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Study Abroad For Art & Design Students


  • Saving a few of your perspectives, free electives, studio electives, art history electives, or professional electives to take abroad will provide you with more flexibility of program options.
  • Strong art and design coursework is typically found in Italy, France, Spain, and Denmark - however, you are not limited to these locations!

Video overview of study abroad for RIT CAD majors


CAD Study Abroad Info Sheet – Highlights major/college-specific study abroad information such as the best time to go and popular programs.

  • If you’re interested in one of the programs highlighted, login to the Compass (application database), click on the ‘Search Programs’ tab, and type in the program name in the keyword box to learn more and start an application.
  • Remember that this tool is a starting point as you explore programs and you are not restricted to studying abroad on the programs listed on these sheets.
  • Don’t see a program you’re interested in on the sheet? Do a Compass search to expand your options (choose your field of study from the drop-down list).

CAD Study Abroad Pathway - Developed by CAD to help students in each major identify an ideal time to study abroad. If the suggested time frame for your major doesn’t work for you, work with your academic and study abroad advisors to determine an alternative time frame.

Programs in Focus
These affiliate study abroad programs have strong discipline-specific coursework in interior design that is a good match for RIT students.

    Faculty-Led Programs

    The College of Art & Design (CAD) and other RIT colleges offer faculty-led study abroad programs designed, developed, and led by RIT faculty. The travel portion of these programs is usually shorter in length (between one to five weeks) taking place over summer, winter break, or spring break. Upcoming faculty-led programs that are a good fit for Art & Design majors:

    Rome: Examining Art & Design in the Eternal City Rome, Italy Summer Contact faculty director Marissa Tirone
    College of Art & Design
    Venice Biennale Venice, Italy Summer Travel/Fall Course Contact faculty director Elizabeth Kronfield
    College of Art & Design


      Study Abroad Scholarships for Art & Design Students

      • RIT School of Design Study Abroad Scholarship
        Awarded to a 2nd (sophomore) or 3rd year (junior) School of Design undergraduate student enrolled in a study abroad experience during Spring, Summer, or Fall semester. Email Alex Lobos, School of Design Administrative Chair, for more information, application instructions, and deadlines. (deadline is typically in early December).
      • RIT Education Abroad Travel Grant
        Available for RIT Global Campus, Faculty-Led, and Exchange programs ($500-$1,000). Students are automatically considered for this funding if you have a pending application in the RIT study abroad Compass for an eligible program. Awards are based on financial need.
      • Honors students are eligible for a $500 travel grant to study abroad. 
      • Other featured study abroad scholarships - keep in mind that scholarship deadlines are often early, so it’s best to investigate these early in your study abroad application process.
        • RIT Study Abroad Scholarships - RIT college and department scholarships that can support a study abroad program of your choice
        • National Study Abroad Scholarships - Nationally competitive scholarships that fund a study abroad program of your choice. 
        • Funded Programs - Competitive international programs to study, research, learn a language, or intern abroad that are mostly or fully funded.

      CAD Global Ambassadors 

      Study Abroad Global Ambassadors are returned CAD study abroad students who can answer any questions you may have from a student perspective – feel free to reach out to them via email or social media.

      Hayden Bari Graphic Design Summer Minor in Business, Croatia  
      Sui Lui Industrial Design Nouva Accademia Di Bella Arti (NABA), Milan, SAI  

      Additional International Opportunities

      These highlighted international programs and fellowships include options for undergraduate students or after graduation opportunities. 

      Contact Jenny Sullivan (, Director of Education Abroad, for more information on these opportunities and to assist you in the application process.

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