International Students

RISD welcomes students from all over the world to participate in Summer Studies, the Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies, and the Textiles Summer Institute.

All participants must have a high school diploma or the equivalent, and be 18 years old or older. Knowledge of the English language is essential and is required of all students. Please note, some additional requirements do apply if you are an international student:

  • If your primary language is not English, you will need to demonstrate a working knowledge of the English language.
  • If you do not hold US citizenship or US permanent residency, you must obtain or already have a valid F-1 student visa.

English Proficiency

International students whose primary language is not English must supply written proof of English proficiency to attend the program — a minimum TOEFL iBT (Internet-based) test score of 93, a minimum TOEFL paper-based (PBT) test score of 580, a minimum score of 237 on the TOEFL computer-based (CBT) test, or a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS Academic format examination.

Students who are not able to obtain a test score in time for registration, or who have previously tested and are not able to access their test score, may request a waiver of RISD’s test score requirement. To request a waiver, students must provide a letter confirming their proficiency in English (spoken/written language and comprehension) from their academic advisor, English teacher, guidance counselor or supervisor. The letter must be on official letterhead of the advisor, teacher’s or employer’s institution, and must be included with the student’s registration materials.

Application Checklist

(For Non-US Citizens or Non-US Permanent Residents Requiring a Form I-20) *
The following materials must be submitted by the April 14, 2017 deadline:

  • Completed Summer Programs Registration Form
  • Completed Student Visa Information (SVI) Form
  • Copy of your passport
  • Payment in full (tuition and fees, housing and dining fee)

* NOTE: If you already have an F-1 visa and Form I-20 and are currently studying in the US, you must still complete the Student Visa Information Form, as well as provide copies of your immigration documents (passport, F-1 visa, and Form I-20).

Deadline: All required forms and payments are due by April 14, 2017.

How to Register

If you are not a US citizen or US permanent resident, you must complete, sign and send the originals (hard copies) of the Student Visa Information Form, along with the Summer Programs registration form, attachments and payment in full by April 14, 2017.

Given the lengthy processing time within governmental agencies responsible for visas, we strongly encourage you to submit your forms and all required fees as early as possible, before the deadline. Please contact your local US Consulate or Embassy with any questions regarding visas. You may also visit the SEVP website.


The 2017 deadline for the Student Visa Information Form is April 14, 2017.

International Students must pay 100% of all Tuition, Fees and Housing + Dining (if applicable) costs at time of registration. Payment may be made by check, money order, or MasterCard or Visa credit cards. (Note: Credit card transactions incur a 2.99% service fee.) We cannot accept debit cards. Make checks payable to RISD|CE. Checks returned for insufficient funds incur a charge of $25.

International bank transfers must be made through Flywire. Flywire offers a best rate guarantee and tracking.

Confirmation of Registration

Once registered, each student will receive a series of emails to confirm and update their registration status. The following is a list of the emails students will receive:

1. Confirmation Letter (sent to students shortly after registering and payment has been processed). This letter will confirm the course(s) in which you are enrolled and include links to downloadable required forms that must be completed and received by RISD prior to the your arrival on campus. These forms and instructions include:

  • Health Form (Note: The Health Form requires extensive student health information, a physician’s authorization and signature. Please review this information immediately and plan accordingly in order to return the form by the deadline.)
  • Short-Term Medical Insurance Information
  • Campus ID Card Instructions
  • Short-Term Medical Insurance Information
  • Summer Programs Student Handbook

2. Course Schedule (sent to students approximately one week before the start of classes, provided the registration is paid in full). Copies of course schedules also may be picked up at the Check-in event or at the Continuing Education office on the first day of class.

3. Directions and Arrival Information (sent to students near the start of classes)

  • Directions to Campus
  • Arrival Instructions
  • Campus Map

Housing and Dining:
If you are a residential student, you will receive an email from the Residence Life Office with a link and instructions to confirm your housing and dining. Once you have received the email, please contact the Residence Life Office with any questions about housing and dining.

Waiting List:
If the course for which you register is full or unavailable, your name is automatically placed on a waiting list, and you will be contacted by email and/or phone.

For More Information:
If you still have questions after reading the appropriate form, call 401 454-6200.