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International Services

UC International Services supports the needs of international students at the University of Cincinnati. The office assists international students in understanding the rules, regulations, and procedures that must be followed during their stay in the United States, and provides support services and cultural information to students. 

Location: Suite 3134, One Edwards Center

Phone: (513) 556-4278

Information about admission to University of Cincinnati for international students is available on their website. International students with F-1 visas can be granted admission with full graduate status only. Most international students with J-1 visas can be granted admission with full graduate status only, with some exceptions. Students with J-1 visas should inquire with UC International Services to determine the regulations that apply to them.

English Proficiency Requirement

English proficiency is required of all applicants whose native language is not English.  Students can demonstrate proficiency in a number of ways at the graduate level.  Most students fulfill the English requirement by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Testing System (IELTS), or the PEARSON Test of English (PTE).

For IELTS an overall band score of 6.5 is sufficient for graduate admission.  For PEARSON a score of 47 is sufficient.  TOEFL requirements vary based on the type of TOEFL test taken and scores are valid for up to two years.  The minimum university requirement is:

  • 520 (paper-based test), or
  • 190 (computer-based test), or
  • 68 (internet-based test)

However, many colleges and programs have higher score requirements than those listed above. Applicants can contact the programs of colleges to which they are applying for details. 

Students who have received a baccalaureate or higher degree in English from the following countries are exempt from the English proficiency requirement:

Oral English Proficiency Test (OEPT)

The OEPT tests the spoken language skills of non-native speakers of English. An overall score of 3.0 is the minimum passing score for the test. If you score less than 3.0, you are recommended to take ESL courses before retaking the test. Non-native speakers of English who are awarded teaching assistantships at the University of Cincinnati are required to take the Oral English Proficiency Test (OEPT) before they are able to begin their instructional duties. Score requirements and information regarding waiver based on standardized test scores are detailed on the Graduate Assistantships page.

Compulsory Health Screening

The University of Cincinnati requires a health screening of all international students at University Health Services. It is imperative that the student consult the letter included in the pre-arrival packet. It contains an immunization record sheet that must be completed, signed, and sealed by a medical official. Failure to complete the evaluation upon arrival will result in cancellation of classes for the subsequent term. If classes are cancelled, the student will be in violation of immigration status.