Virtual Exhibition | Student Visa Review

Since the pandemic began in early 2020, international students studying in the United States have had to face a choice: confinement in the US at the mercy of an ever-shifting immigration system and away from family and friends, or confinement at home with no guarantee of return, studying remotely in far-flung time zones. Many students decided on the latter.

Starting in October 2020, a group of undergraduate and graduate students at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Architecture department have been reflecting on their experience of being unable to study in the United States. 

Through audio reports recorded in Russia, Barbados, China, Ethiopia, Korea, and Ghana, our Student Visa Review Bureau Chiefs reflected on a school year spent far from the campus they were excited to join. They weighed the pains and pleasures of “studying abroad” from home while interviewing colleagues, friends, and relatives about their hopes and fears for the possibility of a future in the U.S. Their reports explore the ways that students have hacked together studio space, sleep schedules, and academic community in a year of constant uncertainty.

Saturday, June 19

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