OISS:
Bridging Culture,
Bridging Understanding
Presented by:
Adria L. Baker, Ed.D., Executive Director
Lily Lam, M.Ed., LPC, Associate Director
Cory Owen, International Student Advisor
Overall International Population
Total International Population at Rice
Who are the
internationals at
Rice University?
Total population = 1827
The OISS is responsible for
tracking, reporting, and
providing services for over
1800+ internationals at Rice.
This is a 6.5% increase from
last year.
Dependents* = 251
14%
Practical Training = 142
8%
Graduate Students = 718
39%
Exchange & Visiting
Students = 33
2%
Undergrad Students = 203
11%
Population Growth
2000
International Population
Research
Scholars/Faculty = 480
26%
1500
1000
500
0
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
International Student Enrollment Trends at Rice
Expected incoming
Undergraduate
International Students
for Fall 2009 = 105
(85 degree seeking,
20 exchange visitors)
08
Rice International Applicants
20
06
20
02
04
20
20
00
20
96
98
19
19
94
19
Fall Semester
Number of Applicants
92
19
88
90
19
19
86
18.00
17.00
16.00
15.00
14.00
13.00
12.00
11.00
10.00
9.00
8.00
19
Percentage of Total Enrollment
Percentage of Rice Enrollment that is International
(1986-2008)
5000
4000
4593
4475
3000
3295
3531
3711
4121
3108
2000
1000
0
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
Rice International Student Demographics
Rice International students represent
82 countries/regions
Enrollment by Regions of the World
AMERICA
17%
AFRICA
3%
While the largest percent of international
students at Rice study in one of the
Engineering fields (with Natural Science
in second), Architecture, Music, and
Business Administration remained almost
the same as last year
ASIA
60%
OCEANIA
1%
MIDDLE
EAST
7%
EUROPE
12%
International Student Enrollment by Major
(Fall 2008)
Social Sciences
12%
Business
Administration
11%
Humanities
12%
Music
4%
Architecture
3%
Natural Sciences
25%
Engineering
33%
Undergraduate Enrollment at Rice
Undergraduate International Student Percentage of UG Student Body
(1999/2000 - 2008/2009)
6.6%
6%
5%
3.7%
4%
3%
3.1%
These snapshots illustrate the increase in
international undergraduates over the past
10 years by 142%
3.4%
2%
1%
20
06
-0
7
20
07
-0
8
20
08
-0
9
Undergraduate International Student Enrollment
(1999/2000 - 2008/2009)
Academic Year
203
200
150
111
100
50
93
84
Academic Year
20
08
-0
9
20
07
-0
8
20
06
-0
7
20
05
-0
6
20
04
-0
5
20
03
-0
4
20
02
-0
3
20
01
-0
2
0
99
-0
0
Number of students
250
20
00
-0
1
20
01
-0
2
20
02
-0
3
20
03
-0
4
20
04
-0
5
20
05
-0
6
20
00
-0
1
0%
99
-0
0
Percentage of UG population
7%
Differences Between Eastern and
Western Culture
From the website of Matt Armstrong
http://mountainrunner.us/2008/01/differences_between_eastern_an.html
Sent to Mr. Armstrong by a friend of his in Reuters. The
graphics are by a Chinese individual who was raised in
Germany. Many are applicable to most non-Western
cultures, not just Chinese as intended.
Blue --> Westerner
Red --> Asian
Opinion
Contacts
Anger
Me
Party
Handling of Problems
The Boss
Way of Life
Course Requirements
Dropping below hours (12 credit minimum to be full time)
*SEVIS approved below hours justification:
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Illness or medical condition (requires medical professional letter)
Improper course level placement (requires academic advisor letter of support)
Initial difficulty with the English Language (requires academic advisor letter of support)
Initial difficulty with the reading requirements (requires academic advisor letter of support)
To complete course of study in current term (requires academic advisor letter of support)
Unfamiliarity with American teaching methods (requires academic advisor letter of support)
**Due dates for dropping:
•
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New students in their first semester at Rice have
until the last day of classes
Continuing students must check the course drop
deadline in the academic calendar
Cultural Adjustment
•Language barriers
•Food changes
•Personal space
•Religion
•Social norms
•Relationship boundaries
Miscellaneous Factors for International Students
Other Issues
•DPS (Department of Public Safety)
•SSN (Social Security Number)
•Moving off-campus
Employment
•On campus employment
•CPT (Curricular Practical Training)
•OPT (Optional Practical Training)
OISS Programming
•SIR (Spouses of Internationals at Rice)
•Free ESL Classes
•REAP International (Rice Experiences Advertised to Prospectives
•VIP (Valuable International Perspectives)
•FISS (Friends of International Students & Scholars)
•IEW (International Education Week)
•Student Clubs & Organizations
•School Visits
•Culture Fair (sponsored by ADVANCE)
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