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Pre-Arrival Reminders for BSMP Fall 2015

Pre-Arrival Reminders/ Lembretes pré-chegada

  1. Health/ Saúde

Remember to fulfill all health paperwork and requirements for Rice before arriving in August. The Health Data Form (HDF) should have been submitted by June 1 via email to the Rice Student Health Center (hlsv@rice.edu). This includes the proof of meningococcal vaccination, which is required before you can enroll in classes. This vaccination must occur at least 10 days before your campus arrival date. Please email Kristin at kmf3@rice.edu by August 3 to confirm that you have submitted the meningococcal/meningitis vaccination documentation to the student health center.

  1. Transportation/ Transporte

After arriving to the airport in Houston, you have multiple options for transportation to the hotel (Wyndham Houston- Medical Center). You may take a taxi or a shuttle service, using your “settling-in” stipend from CAPES/CNPq. To take a taxi, there is usually a line outside of the airport terminal where an airport employee will arrange a taxi for you. The cost from IAH airport to the hotel will be around $75 total, so it is best to ride with another student if possible! (Note: Tips are customary in U.S. taxis). For a less expensive option, you may take a shuttle using the SuperShuttle service (www.supershuttle.com). This is a shared van that stops at multiple locations. You will need to make a reservation online before arriving to notify them of your destination.

  1. Orientation/ Orientação

Throughout the summer you should have received information from the coordinators of iPREP and O-Week. These are two separate orientation programs designed to introduce you to social and academic life in the U.S. and at Rice. iPREP (August 14-15) is specifically for international students and is required by the government. O-Week (August 16-21) is for all students new to Rice and is an important week of making friends, learning traditions, and registering for classes. Both of these programs are a valuable time to ask questions about all aspects of Rice and adjusting to U.S. culture!

  1. Get Connected!/ Conecte-se!

You have a very strong network of support waiting for you at Rice. In addition to the campus-wide resources you will learn about in orientation, BSMP students have a strong support system through the Brasil@Rice office. We will always be here to help you with adjustment as well as contact with the IIE and fulfilling your program requirements. We are excited to meet you!

Our Office

Brasil@Rice, Lovett Hall, Entrance A, Room 303 (Third Floor)
(713) 348-2833 / http://brasil.rice.edu
Kristin Foringer (kmf3@rice.edu) and Mayra Onuchic (mho1@rice.edu)

Facebook: CsF-Rice University

Request to join the page! A place to post questions, events, and meet other Brazilians.

Brazilian Consulate (Houston)

http://houston.itamaraty.gov.br/pt-br/

 

Sincerely,
The Brasil@Rice Team!

Kristin Foringer, Brasil@Rice Administrative Coordinator
Mayra Onuchic, Brasil@Rice Program Manager
Adria Baker, Ed.D. Associate Vice Provost for International Education