Rome, Italy

RISD European Honors Program

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Rhode island school of design

European Honors Program (EHP)

is a unique pre-graduation residency-like program that welcomes a select group of RISD junior and senior students, and Fine Arts Concentrators at Brown University, from multiple disciplines to spend a full semester immersed in a global and interdisciplinary environment, which is designed to feed independent and experimental studio projects.


Video by Suzie Shin, GD 17 and EHP alumna

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RISD founded the European Honors Program in 1960, the first art and design school in the US to open a program in Italy.



Since then, EHP has offered select RISD students the unique opportunity to spend a semester in a cross-disciplinary space with peers from diverse disciplines to foster independent studio practice and offer direct experience and immersion in Italian culture, language and art historical context, as well as an ever-expanding professional network in Europe. Many current EHP students have found that having studios with different majors has encouraged them to think back to their Experimental + Foundation Studies year at RISD, and how impacted they are by different people making different work.


EHP News

Inspired by Rome

Inquiry in Italy


Full Immersion via EHP

a passage to italy

Roman Holiday


work by Zola Anderson

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Current Students

In cross-disciplinary studio that hosts local artists, students from every major are encouraged to explore their own creative pursuits - and then follow those pursuits wherever they may lead. Some current students are interning with local artists, volunteering at the American Academy and settling into their own artist practices. 


photo by Sophie Weston Chien

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Palazzo Cenci


Located in the heart of Rome’s Centro Storico, Palazzo Cenci is within walking distance of the Roman Forum, the Vatican, and the Pantheon, as well as untold museums, galleries, and contemporary art spaces.