International Student Services Office (ISSO)

Welcome to The International Student Services Office!

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

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

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, the first step is to research the Apply to Cooper Union page for information on available programs of study.

The mission of the International Student Services Office (ISSO) is to provide services and programs for the international community at The Cooper Union. This support includes advisement on immigration, visa matters, work permission, orientation, cultural adjustment, and general resources. ISSO supports the University’s overall internationalization and helps facilitate the integration and assimilation of international students into the Cooper Union community. 

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

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

Email Assistance or to Make a virtual appointment: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Ph:(212) 353-4192 

  • 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.