Looking for an international experience? Look no further.
CCS students have the opportunity to expand their educational experience by studying abroad. They have a variety of options during their educational experience at CCS to explore the world, whether during a summer term with a CCS faculty member, or flying solo and studying at another institution for a semester or two. No matter the preference, the Global Engagement Office will assist students as they choose from our variety of study abroad options.
To be eligible for all study abroad opportunities, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and written permission from the associate provost and the department chair. Study for an academic semester or year abroad requires that a student be a junior or in the first semester of the senior year. Participation in one of the summer, faculty-led programs is open to all students, regardless of year. Study abroad during the final semester at CCS is not permitted.
Study Abroad Options
Students work with well-known artists and designers, visit studios and museums, and immerse themselves in local art and culture. Qualified students are eligible for three undergraduate or graduate credits.
*These programs are offered on an occasional basis. Please check with the ISSO to learn more about programs offered this year.
- Costa Rica
This three-credit study abroad Department of Art History course offers an an epic landscape that is home to nearly 5% of the world’s biodiversity. Discover how fragile these endangered ecosystems are and how art and design is affected by ecological practices and ideas.
This three-credit study abroad Climate Action course offers insight into Iceland’s rugged past and contemporary culture. On this adventure, you will explore and take an active role in promoting nature conservation and the sustainable use of land and ocean resources, while you discover how the environment and design are intertwined.
- Dominican Republic
This three-credit study abroad Fashion Design course offers a cultural journey into the local communities. While you’re immersed in the local heritage, you’ll gain insight into the issues impacting local children today.
This three-credit study abroad Studio Art & Craft course will give students the unique opportunity to explore Zimbabwe and its art and history. Students will engage with local artists and cultural sites in both rural and urban settings and learn about a variety of traditional artforms throughout the country.
Independent Study Abroad Programs
Interested in a program or country that is not on our list? The International Student Services Office is happy to assist you in your application, and study abroad process, for an independent program. Please schedule an appointment to talk with us! A great resource for your program research is: www.goabroad.com/
Study Abroad Programs
The following programs have an established relationship with CCS. You may apply your Federal and State Financial aid to these programs. You will pay the host institution’s tuition costs. Additional expenses of travel, housing, room and board will be incurred.
Burren College of Art. The Burren, Ireland www.burrencollege.ie/
Esdir, Spain https://esdir.eu/en/
Lorenzo de Medici (LdM) the Italian International Institute. Italy. www.ldminstitute.com/
Paris College of Art (PCA). Paris, France www.paris.edu/
Studio Arts College International (SACI). Italy www.saci-florence.edu/
University of the Arts, London (UAL). London, England www.arts.ac.uk/|
Umeå Institute of Design. Umeå, Sweden-Majors: Industrial Design, Transportation Design, User Experience Design https://www.umu.se/en/umea-institute-of-design/education/exchange-studies/
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. Jerusalem, Israel-Majors: Fine Arts, Photography, Visual Communications, Screen-Based Arts, Fashion and Jewelry, Ceramics and Glass Design, Industrial Design, Architecture, Visual and Material Culture (fall only) https://www.bezalel.ac.il/en/academics/student_exchange
World University of Design, India https://worlduniversityofdesign.ac.in/
The following institutions have a student exchange agreement with CCS. You may apply your federal, State and Institutional financial aid to help with the cost of attending an exchange school and you will pay CCS tuition costs. Additional expenses of travel, housing, room and board will be incurred.
- Chiba University. Chiba, Japan -Majors: Product Development, Information and Communication Design, and Environmental Humanomics. www.chiba-u.ac.jp/e/index.html
- Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing China-Majors: Fine Arts, Industrial Design, Animation, Photography, Ceramics, Textile Design, Animation, Visual Communication Design, Art History. www.cafa.edu.cn/
- FH|Joanneum. Graz, Austria (CCS majors that may apply to FHJ are: Product Design, Transportation Design, Interior Design, Communication Design, Fashion & Accessories Design , Advertising and Entertainment Arts). fh-joanneum.at/
- MIT Institute of Design, Pune India-Majors: Entertainment Arts, Interior Design, Product Design, Transportation Design https://www.mituniversity.edu.in/academics/faculty/faculty-of-design/mit-institute-of-design
- National Cheng Kung University. Tainan, Taiwan. -Majors: Product Design web.ncku.edu.tw/bin/home.php?Lang=en
- Pforzheim University, Germany-Majors:Transportation Design designpf.hs-pforzheim.de/en/
- Strate Ecole de Design. Paris, France (CCS majors that can apply to STRATE are, Product Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, BFA/MFA Transportation Design, MFA Interaction Design, MFA Color and Materials Design. -Majors: Transportation Design, Product Design, and Interaction Design www.strate.education/
- University of Wuppertal. Wuppertal, Germany-Majors: Product Design, Transportation Design, and Media Design. www.uni-wuppertal.de/startseite/
AICAD Mobility Program
CCS students benefit from the cooperative programs and built-in access to leading art schools that are members of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD).
By sharing resources and facilities, AICAD colleges offer educational opportunities that, taken together, are without parallel in professional arts education.
Through the AICAD Exchange Program, qualified students at one AICAD school can spend a semester at another participating AICAD school without additional cost or loss of credit. Selected students also have the opportunity to study at the Burren College of Art in Ireland.
Students should contact the Academic Advising and Registration Office at 313.664.7672 for more information on these programs.
Application deadlines are April 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the winter semester.
Financial Aid & Study Abroad
Students who have been approved for study abroad may be eligible to receive financial aid. For more information contact the Director of Financial Aid, Mathew Catanese, 313.664.7497 or for general information on applying for financial aid visit Tuition and Financial Aid.
Assistance Available from Federal, State, Local, and Institutional Programs.
To be eligible for all study abroad opportunities, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and written permission from the department chair. Study for an academic semester or year abroad requires that an undergraduate student be a junior or in the first semester of the senior year. Graduate students students should meet with their chair to determine the best semester to participate in a study abroad opportunity. Participation in one of the summer, faculty-led programs is open to all students, regardless of year. Study abroad during the final semester at CCS is not permitted.
Global Health Insurance
Health insurance is a requirement of all study abroad participants. If your current health coverage provider will not offer overseas insurance protection then you must enroll with an organization that will provide support for your overseas travel.
The following is a partial list of organizations that provide insurance specifically for study abroad purposes. The organizations listed are just suggestions. Please select health coverage that you determine to be adequate and satisfactory based on your needs
Call the organization for specific premium costs: (once quoted at $60.00 for 30 days of coverage)
STA travel – www.statravel.com – $125.00 premium
www.sas-mn.com or download the information sheet (197 KB PDF)
Temporary Insurance – www.temporaryinsurance.com
In the event of an emergency be prepared by having contact numbers for the local authorities readily available. Be aware that the number for 911 is not 911 in other countries! Here is a link to the emergency numbers outside of America. Also, be prepared for an operator who doesn’t speak English. Some countries are prepared for tourists with Emergencies by having a force of English speaking police, you can find those numbers listed in local directories.
It’s always a good idea to keep the local US embassy or consulate phone number programmed into your mobile phone. Visit travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/emergencies.html and find the contact info for the country you’re going to. They’re a great resource for advice for difficulties encountered overseas. It’s very important to register with the local embassy or consulate. If there’s an emergency at home or in your foreign locale you’ll want the embassy to know where to find you. The registration is very secure and protected by the right to privacy act.
Many people don’t know that the U.S. embassy or consulate has surprisingly little authority in the country that they are located in. However, if you are in trouble with the police and have been charged with a crime, you’ll want to contact the embassy as soon as possible. Better yet, be aware of the local laws and abide by them! Usually, if you behave yourself as you would in your home country, you’ll be fine. Some countries do have very strict rules that may seem silly to you, but keep in mind that you’ll be held accountable just like the locals. Don’t expect special treatment because you’re a guest in their country – in fact, just the opposite should apply!
CCS Global Funds Request
We offer a study abroad scholarship that can help with your travel costs. Please collect an application from the Global Engagement Office or download it and return completed applications to Stephanie Koslowski, Global Programs Advisor.