CCS Announces International Student Exchange Program


The College for Creative Studies in Detroit and FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences (FHJ) in Graz, Austria, have been awarded funding for an annual student exchange program between the two institutions.

CCS will welcome the first exchange student from FHJ, Sofia Lewandowski, in fall 2017. Lewandowski will study in the MFA Interaction Design program with Chair and Associate Professor Paul Pangaro.

Each year, up to two CCS students enrolled in a design program or Entertainment Arts will be able to study at FHJ for a semester. FHJ will also be able to send two students per year to CCS for a semester. Participating CCS students will receive 850 euros per month for five months and 820 euros toward travel costs. Each FHJ student will receive 650 euros per month.

FH Joanneum offers bachelor’s degrees in Industrial Design, Information Design and Journalism, and Public Relations, as well as master’s degrees in Communication Design, Content Strategy, Exhibition Design, Industrial Design, Interaction Design, Media Design, and Sound Design. 

“We are delighted about the forthcoming exchange program between CCS and our university,” said Karl Stocker, head of the Department of Exhibition Design and Information Design at FHJ. “I look forward to having students and staff participate in the exchange as well as cooperating on future projects with CCS.”

Both Graz and Detroit have UNESCO City of Design designations.

Known for its internationally renowned educational and research institutions and vibrant art and design scene, Graz received its designation in 2011. Detroit was named a City of Design in 2016.

The exchange program received financial approval and support in July from Erasmus+, a European Union initiative that supports education, training, youth and sport for individuals and organizations. Institutions such as universities, training providers, think tanks, research organizations and private businesses are eligible to submit applications to their Erasmus+ National Agency for consideration.

“We are excited and we hope students take advantage of this opportunity,” said Michelle Cade, Assistant Provost for Student and Global Affairs at CCS. “Both institutions are committed to global mobility and exchange. The additional funding opportunity will help to remove the financial barrier for students to study abroad.”

The National Agency also approved a teacher and staff exchange program, details pending.