Summer Study Abroad Program

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Dresden, Germany

As the practice of engineering has become increasingly globalized the Albert Nerken School of Engineering has sent its students around the world to better enrich their work, their lives and the lives of others.  Established in 1989, the Study Abroad Program has sent students to Iceland, Ireland, The United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Greece, Egypt, Ghana, Israel, Singapore, South Korea & Japan. Current students can study in Dresden. Hamburg or Karlsruhe Germany, the cities of Burgos or Madrid, in Spain, or Iceland.

During each summer we offer a 6-8 week study abroad experience. This is open to a limited number of students that are in good academic standing and have completed their second or third year. A student can earn six credits of independent study (EID 300) by participating in a project under the supervision of faculty at one of the below universities.

Students are responsible for the cost of travel, food and accommodations.

Participants are encouraged to sightsee and take part in the cultural life of the host city. Students who want to travel an extended period (a week, etc.) should do so after their study abroad program is finished. Weekend trips are fine during that time, as long as it does not interfere with one's study. At the end of the assignment, many have traveled the European and Asian continents.

Upon return to Cooper, each student must submit to Associate Dean Raja a formal report of his/her activities and an evaluation form. This report is in two parts: a technical report covers project-research activities and a cultural report documents their experience with the country. The technical report on your research project should be a conference quality paper in content, organization and grammar. Submission of the technical report to a peer-reviewed research publication forum (workshop/conference/journal) is strongly encouraged.

Application & Deadlines

Application forms for the summer of 2017 are here and are due January 11, 2017.

For more information about the Summer Study Abroad program please contact Associate Dean Anita Raja (

Tentative Timeline for study abroad, click here.

You can find a FAQ here.


Partnership Institutions


1. Universidad de Burgos

Fact Sheet- Application for the summer exchange program will be Cooper's application.

* Research Projects for Summer 2017.

* Research Projects for Summer 2016

        2. Universidad Pontificia Comillas– Madrid


  •  Research Projects for Summer 2017      
  •  Research Projects for Summer 2016
  • Students may elect to study abroad in Madrid for the Spring 2018 semester or for four to eight weeks from mid-may to mid-July during Summer 2018, taking technical courses equivalent to those required for graduation.


1. Technische Universitat– Dresden



Research priority areas of TU Dresden include:
-       Health Sciences, Biomedicine and Bioengineering
-       Information Technologies and Microelectronics
-       Smart Materials and Structures
-       Culture and Knowledge
-       Energy and Environment

The university is home to a large variety of research centers and institutes, covering virtually every academic discipline.

For further reading, we recommend the following article linked here

Specific projects will be matched to student interests once the application has been accepted

Interested students should contact Anita Raja directly about projects.

        2. Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

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        Presentation on campus, classes, research at   HsKA


    The 8-week summer research at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences also includes the  opportunity to take part in the 2-week  HAWtech Summer School  program focusing on   automotive engineering. There are 2 travel scholarships available for students selected to this program.

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HAWTech 2017 handout

3. Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

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2017-2018: We are not  offering a semester exchange program with Hamburg.



Faculty-led Programs


For more information contact Professor Robert Dell.

* Summer 2017 Research Projects List will be posted soon.




  • 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.