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Global experience

Equipping Design and Merchandising students with domestic and international travel opportunities is essential for their professional development. You will be exposed to diverse industry experiences and immersed in new cultures, broadening your career opportunities. 

New York City

We offer a faculty-led, for-credit study tour every fall to New York City designed to familiarize students with internship and job opportunities in fashion design and production, interior design and merchandising. Students walk in the footsteps of famous designers, explore and draw inspiration from the New York Fashion District. The experience includes visits to wholesale fabric and trim vendors and interactions with industry professionals at showrooms and retailers, including Anthropologie, WGSN, Macy's, G-111, Gensler New York, Nike Innovations, Bergdorf Goodman, Ralph Lauren and more. Students may also set up interviews with companies for potential internships, and take time to connect with our large base of alumni in the area.


Take an adventure and experience something new. International trip opportunities may include Milan, Venice, Florence, Paris, Berlin, London, Madrid, Barcelona, Prague and Copenhagen. Typically, these are two-week study tours to cultural sites and global fashion and merchandising companies.

Dallas, Texas

Faculty annually take students on a three-day study tour to Dallas, Texas, an urban design center within easy driving distance of Stillwater. Students visit firms, showrooms and creative offices, and recent itineraries have included Neiman Marcus, Gensler, Steelcase, the Toyota Headquarters, Fossil and Pier 1 Imports. These study tours provide an excellent supplement to classroom learning and an opportunity for faculty and students to engage with OSU alumni and potential employers.

Taos, New Mexico

We offer summer courses at the Doel Reed Center, an OSU educational site that extends the university's reach to culturally-rich northern New Mexico. One course opportunity may include Styling for Merchandisers, which focuses on elements of editorial and commercial styling for digital and print fashion merchandising.

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