Undergraduate Admissions

Applying to CCS for International Students

Prospective students must demonstrate commitment, maturity and a readiness to work and grow in an educationally creative environment.

Complete the Online Application

Before you can become a student at CCS, we need to know more about you. This is your first step - complete it now and then follow up with the other pieces as soon as you can.

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Show Us Your Work

Upload five to eight pieces of your work to Slideroom
Note: you will be charged a $10 upload fee.

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Submit official high school or college transcript(s). Transcripts not in English must be translated into English via a professional translation service prior to submitting. Include all pages and a graduation certificate or statement (if available). College-level transcripts need to include accreditation information and credit hour explanations. 

The average incoming high school Cum GPA is 3.3. College students should submit descriptions of course studies in each university class so we can determine each course for transfer credit. Additional artwork may be requested upon admittance for transfer credit evaluation.


Submit your TOEFL Internet, IELTS, ACT or SAT scores (our ACT code is 1989 and our TOEFL and SAT code is 1035). (If submitting an ACT or SAT score, the average ACT score of CCS students is 23. The average SAT score of CCS students is 1091.)

Successful completion of ELS 112 may be used in place of the TOEFL test. Please
visit www.els.edu for more information.

Applicants who have earned a high school or university level credential from an institution where the primary language of instruction was English may have their test requirement waived; contact to discuss.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester Start

December 1: Early Action Deadline

Submit all parts of the application by December 1 to be automatically considered for our highest tuition scholarships.

February 1: Priority Deadline 

For students who want to ensure full consideration for financial aid and early registration.  

After February 1: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Enrollment Deposit Deadline
Enrollment Deposits can be made as soon as you make the decision to attend or by May 1st.

Winter Semester start

November 1: completed applications due

December 1: enrollment deposit due

Information should be mailed to:

College for Creative Studies
Office of Admissions
201 East Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202-4034

Once Your Application is Complete

If your completed application meets CCS's requirements, and you are admitted, we will provide instructions about the following:

  • I-20 forms are issued after all requirements are met. An I-20 form enables a foreign student to apply for an F-1 student Visa from an American Embassy.
  • Once you have proven financial feasibility, and your Visa and I-20 are in order, we will automatically register you, which means you become financially responsible for tuition and fees.
  • All payments must be made by credit card, check (drawn on U.S. bank) or international money order

Less Common Circumstances

Submit official college transcript if dual-enrolled

Submit official exam transcripts for Advanced Placement, CLEP and International Baccalaureate credits when applicable.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is housing available on campus?

Whether traveling from another country or around the block, housing is available to all students. The CCS campus is made up of two unique sites, the Walter and Josephine Ford Campus and the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, located in the heart of Detroit's Cultural Center and New Center areas.

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Is financial aid available?

At CCS we understand the importance of financial aid and strive to make the process as easy as possible. While international students are not awarded U.S. Government aid, they are eligible to receive the merit-based scholarships that all students are considered for upon admission. To determine the amount of merit-based scholarship a student is eligible for, they must submit an application and portfolio and wait for an admission and scholarship decision. Visit www.edupass.org/finaid/ for additional financial aid and scholarship information.

Can international students work?

Many offices and departments on campus hire students. If a position is available, international students can work on-campus, part-time during the academic year and part-time during the annual summer vacation. Students should check with the Office of Financial Aid for on-campus position availability. International students are not permitted to work off-campus until they have been at CCS for a minimum of one academic year, and must see the international student advisor before beginning any kind of off-campus work.

How do I get an I-20 Form?

Upon admission, an enrollment deposit is required. In addition, the student must complete a financial statement verifying they have enough funds to finance their education at CCS. Once the student has been admitted and we receive both the enrollment deposit and the financial statement, an I-20 form will be issued.

Do I have to submit an Essay or Letters of Recommendation?

No, personal essays and letters of recommendation are optional, and are not required for your application. If you choose to submit either, please do so via Slideroom when you submit your artwork.

Preparing for the Visa Interview

  • Make sure all information on the I-20 form is correct.
  • Demonstrate that you have plans to return to your home country. The purpose of the visa interview is often to "prove" you will return to your home country after finishing your academic program. Demonstrating ties such as family, property, or employment will help you make this point.
  • Bring all important school correspondence to the interview, such as your admission letter or email messages.
  • Demonstrate adequate financial support. Bring financial documents, proof of income, or business cards (if you have been working).
  • Do not use memorized text during the visa interview. Practice the interview with friends. Be prepared to answer such questions as "Where did you hear about this school?" "What do you plan to do after graduation?"
  • Know the job prospects in your field in your home country.
  • Maintain a positive attitude. Do not engage the consular officer in an argument. If you are denied a student Visa, ask the officer for a list of documents he or she would suggest you bring in order to overcome the refusal. Ask for the reason you were denied in writing.
  • Tell the truth. If you have family members in the United States, you should admit it. If the consular officials believe that you are lying or have lied in an interview (with regard to family or financial status), they will probably not issue the Visa.


All international students attend the International Welcome Week activities upon arrival at CCS. This program familiarizes students with the CCS campus and Detroit community. It helps ease the transition into a new culture and city.

Please bring the following documents to orientation:

  • Passport
  • Digital I-94 record
  • All I-20s (F-1 visa students)
  • Transfer Form (for students transferring to CCS from another United States school)