Application and Enrollment

Application is now closed.


To be considered for the program applicants must

  • Be born outside of the United States
  • Be authorized to work in the United States
  • Have a bachelor's degree or higher and professional experience in the field of engineering, information technology, or a related field from the country of origin (not the U.S.)
  • Have lived in the U.S. for less than five full years. (Exceptions for those in the U.S. more than five years may be made on a case-by-case basis)
  • Be unemployed, underemployed, or working in a field not related to your education
  • Have intermediate+ English fluency
  • Demonstrate a financial need
  • Be highly motivated to pursue a professional job search
  • Resides in NYC or the tri-state (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) area within commuting distance to New York City


The Retraining program is made possible through generous donations from the Robin Hood Foundation and Con Edison. The Retraining Program would also like to thank our individual donors for their support.


  • 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.