The School of Art participates in student exchanges exclusively with schools listed below. The exchange program is for a single semester only.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Prague, The Czech Republic
How to Apply to The Cooper Union School of Art Exchange Program
Cooper Union Students
Students in good academic standing at the Cooper Union may participate in exchange programs during their third (junior) year. Students interested in applying for an exchange semester with the above schools should meet with the Director of Off-Campus Programs to plan and prepare their applications.
Incoming Foreign Exchange Students
Students at the above schools who wish to study at The Cooper Union School of Art should follow the instructions below.
The application deadline is March 15 for either semester (term) (fall and spring) of the following academic year. We do, however, honor an October 15 deadline for the following spring term. Download the Application Form PDF
English Language Proficiency Requirement
Cooper Union does not require TOEFL, IELTS, or DET scores for applicants:
- Whose native language is English
- Who have attended 3 years of high school or more where English is the primary language of instruction
Everyone else is required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or DET (Duolingo English Testing) scores per the below requirements. Your scores must be submitted directly by the testing service to firstname.lastname@example.org
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): A minimum score of 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (Internet-based test) is required. Cooper Union accepts only TOEFL iBT® scores by test administration date (e.g. full test administration results for one sitting) and does not accept MyBest™ scores. You may send multiple results for consideration.
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System): A minimum score of 7.0 is required.
- DET (Duolingo English Test): A minimum score of 120 on the current DET (or 75 on the DET prior to July 2019) is required.
- Make sure the name on your passport matches your name on your application and your English proficiency score report.
How to Apply
Interested students must first be nominated by the exchange coordinator at their home institution. Students then apply by submitting application materials to their exchange coordinator, who will forward the materials to the Cooper Union. Questions about this process may be addressed to the Cooper Union exchange coordinator.
Application materials include the following:
- Application Form
- Statement of Intent
- Image List for Portfolio
- Academic Transcript
- English language proficiency score report
All application materials must be typed in English. Student's name and home school must be clearly indicated on the application, statement of intent, portfolio, and image list.
The application form must be downloaded, filled out, and included with the application materials.
Examples of work should be submitted as a digital portfolio. Applicants may choose to provide still images and/or videos. For still images, a total of up to twenty (20) images should be submitted and saved in a single PDF. PDF File size should not exceed 15 MB. Time based work may be presented either as a story board with 5–10 images or full works may be submitted via Vimeo links or emailed individually via Wetransfer Video formats accepted by our system include QuickTime (mov), m4v, and mp4. We will accept up to 5 video uploads. Each video can be up to 10 minutes long and no larger than 100MB. It is acceptable to provide excerpts if videos are longer than 10 minutes. if you choose the Vimeo option, submit your links in a PDF file using the PDF upload button. We prefer files compressed with the H.264 codec to ensure readability.
Image List for Portfolio
Each portfolio submission must be accompanied by an image list describing the images or videos. The list should be headed with your name, your school and list the image number, title, date, medium, and dimensions of each work. For video submissions also include the running time, intended format of presentation (for example video installation, online video, cinema screening, or not specified) for each video. Labels and writing should clearly explain the projects. This may be integrated and saved within the portfolio PDF.
The Cooper Union academic calendar varies slightly each year. Fall semester typically begins in September and ends in December. Spring semester typically begins in January and ends in May.
Rules and Regulations
Students who are accepted to The Cooper Union for exchange must abide by the rules and regulations set forth by The Cooper Union. Class attendance is mandatory. Students must agree to finish the entire 15-week term and are not permitted to depart before the end of such term.
There is a mandatory orientation the week preceding the start of classes.