Foreign Exchange

The School of Art participates in student exchanges exclusively with schools listed below. The exchange program is for a single semester only.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Gerrit Rietveld Academie

Barcelona, Spain
Universitat de Barcelona

Basel, Switzerland
Hochschule fur Gestaltung und Kunst (HGK)

Berlin, Germany
Berlin University of the Arts

Frankfurt, Germany
Staatl Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste (Staedelschule)

Jerusalem, Israel
Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design

Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto Seika University

London, England
Slade School of Fine Art
Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design

Malmö, Sweden
Malmö Art Academy, Lund University

Paris, France
Ecole Nationale Superierure des Beaux Arts

Prague, The Czech Republic
Academy of Fine Arts

How to Apply to The Cooper Union School of Art Exchange Program

Cooper Union Students

Students in good academic standing at the Cooper Union may participate in exchange programs during their third (junior) year. Students interested in applying for an exchange semester with the above schools should meet with the Director of Off-Campus Programs to plan and prepare their applications.

Foreign Exchange Students

Students at the above schools who wish to study at The Cooper Union School of Art should follow the instructions below.

Application Deadline
The application deadline is March 15 for either semester (term) (fall and spring) of the following academic year. We do, however, honor an October 15 deadline for the following spring term. Download the Application Form PDF

Application Requirements
All application materials must be typed in English. These include the form, statement of intent, image list, project descriptions, and academic transcript. Student's name and home school must be clearly printed directly on

Application materials include the following:

  • Application Form
  • Statement of Intent
  • Portfolio
  • Image List for Portfolio
  • Academic Transcript

Application Form
The application form must be downloaded and filled out and included with the application materials.

Examples of work may be submitted as a portfolio, book, booklet, or digital portfolio. Applicants may choose to provide still images and/or video. For still images, a total of up to twenty (25) images should be submitted. Time based work may be presented either as a story board with 5 - 10 images or on a USB flash drive (see instructions below).

Directions for submitting work as a portfolio, book, or booklet:

Portfolio size cannot exceed a 12x15 inch envelope.

Directions for submitting a digital portfolio:

Files must be submitted on a USB flash drive with your name on it and submitted in an envelope.

Applicants may choose to provide still images and/or video.

Image Formats The review panel reviews images at 1920 x 1080 pixels. If your images are larger than this, please follow these directions:

1. Resize in Photoshop, Image->Image size

2. First set the Resolution to 72 Pixels/Inch

3. Set the width so it is less than 1920 and the height so it is less than 1080

4. Save a copy of each image as jpeg at 90% quality (or 11/12 quality) for your submission

5. Each file should be just around 1mb

To create your pdf, in Photoshop, go to File->Automate->PDF Presentation

1. Add your files

2. Check Presentation

3. Make Background Black or White

4. Don't include any text options

5. Leave "Advance Every" unchecked

6. No transitions

7. Click OK

8. Use the "Press Quality" Preset in the next PDF dialog box.

Video formats accepted by our system include QuickTime (mov), m4v, and mp4. We will accept up to 5 video uploads. Each video can be up to 10 minutes long and no larger than 100MB. It is acceptable to provide excerpts if videos are longer than 10 minutes. You may also submit video works by providing up to five Vimeo links; if you choose the Vimeo option, submit your links in a PDF file using the PDF upload button. We prefer files compressed with the H.264 codec to ensure readability.

Image List for Portfolio Submission

To describe your work, whether submitted as a print portfolio or a PDF or video, please include a list as follows:

Print or, for a digital portfolio, include a PDF document describing the images or videos. The list should be headed with your name, your school and list the image number, title, date, medium, and dimensions of each work. For video submissions also include the running time, intended format of presentation (for example video installation, online video, cinema screening, or not specified) for each video. Labels and writing should clearly explain the projects.

The Cooper Union academic calendar varies slightly each year. Fall semester begins the Tuesday after Labor Day and typically ends the third week in December. Spring semester begins the Tuesday after Martin Luther King Day and typically ends the second week in May.

Rules and Regulations
Students who are accepted to The Cooper Union for exchange or mobility must abide by the rules and regulations set forth by The Cooper Union. Class attendance is mandatory. Students must agree to finish the entire 15-week term and are not permitted to depart before the end of such term.

There is a mandatory orientation on the Thursday preceding the start of classes.

  • 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.