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.



UC students visit Ghana and learn how engineering crosses...

May 30, 2023

Each year, the University of Cincinnati sends more than 1,000 students to countries around the world. Over spring break, UC international facilitated a trip for 13 students — 11 from the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) one from the Lindner College of Business and one from the School of Information Technology — to explore Ghana, be immersed in the culture and venture outside of their comfort zones. Students were led by Cedrick Kwuimy and co-led by Nora Honken, faculty in UC's Department of Engineering and Computing Education.


Global Technical Workforce course: Nine years, 11 study tours

May 11, 2023

This spring's Global Technical Workforce course in the University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering and Applied Science offered students in technical fields a chance to work virtually with a class of French students and travel to France or Ghana to build career "soft skills" that complement their technical skills.

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