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

Global Exchange School

Note: All exchanges with ENSCi Les Ateliers, both incoming and outgoing planned for semester 1 of the school year 2020-2021 (September 2020 - February 2021) are cancelled or postponed until further notice due to the COVID-19 health crisis.


Global Exchange School
  • Paris, France

Final dates announced on exchange school's website.

Spring Semester

February — July

Fall Semester

September — February

Open to RISD students

Juniors + Seniors. Minimum 3.0+ GPA required.

Eligible RISD Departments
  • Industrial Design
  • Textiles

University Website
Exchange Website
Fact Sheet

Spring Semester Application Deadlines
RISD Deadline: Oct 24, 2019
School Deadline: Nov 1, 2019
Fall Semester Application Deadlines
RISD Deadline: Apr 12, 2020
School Deadline: May 1, 2020
Academic Credits
Minimum 12 RISD credit equivalency
Instruction Language
  • French
  • English

Some English instruction

About ENSCi


ENSCi offers an interdisciplinary design approach with individualized programming and project-based learning. Interdisciplinary approach means their curriculum is not structured in separate “majors” or tracks.


Classes are mainly conducted in French. One major project studio is English-speaking. For successful exchange, it is recommended to have at least basic French language ability.

Level required in French: A2 - An ability to deal with simple, straightforward information and begin to express oneself in familiar contexts. Example: the student CAN take part in a routine conversation on simple predictable topics.

Level required in English: B1 - The ability to express oneself in a limited way in familiar situations and to deal in a general way with non-routine information. Example: the student CAN ask to open an account at a bank, provided that the procedure is straightforward.

Apply for Global Exchange & AICAD

Ready to Apply? Applications for Fall 2020 Global Exchange and AICAD Exchange are now open! Deadlines vary per partner school and are listed on each partner school's page.
If your host school is an Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design Exchange partner (typically based in North America), apply to RISD Global by March 10.

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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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