Global Summer Studies 2020: RISD COVID-19 Update

Posted: April 1, 2020

RISD remains actively engaged in monitoring both local and global health trends, in order to share timely and factual information about COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Unfortunately given the uncertain projections for when COVID-19 will slow, RISD has announced the cancellation of RISD Global Summer Studies 2020.

RISD Student Financial Services will issue full refunds for all deposits and payments made towards Global Summer Studies travel courses to enrolled students. Please allow up to two weeks for your refund to be processed. Refunds will be sent to the original account that payment was made from.

We understand this is a very disappointing update for you all, the decision to cancel the 7 RISD Global Summer Studies for this incoming summer was difficult. However, the enduring global pandemic, as well as continuing widespread travel precautions (mandatory quarantines, travel bans, limited airfare availability, and visa restrictions), made it clear that RISD will not be able to ensure you all, as well as your faculty and TAs, a safe and productive learning environment for your summer course.

Points of Contact for Cancellation:

  • If you have questions about your registration, please contact the RISD Registrar's Office at
  • If you have questions about your refund, please contact RISD Student Financial Services at
  • If you have questions about course cancellation, scholarships, future global opportunities or for any other inquiry, please contact RISD Global at
We hope RISD will be able to offer again these incredible global learning opportunities in the future, and we wish you all a positive and fruitful summer. Stay safe!

RISD Health and Wellness COVID-19 Updates