Given that global discourse and cross-cultural literacy are essential in today’s world, RISD Global spearheads a range of learning opportunities on campus, online and abroad. The office serves as a hub for all globally focused experiences at RISD—from supporting reciprocal exchanges of ideas and practices to global engagements that broaden perspectives and other opportunities to connect students, faculty and partners with diverse approaches to making around the world.

Global engagement + mobility

RISD students are invited to study abroad at participating colleges and universities in 25 countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America. These experiences are invaluable to art and design students interested in better understanding the world and the role of creative practice in various cultures.

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-run programs abroad

RISD’s European Honors Program (EHP) offers highly motivated and self-directed juniors and seniors the opportunity to live and study in Rome, a city infused with art historical significance and pulsing with cultural life. Housed in the Palazzetto Cenci, a 16th-century palace within walking distance of the Vatican, the Pantheon, the Coliseum and the Roman Forum, EHP invites students to explore individual interests in the fine arts, architecture and design.

The 21-week program is offered in summer-fall and winter-spring, with studio work supervised by a chief critic (a member of RISD’s faculty who is appointed to the position), along with visiting artists, scholars and short-term critics. Students participate in Italian language and art history courses that revolve around the city’s museums and architectural and archaeological monuments. Special study tours of northern and southern Italy allow for the explorations of other culturally significant cities such as Venice, Florence, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Naples and Pompeii.

A new semester-long RISD in Seoul program enables selected juniors and seniors to study in a global center of commerce and culture that is also home to RISD’s largest group of international alumni.

In 2017/18 a dozen RISD students are working on a collaborative studio project with 12 students from Ewha University, RISD’s partner in South Korea, exploring the lives of millennials living in dense urban environments in East Asia. Students also pursue individual study through a three-credit studio concentration course and enroll in a liberal art class at Ewha. A research field trip to other megacities in East Asia offers additional opportunities to explore different metropolitan dynamics and compare how density and affordability have led to the advent of new housing options.


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