Admissions First-Year

International Applicants


Nov 1

Early Decision application deadline

Decisions are released in mid December. Please note that applying for Early Decision indicates a commitment to attend if admitted.

Jan 17

Regular Decision application deadline

Decisions are released in mid-March.

Application requirements for 2023 entry

All undergraduate application requirements are the same for international and domestic students. Some things to keep in mind:

  • If your academic credentials are not written in English, they must be translated into English by an approved translator prior to submission.
  • Beginning with students applying for entrance in 2021, SAT or ACT results are not required for admission. You may still send us your results.
  • All applicants who speak English as a second language, including US citizens, must submit results from any one of these three options: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Duolingo (an online English test).
  • View the full application requirements.

F-1 visa and I-20 information

Admitted international students who plan to enroll at RISD will be asked to complete and submit an I-20 application via the RISD applicant status portal. Once submitted and application reviewed, an I-20 will then be created and sent to the student.

After receiving the I-20 form, students pay a SEVIS I-901 fee and schedule a visa interview at their nearest US embassy or consulate. You can contact International Student and Scholar Affairs for more information on this process.

International students should not send I-20 application materials until they are admitted.

Resources for international students