Who Can Apply?

All interested people are encouraged to apply. No particular educational background is required. The project of imagining a different, desirable society is helped by a diversity of backgrounds and range of ages among the participants. The main criterion for acceptance into the program is a strong desire to participate in the project.



The School for Designing a Society does not offer degree credit, but we have partnerships with other institutions that can offer academic credit for School for Designing a Society work. If you are currently enrolled in another school, we can help you research the possibility of getting independent study credit for your participation in SDaS. 


International Students

If you are not a U.S. citizen and require a visa to attend an SDaS program, we can help with a formal letter of acceptance. Since SDaS is not a degree-granting institution the appropriate visa for attending would be a tourist visa. The visa process unfortunately is often expensive and uncertain, depending on a decision by the particular U.S. embassy in your country. 


Financial Aid

We are committed to not letting finances be a barrier to participation in the School for Designing a Society. Contact Us and we can work with you to find a plan that takes your circumstances into account.


Steps to Apply

  1. Fill out the application form
  2. We will contact you for a phone or video interview so we can learn about your interests and answer questions about the program. 
  3. After the interview and upon acceptance, please pay your deposit on the session's info page.
  4. Pay your remaining tuition balance before the session payment deadline (typically 4 weeks before session starts)



We encourage participants in the School for Designing a Society to find housing together. Champaign-Urbana, as a university town, has many options for relatively inexpensive, convenient housing. We can assist in the search.