International Network

Carnegie Mellon is a global university. Our students, alumni, and faculty hail from every continent. We maintain more than a dozen degree-granting locations around the world, and engage in research partnerships with more than 20 other institutions internationally.



Exchange ideas through study and collaboration.

We believe that today’s global society demands international experience, whether that’s by working with diverse cultures in a classroom, or traveling abroad. We strive to provide ongoing opportunities for students to be part of a global design community.

Undergraduate Study Abroad

The School of Design’s relationships with colleges, universities, companies, and non-profit institutions worldwide provide our students with countless opportunities for enrichment. The International Study program sends students across the globe to countries like England, Switzerland, Poland, the Netherlands, Italy, China, and New Zealand.

DESIS: Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability

In 2010 the School of Design joined the international DESIS Network founded by Professor Ezio Manzini of the Polytechnic University of Milan. This collaboration among design schools undertakes research projects related to social innovation and sustainability. The network currently includes schools in the U.S., the United Kingdom, China, Africa, South Korea, Portugal, Brazil, Sweden, France, the Netherlands, Turkey, Japan, and Canada.

Transition Design Network

Carnegie Mellon is at the forefront of the field of Transition Design, an area of design research, practice, and study that was conceived at the School of Design in 2012. Our faculty collaborate with colleagues across the globe, from Argentina (University of Palermo), Australia (RMIT University and the University of New South Wales), Spain (Eina School of Design and Art), and the UK (Schumacher College/Plymouth University). These institutions are working to cultivate the field as an "open source concept," and to integrate transition design into their research agendas and curricula.

Design the Future

The School of Design lecture series features a renowned group of transdisciplinary thinkers and practitioners who are working on complex social and environmental problems. We host national and international thought leaders—people who are creating narratives that are shifting attitudes worldwide.