Apply to Global Summer Studios

For summer 2021, RISD Global is offering 4 creative and culturally immersive art and design courses, all taught virtually for 3 weeks between June 7 – 26.

The courses will engage with practices, traditions, and contemporary approaches to making in Thailand, Azores, Italy and Denmark. Global Summer Studios are open to all RISD students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, as well as college students currently enrolled in other art/design colleges or institutions around the world, or recent grads practicing in the field.

APPLY NOW: The application deadline has been extended. Apply by May 2, 2021, first-come, first-serve. Spaces are still available for all courses.

France: Gastronomie + Printmaking in Richelieu
Richelieu, France 2016
RISD in Rome: Artistic Practice in Public Space
Rome, Italy 2018

How to Apply

The application process will be completed using RISD's online application portal and runs, on a first-come-first-serve basis, between March 1 - May 2, 2021.

Click the link above to access the RISD application portal.

RISD Students, click "login" under "Returning users". You already have an account from when you applied to RISD. Click “forgot password” to reset. Do not create a new account. If you need help, contact

Non-RISD students who have not previously applied, please click "create an account" under "First-time users".

You will continue to revisit this portal often throughout your application process, and beyond your acceptance, so it’s a good idea to bookmark it for future use!

Am I eligible?

If you are a RISD student in any year of study with a GPA of 2.5 and up, or you are a recent RISD graduate, you are eligible to participate. If you are a Brown University student or a college student currently enrolled at, or recently graduated from, another art and design college/university around the world, you are eligible too!

  • RISD Students: All Global Summer Studios students enrolled at RISD must remain in good standing, in terms of conduct and finances, up until and throughout your time on the course. Failure to remain in good academic standing can lead to removal from the course, either before or during the course. If you are a RISD student and your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5 at the time of registration, you must contact the Registrar at to seek an exception to this academic policy.
  • Students/Professionals Not Currently Enrolled at RISD: In order to register for RISD Global Summer Studios, you are expected to have a high level of English (speech, writing, and comprehension) as all coursework and critique is delivered in English. For your participation, we will require a recommendation/support form from your institution/workplace.

Attendance Policy

RISD Global Summer Studios comply with RISD class attendance policy. In case of unexcused or multiple absences, you may be removed from the course, given a grade of “W" (withdrawal) or a grade of “F” (fail).

Classes will be running synchronously for three weeks from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The course will be combined with asynchronous components, as defined by each individual faculty. The class will be meeting on the video conferencing platform Zoom, and course materials are hosted on Canvas, RISD’s Learning Management System. Students are expected to attend as much as possible throughout the entire course schedule.

In case you cannot attend part of the class because of your time difference, our course management system Canvas will still allow you to connect, engage and remain in touch with the course faculty in an asynchronous manner. If you have any questions about synchronous learning vis-a-vis time difference in your location, please reach out to prior to your enrollment.

The application process will be completed using RISD's online application portal and will remain open, on a first-come-first-serve basis until May 2, 2021.

Step 1: Research

Prior to starting your application, read about each unique and virtual Global Summer Studio and watch the virtual info session videos created by RISD faculty and the RISD Global team. We will also present live events – check them out!

Step 2: Reserve your seat with a deposit

Submit your online application and your $500 non-refundable deposit with your debit/credit card. The payment of the $2,500 course balance will be due within 15 days of receipt of your balance payment link, or by the last day of the application period (May 2, 2021), whichever comes first.

Step 3: Apply for a scholarship (only if you are a RISD student)

If you’re a RISD or Brown | RISD Dual Degree student in high financial need, you are encouraged to apply for the available RISD Scholarship. RISD alumni, Brown University students, as well as students enrolled at (or recently graduated from) other colleges/universities around the world are not eligible to apply for RISD Scholarships. Learn more – RISD Scholarship.

You may be eligible, too, for external, Non-RISD scholarships. Check the External Scholarships Opportunities page for some available resources, but please keep in mind you must enroll and complete payment for Global Summer Studios no later than May 2, 2021.

Step 4: Pay the course balance

Once you have submitted the $500 deposit, you will receive, within a few days, an email confirmation from RISD Student Financial Services with a payment link. Upon receiving the payment link, your payment of the $2,500 course balance will be due within 15 days or by the final day of registration (May 2), whichever comes first.

Are there students I can talk with about their experiences?

Throughout the pages on this website you’ll find quotes and testimonials from RISD students who have participated in our Global Summer Studios. If you still have questions, you can schedule a 1:1 advising appointment with our Global Learning Advisor.

What is the deadline to apply?

Application is open between March 1 - May 2, 2021. Act fast! Global Summer Studios have a limited capacity of 14 students per course. The application runs on a first-come-first-serve basis and closes once the maximum number of applications per course is received. The last day to apply to a studio (that still has open seats) is May 2. Please keep in mind, your preferred course may fill up before this final application deadline.

How many students apply? How many students attend?

Global Summer Studios have a limited capacity of 14 students per course. Application is first-come-first-serve and closes once the maximum number of applications per course is received.

Will there be a waiting list?

Typically Global Summer Studios do not have a formal waitlist as application is first-come-first-serve and closes once the course has reached 14 participants. The Registrar’s Office will manage a notification list, however, so please inform them if you are interested in a course that has filled, to be notified if spaces become available.

Once I apply, can I defer or withdraw?

Deferral is not possible as Global Summer Studios are different every academic year. Learn more – Withdrawing from a RISD Off-Campus Global Learning Program

Global Summer Studios 2021

Virtual, Thailand | From Seed to Cloth: A Mindful Approach to Craft

When making craft, time slips away while you’re creating, it becomes a meditative work. The click, clack, click, and clack of the loom becomes a repetitive ritual, much like a mantra.

Virtual, Italy | Form, Leather, Color & Craft

Since early civilization leather has been part of our life as a material of comfort and protection. It has found many forms in garments, footwear, weaponry, accessories, artful objects.

Virtual, Azores | Design with Nature

Islands nations such as the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, are at the forefront of climate change as their specific geography makes them more susceptible to the destructive power of storms and rising oceans.

Virtual, Denmark | Design Seminar + Workshop

This course is an immersion into the world of New Nordic Design with a focus on Denmark. Long a leader in furniture design, Denmark is now at the forefront of design and sustainability.

Next Steps for Registered Students

You are responsible for checking the portal frequently and completing these tasks in a timely manner once accepted to your course.

Meeting days, times, and zoom links will be communicated to you after May 2, 2021, once courses are confirmed to run.


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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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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