International Co-op Program (ICP)

The International Co-op Program (ICP) provides exciting opportunities for UC students to learn a second language and gain international experience through an overseas co-op assignment.

The University of Cincinnati is one of the few universities in the United States which offers such a program. Since the program was established in 1990, many companies and individuals have built a solid foundation to create opportunities for students to explore the global market.

The International Co-op Program is an extension of the original co-op model. UC’s co-op program connects students’ academic study to a series of meaningful professional experiences through alternating semesters of full-time, paid positions related to their major. It's a partnership among UC, employers, and students.

  • Students complete the first three co-op semesters in the U.S., followed by two semesters of co-op abroad (usually Spring and Summer of the fourth year).
  • In preparation for the international co-op experience, students learn the language and culture of the country in which they will be working through courses specifically designed for co-op students.
  • ICP is currently offered for German- and Japanese-speaking countries.


  • Apply and be accepted into the UC Co-op Program.
  • Apply and be accepted into the International Co-op Program (minimum of two semesters must be completed in the co-op college prior to application).
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Remain on track with coursework in their discipline.
  • Complete required ICP language and culture courses. (With careful planning, all ICP courses will count toward College degree requirements.)
  • Exhibit appropriate professional behavior in all co-op assignments, both in the US and abroad.
  • Comply with the University of Cincinnati Student Code of Conduct and with the Professional Practice Program Standards of Professional Conduct, as specified in the Professional Practice and Experiential Learning Student Handbook.

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