Prague rooftops

Study Abroad

Experience Design Around the World

In today’s design practice, global awareness is critical, and because of this, the College of Design requires our undergraduate students to spend a semester abroad. International study challenges a designer to envision a wider range of design options and gain insight into biases and preconceptions that hamper the creative process. The international experience requirement is intended to build needed global awareness with regard to the practice of their design discipline, expose students to a diversity of cultures and environments, and develop their ability to observe, perceive, and reflect on design as an expression of both environment and culture.

The College of Design supports unique design-related study abroad programs.

The NC State European Center in Prague offers the opportunity for any student to study for a summer, semester or year in Prague through a variety of design studios and general education courses. Special programs are offered at times through several NC State University colleges and departments.

The European Center in Prague is located just a few minutes away from the Old Town center in a 13th Century building, which is accessible through a large, wooden gate into a courtyard.

The facilities provide students with spaces for instruction, studio work, cooking, socializing, movie nights, and more. The facility spans three floors with three entrances. It houses multiple lecture/seminar rooms, studios, computer labs, a library, and a student lounge complete with a kitchen. A variety of shops, markets, and restaurants are conveniently located near the Institute.

Students live in the Students House of Mikoláš Aleš, named after famous Czech artist, is next to the city center and adjacent to the picturesque Stromovka and Letná Park. Stromovka and Letná parks are great places for running or just relaxing and enjoying nature in the middle of the city. Letná park, which sits atop Letná hill, is famous for scenic views of the Prague Old Town skyline. Not far from the dormitory, you will also find the famous Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world and home of the Czech president. All students receive in-city travel passes to ride on trams, metro, and buses. An orientation upon arrival acquaints students with the mass transit system, currency, and social customs.

In addition, NC State University offers a global resource of Study Abroad programs that offer courses to fulfill curriculum requirements.

Get an overview of relevant Study Abroad Programs for students in Design majors