COVID Update: RISD Global Off-campus Semester Programs Spring 2021

Posted: November 19, 2020

Given the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic and its significant impacts on travel, borders and visa restrictions, RISD has made the difficult decision to suspend RISD in Rome: European Honors Program (EHP) and the RISD Global Exchange program for Spring 2021.

Leading up to this decision RISD Global, in partnership with external experts on international education + health, safety and security, conducted a thorough review of the nature of our global programs and partnerships. Ultimately the rising numbers of COVID cases across the globe and the challenges in assuring students and faculty of successful global learning experiences made it impossible to proceed with these programs at this time.

RISD maintains its deep commitment to global academic engagements, exchanges and connections. Although disappointing, we can assure you that these decisions were taken for the best interest, health and well-being of the RISD community and our global partners. We are now looking forward to, and planning for, future off-campus semesters.

We encourage RISD students for whom this represented a final opportunity for an off-campus semester prior to graduation to explore the other unique opportunities for post-grad global engagement available to you through RISD Careers, such as the RISD Maharam and Fulbright Fellowships. For all other students, we encourage you to remain hopeful and look forward to a time when our new normal presents safe opportunities for travel.

Please do not hesitate to schedule an advising appointment to discuss your plans for future global academic engagement opportunities.

RISD: COVID Updates

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Please do not hesitate to schedule an advising appointment to discuss your global engagement opportunities for future semesters. Our appointment hours match with most time zones, but if you need a special time arrangement in the evening/early morning, please drop us an email at global@risd.edu.

A decision for Summer 2021 has not been released at this time. See Global Summer Studies for future info and updates. Schedule an advising appointment to discuss global engagement opportunities for summer and future semesters.

No. The Palazzetto Cenci, RISD's site in Rome that hosts the European Honors Program, will be closed for the spring semester. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy, the uncertainty surrounding further governmental requirements, as well as the enduring restrictions for non-Italian citizens to enter the country, made it clear that we will not be able to sustain a regular spring semester in Rome in the coming months.

Global Exchange and AICAD Exchange will not be active for RISD students nor for students from our partner institutions hoping to come to RISD for spring semester 2021.

Schedule an advising appointment to discuss global engagement opportunities for future semesters.

At this time, we are looking closely at the public health recommendations in the US and globally, as well as at travel recommendations in anticipation of making a decision on Fall 2021 semester programs. In the meantime, we will continue to post updates as information becomes available on this page and the RISD Global Instagram, as well as the related program pages for EHP and Global Exchange + AICAD. Schedule an advising appointment to discuss global engagement opportunities for fall and future semesters.

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