Life Design Studio training for Universities

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Universities across the world, from Cape Town to Cal State, are launching life design experiments small and large, including seminars for hundreds of undergraduates to intimate trainings for staff. For a full list of participating universities, see below.

4-day long Studios invite university teams of 3 to Stanford to learn with other universities across the world. At the Studio, teams experience life design as we teach it and engage in generative conversation and action on many ways they might apply the principles of life design for their students and their campus. To get a sense of what universities who attended took away, check out our University Case Studies above.


DATES We run a 4-day Life Design Studio training program in late June.

COST $5000 for a University team of 3.  


  • Immersive training in the life design material -- both in how to apply it to yourself and your own professional development and in how to launch projects, programs, classes and more at your university

  • Personalized coaching: we will have an experienced facilitator for all school groups

  • Materials: you will have access to our courseflow builder and, thus, all lesson plans, all our slides, recommended class and workshop sequences, and handouts and activities we use.

    • nb: All of our materials are licensed under Creative Commons. This means you can share them with your university for educational purposes only, not for profit.

  • Post-workshop support: we hold office hour sessions to workshop the experiments you are trying back at home, in addition to sending a monthly newsletter full of information to help you build your life design practice

  • A Higher Ed Life Design Community: access to the hundred other university educators also working in life design

WHO SHOULD APPLY? You need a team of 3 people from your school — this can be 3 faculty and staff members or 2 faculty and staff members with 1 student. We will give preference to diverse teams — meaning folks that represent different roles and areas of your school — and teams with a BIAS TOWARDS ACTION. We learned through our first prototype that both the diversity of contributors and the willingness to dive in to get started were keys to success. All of our schools went home with an experiment to try and every single one of them has tried something, learned, and are now building on that learning. This means we will be looking for you to propose something you want to do and try at your university in your application. The application will take you a few hours to complete, and you will need information from all team members.


“For all of the conferences and professional development out there, the Life Design Studio is probably the most inspiring, insightful, joyful and possibly necessary one for the future transformation of higher education.”
— Devon Skerritt, SMU
MIT tests their Prototype
“The fact the Stanford Life Design team offered this training is life changing. We will begin by using their model with our low-income and first generation students on our campus, [which will] help empower them to navigate higher education. This is the training that will bear fruit for many years to come and change the many lives of young people!”
— Dr. Angel Perez, Trinity College


Aalto University, Finland, Arizona State University, Boise State, Brown University, Cal State University Dominguez Hills, California State University Stanislaus, Cornell University + Dyson, Curtin University, Australia, Dartmouth College, Denison University, Felician University, Florida International University, Foster School of Business, University of Washington, Harvard University + HKS, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, Switzerland and Cape Town, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern, King's College London, UK, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado, Maryland Institute College of Art, McGill University, McMaster University, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, MIT, Northeastern University, Smith College, Southern Methodist University, Southern New Hampshire University, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Swinburne University of Technology (SUT), Texas A&M, The New School, Trinity College, Tulane University, UC Berkeley + Haas Business School, University of Arizona, University of Arkansas, University of British Columbia, University of Chicago, University of Cincinnati-Lindner College of Business, University of Dayton, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Maryland, College Park, University of Michigan + Ross School of Business, University of Rochester, University of San Diego, University of San Francisco, University of Southern California, University of Toronto, University of Wisconsin- Madison, UT Austin, Williams College, Yale University