Application and Enrollment

The Retraining Program for Immigrant Engineers is now accepting applications for Spring 2015


To be considered for the program applicants must

  • Be a permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Have a work permit
  • Have professional experience in their field
  • Demonstrate a financial need


Interested applicants must speak with Larisa Akerman at 212.353.4349 to determine eligibility. The office is open Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You may also send an email to requesting a call back. Please include your name, a phone number and suggested times when you can be reached.


Once you speak with Larisa Akerman and are accepted for enrollment you must complete both the Intake and Agreement forms. You must also submit a resume. If you are accepted for enrollment the Retraining Program has staff to assist in the writing of your resume. Once complete, both forms and the resume must be sent through the mail or delivered in person to the below address.

The Cooper Union Retraining Program for Immigrant Engineers
30 Cooper Square, 7th Fl.
New York, NY


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.