Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, United States

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.

RISD partners with over 40 leading art and design colleges and universities around the world to offer the semester-long Global Exchange Program. Each year, RISD selects and invites a small group of competitive applicants from partner institutions to spend either Fall or Spring semester at RISD within one of our 16 Bachelor (BA) studio departments.

On Exchange at RISD you will join our student body of approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students (a third of them from around the world) who are pursuing a creative, studio-based education in one of our architecture, design, fine arts and art education majors. This academic exchange is a taste of RISD's art and design education and studio culture, and an opportunity to engage and explore within our creative community.

At-a-glance

When
Fall / Spring, 1 semester only

Fall Semester: September-December
Spring Semester: February-May

Who
Open to non-RISD students

Juniors (penultimate year of studies) + Seniors (ultimate year of studies).

Application Deadline
10 March / 13 October

Spring semester 2020: 13 October 2019
Fall semester 2020: 10 March 2020

Academic Credits
12-15 RISD credits

(24-30 ECTS equivalent)

Instruction Language
  • English
Exchange at RISD
Providence, United States 2015
Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, United States

Location

RISD is located in Providence, Rhode Island, which offers its own flourishing art and design scene and a wide range of activities, and is conveniently located between two other major cultural centers: Boston and New York.

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Eligibility

Are you studying at one of our partner institutions and want to join the Rhode Island School of Design for a semester-long exchange? Check to make sure your university is one of RISD’s exchange partners. If your institution is not listed, but is a part of the AICAD Exchange consortium, you may apply for exchange at RISD through AICAD. Please be sure to apply by the application deadline above, or as close to it as possible, to be considered for exchange at RISD.

Fact Sheet

Each academic year we publish an Exchange at RISD Fact Sheet, with all details about exchange at RISD and the application process.

RISD Exchange Fact Sheet for Students 2019-2020

Apply for Exchange at RISD

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

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Next Steps for Accepted Students

Once accepted, you will receive a welcome letter with all relevant pre-departure information pertinent to your exchange. It includes more detailed information on the following sections summarized below, which can be used in the meantime to prepare for your semester at RISD.

You will continue to utilize the status page of your online application portal to complete tasks and uploads relevant to your participation in Exchange at RISD. You are responsible for checking the portal frequently and completing these tasks in a timely manner.

The majority of your academic credits will be in the department to which you apply. If your schedule allows, you may enroll in RISD Liberal Arts courses or studio electives in other departments, as space is available. Please note, preference for non-major studio courses will be given to full-time RISD degree-seeking students, for whom these courses are required.

Should you choose to purchase an on-campus housing or dining plan, a student account will be created for you so that you can be billed directly for those expenses. On-campus housing is not guaranteed (see below). Meal plans are available for purchase for on-campus and off-campus students, but are not required.

You will be required to pay for your travel and visa fees independently, and to purchase international travel health insurance, separately, upon instruction from RISD. See below.

Health insurance coverage is mandatory for your US visa application and RISD’s chosen policy for exchange students meets these mandatory requirements outlined by US Immigration.

All accepted students will have access to RISD’s Health Services on-campus clinic, as well as RISD’s Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), which provides a range of mental health services to help students improve and maintain their emotional, interpersonal, and academic functioning.

OISS will contact you upon acceptance with further instructions.

RISD Residence Life staff members are available to provide students with information on housing options—both on campus and off—and help with resolving any issues that may arise in residences.

Please see additional information for on-campus and off-campus housing below:

RISD On-Campus Housing FAQs
Off-Campus Housing

On-campus meal plans are available for purchase. Learn more about available meal plans and pricing and check out the on-campus dining options on the RISD Dining website.

Providence is comfortable and easy to navigate, with seven colleges and universities making it very student-focused. Students often take advantage of day trips to Boston, New York or beautiful beaches as appealing options for inspiration and recreation.

Providence is full of interesting old colonial architecture, artists’ lofts, great restaurants and distinctive ethnic neighborhoods—from the Italian section on Federal Hill to the Portuguese community in Fox Point and enclaves of resettled refugees from Liberia and Southeast Asia in South Providence and Elmwood. RISD students generally choose to live in neighborhoods within a mile of campus—often in 18th- and 19th-century homes on Benefit Street and College Hill, and in Fox Point, Wayland Square and other areas of the “East Side”. Most students walk or bike everywhere they want to go, though public city buses are also available to RISD students at no cost. In the city’s West End and Olneyville neighborhoods—and in nearby Pawtucket—RISD alumni and others have transformed old mill buildings into artists’ collectives, lofts, performance spaces, galleries, bars and restaurants.

You will find a range of film, food, music, theater and arts options to choose from, many a short walk or bike ride from campus. Independent and experimental cinema reigns at the nearby Avon Cinema. AS220, the city’s eclectic community arts center, brings together adventurous gallery shows and live music with a popular restaurant/bar just around the corner from the award-winning Trinity Repertory Company. Downcity is peppered with music and dance clubs, and many old mills in Olneyville and on the West End offer converted spaces for local bands. Creative hubs like the 3D studio and educational center The Steel Yard, New Urban Arts and Big Nazo Lab have RISD connections—and many more welcome students and alumni to get involved.

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The risd:store carries a wide variety of art supplies, as well as digital and office supplies, convenience items, and a large selection of RISD-imprinted clothing and gifts. Also located inside the store is RISD Works a retail collection featuring a rotating selection of work by RISD alumni and faculty.

risd:store 3D
This essential supply store stocks a wide variety of materials and supplies used in 3D studios from ceramics to glass, jewelry, sculpture and woodworking. Plywood, hardwood, plexiglass, glass and metal rods can be cut to size for next-day pickup. Knowledgeable and dedicated staff members are always on hand at the risd:store 3D to help source materials and answer questions.

The Office of International Student Services (OISS) advocates for international students, advising them on a wide variety of experiences related to studying in the US and at RISD in particular.

Our office of Intercultural Student Engagement (ISE) promotes cultural awareness, dialogue and interaction to foster inclusivity and understanding. Working closely with faculty, staff and administrators, ISE advises student-led cultural groups and helps students to develop strong leadership skills.

RISD ISE also provides resources and support for LGBTQQ students. RISD offers a welcoming environment for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning. Members of RISD’s LGBTQQ community get together regularly through a number of student groups and organizations—including RISD Feminists, SHARE (Sexual Health and Relationship Educators) and the Queer Student Association (QSA)—providing programming, education, social activities and support.

RISD is committed to embracing the diverse range of religious beliefs and spiritualities held by our students, including those of no faith. RISD ISE helps students, faculty and staff connect with their religious communities in Providence and assists anyone wishing to continue their religious + spiritual practices while at RISD. Our community also enjoys connections with a number of religious organizations at neighboring Brown University and beyond.

Buses: With a RISD ID card, students, faculty and staff can ride RI Public Transportation Authority (RIPTA) buses anywhere in the state for free.

Ride-sharing: On-demand transportation in Providence and throughout Rhode Island is available through Uber and Lyft.

E-Bikes + Scooters: Use a mobile app for short-term e-bike and e-scooter rentals to zip around the city, available through JUMP and Bird.

Zipcar: Thanks to our partnership with zipcar, students get a discount when they join and have access to vehicles at dozens of convenient locations on or near campus. Great for day-trips!

Amtrak Train: RISD is a short walk from the Providence Amtrak Station, where you can catch a train from Providence to NYC (and beyond) daily and enjoy the city’s world-famous museums, galleries and cultural landmarks in just over 3 hours – or less when if you take Amtrak’s Acela Express.

MBTA (Boston) Commuter: Students can take a one-hour ride to scenic Boston on the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Commuter Rail to enjoy world-class dining, shopping, arts and culture while taking in the city's rich historical character.

Interstate Bus Service: Travel to New York, Boston, and throughout the country is also available through Greyhound, Peter Pan, Megabus and other commercial bus lines that depart from downtown Providence.

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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
Exchange at RISD
Providence, United States 2015
Exchange at RISD
Providence, United States 2015