International Orientation

International Orientation runs from August 31 through September 2 and is required for all new graduate students who require a visa to study in the U.S. Below you will find an outline of events for each day. If you have any questions about International Orientation, or if you do not require a visa but consider yourself part of the international student community and want to attend, please email oiss@risd.edu.

Thursday, August 31

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Please be prepared to present valid photo identification (license, passport, military ID etc.) at orientation check-in.

  • Move In and Check in
    Upper Quad
  • Brunch
    The Met
  • Banks and Phones
    The Met A
  • International Yard Sale
    The Met C
  • Shopping Shuttles
    Meet across from 30 Waterman Street
  • Lunch
    The Met
  • International Welcome Dinner
    The Met
  • International Parent and Guardian Reception
    Chace Center Lobby
  • International Graduate Student Social
    Fat Belly's Restaurant, 125 Canal Street

Friday, September 1

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  • Morning Reflection Time
    Fones Cottage, Reflection Room
  • Breakfast
    The Met
  • Immigration and You
    Metcalf Auditorium
  • Parent and Guardian Information Session with Student Affairs
    The Met A
  • Exploring Culture
    Metcalf Auditorium
  • Lunch
    The Met
  • Graduate Student Information Session & Campus Tour
    Metcalf Auditorium
  • Parent and Guardian Museum Tour
    Chace Center Lobby
  • Parent and Guardian Information Session with Academic Affairs
    RISD Museum, Danforth Room
  • Culture and Community: Physical, Mental and Spiritual Resources at RISD
    Metcalf Auditorium
  • Parent and Guardian Welcome Reception with the Provost/Academic Deans/Faculty
    Moore Terrace
  • Dinner
    The Met
  • Campfire
    Nickerson Green

Saturday, September 2

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  • Morning Reflection Time
    Fones Cottage, Reflection Room
  • Breakfast
    The Met
  • The Center for Arts & Language and Academic Support
    Metcalf Auditorium
  • Exploring U.S. Culture in the Classroom
    Metcalf Auditorium
  • Parent and Guardian Campus Tour
    RISD Campus
  • Being an International Student at RISD: A Session with your International Orientation Leaders (IOLs)
    Metcalf Auditorium
  • What's Next: Introduction to Orientation Leaders and New Student Orientation
    Metcalf Auditorium
  • Lunch
    The Met
  • Providence Tours/Scavenger Hunt
    Providence - Meet at the RISD Beach (across from Carr Haus, 210 Benefit Street)
  • Community Movie or free time
    Ewing House, 41 Waterman Street
  • Dinner
    The Met
  • International Karaoke Night
    Tap Room