University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

International Profile

The University of Cincinnati has a large and dynamic international community

Home to nearly 48,000 students from 121 countries, the University of Cincinnati (UC) has been named among the top-tier “Best National Universities” by U.S. News & World Report. UC offers students a balance of educational excellence and real-world experience. UC is a world-class public research university and puts education into action through an unparalleled commitment to experience-based learning.

The University of Cincinnati invented cooperative education (co-op) over 100 years ago, and today ranks among the best universities in the nation for co-op and internships. On co-op, students rotate semesters in the classroom and working paid, full-time positions in their field of study. And 100% of UC students have access to experience-based learning opportunities. That means Cincinnati’s classroom extends to nearly every corner of the globe, from Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups to trailblazing experiences in places like China, Tanzania, and South America. UC co-op students earn a collective $58 million annually working for thousands of employers including Microsoft, Disney, Apple, NASA, Procter & Gamble, and many more.

Career preparation is at the center of a UC education. Through our Bearcat Promise Career Studio, we prepare students for the world of work with professional development, coaching, and career services. For you, this means graduating with a degree, a full résumé, and a plan for your future.



Ranked #1 public university for co-op and internships | U.S. News & World Report


Named a top 40 public research university and designated a “research heavyweight” | The Chronicle of Higher Education


Named among the “Most Innovative National Universities” | U.S. News & World Report


#1 Best City for New College Grads | SmartAsset


Our home, named “among the world’s most beautiful campuses” by Forbes, is located along the Ohio River in the vibrant city of Cincinnati, Ohio. Here, you will find big-city opportunity combined with Midwest hospitality. With a regional population of more than two million people, Cincinnati has an abundance of professional opportunities as well as entertainment, arts, sports, shopping, and an international airport just minutes away from campus.

The University of Cincinnati at a glance

The University of Cincinnati has a large and dynamic international community, with more than 3,000 international students from 121 different countries boasting a 96.4% international student retention rate. Students benefit from our large support network of academic and career advisors, peer mentors, and social and cultural programming throughout the year—all with the aim of supporting the student journey, wherever it may lead you. Signing up for student clubs and organizations is a great way to make friends who share similar interests as you. It’s also the best source to discover things like the places to eat around campus and where the best study spots are on campus.

An international application to the University of Cincinnati requires the following items:

1. Online application and $100 application fee

2. Official high school transcripts and at least one letter of recommendation in English from all the high schools you have attended (most recent three to four years of coursework)

3. Proof of English ability. This year we are ACT/SAT optional. If you choose not to submit an ACT or SAT score, we will need a Duolingo, TOEFL, IELTS. or Pearson English test.

4. Proof of Math Ability is required for the UC Global Scholarship and some selective programs. This can be completed through the ACT or SAT or through the UC Math Placement Test.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Coming to UC was the most important decision of my life. Meeting different people has been the key driver to the UC experience—people who inspire me to put my best self out there and hustle for the next best thing.”

    • Sagar Tiwari '21
  • “What I love most about UC is how you meet people from all around the world that become your family. People are willing to help when you need it. I can’t imagine myself being anywhere other than the University of Cincinnati.”

    • Aissatou Barry '24
  • “My luckiest experience was gaining admission to the University of Cincinnati. Faculty members at UC are well diversified into different research areas, and I have been able to learn from different professors while working as a teaching assistant.”

    • Victor Adewopo '21
  • “Though I miss my family every day, UC and Cincinnati have become my supporting family and home. Looking back, I would definitely say it is one of the best decisions I've ever made.”

    • Samuel Thomas '20