Foreign Exchange

Students from other countries interested in attending The Cooper Union on exchange must be enrolled at one of the following participating schools with which the School of Art at The Cooper Union has formal exchange agreements.


Gerrit Rietveld Academie
The Netherlands


Universitat de Barcelona


Hochschule fur Gestaltung und Kunst (HGK)


Berlin University of the Arts


Staatl Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste (Staedalschule)


Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design


Kyoto Seika University


Slade School of Fine Art

Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design


Malmö Art Academy, Lund University


Ecole Nationale Superierure des Beaux Arts


Academy of Fine Arts
The Czech Republic

Students from partner schools who wish to participate in exchange with the School of Art at The Cooper Union should consult directly with their foreign exchange/international coordinator. THE SCHOOL OF ART DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN EXCHANGE WITH SCHOOLS OR INDIVIDUALS OUTSIDE OF THE NETWORK LISTED ABOVE.

We accept students on exchange for a single semester only.

All proposals, slide lists, and project descriptions must be typed in English. All drawings, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture MUST be submitted as slides, books or booklets. ONLY film/video/animation or interactive projects may be submitted as DVDs, CDs or URLs. We cannot view PAL format. VHS tapes must be in NTSC format. Your name and home school must be clearly printed directly on your proposal, slide list, every slide, CD, and DVD and their cases. Do not spray paint or attach labels. Portfolio size cannot exceed 12x15 envelope.

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

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.

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 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.

Download the Application Form PDF

  • 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.