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Essential Resources for International Students

What does daily life look like at the University of Cincinnati?

Whether it's your finances or your food, your housing or your health, your safety or your study habits, we can answer your questions and connect you with people and resources to help you with any problem you are facing.

Outside of the necessities, we hope you'll get to know us and other support staff around campus. Meet the other students at UC who would love to introduce you to your new home. We think those things are essential for your happy and successful life here, too.

Getting Started at UC

Before you even step foot on campus, you will need a number of resources to help you navigate the application process, visas and student systems access.

  • UC ID number / Usernames + Passwords - Your personal identification at the university, which helps you access resources like Canopy, Catalyst and student email.
  • Bearcat Card - Your student ID card, which can also have money to pay for items around campus.
  • OneStop Student Services - An office that can answer questions about your bill, your student record, and your course registration.
  • iBearcatsGlobal - UC International's database that helps students make requests, check in at UCĀ  and maintain their visa status.
  • International Admissions - An office that can offer assistance with undergraduate student admissions.
  • Graduate School - An office that can offer assistance with graduate student admissions.

IPALs Scout Map

As you venture on and around campus, you may wonder what restaurants to go to, how to get around, or the best place to study. Our student group, the IPALs, put together an interactive map by students, for students. This map includes their recommendations as well as the Bearcat Shuttle route for reference.

The IPALs Scout Map will continue to be updated with student recommendations. If needed, please reach out to the IPALs for an accessible list.