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International Admissions

Art and Design create connections and initiate change all over the world.

A diversity of cultures, ideas, points of view, and methods of creative expression form an integral and essential element of the educational experience. And at CCS, we’re proud to welcome creative students from all over the world to be a part of undergraduate, graduate, and pre-college and continuing studies programs.

Our inclusive community includes students and faculty from more than 25 countries around the world. CCS alumni work in countless international organizations and companies, on nearly every continent.

Create change, connection and your future at CCS.

What Sets Us Apart

The College for Creative Studies is a nonprofit, private college authorized by the Michigan Education Department to grant Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. CCS is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Stem Designated Program


CCS offers 11 STEM Designated Undergraduate and Graduate Programs.

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Proud participant in the Fulbright International Scholar Program

CCS Rankings & Recognition
  1. Phi Thera Kappa Honor Society Transfer Honor Roll 2021
  2. Editor’s Choice Best Bachelor’s in Interior Design
  3. Learn.org Recognized School
  4. GradDegree.com Best Colleges for Visual and Performing Arts
  5. Niche  Best Colleges 2022
  6. Intelligence.com Best Colleges in Michigan 2022
  7. Intelligent.com Best Photography Degree 2022
  8. U.S. News Best Grad Schools (Fine Arts) 2021
  9. UNESCO City of Design Designation Detroit
  10. Plexuss Undergrad 2021 Ranking
  11. Niche Best Colleges – 2022 Best Value Colleges
  12. PayScale College Salary Report – Top Earning Alumni 2021-2022
  13. Military Friendly School 2021-2022
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Ensure you have everything you need to navigate the application process by checking the specific requirements for your area of study.


Get information on the Undergraduate requirements and admissions process here.



Get information on the Graduate requirements and admission process here.


CCS Scholarships and Financial Aid Resources

We strongly encourage applying by the priority deadline to be considered for the highest amount of scholarships available.

Undergraduate Early Action Deadline: December 1, 2022

Graduate Priority Deadline: January 15, 2023

CCS Merit Scholarships

Applicants to CCS are automatically considered for CCS Scholarships once they complete their admissions requirements. Awards are based on the portfolio, academic achievement and any other required materials and can vary from student to student during the admission process.

Undergraduate Scholarships
$22,000 USD (per academic year)
Average CCS Scholarship for incoming international BFA students who began their studies during the 2021 – 2022 academic year

Graduate Scholarships

100% of incoming international graduate students in fall 2021 received a CCS Scholarship (up to $24,000 USD per academic year.)

$20,000 – $25,000* USD (per academic year) – Range of CCS Scholarship funding available for incoming international graduate students *Based on the review of a completed application, submissions of materials, and selected program of study

 International Student Grant

New and returning international students are awarded $1,500 in the first semester of enrollment each academic year. To be eligible, a student must be a citizen of a foreign country (non-U.S. resident).

Additional Financial Aid Resources

U.S. Federal Financial Aid, including loans, grants and need-based aid, is not available for international students. Additional financial aid may be available through the resources provided below:


Loan Resources


Private or Alternative Loans

Private or alternative loans are available to international students. Please visit finaid.org or edupass.org information on the alternative/private loan process and requirements. International students are encouraged to check for student scholarships, loans or grants within their home country before applying for alternative/private loans.



For resources on avoiding fraudulent scholarships, check out the scholarship scam page on the US Department of Education website.

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International Student and Alumni Highlights

International CCS Student Changemakers

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Shiqi Huang
“Although I’m still holding a foreign passport, the word ‘immigrant’ already became my identity.”

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Jade Kuzak
“The more cultures I gain exposure to, the more my empathy for people grows. In the realm of communication design, this growth has helped me reach out to different audiences in nuanced ways.”

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Om Patil
“The methods that I have learned here and the research that I have applied in my projects have shown amazing outcomes.”
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Mariana Sanchez
“Living, breathing, eating and studying in a city like London has contributed to the continuous building of my multicultural approach to the concepts and ideas I use to design.”
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Luka Sulzer
“Studying film here, in this environment, CCS, my classmates, my mentor, Detroit and its citizens, released something in me I did not expect.”
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Jigyasa Tuli
“I am an Indian, I am an American, I am a fusion of cultures.”

International CCS Alumni Changemakers

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Jose Casas ‘11 BFA Transportation Design
Senior Designer at BMW Group (Munich)

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Alejandra Castelao ‘12 MFA Systems Design Thinking
Senior Industrial Designer at Fjord (San Francisco, CA)
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Uijung Kim ‘13 BFA Illustration
Freelance Illustrator (Brooklyn, NY)

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Sophia Park ‘16 MFA Color & Materials Design
CMF Designer at Rivian (Plymouth, MI)