RISD provides opportunities for students to study a semester abroad at 75 participating institutions in 25 countries.
The experience of living and studying in a different country benefits and broadens a student’s global outlook. The academic and social experiences you will have while on exchange will be very different from the ones you are used to at RISD. Class regimens may be looser. You may have fewer contact hours with professors. You could find that you are expected to work more independently; there may be more of an emphasis on self-motivated study. It’s important to be ready to embrace such a change.
All the partner schools are taught in their native languages. Exchange does not include a language requirement, but it’s a good idea to have a base knowledge of the language spoken in the country where you’ll make exchange.
Other things to consider, of a more practical nature: Will you miss wintersession or not? Will the exchange include some of your summer months? Meet with an academic advisor to make sure you are on track to get the credits you need. Most of the partners, being small technical schools, do not offer a liberal arts curriculum. Therefore, expect to acquire mainly studio credits while on exchange.
While on exchange, RISD students continue to pay tuition and fees directly to RISD, and the credits students earn while on exchange are considered RISD credits, not transfer credits. RISD students will receive their regular financial aid award while they’re on exchange.
Following is a list of partner institutions, grouped by region and country:
Czech Republic Academy of Arts, Arch, & Design Apparel, Arch, Ceramics, FAV, Furn, Glass, GD, Illus, ID, J&M, Paint, Photo, Sculpt, Textiles
England Chelsea College of Art & Design Textiles, Fall only
Estonia Estonian Academy of the Arts Apparel, Arch, Ceramics, Glass, GD, ID, Int Arch, J & M, Paint, Photo, Sculpt, Textiles
Finland Aalto University Apparel, FAV, Furn, GD, ID, Photo, Textiles, Ceramics, Glass, Illus, Arch
Germany Fachhochschule Erfurt Arch Hochschule fur Technik, Stuttgart Arch, Int Arch Koln International School of Design FAV, Furn, GD, ID Technische Univ Munchen Arch Universitat der Kunste Berlin Arch, GD, ID
Ireland National College of Art and Design Apparel, Arch, Ceramics, Glass, ID, Print, J&M, Paint, Sculpt, Textiles
Italy Politecnico di Milano Apparel, Arch, Furn, ID
Sweden HDK School of Design and Crafts Goteberg University Ceramics, GD, ID, J & M, Textiles Konstfack Ceramics, Furn, Glass, GD, Illus, ID, Int Arch, Paint, Sculpt, Textiles
Switzerland Ecole Cantonale D’art de Lausanne FAV, Furn, GD, ID, Photo Haute Ecole d’Art Et de Design Genève Apparel, Arch, Ceramics, GD, In Arch, ID, J&M, Paint, Photo, Sculpt HGK Basel GD ZHdK (Zurcher Hochschule der Kunst) FAV, GD, Illus, ID, Paint, Photo, Sculpt
Ecuador Univerisidad Technologica Equinnoccial (UTE) Apparel, Arch, Int Arch
Mexico University of Monterrey Apparel, Arch, GD, Illus, ID, Int Arch, Paint, Photo, Print, Sculpt
Asia, Asia Pacific
Israel Bezalel Academy of Art & Design Apparel, Arch, Ceramics, FAV, ID, J & M, Photo, GD
India National Institute of Design Ceramics, FAV, Furn, Glass, GD, ID, Textiles
China Central Academy of Fine Art Apparel, Arch, FAV, ID, J & M, Paint, Photo, Print, Sculpt
Japan Kyoto Seika University Illus, Manga, Arch, Print, Textiles, Paint, FAV
Korea Ewha Womans University Apparel, Ceramics, ID, Paint, Sculpt, Textiles, GD
Australia Canberra School of Art (ANU) Ceramics, FAV, Furn, Glass, J & M, Paint, Print, Sculpt, Textiles RMIT University Arch, GD, Int Arch, Photo, Textiles Sydney College of the Arts Ceramics, FAV, Glass, J & M, Paint, Print, Sculpt
New Zealand Victoria University of Wellington Arch, Int Arch, ID
For semester date info, go to the Partner School Semester Dates page. For info on domestic exchange programs through AICAD, please select “AICAD/Mobility” from the drop-down menu. For language learning options, go to “Language Learning Resources” under “Scholarships and Resources.”