A class sketching outside in Schenley Park

The School of Design wants students to experience the world. By offering both a foreign exchange program (in which design students from around the world join us here in Pittsburgh) and a study-abroad program (that allows our undergraduates to live and study fully immersed in different cultures) we seek to broaden the range of our students’ experiences.

Study Abroad

We encourage School of Design undergraduates to explore study abroad options in their junior year. We have formal exchange agreements with many institutions (listed below), and we know that the courses they offer complement ours.

Carnegie Mellon University maintains an extensive range of contacts with overseas institutions. Please visit Office of International Education’s Study Abroad for more information. The university was recently awarded the U.S. Senator Paul Simon Award for excellence in international initiatives, reflecting our position as one of the world’s top-tier global universities, and recognizing the university’s accomplishments in preparing students to address society's most pressing challenges.

Getting Started

The first step is to meet with your Academic Advisor, to review your current course units and establish basic eligibility for study abroad. You can then proceed with applications. Please note that to be considered for study abroad, you must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate proficiency in design, and be readily adaptable to living abroad.


Most of your study abroad application will be negotiated with your host institution, but you must submit the following materials to the School of Design:

  • A statement of intent outlining your motivation for studying abroad, a description of your intended host institution, and your planned dates of study. Please indicate whether you have already been accepted by the host institution (or whether your application is still pending) and when you anticipate receiving notification.
  • Detailed contact information and URLs for the host institution and program
  • A list of courses you propose to take at the host institution, with a parallel list of School of Design courses that these courses would replace

All applications should be submitted to Jamie Kosnosky.
A committee of faculty members will review applications and email you about the approval of your proposal


For study abroad in your:

  • Fall junior semester: application materials are due April 1 of your sophomore year
  • Spring junior semester: application materials are due November 1 of your junior year

Please note that these are deadlines for the School of Design only. Your host institution may have different deadlines or timeframes. Meeting these is your responsibility.

Once your application is approved, you must meet with your Academic Advisor to ensure your courses abroad will be credited to your degree requirements without any change to your program completion date. You must also attend an OIE pre-departure orientation and submit a Study Abroad Transfer Credit Form before departure. (OIE will issue this form and several others at your orientation.) When you return from study abroad, you will be required to summarize your experience in two formats:

  • A written summary of approximately 2,000 words, with images, for faculty review and archiving
  • A 10-minute visual and verbal presentation open to School of Design faculty and staff

Participating Exchange Partners

  • (Appropriate for Products Students)
    Application Deadlines: October 1 & May 1
    Den Dolech 2
    HG 2.59
    PO Box 513
    5600 MB Eindhoven
    The Netherlands
    Contact: Marieke van Riet
    Phone 31 40 247 4988
    Contact at Carnegie Mellon: Stephanie Lange

  • (Appropriate for Products Students)
    Application Deadlines: October 1 for 2nd semester (February-July)
    Landbergstraat 15, 2628 CE Delft
    The Netherlands
    Contact: Willemine Biemond
    Phone 31 15 2781077
    Contact at Carnegie Mellon: Stephanie Lange

  • (Appropriate for Communications, Products & Environments Students)
    Nomination Deadlines: March 15th & Septmber 15th
    Application Deadlines: April 30th & October 15th
    Room V810, 8th Floor, Jockey Club Innovation Tower
    Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
    Phone: 852.2766.4266 or 852.2766.5454
    Fax: 852.2774.5067
    Contact: For Admin: Kit Wan; For Academic: Stefan Sonntag
    Contact at Carnegie Mellon University: Stephanie Lange

  • (Appropriate for Products & Communications Students)
    Application Deadlines: October 1 & May 1
    Level 2, Rutherford House
    PO Box 600
    23 Lambton Quay
    New Zealand
    Contact: Rose Wunrow
    Contact at Carnegie Mellon: Stephanie Lange

    There are now three scholarships US students can apply for to study at any of the eight New Zealand universities or participating institutes of technology and polytechnics or private training establishments.

    • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Up to $5,000, multiple awarded each semester.
    • Go Overseas $15,000 New Zealand Scholarship. $15,000, one student a year.
    • Generation Study Abroad $2,000 Travel and $500 Excellence award. Multiple awarded each semester.

    These scholarships are not available to use towards tuition, but can be used towards other expenses like room and board. For eligibility and application deadlines, please visit www.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz/studyabroad and click on the “Scholarships” tab half way down the page.

  • (Appropriate for Environments Students)
    Application Deadlines: April 15 & October 15
    291 Daehak-ro
    Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701
    Republic of Korea
    ph. 82-42-350-4521
    Coordinator: Se Yi Kim
    Contact: Se Yi Kim
    Contact at Carnegie Mellon University: Stephanie Lange

Other Study Abroad Options

Design students always have the option to find a compatible program in which they would like to study. With this option, students apply directly to the outside school; all tuition and host university fees are the responsibility of the student. Design programs that have hosted our students in the past are:

  • Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts (Krakow, Poland)
  • Parsons Paris (Paris, France)
  • University of New South Wales (Syndey, Australia)
  • University of the Arts (London, England)
  • Central St. Martins College of Art and Design (London, England)
  • Danish Institute for Study Abroad (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Design Academy (Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
  • Domus Academy (Milan, Italy)
  • Accademia Italiana (Florence, Italy)
  • L’Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique (Nantes, France)
  • London Institute (London, England)
  • Nagoya Zokei University (Nagoya, Japan)
  • Strate College (Paris, France)
  • Studio Art Centers International, Florence (Florence, Italy)
  • Surrey Institute of Art and Design (Farnham and Epsom, England)
  • University of Art and Design (Helsinki, Finland)
  • Schule für Gestaltung St. Gallen (St. Gallen, Switzerland)

If you identify a potential host institution other than one of our three exchange partners, it's important that you notify the School of Design several months in advance so that we can determine whether the curriculum complements ours. Not every academic institution is a good fit, and we discourage students from making choices based on geography alone. Your School of Design academic advisor or faculty members are available to counsel you in making the right choice for your course of study.

Summer Programs

Students can also make arrangements to study abroad during the summer months, for example, at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. Summer study-abroad programs are an excellent way to explore a wide range of courses and cultures over a shorter period of time. Design students are not required to obtain permission for summer programs unless they are requesting transfer credit. Students who request transfer credit must submit a proposal to the faculty head for their major and attend a pre-departure orientation sponsored by the university’s Office of International Education.