2021-2022 Annual Report

There is a fourth "I" implicit in UC's core values of inclusion, innovation and impact, and that is internationalism.

In spite of ongoing uncertainty over global health and safety, in spite of sometimes chaotic changes to government guidelines or the availability of visa appointments, and in spite of the many complications that entangled world travel, UC International successfully landed a record-breaking fall class of international students, slowly opened global travel and found ways to reconnect with partners abroad.

Global Partnerships

The University of Cincinnati forms key institutional partnerships in geostrategic regions of the world. These university-wide partnerships go beyond the hundreds of individual institutional collaboration and activity agreements UC has worldwide.

Building a small number of comprehensive and sustainable partnerships allows UC to channel efforts and resources into collaborations that embody our university’s vision of global impact, innovation and inclusion. Such partnerships are more vital than ever.

With the support of such sustainable partnerships, institutions of higher education can weather uncertain times. We can mitigate risk, mutually invest in innovation and generate new recruitment and revenue streams. We can bridge short-term challenges and launch creative new ventures. 


UC exchange student shoots for the stars

May 16, 2022

Paula Vulić, a master’s student in astrophysics from the University of Zagreb in Croatia set her sights high during an internship exchange semester this spring at the University of Cincinnati.


New international program tackles artificial intelligence skills...

July 20, 2022

The University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science and Coventry University in the UK have partnered to offer an international master's program in artificial intelligence to help address a global skills shortage in AI. Students will be able to complete different parts of the program at both UC and at Coventry University.


UHP Discover goes global

September 6, 2022

For the first time, students from a strategic partner university—Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Mexico—participated in the UHP Discover summer research program at the University of Cincinnati.

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International Students

Area chart shows proportional circles for 1224 arrivals vs 685 new enrollments

New Arrivals vs. Enrollments, Fall 2021

As visa and travel restrictions eased, students came in record numbers to UC’s campuses.

In fall 2021, a record 1,224 new students arrived at UC. Among them were many who had deferred or had started their degree work online in previous semesters, with first-time enrollments at 685. (Source: iBearcatsGlobal—UC International student database.)

Including OPT, UC’s fall 2021 total international student population surpassed 2019 pre-COVID numbers at 4,512. (Source: Reported to Open Doors for 2021.)

International students by degree, fall 2021.
undergraduate 1,061
master's 1,343
doctoral 878
total 3,282

Scholarship to support students from Ukraine, Russia

April 13, 2022

A Greater Cincinnati company has established a scholarship for international students at the University of Cincinnati affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Cincinnati Business Courier reported.


Presidential medals honor the 'best of the best'

May 26, 2022

The University of Cincinnati honors four undergraduates with the Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence and two graduate students with the Presidential Medal of Graduate Student Excellence in the annual 2022 celebration at Cincinnati's Queen City Club.

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Study Abroad

In fall 2021, UC’s student travel policy was lifted, but with firm restrictions.

Individual student travel was possible by petition. Despite the stringent guidelines, participation returned heartily for exchange and external provider programs. Co-op and internship participation abroad only reached about half of its pre-pandemic level.

Faculty-led programs could travel to locations with a U.S. Department of State warning under level 4, beginning with winter break programs. Only 3 programs, all of which had run prior to the pandemic, were able to successfully meet the criteria to take student groups abroad.

Study abroad participation, 2021-22.
Faculty-led Exchange External / Third-Party Co-op / Internship Total
57 60 193 41 351
Pre-pandemic comparison, 2018-19 to 2021-22.
  2018-19 participation 2021-22 participation
Faculty-Led 1,298 (87 programs) 57 (3 programs)
Exchange Programs 107 60
External Programs 218 193
Co-op / Internship 80 41

UC students awarded critical language scholarships

April 4, 2022

Three students from the University of Cincinnati were announced as finalists for the Critical Language Scholarship this year. The CLS Program is a study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world.


UC student takes in Cannes Film Festival

June 27, 2022

UC student Tanmay Srivastava got a unique point of view on the film industry this year by attending the Cannes Film Festival, an international event held annually in Cannes, France.

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