Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD)

Global Exchange School


Global Exchange School
  • Geneva, Switzerland

Final dates announced on exchange school's website.

Spring Semester

February — June

Fall Semester

September — January

Open to RISD students

Juniors + Seniors. Minimum 3.0+ GPA required.

Eligible RISD Departments
  • Apparel
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Jewelry + Metalsmithing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

University Website
Exchange Website
Fact Sheet
HEAD Majors Available for Exchange Students
Technical Workshops Available for Exchange Students
Language of Instruction + French Language Class

Spring Semester Application Deadlines
RISD Deadline: Oct 24, 2019
School Deadline: Nov 8, 2019
Fall Semester Application Deadlines
RISD Deadline: Apr 12, 2020
School Deadline: Apr 30, 2020
Academic Credits
Minimum 12 RISD credit equivalency
Instruction Language
  • French

No English instruction

About HEAD


Bachelor's-level and Master's-level coursework is open for Exchange at HEAD. Master's-level coursework is recommended for seniors and grads only.

Bachelor of Arts

  • Fine Arts
  • Cinema
  • Visual Communication
  • Interior Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Product Design/Jewelry and Accessory
  • Chair in Watch Design

Master of Arts

  • Fine Arts – Work.Master / TRANS /CCC
  • Cinema
  • Space and Communication
  • Media Design
  • Fashion and Accessory Design
  • Chair in Watch Design


Lectures at HEAD are usually taught in French. Some Master classes are taught in English. Exchange students are expected to have good French skills, intermediate to upper intermediate is advised. An introductory French course is mandatory for non-upper intermediate-level French speakers.

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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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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