International Students


RISD welcomes students from all over the world to participate in Summer Programs. To be eligible to attend, you must have a high school diploma (or equivalent) and be 18 years or older. You must also:

  1. Have knowledge of the English language and provide TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo results as proof of proficiency.
  2. Have a valid visa if you do not hold US citizenship or US permanent residency status.

English Proficiency

All applicants who speak English as a second language, including US citizens, must submit results from any one of these three options: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Duolingo* (an online English test). Since proficiency in English is a prerequisite for acceptance, applicants must attain an acceptable score on their chosen test; RISD requires a minimum result of 93 on the TOEFL, a 6.5 on IELTS or a 115 on Duolingo.

*Applicants using Duolingo should select “Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Continuing Education” as the receiving institution.


If you do not hold US citizenship or US permanent residency, you must have or obtain an appropriate visa. For Summer Programs, the most appropriate visa is the B2 Recreational Study visa since it is a non-matriculating program and avocational. Please refer to this document for more information: 9 FAM 402.5 (U) STUDENTS AND EXCHANGE VISITORS – F, M, AND J VISAS.

Please email with any questions.