International students from partner schools (see list below) who wish to participate in an exchange program with the School of Art at The Cooper Union should consult directly with their foreign exchange/international coordinator. See below for instructions on how to apply.
The School of Art does not participate in exchange with schools or individuals outside of the network listed below. The exchange program is for a single semester only.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Prague, The Czech Republic
How to Apply to The Cooper Union School of Art Exchange Program
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
All application materials must be typed in English. These include the form, statement of intent, image list, project descriptions, and transcript. Student's name and home school must be clearly printed directly on
Application materials include the following:
- Application Form
- Statement of Intent
- Image List for Portfolio
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.