Alumni Travel Program
Expanding lifelong learning for RISD alumni
The Alumni Travel Program offers the unique opportunity to study the history and cultural diversity of locales around the world with other creative and intellectually curious alumni. Don’t worry about logistics, we’ve got it covered. Experience art and design in a different culture, make new friends, discover local cuisines and be inspired on each spectacular journey. Every trip is led by local experts who share their knowledge to further enrich the travelers’ experience and offer exclusive behind the scenes investigations. Some trips are shared with other leading institutions.
Visit two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural triumphs, take a curator-led tour of the Andy Warhol Museum, cruise Pittsburgh’s famed three rivers to learn about the city’s industrial heritage and dynamic revitalization, take a RISD-exclusive behind the-scenes tour of the Mattress Factory, and much more.
Explore Costa Rica's lush forests, stunning waterfalls, and endless coastlines. Experience the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest, a place you have to see to believe, where trees grow to heights of 100 feet! Uncover the importance of conservation in Costa Rica during a visit to a tree nursery, where you'll learn about indigenous trees and Monteverde’s reforestation efforts. Explore part of the 20,000-acre nature preserve of Cano Negro on a riverboat adventure. Enjoy the tranquil views of the Arenal Volcano from your hotel. Explore San Jose’s Plaza de Cultura and view the magnificent National Theatre. You will find a slice of paradise and so much more.
Mexico’s great capital city is a critical center for creativity and has been for centuries. Scattered throughout the city’s urban core are oases of beauty, from the colorful murals that adorn more than a dozen public buildings in the historic center to the artistic domestic aura of the homes of Frida Kahlo and Luis Barragán. Great architecture abounds, from the soaring pyramids of Teotihuacán to the modernist creations of Luis Barragán to the city’s sparkling new museums. Gain special insight into many of Mexico City’s cultural treasures during special tours of the city’s best museums, gardens, and works of art.