Since its launch in 1960, RISD's European Honors Program (EHP) offers qualified RISD students an academic setting that allows direct experience of the great works of art and architecture of Rome and Italy, via a balance of formal instruction and personal exploration. Founded in 1960, the Program is headquartered in the Palazzetto Cenci in the historic center of Rome, just blocks from the Pantheon and Colosseum Unlike virtually any other undergraduate program in Rome, the EHP is structured to give you optimal exposure to Rome and, by extension, Italy and beyond. Rome's artistic and cultural layers are seemingly without end and provide an encyclopedic array of source material for you to discover, confront, and study.
When in Rome, students start their required course in art and architectural history with weekly tours to sites in Rome and an intensive Italian language course. They are assigned studios in the Cenci and work independently on individual projects guided and supervised by the Chief Critic and visiting critics from local academies and other university programs in Rome. Guest artists and designers also lecture at the Cenci. Each five month session, a week-long group travel tour is offered, which introduces students to cities such as Siena, Ravenna or Palermo. Students are required to maintain sketchbook diaries throughout their session. Final reviews and an exhibition of student work at the Cenci conclude the program. Students receive 12 studio credits, 3 credits Liberal Arts Elective (for Italian language), and 3 credits Art History for a total of 18 possible credits for the 20 weeks spent in Rome. (Please note that no HPSS or English courses are offered, so plan accordingly).
Undergraduate and graduate students in all departments with a grade point average of at least 3.0 are eligible. Undergraduate students in four-year programs may participate during either their junior or senior year. Undergraduate students in five-year programs are encouraged to participate during their senior or fourth year. Transfer students are eligible as long as they fulfill the two year residency requirement for graduation. Sophomores who wish to go to Rome during their Junior year should have completed at least 21 credits in Liberal Arts and Juniors who wish to go to Rome during their Senior year should have completed at least 30 credits in Liberal Arts.
All upperclassman are invited to attend information sessions held throughout the months leading to the March and October deadlines. Notifications of these meetings will posted on the GPP website and academic calendar, with reminders via email message.
There are need-based scholarship funds available especially for EHP students. No application is necessary for these scholarships, which are awarded by the EHP Committee after students are accepted to EHP. There are also Work Study opportunities at the Cenci available for all accepted EHP students.
Costs for the EHP 2013/2014 here.
The Cenci is a 16th century palazzo comprising one lecture room and 26 studios, as well as dormitory-style rooms for the 26 students enrolled in the EHP each session. Students cook for themselves in the Cenci. The building includes a lecture room, gallery space, library, studios, office, two common rooms, three kitchens, bedrooms, as well as a computer lab, darkroom, print shop, sewing machine, kiln, and tool room.
EHP is administered in Providence by an EHP Committee (appointed faculty members) and GPP director. EHP is administered in Rome by Director Ezio Genovesi, who also teaches the art history course; his assistant, Krista Grambow; and the Chief Critic, currently Henry Horenstein, Professor in Photography at RISD. The Chief Critic is the faculty/critic for all EHP students during the term whose role is to advise and guide students as to the course and development of their studio work, consult on and document all student travel or internships, and supervise, along with the EHP Director, the general well-being of the EHP students. Gabriel Feld, Professor of Architecture, will serve as Chief Critic for the Academic Year 2014-2015.