RISD Wintersession Travel Courses 2019
LIMITED AVAILABILITY, Application open September 19 - Oct 2, 2018
*WS Japan: please take note of earlier deadline, Friday September 28, 12AM (midnight), as a select few students will complete interviews the following Monday.
All RISD students are invited to apply for Wintersession 2019 Travel Courses. To be eligible to apply for a Wintersession Travel Course you must first attend one of the course infosessions held on campus in September/early October, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application, and be in good financial standing at RISD.
**We recommend that you reach out to Student Financial Services early on in the application process to ensure your account is in good standing. The time frame for travel payment is very short and extensions due to outstanding student account balances will not be available.**
RISD Global held a General Infosession for all Wintersession Travel Courses on Wednesday, September 19th at 5:30pm in the RISD Museum Auditorium, (Chase Center, Metcalf Auditorium) during which all faculty will give a brief overview of their courses, and will provide their specific infosession dates.
After the General Infosession, two course-specific infosessions will be held by faculty for each course between September 20th and October 2nd. During these infosessions, faculty will explain the application process, as well as their selection criteria. All infosession dates will be listed on the RISD Global website and promoted through posters on campus. Once you have attended the infosession with faculty, you are invited to apply via Slate for ONE travel course of your choice.
The application via Slate is open until October 2nd.
*At this time all WS applications are closed except: Mexico and Portugal
To participate in the course, your application must be selected by the course faculty. You will receive confirmation if you are accepted, waitlisted, or denied, as well as your scholarship assignments (if applicable) not later than October 8th, 2018. If you are selected for a Wintersession Travel Course, you will be required to make payment in full by Wednesday, October 17th. If the payment is not made by the deadline of October 17th, your place will be offered to a waitlisted student.
HOW TO APPLY
You can only apply for one Wintersession Travel Course only, once you have attended at least one of the course-specific infosessions led by the travel course faculty on the RISD campus. Notifications of the times and dates of these infosessions will be posted here. The application process - through Slate - will require you to upload the following documents:
1. Statement of purpose (max 500 words). A key component of the application process.
Please indicate why you are a strong candidate for this Wintersession Travel Course and the reason for your interest in this topic and working in this specific geographic location and cultural context.
Communicate how you envision this learning experience will benefit the development of your art and design practice.
Speak to your ability to succeed within a studio environment, with site-specific resources and in a multidisciplinary context, beyond the reliance on particular equipment and/or materials.
Explain any past learning experiences that might be connected to this specific travel course.
2. A selection of 10-15 images of your work: These images may reflect your strongest, most recent major and non major-related, academic and/or personal work. Include descriptions of each image, the work’s title, medium, and dimensions.
3. CV/Resume: A place to showcase relevant work/volunteer/internship opportunities, your skillset, and other interests or areas of expertise.
DEADLINES + PAYMENTS
You will be informed of your acceptance in the course by October 9th, when you will also be notified of scholarship assignments (if applicable). To secure your place in the course, you will have to complete your registration and payment no later than October 17th. If you are waitlisted, you will be notified of any available spot between October 18th-24th, when registration closes.
Wednesday, September 19th, 5:30PM in the RISD Museum Auditorium: General Infosession/launch event for all WS Travel Courses. Presentations by faculty. Course application and scholarship applications open.
September 20, 2018: Course-specific infosessions led by Faculty begin
September 28, 2018:*WS Japan: earlier deadline, Friday September 28, 12AM (midnight), as a select few students will complete interviews the following Monday.
October 2nd, 2018: Course applications + scholarship applications close
October 8th, 2018: Notification of your acceptance/waitlist/rejection
October 9, 2018: Registration opens for accepted students
October 17, 2018: Payment deadline for accepted students
October 18, 2018: First waitlisted students are offered acceptance and required to pay within 48 hours
October 24, 2018: Registration closes
To apply for a Wintersession Travel Course, you must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application. Students who are seeking exception to this academic policy should contact the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Wintersession Travel Courses are open to all RISD students. First year students must provide approval from the Dean of Experimental & Foundation Studies as part of their applications.
Brown students are also eligible to apply, but priority will be given to RISD students.
Per Student Financial Service requirements, students who plan to travel on school-sponsored trips must first pay their student account in full. Students with an account balance are ineligible for travel and may forfeit any funds already used to book travel arrangements. Contact Student Financial Services at email@example.com with any questions.
Need-based scholarships are available for RISD students for Wintersession Travel Courses 2019. The scholarships may cover part or the entire course tuition. RISD scholarships are awarded based upon a combination of financial need and academic merit. Because scholarship funds are limited, not all applicants will receive funding.
The scholarship application for Wintersession 2019 has now closed.
All course tuitions include shared accommodation, studio space, local transportation, field trips, tours, guides and lectures, museum and/or site visits fees, some group lunch/dinners, and Travel Health Insurance through GeoBlue. In specific cases, additional items (such as airfare, materials, additional meals, etc.) may be included. Please review the specific course description.
PASSPORT + VISA
All participants must have a valid passport expiring at least six months after the final day of the course. Participants are responsible for maintaining their own legal status and applying for their Visa (if necessary). Upon request, RISD Global will provide participants with a registration letter in support of their Visa process (Note: International students must set up an appointment with OISS and will receive the letter from OISS).
RISD reserves the right to cancel a course due to low enrollment. Final course confirmation will be sent to registered students by late October, 2018. Participants should not book airline tickets or make travel arrangements prior to the course confirmation. Any cost incurred in such situation is the participant’s responsibility. In case of cancellation, all payments will be refunded in full.
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