The purpose of the Office of International Programs is to provide valuable services and support that enable the RISD community to address the challenges of art and design in a globalizing world. Our work embraces our commitment to cultural fluency and diversity.
Office of International Programs advises students on RISD study abroad and international education options, including Exchange with 75 colleges in 25 countries; AICAD Mobility, European Honors Program and Wintersession Travel. OIP assists students with specialized international grant applications, including the Gilman and Boren scholarships, and supports incoming exchange students. OIP supports the development of faculty-led short term travel.
Carr House Room 303/304 / Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Phone: 401-454-6725 /Fax: 401-454-6755
About the OIP Staff:
Gwen Farrelly is the Director of Global Partners & Programs. In this role, she works with the faculty, academic administration, and staff to envision, represent, and realize an international strategy for the college that creates external opportunities for students and faculty that continue to develop and deepen RISD’s role globally. Prior to joining RISD, Gwen was the Assistant Director of the International Program department at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, where she oversaw global research initiatives and projects, which included exchange programs, publications, and seminars. From 2005-2007, Gwen was the Landau Fellow for Education at MoMA and organized public programs and symposia to accompany the exhibitions On-Site: New Architecture in Spain and Dada, and the Feminist Future symposium, and curated the exhibition Spaces for Learning at The Museum of Modern Art: 1929-1969 (2007). Gwen is currently a PhD student at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where she specializes in post-1960s art history in a global context. She also holds an MA in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and a BA in the History of Art and Architecture and Italian from Trinity College, Dublin. She serves on the International Committee for the College Art Association and International Council of Art 21.
Katherine Scanga is the International Education Manager at the Office of International Program at Rhode Island School of Design. Katherine has nine years experience at RISD working with students, advising and assisting them with international and domestic study abroad which includes the Exchange Program and European Honors Program. Katherine’s international travel experience includes visits to partner institutions and the EHP program in Rome. She is an active member of the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors, International Educators of Rhode Island, attending and presenting at their conferences and workshops on a regular basis. Katherine is a trained Designated School Official for SEVIS F-1 Students and is an advisor for Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and has served on their selection panel. She is also currently working towards a master’s degree at the University of Rhode Island.
Gregory Dillon is the International Programs Coordinator. Originally from New York, Gregory studied at the University of Connecticut where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in English. Pursuing an interest in Afro-Brazilian culture, Gregory worked in Brazil for two years at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. During this period, he was awarded certification as an instructor of Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian heritage. Following his return to the United States, he pursued his interests in Brazilian culture at UMass Dartmouth, where he completed his master’s degree. Gregory is now pursuing a career in the field of international education and study abroad, and is specifically interested in this work in the context of an art and design school.