International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)

Welcome to The International Students and Scholars Office!

For information on COVID-19 and our Cooper Community, please visit our COVID-19 HUB.

Please see the COVID-19 & International Students FAQ for pertinent information regarding the impact of the coronavirus on international students in the US.

The Cooper Union is proud to have a robust international community, comprising approximately 19% of our student body and representing more than 35 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, please visit here to learn more on our programs of study and our 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. Programs and services include orientation, work permission, visa and taxes, immigration advisement, travel regulations, cultural acculturation and general resources. Our international community begins working with ISSO prior to your arrival in the U.S. and maintains a strong relationship post-graduation. 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. 

International Students (non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents) may have additional deadlines and steps to follow. All international students should review relevant information about the next steps for studying at Cooper. Please click the link below that applies to you. 

Office Location (due to COVID-19, all in-office visits are suspended until further notice)

30 Cooper Square, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003

Office Hours
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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.