The application process for the Interaction Design Programme in Costa Rica is OPEN!

The Interaction Design Programme (IDP) in Costa Rica will run from August 16, 2021 to July 22, 2022. Applications are being reviewed on an ongoing basis.

If you are interested in applying, please make sure you sign up for our mailing list. This is where we announce news and upcoming events, including OPEN Lectures, Lightening Talks, Summer Schools and Digital Learning. There may also be OPEN Studio dates where you will have the opportunity to meet faculty and current students in person.

Before filling in the IDP application form, please make sure you carefully read the information on the curriculum and the list of frequently asked questions. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please email

Please note: We will only review applications that are complete. Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to give individual feedback on portfolios and/or other documentation.

We will continue to accept applications after this date while the review process takes place throughout Sept/October.

What we look for

As CIID is focused on the broad potential of design and technology, we ensure that the Interaction Design Programme has a wide selection of participants, We welcome applicants from all over the world and from all backgrounds. Each year we aim to build a diverse class of up to 24 participants.

You should be curious and creative, a team-player, enthusiastic about design, and have the desire to work in a cross-disciplinary environment. Whether you’re currently studying or working, you should be interested in the connections between education and interaction design practice. If you are entrepreneurially minded, we will do our best to support selected ideas beyond the IDP.


To apply for the Interaction Design Programme, we ask that you submit an application and other supporting documentation. Qualified applicants will be invited for a telephone interview, after which we will make our final selections.

Applicants are expected to have a college degree (typically a Bachelors) or three years of equivalent experience. Your degree should be noted on your transcript, or you should include a description of your comparable experience.

Applicants are asked to write an essay (approximately 750–1,000 words) about their interest in the programme. The essay should discuss your previous experience and future plans in the context of the Interaction Design Programme.

You should try to convey what you hope to get out of your time in the programme. What can you contribute – skills wise and personally? Why are you interested in this particular programme? What new opportunities do you see beyond graduation?

Save this as a PDF. No other file formats will be accepted. Instructions on how to upload this will be presented in the application form, and included in the email you receive after your online application form has been submitted.

All applications must include an online portfolio of work. This doesn’t necessarily need to consist of design projects, but should demonstrate experience in your field and provide evidence of your previous work whatever form it takes (e.g. programming projects or written work). Be sure to indicate your specific role in the works described. If you do not already have an online portfolio, we strongly advise you to create one. There are numerous platforms that provide software/templates you can use to create a beautiful website (e.g. Squarespace, WordPress, Wix). If your website contains confidential material and requires a password please include this in the notes section of the online application.

We only accept online portfolios. We will not review or return any physical items (printed portfolios/DVDs/CDs).

If for some reason you are not able to provide a website URL, we ask that you upload your portfolio in the form of a single PDF. Instructions on how to upload this will be presented in the application form, and included in the email you receive after your online application form has been submitted.

Applications should include a CV. This should provide an overview of your educational and work experience, highlighting specific projects, accomplishments, interests and experience of relevance to the IDP. Instructions on how to upload this will be presented in the application form, and included in the email you receive after your online application form has been submitted.

Please ask two people familiar with your academic or professional work to email recommendation letters in the form of a headed/branded PDF. These should be sent C/O Admissions Team ( directly from the company/organisation email address of the person writing the recommendation. We will not accept emails that have been forwarded by applicants. The letters should discuss the applicant’s work, strengths, weaknesses and overall ability. It should provide a candid assessment of character, creativity, motivation, capabilities and suitability for the programme. This information will be kept confidential.

Scan official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended and save as a single PDF file. If you do not have these, you will be able to request a copy of them from your previous institution(s). If these are not in English, you must send certified translations in addition to the originals. Transcripts should include documentation of any degrees awarded. If they do not, please provide a scan of your diploma. If your studies are still in progress, any offer of admission may be contingent on their successful completion. Instructions on how to upload these documents will be presented in the application form, and included in the email you receive after your online application form has been submitted.

Candidates should be proficient in written and spoken English. To this end, all application materials must be personally completed by the candidate. Some candidates may be requested to submit additional writing samples as evidence of their English proficiency. Your ability to communicate well will be carefully assessed if you are invited for a phone interview. We do not ask for English proficiency certificates.


The application form requests basic personal information and the capacity to upload your personal essay, portfolio, CV and transcripts. You may find it easier to create/compile all of the documents before starting the application form. It is possible to save your application and return to it later to edit information and upload additional documents.

No fees are required to apply for admission. However, a non-refundable deposit of 50,000 DKK will be charged as soon as an applicant accepts a place on the programme. This payment holds your place on the course.

Individual participants for the IDP 2021 will be required to pay a tuition fee of 260,000 DKK (approx. 35,000 Euro)—or if a company sends an employee, the corporate fee is 300,000 DKK (approx. 40,000 Euro). The 50,000 DKK deposit is included in this amount.

The tuition fee is highly subsidised by CIID and we already cover more than 50% of the actual cost of the IDP. Therefore, we are unable to provide further financial aid. As a policy we are seeking the highest quality applications and financial factors do not influence the admissions process. CIID is a private institution and therefore Danish, Nordic, European and International participants/companies all pay the same fees.

CIID is unable to recommend any specific sources for funding. Financial aid (covering tuition and/or living expenses) may be available from the home country of the applicant. It is the applicant’s responsibility to locate financial aid, if required. We encourage people to start researching these possibilities on an individual basis as opportunities and processing speeds vary greatly from country to country.

We will only process completed applications. Partial submissions will not be evaluated.  Please make sure that all documents are clearly identified with your name.

Because the IDP is small and in large measure shaped by the participants, we feel it is important to get a more personal sense of the applicants than can be gleaned from just seeing a portfolio and CV. Therefore, we will conduct verbal interviews – in English – with promising candidates.

All interviews will be conducted over the phone/Skype/hangout/Zoom. From the total number of applications received, we usually select around 60 people to interview and offers of admission will only be made after all interviews with potential candidates have been completed. This is because we spend time curating the best group of students, not just the best individuals.

Interviews are ongoing.

Deliverables Checklist

  • Completed online application
  • Essay (approximately 750–1,000 words) about your interest in the programme. Please save this as a PDF ready to upload in the application form. Use the naming convention of: first_lastname_essay
  • CV: Submit this using the relevant file upload field in the online application form. Ensure that this is in PDF format (Word and other formats not accepted). All attachments should use the naming convention of: first_lastname_cv
  • Two letters of recommendation: These headed/branded PDF letters should be emailed directly from the author to:
  • A single PDF of official transcripts from all college or university work. This PDF should use the naming convention of: first_lastname_transcripts
  • Online portfolio. You will be asked to submit the URL in the relevant field of the online application form. If you do not have an online portfolio, to submit a digital portfolio: create a single PDF and upload it via the link provided in the online application form.  Your PDF should be saved using the naming convention of : first_lastname_portfolio.pdf

Instructions on how to upload these documents will be presented in the application form, and included in the email you receive after your online application form has been submitted. Please do not include files that require the use of any specific software packages.


Application Process

Please note, the dates and information below will be updated on an ongoing basis:

All applications will be reviewed and we will contact qualified candidates on an individual basis to schedule telephone interviews. Please be patient, each year we receive approximately 150 applications so the review process takes a while. We will contact ALL applicants to let them know if they have been successful in getting through to the interview round or not. The interviews are ongoing. There is still time to apply.

We will notify individuals of their acceptance into the programme at the end of the interview process. Offers of admission will only be made after we have interviews all potential candidates. This is because we spend time curating the best group of students, not just the best individuals.

We may decide that there are more qualified applicants than places available. In that case, some applicants may be placed on a waiting list. If accepted applicants do not enroll, applicants from the waiting list will be offered a place.

Course Dates

August 16, 2021 to July 22, 2022

Visa: Depending on your citizenship, participants from outside Costa Rica may require a visa. If this applies to you, you will need a valid passport. The processing time varies from country to country. More information will be provided if you are offered a place on the IDP.