Interested in coming to RISD as an incoming exchange student?
RISD partners with over 40 leading art and design colleges and universities around the world through the semester-long Global Exchange Program.
Students from partner institutions are selected to spend one semester (Fall/Spring) at RISD during their Junior (penultimate) or Senior year (final) year of university, within one of the 19 BA majors offered at RISD.
All students applying for an exchange semester at RISD must be enrolled full-time at one of RISD's partner institutions. Students must be attending their Junior (penultimate) or Senior (final) year of their bachelor's degree, or at a graduate level (United States equivalent) while at RISD. All accepted incoming exchange students will be enrolled in undergraduate coursework within one of the 19 RISD BA majors.
RISD Fall semester runs from mid-September to mid-December, while RISD Spring semester runs from mid-February to the end of May.
RISD classes are taught in English, and all accepted students are required to be fluent in English in order to succeed along the semester. RISD does not offer language courses for incoming exchange students.
How to Apply
The deadline for students to apply for Spring semester 2018/19 at RISD is Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Please complete the application on Slideroom.
AICAD EXCHANGE applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by this date or as close as possible to be considered.
Students will be notified of a decision in early November.
The Selection Process
The Global Exchange Program is for one semester only and all incoming exchange students are only allowed to take courses at RISD. The exchange application is reviewed by the specific Department Head of the RISD department the incoming exchange student is applying to. The admission decision is made based on the quality of the application and the space available in the department for the semester.
Incoming exchange students cannot apply for exchange to more than one RISD department in a semester. Therefore, carefully consider which department best matches their portfolio and strengths as a student and artist. Please go to risd.edu to view departments, courses, and the RISD calendar.
Required application materials
The application must be submitted via Slideroom. Below please find the list of all required materials:
Statement of Purpose
The statement should be a concise and thoughtful consideration of your goals and reasons for seeking to study at RISD. Discuss how the proposed program of study would benefit your artistic development and educational and career goals.
2 Faculty letters of recommendation
Recommendations should come from faculty members who have taught you in the past year. We highly recommend that you request 3 faculty recommendations to ensure that we receive at least 2 by the deadline. Recommendations should be requested and submitted through the Reference section in Slideroom.
Nomination from Advisor
Your International Office/Exchange Advisor will be required to submit a form through Slideroom to verify your nomination to be considered for exchange. Nominations should be requested and submitted through the Reference section in Slideroom.
Official transcript. If applying at a graduate level, include both undergraduate and graduate transcripts with currently enrolled courses.
Portfolio of 10-15 images of recent work.
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.
Copy of Your Passport Main Photo Page
$10 fee paid with valid credit card in Slideroom (mailed in fee not accepted)
Submit application: Incoming Exchange Application - Spring 2019.
Application for Spring 2019 is now open! The deadline to submit your completed application is October 10, 2018.
Incoming exchange students have the option of living on-campus or off-campus.
Please see information for on-campus and off-campus housing below:
Additional information will be provided to accepted students upon their admission confirmation.