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  • Locations: Lyon, France; Paris, France; St. Etienne, France
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program College/School: College of Architecture, Design and Construction
Department: Industrial Design Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term AU Faculty Leader(s): Courtney Windham,, Jerrod Windham, Majors Eligible: Industrial Design Majors
Click here for a definition of this term Student Level: G-Graduate, JR-Junior, SR-Senior Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 2.25 (Undergraduates), 3.0 (Graduates)
Course Prerequisite Requirement: INDD 2210 Applicant Requirement: Only AU students may apply
Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required
Program Description:

INDD International Design Collaboration at
EMSE in St. Etienne, France


This program seeks to expose design students to the rich insights gained through working with other disciplines and cultures within the design process. As part of this course, Auburn industrial design faculty and students will participate in a four-day innovation and design-thinking collaboration (L*unchBox) with students and faculty from engineering at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines (EMSE) in St. Etienne, design strategy at Brunel University in London, and design from Politecnico di Milano. Now in its tenth year, this collaboration seeks to partner students from different disciplines and cultures to develop design solutions centered on a given theme. The emphasis of this project is on what is discovered and generated within the collaborative activities, and what it means for design to act on those discoveries.

Students will learn the value of employing and integrating differing viewpoints within the opportunity-finding and idea generation phases of the design process. Skills gained during this collaboration will better equip students interested in a career in design research and strategy as well as facilitating innovation within global organizations.

Participants should be able to navigate bus and train transportation, extensive walking, and stairs.


This program is currently limited to 3rd year, 4th year, and graduate students in industrial design. Preference is given to INDD students who have not yet participated in an INDD study abroad program (Ireland/UK or Taiwan).


Spring 2019:

  • 16 December 2018 : Payment bill date (Tentative)
  • 8 January 2019 : Payment due date (Tentative
  • 28 March 2019 : Program start date (depart for France)
  • 6 April 2019: Program end date (return to US)


This study abroad program is embedded within the INDD5960 and INDD 6960 International Collaboration courses (2-credit hours). Students must enroll in these courses Spring semester to participate in this program.

Total estimated student expenses for this program are $3,045 following registration for the course. These costs include airfare from the U.S. to Paris, returning from Lyon, 2-nights hotel in Paris, 4-nights hotel in St. Etienne, 1 night hotel in Lyon, train fare from Paris to St. Etienne, city transit in Paris and Lyon, and food.
Program Fee - Billed to AU Student Account: $1,000 - Covers on-campus lodging, faculty expenses, lodging in St-Etienne, 3 group meals, Auburn Abroad International Insurance, cab fees, class excursions to Eiffel Tower and museums. The remaining costs for the trip (approximately $2,045) will be paid directly by the student.

Other costs to consider:

  • $175 - U.S. Passport
  • Discretionary personal expenses: leisure activities, gifts, etc.



Housing for the four evenings in St. Etienne during the workshop are at the student dorms of Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines, which are a short walk from campus.


St. Etienne, France

Students and faculty will tour sites of design interest in Paris, France for two days before departing south for St. Etienne, France for the L*unchBox workshop. The final day and evening will be spent in Lyon, France prior to departure.



If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


  • U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for this program
  • Non U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements


Contact Shea Tillman (

This program is currently not accepting applications.