Our faculty pushes boundaries, challenges conventions, and is redefining online learning for students who think the same way. If you’re a high school junior or senior, or a visiting undergraduate, our Visiting Owls program offers diverse and challenging courses that are uniquely Rice.

Summer Semester 2024: Online or On-Campus*

Next summer, you could take a course that changes your course. With the Rice Visiting Owls program, you can earn college credit in everything from General Physics to Principles of Economics. Students also get to engage and collaborate with our exceptional Rice faculty. Looking to mix it up over the summer? Let’s talk.

*A select number of on-campus courses are available to Houston-area students. All on-campus students must follow campus policies.

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Unconventional Courses, Online or In-Person

Tap into your curiosity with courses that challenge, engage, and redefine high-quality learning.



Earn college credits online or face-to-face at a top 20 university


Convention-breaking, curiosity-seeking, world-class faculty


High-demand courses with special summer tuition of $750 per credit hour

Summer 2024 Application Opens in January

Ready to jumpstart your degree? Next May-August 2024, Rice Visiting Owls will offer 6 summer blocks to fit your schedule.

Block Application Deadline Block Dates Duration
Summer Block B1 May 1, 2023 - APPLICATION CLOSED May 8 - June 23, 2023 7 weeks
Summer Block C1 May 8, 2023 - APPLICATION CLOSED May 15 - June 23, 2023 6 weeks
Summer Block D1 May 22, 2023 - APPLICATION CLOSED May 30 - August 4, 2023 10 weeks
Summer Block E1 June 5, 2023 - APPLICATION CLOSED June 12 - July 28, 2023 7 weeks
Summer Block B2 June 19, 2023 - APPLICATION CLOSED June 26 - August 11, 2023 7 weeks
Summer Block C2 June 26, 2023 - APPLICATION CLOSED July 3 - August 11, 2023 6 weeks

Meet our Convention-Breaking Faculty

Watch our Office Hours videos and get a quick glimpse into what keeps our Rice faculty passionate and inspired.

Professor Perkins Ball
Foundations of Kinesiology (KINE 120)

Professor DeNicco from Principles of Economics (ECON 100)

Let's Answer Them.

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