Plan Your Summer Program

We’re so glad you’re considering an art and design education like no other for your summer experience. Below find upcoming deadlines, important dates and directions to help you plan your summer at RISD.

2018 Calendar

April 6
After this date, all tuitions and fees must be paid in full upon registration.

April 13
Deadline for non-US citizens and non-US permanent residents. This includes the Summer Programs online registration (student visa information required) and payment in full (tuition, housing and dining).

June 23
Check-in day*

June 25 
First day of Classes
(Courses beginning after June 25 will have different start dates.)

July 4
Independence Day Holiday; offices closed; no classes held

July 12
Summer Faculty Exhibition opening, 5-7pm
Exhibition on view through Thursday, July 26

August 4
Check-out day (by 12noon)*

*Check-in for courses beginning June 25, 2018. Courses beginning after June 25 will have different check-in and/or check-out days.

Travel + Directions to Campus

Access to RISD is easy to arrange by car, bus, air or train. The Amtrak train station is within walking distance, though taxi service is recommended for students with heavy luggage. T.F. Green Airport is 12 miles south of Providence in Warwick, providing direct flights to most major cities. T.F. Green airport vans are available to downtown Providence and the RISD campus for a nominal fee. International students traveling to RISD by plane are advised to also check flights into Boston’s Logan International Airport for more direct flights and potentially lower airfares. Logan International Airport is located a one-hour bus ride from downtown Providence. Frequent buses run directly from Logan International Airport to downtown Providence.

Driving Directions:
From Interstate 95 North or South, take Exit 22A, Downtown. Continue straight off the exit ramp onto Memorial Boulevard. At the fourth light, turn left onto Washington Place (which becomes Waterman Street). Consult the campus map to locate the appropriate building and parking lot.

From Interstate 195 Westbound, take Exit 2, South Main Street. Follow South Main Street for five blocks to its intersection with College Street. Consult the campus map to locate the appropriate building and parking lot.

Arrival + Departure

Check-in Procedures
Initial Check-in is Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 9am-2:30pm. All residential and commuting students are encouraged to attend Check-in if attending courses that begin on Monday, June 25. At Check-in, identification cards are issued to each enrolled student, and course schedules are distributed. Residential services (linens, laundry, etc.) may also be arranged. If you are a residential student and miss the initial Check-in event hours, please notify the Residence Life Office at or 401 454-6650 of your plans. Go to the Public Safety Office at 15 West to obtain access to housing and keys. Course schedules and ID cards will be available at the Continuing Education Office on the first day of each course, beginning at 8am.

Check-In for Later-Starting Classes
Residential students in courses beginning June 28 or later are encouraged to arrive at least 24 hours before the course begins.

Check-in for Commuting Students
If you did not attend the Check-In event, you may visit the Continuing Education Summer Programs Office on the morning of your first class to check in and obtain your course schedule and ID card. The Summer Programs Office will be open at 8am on the first day of each course.

If living in RISD residential facilities, students must be completely checked out before noon on the Saturday following their last day of class. All students must be completely checked out before noon on Saturday, August 4.