Semester Exchange

Assoc. Dean Raja visits (L-R) Jean-Dominique Bonnet (CE'17), Abhishek Chandra, Prakhar Jaju, Sneha Goenka at IITB
Assoc. Dean Raja visits (L-R) Jean-Dominique Bonnet (CE'17), Abhishek Chandra, Prakhar Jaju, Sneha Goenka at IITB

Update: This successful exchange partnership with IITB will conclude in Spring 2018.


Students should not miss this opportunity to experience another culture and learn at one of the most selective engineering schools in the world, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) in Mumbai, India, at no additional cost to attending The Cooper Union! Even the airfare will be provided for two selected students, gratis. You will find more infomrmation from this Presentation (September 2014 IIT-Bombay Information Session).

Who: Any student of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering in good academic standing who will be a junior, senior or masters candidate in the 2016 - 2017 academic year can apply.

What: Two students will be given free round-trip airfare to study for a semester (Spring 2017) at IITB in Mumbai, India. The cost of the airfare has been generously donated by Ruyintan (Ron) E. Mehta, a graduate of IITB. Courses are taught in english.  View a complete list of courses here. At the 2013 announcement of the new semester exchange, then President Bharucha called IITB, "a premier institute for engineering education" and "the most selective engineering school in India." Since the start of the program, seven students from IITB attended Cooper Union and one Cooper Union Engineering student has attended IITB.

Where: IITB is located in Powai, the nothern suburbs of Mumbai, the financial capital of India. It is a fully residential institute, with all its students staying on campus. The students are accommodated in one of 14 hostels with in-house dining and excellent amenities for sports and other recreational facilities.


Spring 2017 at IITB: Applications for Spring 2017 semester are due by 5pm, September 26, 2016.  The Spring semester study period is early January to early May. (Dates are approximate.) See the detailed academic calendar below.

Fall 2017 at IITB: Applications for Fall 2017 semester are due by 5pm, March 15, 2016. The Spring semester study period is mid-July to early December. (Dates are approximate.)

How: Applications should be address to Associate Dean Anita Raja and emailed to Ms. Beth Slack  ( no later than the above specified deadline.  Applications must include all contents specified in the Application Form

Cost: You pay The Cooper Union your normal tuition and fees.  There are no additional tuition or fees to attend IITB. Airfare is provided. Students will be responsible for paying for their own living expenses and accommodations during the stay. The Cooper Union Global Studies staff will help you work with IIT-Bombay to find affordable and economical accommodations. For expected costs, see Page 3 of


Also carefully read the FRRO requirements (required by law within a couple of days of arrival in India):

Timeline & Academic Calendar

Fall Semester

Early-Mid July- Depart for India. Orientation and Fall classes begin Mid-July.

Early to Mid September- Midterm Exams

Mid-End of November- Final Exams

Early December- Winter Break begins

Spring Semester

Early January- Spring classes begin

Mid February- Midterm Exams

Late April- Final Exams

Early May- Summer vacation begins

Health & Insurance

Before you depart for your semester abroad, you must make sure that you are covered by health insurance and alert them to the fact that you will be going abroad. Also for your own health & safety please take note of the latest health information for travelers to India on the CDC Traveler’s Health Website

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