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?
- If you are currently in the U.S. as an F-1 student at another institution, you will need to take the required steps to transfer your SEVIS record to Cooper Union and get a new I-20 with all the details of your program at Cooper. 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 transfer your SEVIS record to Cooper and to obtain a new I-20.
- If you are currently at Cooper as an F-1 international student and are moving on to a different education level, you'll need to consult with the ISA Office about the procedure and timeline.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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!