European Honors Program
The European Honors Program was a factor in my decision to attend RISD before I committed to attending. Three and a half years ago, when I was visiting Providence with my parents to see RISD, I knew it was the place for me. Especially after hearing about EHP and the opportunities RISD offered to study abroad. I love traveling, and seeing new things. So naturally, this was something I was striving for.
RISD is the first Art & Design School in the U.S. to have launched a site, and program, in Rome, Italy. Founded in 1960, EHP offers self motivated juniors and seniors a chance to study independently for a semester in order to broaden their sense of the art and the world within a European context. Located in the Palazzo Cenci, a 16th century palace literally within 10-20 min walking distance from the city's most famous attractions such as the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the Vatican City, Piazza del Popolo and many more.
In the duration of the program, students participate in an Italian language course and an art history course that utilizes the city as its classroom - visiting numerous churches, museums, and piazzas that have rich historical context. Students from all different major disciplines come on EHP to pursue an independent study, ranging from architecture, illustration, painting, photography, and so forth. The Cenci provides housing, common lounges, kitchens, studio spaces, classrooms, computer labs, a library and moreover a community space for us to engage with each other and make personal connections.
As an alumni of EHP, I can attest to the fact that this experience is far beyond anything I could have anticipated. It allows you to immerse yourself as much as you want in a foreign culture that you may have not had the opportunity to do on your own. You connect with peers from different majors allowing you to broaden your horizons in the small bubble that is RISD. I can tell that this has had and will continue to have a profound affect on my RISD experience, as well as my future.