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Survey Shows UC Ranks as a World Leader in Eyes of Its International Students


The annual International Student Barometer, which measures the views of international students at 123 universities, showed UC among the best in a wide variety of categories.

Date: 5/24/2010 12:00:00 AM
By: Carey Hoffman
Phone: (513) 556-1825

UC ingot   The University of Cincinnati ranks very highly internationally across a myriad of categories, according to those best in position to know – UC’s international students themselves.

Students from 123 institutions around the world gave feedback for a measurement tool called the International Student Barometer. The broad-ranging survey showed that UC ranked among the top 10 in 32 different categories.

In the category of “social facilities,” UC’s international students gave the university the highest marks of all 123 schools in the survey.

“Overall, we received a very positive ranking,” says Ron Cushing, the director of UC International Services. “These are 123 institutions from across the world, including some of the highest ranked schools in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. On many things we score at the top of the scale. It indicates we are doing a lot of things very well.”

Categories from the survey where UC placed among the top five include:

“Learning” category
  • Expert Lectures
  • Good Teachers
  • Learning Support
  • Assessment
  • Learning Spaces
  • Library
  • Technology
  • Flexibility
"Living Overall” category
  • Similar Friends
  • Sport Facilities
  • Visa Advice
  • Transport Links
“Support Services” category
  • Student Advisory
“Arrival” category
  • Home Friends
“Satisfaction” category
  • Arrival Overall
UC was among the top 10 schools in the survey in the categories of:

“Learning” category
  • Research
  • Career Advice
  • Academics’ English
  • Language Support
  • Performance Feedback
  • Opportunities to Teach
"Living Overall” category
  • Good contacts
  • Social Activities
“Arrival” category
  • Welcome
  • Registration
  • University Orientation
  • Finance Office
  • Accommodation Office
  • Social Activities
  • Study Sense
“Satisfaction” category
  • Support Overall
A total of 10 universities from Ohio participated in the latest survey. Among the 10 Ohio schools, UC placed first in the following categories:

"Learning” category
  • •    Expert Lectures
  • •    Flexibility
  • •    Career Advice
“Living Overall” category
  • Social Facilities
  • Transportation Links
“Support Services” category
  • Student Advisory
  • Counseling
  • Graduate School
“Arrival” category
  • Registration
  • Social Activities
  • Home Friends
UC’s overall performance on the survey is something that should allow the university to continue to recruit outstanding international students, Cushing says.

“These institutions who participated are the same ones we are out recruiting against on a worldwide basis. So these results give us some very good information to share with those students,” says Cushing.