University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

International Profile

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The University of Cincinnati offers students a balance of educational excellence and real-world experience. UC is a world-class public research university with an enrollment of nearly 47,000 students from 115 countries and has been named among the top-tier “Best National Universities” by U.S. News & World Report.

Today, more than 300,000 living alumni count themselves as Bearcats—united not just by their loyalty to UC’s nationally known sports teams but by their common love of the place, the people, and the ideas that make up the University of Cincinnati.

UC invented cooperative education, or “co-op,” in 1906 and has remained a global leader in experience-based learning ever since. Today, Cincinnati’s classroom extends to nearly every corner of the globe, from Fortune 500 companies to trailblazing experiences in places like China, Tanzania, and South America. UC’s co-op program is ranked among the nation’s top five, and students earn a collective $58 million annually working for thousands of employers including GE Aviation, Disney, Toyota, Kroger, Procter & Gamble, and many more.

Career preparation is at the center of UC’s “push forward” philosophy, exemplified by the Bearcat Promise, a tech- and human-supported guide that helps students graduate with a degree in one hand and a career plan in the other.



Ranked among the Top 5 Most Welcoming College Campuses in the World | International Student Barometer, 2016


Ranked #6 among the Top US Colleges for International Students in Ohio | Niche, 2022


Recipient of INSIGHT Into Diversity award | Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, 2020


Our beautiful campus is located in a safe and vibrant city with entertainment, arts, sports, shopping, and an international airport just minutes away. CINCINNATI, OHIO, is an affordable and dynamic city to call your “home away from home.”

UC At A Glance

The University of Cincinnati has a large and dynamic international community, boasting a 96.4% international student retention rate with more than 3,000 international students from 115 different countries. 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.

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 3–4 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/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 ’245
  • “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