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.
CCS offers 11 STEM Designated Undergraduate and Graduate Programs.
CCS Rankings & Recognition
- Phi Thera Kappa Honor Society Transfer Honor Roll 2021
- Editor’s Choice Best Bachelor’s in Interior Design
- Learn.org Recognized School
- GradDegree.com Best Colleges for Visual and Performing Arts
- Niche Best Colleges 2022
- Intelligence.com Best Colleges in Michigan 2022
- Intelligent.com Best Photography Degree 2022
- U.S. News Best Grad Schools (Fine Arts) 2021
- UNESCO City of Design Designation Detroit
- Plexuss Undergrad 2021 Ranking
- Niche Best Colleges – 2022 Best Value Colleges
- PayScale College Salary Report – Top Earning Alumni 2021-2022
- Military Friendly School 2021-2022
Ensure you have everything you need to navigate the application process by checking the specific requirements for your area of study.
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 Priority Deadline: February 1, 2022
Graduate Priority Deadline: January 15, 2022
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.
$22,000 USD (per academic year)
Average CCS Scholarship for incoming international BFA students who began their studies during the 2021 – 2022 academic year
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:
- Education USA
- Institution for International Education
- International Education Financial Aid
- International Student Loan Center
- International Student Scholarship Search
- International Scholarship
- Funding for U.S. Study
- Scholarship Positions
- AAUW International Fellowships
- Scholarship Owl
- World Bank Scholarships Program
- Sawiris Arts & Culture Scholarship For Egyptian Nationals
- The United Nations
- Open Society Foundations
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- The Rowe Fund– For Latin America and Caribbean OAS Member States
- International Student Loan Center
- Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) For Canadian students living in Ontario
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.
Additional Campus Resources for Students
Cost of Attendance
International Student Services
International Student and Alumni Highlights
International CCS Student Changemakers
“Although I’m still holding a foreign passport, the word ‘immigrant’ already became my identity.”
“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.”
“The methods that I have learned here and the research that I have applied in my projects have shown amazing outcomes.”
“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.”
“Studying film here, in this environment, CCS, my classmates, my mentor, Detroit and its citizens, released something in me I did not expect.”
“I am an Indian, I am an American, I am a fusion of cultures.”
International CCS Alumni Changemakers
Jose Casas ‘11 BFA Transportation Design
Senior Designer at BMW Group (Munich)
Senior Industrial Designer at Fjord (San Francisco, CA)
Uijung Kim ‘13 BFA Illustration
Freelance Illustrator (Brooklyn, NY)
Sophia Park ‘16 MFA Color & Materials Design
CMF Designer at Rivian (Plymouth, MI)