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Off-Campus Programs

Through a variety of off-campus global learning programs, RISD is committed to developing and sustaining opportunities, programs and networks that address the challenges, meanings and importance of art and design in a global context and prepare creative agents for a changing world. Information on the individual application/registration processes for both semester-long and short-term global learning programs can be accessed via the RISD Global website.

RISD students must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 at the time of application in order to be eligible to apply and participate in any off-campus semester-long global learning program (including RISD in Rome: European Honors Program and/or Global Exchange). All short-term off-campus courses (Wintersession Travel Courses and Global Summer Studies) require a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.50 at time of application/registration.

Students are expected to meet the GPA eligibility requirements not only at the time of application but also up until and throughout their time in the off-campus program. Students who fail to maintain the required GPA will be subject to dismissal from the off-campus program prior to, or throughout, the program of study. The Office of the Registrar, in accordance with the Academic Standing Committee and consultation with RISD Global, will review the academic performance of all registered students prior to their departure. Should a student fail to maintain the required minimum GPA, RISD will terminate the student’s participation in the off-campus program. RISD is not required to refund any of the student’s program costs.


As part of the Social Equity and Inclusion (SEI) initiative, a limited number of need-based scholarships to be used for participation in off-campus global learning programs are available to RISD students. These funds require a supplemental application and are intended to provide students the unique and often life-changing opportunity to participate in an off-campus global learning experience during their time at RISD.

The scholarship may cover either part of or the entire course tuition and the airfare cost to the course location, however, not all applicants will receive funding. First priority is given based on a student’s financial need, followed by preference given to those who have not already received funds for a prior travel opportunity, and then to those students who will expect to graduate soon (i.e., undergraduate juniors and seniors, second-year graduate students). Brown | RISD Dual Degree and Brown University students are not eligible to apply for these scholarships.

RISD offers a variety of short-term off-campus global learning programs. Courses are developed by individual faculty who decide on the topic and travel destination and develop itineraries, program costs and schedules. Course offerings and registration details can be accessed via the RISD Global website. Students should be advised that all short-term off-campus courses (such as Wintersession Travel Courses and Global Summer Studies) require an application process. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 at the time of application.

Students are required to pay an additional tuition for the Wintersession/Summer off-campus program. This tuition cost is typically inclusive of: mandatory accommodations with the group, certain group meals, field trips, some local transportation, and obligatory medical/security insurance, among other individual costs. The full course description will include additional details which may not be listed here. Students are responsible for securing their own travel visa, but are reminded that RISD Global is available for assistance with this process.

For additional information about the AICAD Mobility Program, Global Exchange Program, EHP, Global Summer Studies and Wintersession Travel Courses, students are welcome to visit the RISD Global Office and website. Appointments are also available (upon request in advance) in the RISD Global Office, located on the 3rd Floor of 20 Washington Place. To make an appointment, please call RISD Global at (401) 454-6725.