 2018
ECTS: 7.5 |Rice Semester Credit Hours: 3.75
Host Application deadline: October 1, 2018

Course description

 

Delft University of Technology

Responsible Innovation: Ethics, Safety and Technology

How to deal with risks and ethical questions raised by development of new technologies.

Starts: October
ECTS:
3 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 1.5
Host Application deadline: 
August 31, 2018
Course description | Preview on edX

 

Transport Phenomena: Basics and Advanced

Learn how to tackle complex mass and heat transfer problems and apply the results in your own environment.
Starts: 
September 10, 2018
ECTS: 6 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 3
Host Application deadline: 
August 31, 2018
Course description | Preview Basics on edX | Preview Advanced on edX

 

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.
Starts: 
October 9, 2018
ECTS:
7.5 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 3.75
Host Application deadline:
September 11, 2018
Course description (PDF, 545KB) | Preview on edX

 

Anthropology of Current World Issues

Learn to use anthropological ideas to see the world from a range of perspectives and points of view.
Starts: November 2, 2018
ECTS: 7.5 | Rice Semester Credit Hours: 3.75
Host Application deadline: October 5, 2018
Course description (PDF, 728KB) | Preview on edX