International Scholarships

UC International Admissions offers international students two merit-based scholarship award opportunities: UC Global Scholarship and International Outreach Scholarship. 

For students applying to Uptown (Main) Campus, the average combined scholarship amount awarded is $8,000 per academic year, adding up to $32,000 over 4 academic years! A student starting as a first-year can renew the scholarships up to 8 academic semesters, and a student transferring to UC can renew the scholarships up to 4 or 6 academic semesters (based on the program duration). 

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First-Year Student Information

  • Students are eligible for our scholarships if they are 1 of the following:
    • Students whose entire high school was completed outside the U.S.
    • Students entering UC directly from a university outside of the U.S.
    • Students entering UC through Conditional Admission
    • Foreign nationals who have completed (or are completing) an Associate’s degree from an accredited university or community college in the U.S. or outside of the U.S.
    • Foreign national transfer students who have earned at least 24 semester hours of university level course credit at a university outside of the U.S. 

A student must meet one of the following requirements:

  • SAT Critical Reading + Math: 1130
  • ACT: 23 Composite
  • TOEFL*: 79 Composite (minimum 15 each subsection) 
  • IELTS*: 6.5 Overall (minimum 5.5 each subsection)
  • ELS*: Graduate from session 112
  • Duolingo (DET)*

    *TOEFL, IELTS, or ELS do not show a students math ability. If the TOEFL, IELTS, or ELS scores are submitted, the student must take the UC Math Placement Test (MPT). To take the MPT online or at the UC campus, please contact UC International Admissions at international.admissions@uc.edu.  
Scholarship amounts are based on three deadlines, and students will be placed in groups for scholarship review based on these deadlines.
 
  • August 1 - December 1: Most generous scholarship awards
  • December 2 - February 1: Scholarship awards to exceptional students
  • February 2 - April 1: Scholarship awards based on funding availability

Transfer Student Information

Students are eligible for our scholarships if they are 1 of the following:
  • International transfer students who have completed (or are completing) an Associate’s degree from an accredited university or community college in the U.S. or outside of the U.S. 
  • International transfer students who earned at least 24 semester hours of university level course credit at a university outside of the U.S. 
  • English proficiency tests are not required if students complete UC equivalent English Composition I (ENGL1001) course with a B grade or higher at a regionally accredited US institution. 
  • Students studying in the US must either earn an Associate's degree or have taken 24 credit hours in the U.S. to qualify.

A student studying in the U.S. must earn an Associate degree to qualify for transfer scholarships. U.S. university or community college transcripts are required.

3.25 - 4.0 Cumulative GPA at university or community college

Students applying during their final semester or semesters of study towards the Associate Degree may be considered. They must submit a final transcript from the university or community college that demonstrates they have met the cumulative GPA requirement and have earned an Associate’s degree before the scholarship funds will be given.

A student who has an Associate degree from a university outside of the U.S. is required to submit transcripts and a test of English ability:

3.25 - 4.0 Cumulative GPA at university 

and

  • TOEFL iBT: 79-91 
  • PTE: 62
  • TOEFL: 79 Composite (minimum 15 on each subsection) 
  • IELTS: 6.5 Overall (minimum 5.5 on each subsection)
  • ELS: Graduate from session 112
  • Duolingo (DET)

English proficiency tests are not required if students complete UC equivalent English Composition I (ENGL1001) course with a B grade or higher at a regionally accredited US institution. 

  • March 1: Applicants to College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) 
  • June 1: Applicants to College of Engineering and Applied Science 
  • July 1: Applicants to all other colleges

Review Process

There is not a separate application for UC's International Scholarships. All international students who are offered admission to the University of Cincinnati are automatically considered based on their application and required application materials. Students should submit all application materials before the program priority deadline in order to receive maximum consideration.

Students are notified of the scholarship awards with the admission decision online and by mail. 


Renewing Scholarships

All students with a UC International Student Scholarship must: 
 
  • Maintain a 3.2 cumulative University of Cincinnati GPA per academic semester
  • Complete 15 hours of community service per academic semester
  • Maintain full-time enrollment status (at least 12 semester hours) and have academic progress towards a degree