RISD in the World: Global Exchange Program
When considering going on an exchange program there are a few things to keep in mind: you may have fewer contact hours with professors and you could be expected to work more independently, thus there may be more of an emphasis on self-motivated study. It is important to be open-minded and embrace such a change.
Exchange does not include a language requirement, but it is a good idea to have a base knowledge of the language spoken in the country where you will live. Some of the courses at the partner schools will be taught in the native language of the host country and some will have a few courses offered in English. It is very important to research this first, as language will ultimately be the guiding factor to your final decision.
Other factors to consider: Will you miss Wintersession or not? Will the exchange period include some of your summer months? Meet with an academic advisor to make sure you are on track to get the credits you need. Most of the partner institutions, being smaller technical schools, do not offer a liberal arts curriculum, so expect to acquire mainly studio credits. While on exchange, RISD students continue to pay tuition and fees directly to RISD, and the credits students earn are considered RISD credits, not transfer credits. RISD students will receive their regular financial aid award while on exchange.
To apply for 2018 Spring semester, please submit your application by Friday, October 6, 2017.
- Undergraduate students in four-year programs may participate during their junior or senior year (typically 2nd semester of junior year or 1st semester of senior year). Undergraduate students in five-year programs can participate during their senior or fifth year.
- Graduate students are also eligible for exchange. Transfer students are eligible, as long as they fulfill the two-year RISD residency requirement.
- GPA minimum of 3.0 is required.
- Students must demonstrate general qualifications of maturity, motivation, and emotional stability.
- Students must remain in good standing at RISD, in terms of conduct and finances.
Communicate with your department to determine what is best for you and your course of study.
How to Apply
First Step: Research
Begin by researching the exchange program school websites and try to narrow your focus to a few programs of interest. Then meet with your department head to discuss which programs he or she recommends, and with RISD Global to discuss the programs in more detail and to obtain the most current information on specific schools. Department heads and RISD Global may also be able to connect you to other RISD students who have made exchanges, or to incoming exchange students on campus. RISD Global also keeps a folder of student surveys on exchange experiences, which can be very helpful to read.
Important: When researching which partner school you are interested in, please verify that the school deadline does not fall before the RISD study abroad application deadline. Exchange schools each have their own application forms and processes, some of which are online. Please check their websites for specific details.
The Off-Campus Exchange Student Handbook will act as an invaluable resource, providing vital information on everything from the preliminary processes to your time abroad.
**RISD Global can only send 2 RISD applicants to each of our partner schools to be considered for application.
Second Step: Gather Application Materials
Students should be aware that some of the partner schools in the global exchange network are highly competitive and receive interest from more RISD students each semester than RISD can nominate.
To that end, for those schools that RISD Global receives a large number of applications for, we will conduct a lottery (for equity). To be eligible for the lottery, students must meet the following requirements prior to application deadline day:
· Attend a RISD Global Information Session
· Attend at least one 1:1 advising session with the Global Learning Advisor. To schedule an appointment please visit: risdglobal.youcanbook.me. Appointments are available Monday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm.
· Submit a complete application for the RISD Global for Exchange by the deadline stated on this webpage. Please see application material requirements and submission details below:
Approval from Department Head and Academic Advisor. (Requested and submitted through Reference section in SlideRoom. If your Department Head and Academic Advisor are the same person, both approvals will be sent as one. Department Head/Academic Advisor cannot provide a faculty recommendation.)
Two faculty recommendations completed by RISD faculty. (Requested and submitted through Reference section in SlideRoom.)
Terms of Agreement Form: an agreement setting the standard for appropriate behavior. Scan the signed form and upload through SlideRoom.
Upload an official RISD transcript obtained from the Registrar’s office. (If you are applying to two exchange schools, two official RISD transcripts will be required to be turned into RISD Global so that they can be sent to the institution(s).)
Statement of Interest: The statement should be a concise and thoughtful consideration of your goals and reasons for seeking study abroad. Discuss how the proposed program of study at the host institution would benefit your artistic development and educational and career goals. Do not hesitate to ask RISD Global staff and/or the RISD Centre for Art & Language for help. The Center is an outstanding resource staffed by talented peer tutors. The benefit of having another set of eyes on your writing cannot be underestimated. To make an appointment please visit their website, or just stop by the College Building, room 240.
Portfolio: The application requires a portfolio, which should include 10–15 images of work in your proposed area of study. Be sure to include the process, images and text. You should include your strongest, most recent major-related work. Include descriptions of each image, including the work’s title, medium, and dimensions. You should verify if the exchange partner has a preference of how you present and submit your portfolio (hard copy, online, memory stick, CD/DVD). We highly recommend that you meet with your academic advisor if you need guidance with selecting images for your portfolio.
Copy of passport photo page, send via an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following details in the subject line of the email: Student Name, Names of exchange school/s. The email must be received by midnight on deadline day.
What type of application does the exchange partner request? Is it online or in paper format? If in paper, please have it ready by the application deadline date.
Third Step: Acceptance Confirmation Materials
1. Health and Emergency Form
3. Email email@example.com with your flight information.
4. Verify that your passport is valid for at least a year after return from exchange. Renewal of passports can be completed by mail if you fit the following criteria:
*Already have a passport that is not damaged
*Received it within the past 15 years
*Were over age 16 when it was issued
*Still have the same name as in passport (or you can legally document your name change).
For more information, please visit U.S. Passports
5. Visas: A visa is an official stamp issued by a foreign government granting permission to enter, study, or live in that particular country. It is important to begin this process of obtaining a visa as soon as you have confirmed your participation in the off campus global exchange as it may take 4-8 weeks to obtain all the proper documentation for a student visa. A valid passport is required in order to begin the process of obtaining a visa. Costs of visas vary from country to country, so please check the embassy or consulate for specific details. Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility in securing the correct visa in time for their program start date.
Students will be able to take a wide variety of courses while abroad and should try to take courses within your major that are not offered at RISD. Prior to applying to study abroad once should verify with your academic advisor and the head of department that you are eligible to study abroad and completed the necessary courses here at RISD first. Some students like to take a class in the local language and therefore, must be pre-approved by the Dean of Liberal Arts.
While you are abroad for the semester you will be charged for the standard semester tuition fee. Other finances to take in consideration that you will need to pay out of pocket for include:
- Flight to/from program site
- GeoBlue Travel Insurance (required of all students) $16.65/week on exchange
- Spending money: food, travel, etc.
There are also many need based scholarships available to students who pursue study abroad.
Other Scholarships and Grants
Beijing: The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). Apparel Design; Architecture; Film/Animation/Video; Industrial Design; Jewelry + Metalsmithing; Painting; Photography; Printmaking; Sculpture
- Ahmedabad: National Institute of Design. Animation Film Design; Exhibition Design; Film and Video Communication; Graphic Design; Ceramic and Glass Design; Furniture and Interior Design; Product Design
- Kyoto: Kyoto Seika University. Architecture; Film/Animation/Video; Illustration; Painting; Printmaking; Textiles
- Tokyo: Tama Art University. Graphic Design (Graphic design; Film/Animation/Video; Illustration; Photography)
- Seoul: Ewha Womans University. Apparel Design; Ceramics; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Painting; Sculpture; Textiles
Australia and Oceana
- Canberra: School of Art (Australian National University). Ceramics; Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Glass; Jewelry + Metalsmithing; Painting; Photography; Printmaking; Sculpture; Textiles
- Melbourne: RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology). Architecture; Graphic Design; Interior Architecture; Photography; Textiles
- Sydney: Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney). Ceramics; Film/Animation/Video; Glass, Jewelry + Metalsmithing; Painting; Printmaking; Sculpture
- Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington. Architecture; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture
- Prague: The Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design. Apparel Design; Architecture; Ceramics; Film/Animation/Video; Furniture Design; Glass; Graphic Design; Illustration; Industrial Design; Jewelry + Metalsmithing; Painting; Photography; Sculpture; Textiles
- Copenhagen: Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Architecture; Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Graphic Design; Interior Architecture; Industrial Design; Painting.
- London: University of the Arts, London, Chelsea College of Arts. Textiles (fall semester only)
- Tallinn: Estonian Academy of the Arts. Apparel Design; Architecture; Ceramics; Glass; Graphic Design; Interior Architecture; Industrial Design; Jewelry + Metalsmithing; Painting; Photography; Sculpture; Textiles
- Helsinki: Aalto University. Apparel Design; Architecture; Ceramics; Film/Animation/Video; Furniture Design; Glass; Graphic Design; Illustration; Industrial Design; Photography; Textiles
- Paris: French National School for Advanced Studies in Design (ENSCI Les Ateliers) Industrial Design; Textiles
- Paris: Beaux-Arts de Paris (ENSBA). Painting, sculpture
- Sevres: Strate School of Design. Industrial Design
- Berlin: Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK). Architecture; Graphic Design; Industrial Design
- Cologne: Köln International School of Design (KISD). Film/Animation/Video; Furniture Design; Graphic Design; Industrial Design
- Erfurt: Fachhochschule Erfurt (University of Applied Sciences). Architecture
- Munich: Technische Universität München (TUM). Architecture
- Stuttgart: Hochschule fur Technik, Stuttgart (University of Applied Sciences). Architecture; Interior Architecture
- Dublin: National College of Art and Design (NCAD). Spring Semester only. Apparel Design; Ceramics; Glass; Industrial Design; Jewelry + Metalsmithing; Painting; Printmaking; Sculpture; Textiles
- Milan: Politecnico di Milano. Apparel; Furniture; Industrial Design
- Eindhoven: Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE). Furniture (fall semester only); Industrial Design (fall semester only)
- The Hague: Royal Academy of Art, the Hague. Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture; Photography; Textiles
- Utrecht: Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU). Apparel Design; Architecture; Film/Animation/Video; Graphic Design (fall semester only); Illustration (fall semester only); Photography; Sculpture
- Edinburgh: Edinburgh College of Art. Film/Animation/Video; Illustration; Industrial Design; Painting; Photography; Sculpture; Textiles
- Glasgow: Glasgow School of Art (GSA). Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Jewelry + Metalsmithing; Painting; Photography; Printmaking; Sculpture; Textiles (fall semester only; please take note of early application deadline).
- Barcelona: Escola Superior de Disseny i Enginyeria (ELISAVA). Architecture; Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Photography
- Madrid: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). Architecture
- Gothenburg: HDK - School of Design and Crafts, Gothenburg University. Ceramics; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Jewelry + Metalsmithing; Textiles
- Stockholm: Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. Ceramics; Furniture; Glass; Graphic Design; Illustration; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture; Painting; Sculpture; Textiles
- Basel: HGK Basel (Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst). Graphic Design
- Geneva: Haute école d'Art et de design Genève (HEAD). Apparel Design; Architecture; Ceramics; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture; Jewelry + Metalsmithing; Painting; Photography; Sculpture
- Lausanne: Université d'Art et Design de Lausanne (ÉCAL). Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Photography
- Zurich: Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZhdK). Film/Animation/Video; Graphic Design; Illustration; Industrial Design; Painting; Photography; Sculpture
- Buenos Aires: Universidad Torcuato di Tella. Architecture
- Santiago: UNIACC (Universidad de Artes, Ciencias y Comunicación). Apparel Design; Architecture; Film/Animation/Video; Graphic Design; Illustration; Industrial Design; Photography; Textiles
- Monterrey: La Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM). Apparel Design; Architecture; Graphic Design; Illustration; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture; Painting; Photography; Printmaking; Sculpture
- Jerusalem: Bezalel Academy of Art & Design. Apparel Design; Architecture; Ceramics; Film/Animation/Video; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Jewelry + Metalsmithing; Photography