About UC International

UC International supports the University of Cincinnati's global education and research mission.

We believe that diversity is the cornerstone of creative excellence. As a truly international community, we can prepare our students for a global future, engage our university in the communities we serve, and field research teams that can address complex world problems.

Vice Provost's Message

Vice Provost Raj Mehta stands in the atrium of Van Wormer Hall

Our world changed unimaginably in the year of COVID. More than ever, we have become conscious of how interconnected our world is. The saying is, "Think globally, act locally." As a Carnegie-1 public research university, we must act globally, too.

Our Next Lives Here vision of inclusion, innovation and real-world impact can only be realized if our outlook is international.

I am inspired by the University of Cincinnati students, faculty, staff and alumni whose passion and spirit of service embody this vision.

When all of us embrace our international community, plan for a global future and scale our work for wide-reaching impact, I believe that we can make all the difference in the world.

I believe that we can make all the difference in the world.

Dr. Raj Mehta Vice Provost for International Affairs


In 2005, under the direction of UC President Nancy Zimpher, international student services and the study abroad office were combined to form UC International. The University of Cincinnati became one of a few universities with a senior leader and planning division devoted to global initiatives.

Under the leadership of the first Vice Provost for International Affairs, Dr. Mitch Leventhal, UC became one of the founding members of the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC), the national professional organization that sets standards for international student recruitment.

Leventhal was succeeded by UC's director of the University Honors Program, Dr. Raj Mehta, in 2012. Mehta has devoted the resources of UC International to building strategic partnerships around the world, emphasizing university-wide research and teaching collaborations in addition to student and faculty exchange.

In 2018, International Admissions became a unit underneath the UC International umbrella.



Global students thriving at the University of Cincinnati

November 13, 2023

With a new class of 1,543 for fall 2023—just 4 students short of last fall’s record-smashing intake—the University of Cincinnati’s international enrollment has reached 4,899 students, or 9.6% of the student population. It’s the highest number in UC’s history, up 15% from last year, due in part to UC's strong support for international student success.


Chronicle of Higher Education: More international students...

October 17, 2023

UC's Jon Weller speaks with the Chronicle of Higher Education for a story about growth in new student visas. India has overtaken China as the largest source of international students in the United States. At UC, India also continues the largest share of international students on campus.

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