Exchange Programs

Scholar Exchange Programs

Below are details about our graduate student exchange programs with research universities and institutes in two European cities: Toulouse, France and Mainz, Germany. Strong research relationships already exist between Rice and these research centers, and many Rice graduate students have visited them for collaborations during the past decade. In addition, graduate students from these host universities have been visiting Rice for the past several years. To participate, students and their advisors should contact the program contact and submit a two-page proposal describing the intended research plan to

The aim of these programs is to establish our educational relationships in a more formal manner by initiating a system for Rice APP graduate students to spend research time at host universities given that modern research is an international endeavor and rewards the students who participate in it as such. Besides course credit, our students will be given opportunities for cultural engagement and collaboration with researchers and students in these host countries.

Research in a foreign laboratory will count as one elective course (designated as APPL 750) towards completion of the Rice student’s Applied Physics PhD during the student’s fall semester abroad. Additional transfer course credit is available if the student chooses and completes one of the foreign graduate courses listed and will count towards the 5 elective course credit requirement of the degree (listed on the student's transcript as TRAN 500). Additional foreign elective courses beyond those listed may be suggested by the student and advisor in a similar manner currently for adding new Rice electives, by petitioning APCC for approval. No foreign courses can replace the core courses in the APP curriculum.

This program is open to all APP Ph.D. students, though EU Rice graduate students who participate are not eligible for APP support and will not receive APPL 750 credit.

Rice — MAINZ Exchange

Under the supervision of Dr. Stephan Link at Rice, German students are selected by the graduate program MAINZ (MAterials Science IN MainZ) at Mainz University and funded by their Rice research mentor, while APP Rice students are selected within SCI/APP and funded by MAINZ. The typical duration of the exchange is six months. For more information, visit the APP MAINZ page.

Rice — Toulouse Exchange

Under the supervision of Dr. Jun Kono, French students are selected by the Research Center NEXT (Nano, Extreme Measurements, Theory) in Toulouse, and spend six months in Houston. APP Rice students spend six months in one of the Laboratories of NEXT. Funding is provided by the host in each case. For more information, visit the APP Toulouse page.