New International Students

The Office of International Student Advisement (ISA) extends a warm welcome and congratulations on your acceptance to The Cooper Union!  ISA works to support all international students throughout their time at Cooper.  Cooper defines an international student as anyone who is not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.  Please use this page as a guide for all of the required steps to ensure a seamless transition to Cooper.  If you have any questions along the way, don't hesitate to contact the International Student Advisement (ISA) Office.  

What do I need to study at Cooper as an international student?

Great question!  All newly admitted students should consult the New Student Page for the required steps and deadlines to begin your studies at Cooper.  As an international student there will likely be additional steps and paperwork for you to complete.  This will depend on your current status.  Please see below for details on next steps based on your current status. 

Outside of the U.S.?  

  • From an immigration standpoint, an international student holds an F-1 visa and/or F-1 non-immigrant status.  Most of our international students come to Cooper as F-1 international students.  To become an F-1 student at Cooper, you must first be fully admitted to a program of study.  After being admitted, making your deposit and completing the Citizenship Verification Form, our ISA Office will reach out to you with the next steps to become an F-1 student. 

  • If you'll be coming to the U.S. in another non-immigrant status besides F-1, please contact ISA to discuss your plans.

Already an F-1 student?  

Currently in the U.S. in another non-immigrant status?  

  • If you are currently in the U.S. in a non-immigrant status other than F-1, you will need to confirm that you can study while maintaining your immigration status.  You should review which non-immigrant statuses permit study, incident to status.  If you have any questions about if you can study at Cooper in your current non-immigrant status, please contact  
  • Please note that all of our undergraduate programs are full-time study only.  F-2, M-2, and B-1/B-2 holders are prohibited from full-time study in the U.S.  If you currently hold another non-immigrant status in the U.S. and plan to apply to become an F-1 for your studies at Cooper, it is important that you consult with the ISA Office about the procedure and timeline.

Currently in the U.S. as an Asylee, Refugee, with no status, DACA, or TPS?

  • There are no additional steps in regards to your immigration status that you need to begin your studies at Cooper.  Just be sure to follow all of the steps for incoming students.  Aside from that, we recommend consulting with the Office of Financial Aid regarding your eligibility for need-based financial aid. Please note, International Students do not qualify for FAFSA.


ISA looks forward to meeting with you at orientation and also throughout the year at our ongoing programming for international students!        


  • 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.