The European Honors Program (EHP) offers qualified RISD students a five month long academic program that allows direct experience of the great works of art of Rome and Italy, via a balance of formal instruction and personal exploration. Founded in 1960, the program is headquartered in Palazetto Cenci in the historic center of Rome, just blocks away from the Pantheon and Colosseum.
The address and contact is:
RISD European Honors Program
Piazza Cenci 56,
00186 Rome Italy
EHP consists of two programs of five months each. Session #1 is August-December, with Wintersession available for independent travel or internship. Session #2 is January-June, with summer vacation available for independent travel or internship.
Students attending the August to December EHP session have the option to return for Wintersession or stay in Europe and do independent travel before returning to RISD. The January to June students have the option to stay in Europe and do independent travel before returning to RISD in September. All independent travel and internship during these periods are the responsibility of the student, in consultation with and permission of their Department Head at RISD.
Each session includes 1 week of orientation, 12 weeks of coursework, 6 weeks of studio concentration, and 1 week of vacation. The orientation week includes: lectures on Italian history and past and present Italian culture and politics; explanation of Cenci rules and permesso di soggiorno (Italian residence permits); city walking tours and other activities.
The 12-week coursework includes Italian language instruction, Art History and Studio Concentration; and a six-day art-historical tour scheduled by the Director and Chief Critic.
For more information about European Honors Program, Click here to download the EHP handbook