Interested in coming to RISD as an exchange student?
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 or senior year or at graduate level (United States equivalent) while at RISD.
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. There are no language requirements, but please note, RISD does not offer language courses for incoming exchange students.
How to Apply
Fall semester 2018/19 Application Deadline for Incoming Exchange Students is:
Friday, March 9th, 2018
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 approximately in early April.
Required application materials
The application must be submitted via Slideroom. Below the list of all required materials:
- Application Form
- 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. Requested and submitted through Reference section in Slideroom.
- Nomination from Advisor
Your advisor will be required to submit a form through Slideroom to verify your nomination to be considered for exchange. Requested and submitted through Reference section in Slideroom.
Official transcript. If applying as a graduate student, 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.
- Passport Photo
- $10 fee paid with valid credit card in Slideroom (mailed in fee not accepted)
Submit application: Incoming Exchange Application - Fall 2018.
Application for Spring 2019 will be open at the beginning of June.
The Selection Process
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. 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 note that Exchange is available in all RISD departments except Digital Media. Please go to risd.edu to view departments, courses, and the RISD calendar.
Incoming exchange students have the option of living on-campus or off-campus.
Please see information for on-campus and off-campus housing below: