Exchange Programs

RISD students may study abroad at 75 participating colleges and universities in 25 countries throughout Europe, Asia and South and Central America. The global experiences are invaluable to art and design students interested in better understanding the world and the role of creative practice in various cultures. Check here for a list of participating institutions.

Students also have the opportunity to study for a semester at any of the US or Canadian art and design colleges participating in a mobility program sponsored by the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). These exchanges allow students to experience the pedagogical approach and atmosphere at other art schools and to live in a different geographic region for a semester. RISD students may also choose to participate in the New York Studio Residency Program offered through AICAD.  

The AICAD Mobility Program is primarily open to full-time students in their junior year who are in good standing and meet the eligibility requirements of their specific programs. Applications are made a semester in advance, meaning the application deadline for the fall semester is April 1 and the deadline for Spring is October 15. Once a student applies, the host school determines whether to accept or decline each application or selection of courses.

At RISD this program is administered by RISD Global, which offers assistance in choosing a school that will provide the most benefit based on each individual’s needs. Current information about the colleges participating in this program (and the specific courses they offer) are available at each institutions website; URLs are included in the downloadable list posted to the upper right.

Resources + More Info

List of current International Exchange schools »

Current List of AICAD Mobility Program Schools
Mobility Program Application Procedures + Details

To contact the office, please email or call 401 454-6725.

Campus Location:
Carr House
210 Benefit Street,
Rooms 303-304
Providence, RI

By Mail:
RISD Global
Rhode Island School of Design
Two College Street
Providence, RI 02903 USA

In the Painting studios students and faculty pause to consider works in progress.