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Grad Life and Student Resources

Academic Services

Academic Writing Center 
Free writing assistance for UC students, as well as resources and workshops specifically for graduate students. If you would like a trained writing tutor to help you get started on your writing assignment or review your writing, make an appointment or stop in during their drop-in hours.

Accessibility Resources
Services and resources available to the campus community that are intended to guide the campus community in supporting students with disabilities.

Center for English as a Second Language
The center provides English language courses that are designed to support students to succeed in their academic endeavor and to adapt to life and work in the United States.

Learning Commons
Centralized academic support for UC students such as tutoring services, as well as academic coaching for students seeking improved organization, motivation, and learning strategies.

Library Resources
A resources that points graduate students to the resources, tools, and services provided by UC Libraries such as discipline-specific guides for graduate students and contact info for subject librarians, who specialize in your discipline.

Administrative Resources

Financial Aid Office
They can answer questions about financial aid, including your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

The Graduate School
Questions can be directed towards this office for questions about applying for graduation, ETD (electronic thesis/dissertation) submission, the Graduate Handbook (which outlines minimum university-level requirements and policies that apply to all UC grad students), and graduate student forms (such as leave of absence requests). 

Office of the Bursar
Contact the bursar office for questions about billing, late fees, tuition costs, direct deposit refunds, or payments through Catalyst.

Ombuds Office
This is a safe place for all members of the UC community to talk about university related conflicts, issues or concerns. The office staff will listen to your concerns and help you identify options for successful resolution.

Graduate Student Career Development Services

Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning (CET&L) 
CET&L provides resources, workshops, and training to help teachers (including TAs) maximize student learning with a focus on their areas of expertise, which include classroom pedagogy and innovation, assessment, scholarship of teaching and learning, course design, accessibility and gateway instruction.

Faculty Development OneStop Workshops
Ability-enhancing professional development workshops that provide knowledge and skills for performing duties in teaching, research and/or service in order to improve a class, aid in the completion of research or provide information for a service assignment. Many of these workshops are open to graduate students. 

Graduate Association for Teaching Enhancement (GATE)
A teaching initiative developed by graduate students, for graduate students that provides monthly interactive workshops focused on evidence-based and inclusive pedagogies, theoretical underpinnings of teaching and learning, and practical skills to improve course instruction, engagement, and assessment. In addition, GATE offers one-on-one consultations to help graduate students with their personal teaching goals and needs.

Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program
The goal of PFF is to prepare graduate students for academic careers at diverse types of postsecondary institutions by helping them make informed career choices, conduct productive job searches and achieve early career success.

Professional and Personal Development Workshops for Graduate Students
Offered by The Graduate School, these workshops supplement a student's academic training by providing brief, specific skill-building sessions on professional and personal development. UC faculty, alumni, staff and community partners act as topical experts and present on such topics as oral presentation, credit, budgeting and nonacademic career development 

Health and Wellness Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Mental health services offered to UC students that supports student success through prevention, training and education, brief treatment services, and 24/7 crisis support services. Every UC student qualifies for four free sessions, which includes the initial consultation and the first three individual therapy sessions, per fiscal year. 

Student Health Insurance
Instructions for enrollment and information about eligibility, as well as rates, dates/deadlines, and policy benefits, can be found at their website. 

University Health Services
All registered UC students may be seen at either of the two campus health locations and are able to use the campus pharmacy to fill prescriptions. They now accept most insurance plans, although all students are responsible for any charges not covered by their specific health insurance plan.

International Student Resources

BEARchats Conversation Partner Program
This program creates cross-cultural friendships and enhances student understanding of the University of Cincinnati's diverse student body.

Ethnic Programs & Services Office
The EPS Office embraces the ever increasing diversity of the University of Cincinnati campus by providing quality programs and services that enhance cultural, ethnic and racial awareness, build bridges between the university and the community, and address the academic, social, spiritual and cultural needs of the campus.

ESL Conversation Group
This group provides students a free opportunity to practice English and make new friends. Anyone in the Cincinnati Tristate area is welcome, including UC International students, scholars and their spouses. 

IPALS (International Partners and Leaders)
A group of students interested in helping our international population feel welcome at UC. They are here to answer your questions, connect you to campus, learn about Cincinnati, and make friends.

Student Organizations
The University of Cincinnati offers a variety of different student organizations for international students, including the Indian Student AssociationUC Vietnamese International Student Association and the Muslim Student Association (MSA). You can find these and more student organizations on UC’s Campus Link website.

UC International Student Services
This office helps international students & scholars navigate their new life in America, maintain their visa status, find opportunities for work, pay their taxes, and have fun along the way!

WorldFest
This is a cultural celebration where students, staff, and faculty of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds can express, share, and celebrate in their cultural and ethnic heritage. This event usually takes place in late February/early March. 

Student Life Services and Resources on Campus

African American Cultural and Research Center (AACRC)
A resource for students to learn about the African American experience in the UC community with a major focus on addressing the academic, social, spiritual and cultural needs of the African American student population.

Center for Community Engagement (CCE)
Semester or year-long and single day-of service volunteer opportunities as well as participation in ongoing community project are meaningful experiences offered through the center. 

Ethnic Programs and Services (EPS)
Their purpose is to provide a culturally inclusive environment by enhancing the growth and development of underrepresented students through intentional programming, academic and community engagement, and the access of resources.

LGBTQ Center
Their purpose is to enhance the campus community for LGBTQ students and their allies through intentional advocacy, providing a safe space, intersectional programming, and access to culturally relevant resources.

UC Women’s Center
The office is committed to action that benefits women and strives to identify and respond to student-driven concerns with activities and services that are dedicated to meeting the diverse needs and interests of female students at UC.

Student Organizations on Campus

Graduate Student Government (GSG)
A university-wide organization comprised of graduate students from all areas of academia that works as an advocacy arm for UC graduate students at the University of Cincinnati. The organization sponsors several academic and social events throughout the year help graduate students from different programs build friendships and networks. 

UC CampusLINK: Something for Everyone
There’s a multitude of professional, academic, and social organizations for UC graduate students; use CampusLINK to find a full list of organizations.