RISD Global

RISD in Rome student with sketchbook

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

Global exchange and mobility

RISD encourages students to engage in global learning experiences that enhance creative practices through cultural exploration. These include five-week travel/study courses available during Wintersession as well as Global Summer Studies experiences.

Students can also take part in semester-long programs in Rome and Seoul, and the RISD Global Exchange Program offers opportunities to study at more than 40 global institutions.

Note: The Global Exchange Program remains suspended through fall 2022. Please contact RISD Global to discuss alternative courses of study.

RISD in Rome

RISD’s European Honors Program offers students the opportunity to live and study in a city infused with art historical significance and pulsing with life.

Note: The European Honors Programs is under review and will be on pause until Fall 2024. Please contact RISD Global to learn about possible alternatives for study in Rome.

Faculty global research

To help students become globally engaged citizens, RISD encourages faculty mobility and global engagement through practice, research and teaching.

Faculty are invited to apply for a Global Faculty Fellowship to pursue globally focused research, along with grants that support global engagement for curricular development. In addition, they propose and lead Wintersession and summer courses abroad. 

Global partnerships

RISD’s approach to global engagement is centered on a model of reciprocal exchange and partnered models of program and research development.

A strong network of formal and informal partners includes 43 Global Exchange institutions around the world and Global Futures Lab participants. Among them are the Art University of Isfahan in Iran, the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India, the Universidad Catolica del Peru in Lima, Peru and Zoma Contemporary Art Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In addition, RISD continues to pursue sustained practice- and teaching-based collaborations with other partners around the world.

Note: The Global Exchange Program remains suspended through fall 2022. Please contact RISD Global to discuss alternative courses of study.

RISD in the world

Record Number of RISD Fulbrights

Seven artists and designers will advance cross-cultural dialogue across Europe and Asia during the 2022–23 academic year.  

RISD Global Flies Again

Students are exploring European cultural and design traditions this summer in Denmark, France, Italy and the Azores.

Cultural Immersion

Students in three Wintersession travel courses learn through hands-on work with local artisans in Mexico.