International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)

Class in the Peter Cooper Suite

Class in the Peter Cooper Suite

Welcome to The International Students and Scholars Office!


The Cooper Union is proud to have a robust international community, comprising approximately 14% of our student body and representing more than 30 countries. Each year The Cooper Union welcomes international students from around the world to study in our undergraduate and graduate programs. If you are interested in attending The Cooper Union, learn more here about our programs and application process.

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) supports our diverse and talented international community at The Cooper Union through a variety of programs and services. The ISSO also works with multiple offices across The Cooper Union to ensure that our international community is adequately supported both in and out of the classroom; prior to your arrival and through post-graduation.

International Students (non-U.S. citizens and permanent residents) may have additional deadlines and steps to follow. All international students must take time to review all the applicable information below about becoming or being a student at The Cooper Union. Click the links that apply to you.



If you are an enrolled student, you can also schedule an appointment.

Please view or download an e-version of our International publication.

  • 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.