Application and Enrollment

Applications for spring 2023 are now closed. 

Please join the mailing list to be notified when fall 2023 applications open. 


You are eligible to participate in RPIE if you are:

  • an immigrant, refugee, or asylum seeker who has a degree in or has worked in engineering or a related field
  • authorized to work in the US
  • comfortable writing, speaking, reading, and listening in English in a classroom setting
  • unemployed, underemployed, or employed in a job not related to your field
  • interested in building community, strengthening your technical expertise, and developing communication skills
  • live in New York City or within a reasonable commuting distance from NYC. 

If you are unsure if you meet eligibility requirements, please contact us at


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.