International

Exchange and Visiting Student Programs

Our student exchange program and visiting student program offers you the opportunity to experience the University of Cincinnati for a semester or academic year.

The Student Exchange Program is for students from one of our approved exchange partners. The Visiting Student Program is for international students from all other institutions.

  • UC operates on a 15-week semester calendar
    • Fall semester begins in late August and ends in December
    • Spring semester begins in early January and ends in late April
  • Exchange and visiting students must enroll full time. 
    • 12 credit hours at the undergraduate level 
    • 10 credit hours at the graduate level

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: April 1
  • Spring Semester: October 1

Student Exchange Program

Student Exchange Programs (SEP) are available to students coming from one of UC’s partner institutions abroad.

An official agreement must be in place with your university for you to participate. If you are not sure if an agreement exists, contact us at international.students@uc.edu.

How to apply

Meet with your home university’s international office to explore the possibility of studying abroad. 

  • We require all students to be nominated by their home institution via email to international.students@uc.edu at least one month prior to the application deadline.
  • Partners should only nominate students with a 3.0 GPA or higher (based on the U.S. grading scale) and who have met the English Proficiency requirement. Include the student’s legal name, email address, home institution, year of study (i.e. 2nd, 3rd, 4th), and subject of interest (i.e. Engineering, Business).
  • You will be sent a link to our online application once nominated. You are required to submit supporting documents electronically as part of the application.
  • Tuition: Home institution tuition, paid to home institution.
  • Living Expenses: $5,834
  • International Student Fee: $125
    • This fee covers costs associated with U.S. government compliance, orientation, and a mandatory health screening.
  • Health Insurance: $1,180
  • Total: $7,139

You may be required to pay other fees (ex. lab fees) for the use of non-academic or non-obligatory facilities. A list of these will be sent to your exchange coordinator before your application is approved.

  • A completed application
  • A Financial Certification Form
  • A bank statement or an official letter from your bank stating that you have financial support
  • An academic record or transcript
  • English proficiency test scores
  • A statement of purpose
  • A portfolio in PDF format if you are applying to Design, Fine Arts or Architecture and Interior Design
  • A copy of the information page of your passport
  • Antigua
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • Grand Caymen
  • Grenada
  • Irish Republic
  • Jamaica
  • Malawi
  • Netherlands
  • Nevis
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • St. Kitts
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent Grenadines
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Virgin Islands

Visiting Student Program

The Visiting Student Program is open to all interested international students during the Fall and Spring Semesters. VSP participants pay tuition and fees directly to the University of Cincinnati.

Students can apply for courses of study in most University of Cincinnati colleges. The decision to admit a student to the VSP will be made by the academic college.

How to apply

To access the Visiting Student Program application, send an email to international.students@uc.edu before the application deadline. In your email, include the following information:

  • your desired field of study,
  • certification that you have the required English proficiency documents,
  • and evidence of a GPA of 3.0 or higher on the U.S. grading scale.

Then, complete the online application.

Costs of visiting student programs by level of study and length of time.
Expenses in current academic year Undergraduate - One Semester Undergraduate - Two Semesters Postgraduate - One Semester Postgraduate - Two Semesters
Tuition and other fees $14,486 $28,972 $14,197 $28,394
Living expenses $5,937 $12,954 $5,937 $12,954
Health insurance $1,180 $2,360 $1,180 $2,360
Total $21,603 $44,286 $21,314 $43,708
  • A completed application (you will be sent a link for this)
  • A Financial Certification Form
  • A bank statement or an official letter from your bank stating that you have financial support
  • An academic record or transcript (with a GPA of 3.0 or above)
  • English Proficiency test scores
    • A TOEFL score of 79 or higher is required, or the equivalent for IELTS and Pearson.
    • To participate in American Identity and Politics, a TOEFL score of 66 or higher is required, or the equivalent for IELTS and Pearson.
  • A statement of purpose
  • A copy of the biographical information page of your passport
  • Antigua
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • Grand Caymen
  • Grenada
  • Irish Republic
  • Jamaica
  • Malawi
  • Netherlands
  • Nevis
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • St. Kitts
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent Grenadines
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Virgin Islands