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 more than 20 research partnerships. 

Study Abroad

The School of Design’s worldwide relationships with colleges, universities, companies, and non-profit institutions provide our students with countless opportunities for enrichment. Our undergraduate Study Abroad Program sends students to such diverse schools as:

•    Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts (Krakow, Poland)
•    Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (Eindhoven, the Netherlands)
•    Domus Academy (Milan, Italy)
•    Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong, China)
•    Schule fur Gestaltung (St. Gallen, Switzerland)
•    Surrey Institute of Art and Design (Farnham and Epsom, England)
•    Victoria University of Wellington (Wellington, 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 Milan Polytechnic University. 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. 

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.

Nierenberg Chair

Since 1991, distinguished professors from the U.S., United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Australia have occupied our Nierenberg Endowed Chair. Each has enhanced the school’s vitality by playing an important role in the development and promotion of design in the world, while encouraging dialogue about design practice and research at Carnegie Mellon.