Rome: Illustrating Dante's Inferno
Rome, Italy 2019

Teach Global Summer Studies

Every summer, RISD Global offers a set of multi-disciplinary Global Summer Studies courses. These 3 week-long, 3 credit courses are led by RISD faculty and engage RISD students, as well as art and design students from other colleges, in the exploration of a wide spectrum of topics related to art, design and global thinking.

Global Summer Studies are a core component of the RISD's internationalization and global engagement; in the last year's courses engaged with practices and traditions in such geographies as: the Azores, Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Africa, and South Korea, among others.

Proposals for Global Summer Studies 2025 and Wintersession Travel Courses 2026 must be submitted by faculty via Coursedog by September 25th 2024 at 11:59PM. Interested parties can submit a course for one term or both terms. Applicants will be given Coursedog credentials for submission by the Registrar’s Office only after confirming their intent to propose with RISD Global via email:

How to Propose a Global Summer Studies course

RISD faculty, upon approval from their Department Head and Dean, can propose a Global Summer Studies course for the following academic year, and submit a course proposal by the established course table process and deadline.

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Recent Global Summer Studies

Recent Global Summer Studies courses have led students to particular sites in the world to study: biodiversity and the impact of animal poaching on the environment, sustainable materials for the built environment, and contemporary applications of traditional heritages of making in specific cultures and locations of the world. As such, these courses support RISD’s strategic vision to contribute to the creation of just societies, a sustainable planet, and new ways of making and knowing that equip humans to live in mutually enhancing ways with each other and with the earth.

  • Iceland: Artistic Practice in 24-Hour Light – Paul Soulellis (Faculty, RISD Graphic Design)
  • Ireland: Illustrating Myths and Legends in the Burren – Robert Brinkerhoff, (Faculty, RISD Illustration)
  • Japan: Book Shaping and Visual Ideas – Daniel Heyman (Faculty, RISD Printmaking)
  • RISD in ROME: Maps and Stories – Gabriel Feld (Faculty, RISD Architecture) and Ezio Genovesi (Director, RISD in Rome)
  • RISD in ROME: Sensing The City – Paolo Cardini (Faculty, RISD Industrial Design) and Diane Derr (Faculty, VCUQ)
  • South Korea: Housing Hybrids – Rafael Luna (Faculty, RISD Interior Architecture)

Faculty Advising

Have questions? The RISD Global team is available to meet for an advising session to help craft your application.

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