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Wintersession Travel Courses

Registration for Wintersession Travel Courses is held in advance of on-campus Wintersession registration and typically opens in early October, preceded by a mandatory application period. Official registration dates are published in the 2022 – 2023 Academic Calendar. The following steps outline the application process for Wintersession Travel Courses:

  1. Students are required to attend the General Information Session hosted by RISD Global or the course instructor’s information session, which provides a detailed overview of the course description, as well as what is included in the course’s tuition. Information sessions take place between mid-September and early October and are open to all interested students. Certain instructors may permit a one-on-one meeting in lieu of information session attendance. Students are encouraged to reach out to the instructor and/or RISD Global for more information.
  2. During the course instructor’s information session, instructors will inform students how they can apply for their course via the RISD Global website. Once the instructors have selected their lists of accepted and waitlisted students, these lists will be sent to the Office of the Registrar and Student Financial Services for additional approval to register.
  3. Students approved to register will receive acknowledgement on the first day of travel course registration. This e-mail will also include payment details (payments will be made online). Students will have one week (7 days) to submit payment for the course. Upon verification of payment, the student will be officially added to the Wintersession Travel Course roster.
  4. Waitlisted students will also receive an acknowledgement. Should seats become available in the course, waitlisted students will be notified via e-mail and given 48-hours to submit full payment. Upon verification of payment, the student will be officially added to the Wintersession Travel Course roster.

Students will be notified immediately if a course is canceled due to low-enrollment, or if there is a health and safety risk in the region of travel.