Rice offers intriguing summer school options to wide range of students

Rice University is offering a bevy of summer school programs and courses to prospective and current students this year.

Rice University is offering a bevy of summer school programs and courses to prospective and current students this year.

Featuring a combination of credit and noncredit programs presented in both in-person and online formats, Rice’s summer options allow for the utmost flexibility in how you want to learn.

“Summer programs are designed to provide flexibility for our Rice undergraduates and help them on their path to graduation,” said Robert Bruce, dean of continuing studies. “But they’re also designed to open university doors and provide opportunities for high school and visiting college students.”

Credit opportunities like the Visiting Owls program provide a unique way for visiting high school, undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students to complete essential courses.

“This summer Rice will offer nearly 100 online courses, many of them high school eligible, ensuring a wide range of convenient options to access Rice learning experiences,” said Shawn Miller, associate provost for digital learning and strategy.

Rice also has faculty-led summer study abroad programs like Rice in Country, which is offered by the Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication.

In this program, students earn six credits in six weeks through a combination of coursework, homestay, community engagement, cultural excursions and interaction with local language partners. Rice in Country programs also fulfill the experiential learning requirement for the Certificate in Language and Intercultural Communication.

Noncredit programs include the Creative Writing Camp, which helps provide young learners with opportunities to sharpen their writing skills in in-person and online settings; Tapia STEM Camps, which feature affordable residential camps for rising eighth-12th graders that emphasize communication and equity; and the Rice ELITE Tech Camp, a week-long program of intensive activities and engineering design challenges for high school students. There are also precollege courses offered throughout the entire year, including Space ExplorationPsychologyGlobal Affairs and Entrepreneurship.

“The precollege courses are really designed for high school students who have some interest in a particular field and want to challenge themselves,” Bruce said. “Imagine being in high school and being able to take a course from the director of the Rice Space Institute or the department chair of bioengineering. These are literally internationally recognized leaders in their field.”

To learn more about these programs and others, visit summer.rice.edu.