Registered Students

You’ve registered! We’re thrilled to have you join us this summer. Here you’ll find a list of the required documentation and information you’ll need before you arrive. Note that as the summer nears, you’ll receive an email from RISD Continuing Education with further instructions on how to complete the required forms.

Important Dates

May 11
(deadline extended)
After this date, all tuitions and fees must be paid in full upon registration.

June 20
Check-in Day

June 21
Student Orientation

June 22
First day of Summer Programs

July 3
Independence Day (observed)
No classes held

July 5
Student Orientation (for Schedule 2 classes beginning on July 6)

July 31
Last day of Summer Programs;
Final Open Studios

August 1
Check-out (by 12 noon)

Required Forms

Once you’ve registered and a deposit has been paid, a series of required forms must be completed and submitted via the student applicant dashboard by June 1, 2020. You will not be able to attend classes until all required forms have been signed and submitted.

Required forms include:

  1. Student Handbook: The Student Handbook contains detailed information about arrival and departure; housing, dining and safety; academic and disciplinary policies and procedures. The handbook must be read carefully, and in its entirety, prior to the start of classes.
  2. Health Insurance: Medical insurance is mandatory for all students at RISD, including summer students. The college requires all students to carry valid medical insurance to help cover the extra expenses of medical treatment that is not covered by our Health Services. All medical insurance policies must be from a U.S. domestic insurance company. If you don’t have medical insurance from a U.S. domestic insurance company, you may purchase a six (6)-week short term medical insurance policy for $172. The short-term medical insurance fee is paid directly to University Health Plans. To assist in providing you with the coverage you will need during your summer at RISD, we have contracted with University Health Plans Insurance Program to offer the Summer Programs Student Health Insurance Plan. The plan includes a local and national network of preferred providers, and is designed to be an affordable option. Should you have questions please contact Marcia O’Neill at University Health Plans at 800 437-6448, ext.116
  3. Submit your required immunization records to RISD Health Services through our online Patient Portal. Please note, this is not available to Summer Programs students until March 30. You can prepare ahead of this date by collecting the following health information:
    – Hepatitis B (3 doses, or blood test demonstrating immunity)
    – MMR (2 doses, or blood test demonstrating immunity)
    – Varicella (2 doses, or history of disease, or blood test demonstrating immunity)
    – Meningitis (1 dose)
    – TdaP (1 dose in past 10 years – must be TdaP, not Td)

Proof of appropriate tuberculosis (TB) screening (PPD skin test or IGRA blood test) – for those students coming from “high TB burden” countries (most
countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America).

If you have any questions regarding health requirements, please contact RISD Health Services at 401 454-6625 or

Non-RISD degree students must also submit:

  1. Health Services Form (Residential students only): The Health Services Form requires student health information, a physician’s authorization and signature, all housed within the Health Services portal which will become available in mid-April, after you’ve received your RISD credentials. Please review this information immediately and plan accordingly in order to complete on time.
  2. Consent to Treat Form
  3. Campus ID Card information

Course Schedule
All students will receive their class schedules via email prior to the start of their class (provided their account is paid in full and all required forms have been submitted and in order). Copies of course schedules also may be picked up at Check-in or at the Continuing Education office on the first day of class. If you don’t receive your class schedule by one week prior to your first class, you may contact the Assistant Director of Academic Advising at 401 454-6206 for further assistance.

In June you will receive an email from the Residence Life Office with your housing assignment. Please contact the Residence Life Office at with any questions.

Arrival + Departure


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.


Check-in is Saturday, June 20 from 9 am–2:30 pm. At Check-in, you’ll receive your student ID and course schedule. 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.

Student Orientation
All students are encouraged to attend the Student Orientation and Campus tour held on the morning of Sunday, June 21 for courses starting the week of June 22 or on Sunday morning, July 5 for courses starting the week of July 6. Orientation schedule details are emailed to registered students. Please plan your travels accordingly.

Check-In (Late-starting classes)
Residential students in courses beginning June 25 or later are encouraged to arrive at least 24 hours before the course begins.

Check-In (Commuters)
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 8 am on the first day of each course.


If living in RISD residential facilities, you must be completely checked out before noon on the Saturday following your last day of class. All students must be completely checked out before noon on Saturday, August 3.

Open Studios

Studio courses will end with the opportunity for you to show your work and see the work of other courses during “Open Studios”. Open Studios will be held on the last day of class from 4–6 pm in the primary classroom of each course. On the last day of the program, Friday, July 31, Open Studios will include hosted refreshments. Students should arrange travel and time on campus accordingly in order to participate in and invite guests to Open Studios.

Art + Design for Good Lecture Series

On several Wednesdays at noon, Summer Programs will host lectures featuring artists and designers whose practices seek to benefit our culture and world. Students and guest visitors from all areas of study are encouraged to attend these interdisciplinary lectures.