National College of Art and Design (NCAD)
Dublin, Ireland

Global Exchange + AICAD for RISD Students

Global Exchange is for RISD students who wish to study for one semester at a partner school around the world.

RISD partners with over 40 leading art and design colleges and universities around the world to offer the semester-long Global Exchange Program for RISD students. While on Global Exchange you will opt to leave the familiar behind and plunge into the unknown, inhabiting the life of an art and design student at one of our partner institutions around the world for one semester in your junior or senior year. The Global Exchange Program is an opportunity for you to engage in an off-campus semester with other students from your discipline, while understanding it from a completely different cultural and academic perspective. Best suited for mature and independent students who seek an immersive cultural experience, Global Exchange gives you the freedom to explore, absorb, and create on your own terms in a cross-cultural context.

At-a-glance

When
1 Semester Only (Fall/Spring)

Varies per Exchange School, may include Wintersession.

Who
Open to RISD students

Juniors + Seniors. Minimum 3.0+ GPA required.

Application Deadline
Rolling deadline schedule

See Exchange School pages for details.

Academic Credits
12+ RISD credits equivalent
Instruction Language
  • Varies per Exchange School
Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA)
Tallinn, Estonia
Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA)
Tallinn, Estonia

Global Exchange

On Global Exchange you'll take the equivalent of 12+ RISD credits, that must be pre-approved by your department. You’ll immerse yourself in the local aesthetic and learn from the craftsmanship honed in that region under the guidance of local faculty. The rest of your time is yours to fill, visiting museums and galleries, wandering the streets with a sketchbook, exploring your host city's rich historical and contemporary arts scene, traveling to nearby cities, and participating in campus events. Many students even take time to intern or volunteer at local studios and arts organizations, which can be coordinated for credit through RISD Careers.

Upon your return, a new evolution of your thought and practice, sparked by your Global Exchange experience, will fuel your work in the studio and your perspective in crit going into your final semesters at RISD.

Partner Institutions

RISD partners with over 40 leading art and design institutions around the world for Global Exchange. Exchange agreements are determined for each college/university by department, to best suit the shared academic requirements and curriculum objectives of both RISD and the host institution. Explore our partners by filtering for your major. Click the database/map view to explore partners geographically.

AICAD Exchange

In addition to our global partners, RISD also participates in the AICAD Exchange network, extending the Global Exchange experience throughout North America. On AICAD Exchange you can attend one semester at a leading art and design institution within the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, a non-profit consortium of 41 leading art schools in the US and Canada.

For a complete list of participating member schools please visit AICAD Exchange. For further details about each school, including departments and degrees offered, visit the AICAD Profiles website.

Please note: not all AICAD members participate in AICAD Exchange.

Apply for Global Exchange & AICAD

Ready to Apply? Applications for Spring 2020 Global Exchange and AICAD Exchange are now open!

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Program Details

Some will have set courses reserved specifically for visiting students while others may allow you to enroll in any course you choose. Research your options carefully before applying so that you can ensure the credits earned on Exchange will work for your academic plan at RISD.

All studio courses will need pre-approval from your Department Head and Academic Advisor. All Liberal Arts courses will need pre-approval from the Dean of Liberal Arts. Upon your acceptance to the host institution, RISD Global will guide you in completing the mandatory Learning Agreement Form, through which you will gain these required course approvals.

You are required to complete the equivalent of 12 RISD credits while on exchange. If your exchange period overlaps with Wintersession, you are responsible for covering any required Wintersession credits during your exchange semester. RISD Global and the RISD Registrar’s Office can assist you in determining the type of credit offered at your host institution and its equivalency to RISD credits.

Please check the academic calendar of your prospective host institution prior to applying, so that you fully understand in which months your exchange semester will occur. If your exchange semester (Spring or Fall) overlaps with part of, or the entire, Wintersession you should account for any required WS credits in your exchange semester course plan.

The exchange semester replaces the corresponding semester at RISD, so if your exchange semester starts or ends mid-way through the RISD semester, you are not required to be on-campus at RISD for the remainder of that semester.

The following will also be billed to your student account:

  • Mandatory International Travel Medical Insurance: $310
    (on-campus medical insurance may be waived)

In addition, you will be responsible for the following out-of-pocket expenses (this list is estimated to assist you in budgeting for your time off-campus):

  • On or Off-campus Housing + Meals (accommodation/meal plan availability at host institution varies)
  • Flight to/from host country
  • Student Visa + Resident Permit (some nationalities are exempt)
  • Local travel/transportation
  • Supplies/Materials: you may choose to bring your art supplies and materials with your or to purchase them once on exchange. You will find that some materials will be cheaper, and others will be more expensive once in your destination. For packing guidelines on art supplies, visit the Transportation Security Authority (TSA).

SFS Balance Payment Policy: Per Student Financial Services policy, RISD students who plan to travel on school-sponsored trips must first pay their student account in full. If your account has an outstanding balance you are ineligible for travel until full payment has been made.

Scholarships: Need-based scholarship funds are available for Global Exchange and all RISD students are encouraged to apply.

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1:1 Advising Session

Have questions? The RISD Global team is available to meet for a 1:1 advising session. We can give you more information about your study options, help you figure out which program makes sense for you, and assist you with the application process.

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Scholarships

Increasing financial aid is a central pillar of RISD’s equity, inclusion and diversity commitment. With income inequality and student debt at unprecedented heights, we are working to provide greater support and access to students interested in pursuing learning experiences through RISD Global.

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Exchange at RISD for Visiting Students

Exchange at RISD is for students from our partnered institutions around the world, who wish to study for one semester at RISD in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Global Exchange Application Timeline

Apply for Global Exchange the semester before you plan to attend. Eligible semesters: Junior Fall, Junior Spring, Senior+ Fall, Senior+ Spring, Grad Year 1, Grad Year 2+

Spring 2020
Fall 2020

Fall 2019

September-October
Attend an information session
Set up a 1:1 advising appointment

Deadlines for Spring semester applications rolling throughout Fall

November-December

Acceptance decision
Pre-departure meeting
Apply for travel visa


Spring 2020

January-April
Arrival, per exchange school semester dates

May-August

Departure, per exchange school semester dates
Send official transcript to RISD Registrar


Spring 2020

January-April
Attend an information session
Set up a 1:1 advising appointment

Deadlines for Fall semester applications rolling throughout Spring

April-June

Acceptance decision
Pre-departure meeting
Apply for travel visa


Fall 2020

August-October
Arrival, per exchange school semester dates

December-February

Departure, per exchange school semester dates
End of semester
Send official transcript to RISD Registrar


Explore: Global Exchange and AICAD

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Berlin, Germany

Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture; Graphic Design; Industrial Design
Erfurt, Germany

Fachhochschule Erfurt: University of Applied Sciences

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture
Jerusalem, Israel

Bezalel Academy of Art & Design

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture; Apparel; Ceramics; Glass; Film/Animation/Video; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Jewelry & Metalsmithing; Photography
Stuttgart, Germany

Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart (HFT)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture; Interior Architecture
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto Seika University (KSU)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture; Film/Animation/Video; Illustration; Painting; Printmaking; Textiles
Munich, Germany

Technical University of Munich (TUM)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture
Prague, Czech Republic

The Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design (AAAD / UMPRUM)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Barcelona, Spain

Escola Superior de Disseny i Enginyeria (ELISAVA)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture; Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Photography
Cologne, Germany

Köln International School of Design (KISD)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Graphic Design; Industrial Design
London, United Kingdom

Chelsea College of Art

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Textiles
Lausanne, Switzerland

University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Photography
Geneva, Switzerland

HEAD Geneva

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Apparel; Architecture; Ceramics; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture; Jewelry & Metalsmithing; Painting; Photography; Sculpture
Dublin, Ireland

National College of Art and Design (NCAD)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Apparel; Ceramics; Glass; Industrial Design; Jewelry & Metalsmithing; Painting; Printmaking; Sculpture; Textiles
Milan, Italy

Politecnico di Milano

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Apparel; Furniture; Industrial Design
Sèvres, France

Strate School of Design

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Industrial Design
Zürich, Switzerland

Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Film/Animation/Video; Graphic Design; Illustration; Industrial Design; Painting; Photography; Sculpture
Eindhoven, Netherlands

Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Industrial Design; Furniture
Helsinki, Finland

Aalto University: School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Aalto ARTS)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Apparel; Architecture; Ceramics; Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Glass; Graphic Design; Illustration; Industrial Design; Photography; Textiles
Tokyo, Japan

Tama Art University (TAU)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Film/Animation/Video; Graphic Design; Illustration
Paris, France

École Supérieure Nationale des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Painting; Sculpture
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Film/Animation/Video; Illustration; Industrial Design; Painting; Photography; Sculpture; Textiles
Madrid, Spain

Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM/UPM)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture
Seoul, South Korea

Ewha Womans University

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Apparel; Ceramics; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Painting; Sculpture; Textiles
Paris, France

French National School for Advanced Studies in Design (ENSCi Les Ateliers)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Industrial Design; Textiles
Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow School of Art

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Jewelry & Metalsmithing; Painting; Photography; Printmaking; Sculpture; Textiles
Basel, Switzerland

Academy of Art and Design (HGK)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Graphic Design
The Hauge, Netherlands

Royal Academy of Art the Hague (KABK)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture; Photography; Textiles
Copenhagen, Denmark

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture; Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Graphic Design; Interior Architecture; Painting; Sculpture
Beijing, China

Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Apparel; Architecture; Film/Animation/Video; Industrial Design; Jewelry & Metalsmithing; Painting; Photography; Printmaking; Sculpture
Utrecht, Netherlands

Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Apparel; Architecture; Film/Animation/Video; Illustration; Graphic Design; Photography; Sculpture
Stockholm, Sweden

Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Ceramics; Furniture; Glass; Graphic Design; Illustration; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture; Painting; Sculpture; Textiles
Tallinn, Estonia

Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Apparel; Architecture; Ceramics; Glass; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture; Jewelry & Metalsmithing; Painting; Photography; Sculpture; Textiles
Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg University, Academy of Design and Crafts (HDK)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Ceramics; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Jewelry & Metalsmithing; Textiles
Monterrey, Mexico

La Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Apparel; Architecture; Graphic Design; Illustration; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture; Painting; Photography; Printmaking; Sculpture
Santiago, Chile

Universidad UNIACC (University for the Arts, Sciences, and Communication)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Apparel; Architecture; Film/Animation/Video; Graphic Design; Illustration; Industrial Design; Photography; Textiles
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Universidad Torcuato di Tella (UTDT)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture
Sydney, Australia

Sydney College of Art, University of Sydney

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Ceramics; Film/Animation/Video; Glass; Jewelry & Metalsmithing; Painting; Printmaking; Sculpture
Ahmedabad, India

National Institute of Design (NID)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Glass; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture; Textiles
Melbourne, Australia

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture; Graphic Design; Interior Architecture; Photography; Textiles
Canberra, Australia

Australian National University, School of Art & Design (ANU)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Ceramics; Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Glass; Jewelry & Metalsmithing; Painting; Photography; Sculpture
Wellington, New Zealand

Victoria University of Wellington

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture
Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE)
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA)
Tallinn, Estonia