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  • Locations: St. Etienne, France
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
College/School: College of Architecture, Design and Construction Department/School: Industrial Design
Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program AU Faculty Director(s): Courtney Windham,, Jerrod Windham,
Majors: Industrial Design Majors Student Level: G-Graduate, JR-Junior, SR-Senior
GPA: 2.25 (Undergraduates), 3.0 (Graduates) Applicant Restrictions: Only AU students may apply
Language of Instruction: English Course Prerequisite: INDD 2210
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 seventh 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.


This program is currently limited to 3rd year, 4th year, and graduate students in industrial design.


Spring 2017:

  • 16 December 2016 : Payment bill date
  • 8 January 2017 : Payment due date
  • 9 March 2016 : Program start date (depart for France)
  • 19 March 2016: Program end date (return to US)


This study abroad program is embedded within the INDD 5960 and INDD 6960 International Collaboration courses. Students must enroll in these courses Spring semester to participate in this program.


Click the following link to view the estimated student costs for this program: INDD International Design Collaboration Estimated Student Budget.pdf
Other costs to consider:

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



The first and last evenings at hotels in Paris and Lyon respectively will be a part of this program. Accommodations for the five 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 a day and a half 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 associate professor Shea Tillman - Faculty Director at

This program is currently not accepting applications.