Design and Sustainable Development at Cornell University

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Priority for this opportunity will be given to second year Product Design students, but those in their first or third year are also welcome to apply. The minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive 1 academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


The purpose of the trip is to engage DMU students with high calibre research and design in the Department of Design + Environmental Analysis, College of Human Ecology at Cornell University in the United States. Participating students will have exciting and meaningful opportunities to take part in the research, design and action addressing UN SDG 3 (Good health and well-being) and SDG 12 (Responsible consumption and production).

The core activities will be special lectures and workshops delivered by professors and lecturers from Cornell, DMU and UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology). The programme will consist of three full-day workshops. The special lectures will be about design for the UN SDGs addressing a range of different issues. Each workshop will be related to the special lecture and based on pre-defined briefs regarding UN SDG 3 and 12.

DMU students will be paired with Cornell students to work on each brief to understand how American (or Cornell) students think and work, and learn about how to work effectively and efficiently as a team in an international setting. They will be expected to produce compelling design solutions and visual outcomes such as drawings, modelling, renderings, or prototypes as a response to each brief. At the end of the third workshop, the best performing pairs will be awarded with small prizes. All students will receive a certificate of participation.

Cultural activities

The participating students will have a Cornell University campus tour, and have the chance to visit various places in Ithaca in their spare time. Several interesting places inside the campus are worth visiting, such as: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, The A. D. White Library, Cornell Dairy, Gates Hall, Beebe Lake, and Hemlock Gorge. In Ithaca downtown, the students could visit Ithaca Commons, Science Centre, Carl Sagan Planet Walk, and Tompkins Centre for History & Culture. The students will be encouraged to explore natural areas in or near Ithaca such as Ithaca Falls, Buttermilk Falls State Park, Steward Park, Allan H. Treman State Marie Park, Cascadilla Gorge, and Triphammer Falls.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel, and are permitted to travel earlier to the US or extend their stay beyond the trip dates.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the US immigration requirements.

All students will require an ESTA or some kind of visa to travel to the USA. Further information will be provided to all accepted students regarding the type of visa required and how to apply. If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice. Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Saturday 16 May 2020
  • Return date: Friday 22 May 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £950
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers (£50), food and drink, visa/ESTA
  • DMU Global bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 17 February 2020 9am