Master of Industrial Design – Exchange





Master of Industrial Design (MID) degree program consists of two years of study: A minimum of 48 credit hours for degree completion. MID students have the option of completing the entire program at GT-Shenzhen or exchanging to GT-Atlanta in the last one or two semesters (with good academic outcomes).

Students who complete the entire Georgia Tech degree program in Shenzhen may participate in the graduation ceremony in Atlanta if they secure a proper U.S. visa (such as a tourist visa).

Students interested in the exchange to GT-Atlanta must be in good academic (minimum GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0) and disciplinary standing. GT-Shenzhen will perform multiple checks of this status before the exchange.


Students may have the following exchange options:

Option 1

Exchange to GT-Atlanta for one academic semester. Complete 36-42 credit hours during the first three academic semesters at GT-Shenzhen and study at GT-Atlanta during the last spring semester.

Option 2

Exchange to GT-Atlanta for two academic semesters. Complete 24-28 credit hours during the first two academic semesters at GT-Shenzhen and study at GT-Atlanta during the last fall & spring semesters.

Exchange students travel to Atlanta on F-1 student visa and pay the applicable Atlanta campus tuition and fees. Their I-20 document must reflect the intended duration of stay and financial resources required. F-1 visa holders must maintain full-time student registration (12 credit hours or more) during academic semester(s) in Atlanta. Students sponsored by a foreign government or institution may only travel to the U.S. on J-1 visa. See the GT Office of International Education (OIE) for more details. 

To apply for the exchange, the MID student should email before the following deadlines with this information: a resume, a portfolio, and a completed MID exchange application form

Application Deadlines:

May 1
Fall Exchange
November 1
Spring Exchange


  • At the time of the exchange request, the earned credit hours and the GPA as shown on the transcript must meet the exchange requirements.
  • While GT-Shenzhen students may exchange to GT-Atlanta, the decision to grant the U.S. visa or not resides with the visa officer.
  • Students with F-1 visa may arrive in the U.S. 30 days before the start of the semester and may remain in the U.S. for 60 days following the completion of the degree program.
  • On-campus dormitory space is generally not available to exchange students during the fall or spring semester.