International student info

Because several graduate programs kick off with summer study, the day on which students must report to campus varies by department. Below are key dates for international students to be aware of as they make travel arrangements.

International start dates

Jun 13

MArch and MDes summer programs begin

MArch and MDes summer programs begin. Participating international students must be on campus.

Aug 5

MLA summer Design Foundation/Field Ecology program begins

Participating international students must be on campus. Program ends August 30.

Aug 28

International Student Orientation (pre-fall) begins

All participating international students (including those who participated in summer study) must be on campus for pre-fall orientation (see descripton below).

International Student Orientation

Held in August prior to general orientation for all graduate students, International Student Orientation is mandatory for those new students who require a visa to study in the US. Parents/families of international graduate students are also invited to attend a concurrent orientation program.

If you do not require a visa but consider yourself part of the international student community and would like to attend this orientation please email


Office of International Student Services

As advocates for RISD’s international community, the Office of International Student Services (OISS) offers support and services with immigration compliance, cultural and language adjustment and navigating US systems. OISS also coordinates and provides information about International Student Orientation, which is held in the fall and assists students in finding the campus resources they need. OISS strives to help international students become integrated into the RISD community and make the most of their experiences here.

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