AICAD Exchange

The School of Art participates in exchange programs with other members of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) in the United States and Canada. For a complete list of schools see the AICAD website.

How to Apply

Cooper Union Students

Students in good academic standing at the School of Art may participate in exchange programs during their third (junior) year. Students interested in applying for an exchange semester should meet with the Director of Off-Campus Programs to plan and prepare their applications. Students applying for Fall exchange should meet no later than the preceding Spring semester. Students applying for Spring exchange should meet no later than the Fall semester of their junior year.

Students of AICAD-affiliated Schools

Students applying to The Cooper Union through the AICAD exchange program should consult directly with their home school exchange coordinator.

  • 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.