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.
Provide Your High School Transcript
Submit official high school transcripts. Transcripts must be translated into English prior to submitting.
Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 college grade point average or meet the high school GPA requirements stated above. Please submit descriptions of your studies in each university studio class so we can determine their eligibility for transfer. Additional art work may be requested upon admittance for transfer credit evaluation.
Submit TOEFL, ACT or SAT scores
Submit your TOEFL ACT or SAT scores (our ACT code is 1989 and our TOEFL and SAT code is 1035). (A Minimum 71 IBT for the TOEFL Internet test is required. 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.)
IELTS scores of 5 or higher will be considered on an individual basis.
Successful completion of ELS 112 may be used in place of the TOEFL test. Please
visit www.els.edu for more information.
Provide Proof of Financial Feasibility
Submit official certification from a financial institution documenting funds to cover one year's tuition and expenses Please contact the International Student Services Office at 313.664.7449 or email for current year expenses. The actual amount available for studies must be stated in U.S. dollars.
Show Us Your Work
Upload five to eight pieces of your work to Slideroom: https://ccs.slideroom.com.
You will be charged a $10 upload fee.
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.
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:
- Digital I-94 record
- All I-20s (F-1 visa students)
- Transfer Form (for students transferring to CCS from another United States school)