International Students

CCU is committed to building Christian leaders to serve the church and shape the world, and that mission is recognized in the number of international students who come to study here at CCU. If you are an international, we are glad that you are considering CCU to further prepare you for ministry! Below you will find information on the process as well as other important information in becoming an international student.

Becoming an International Student


The first step in the process ahead is to complete the application for admission, which can now be done conveniently online.

For further information about the Admissions process, please contact Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions.

Visa Information

All international students must obtain a student visa to study in the United States. Please contact the Registrar at CCU for information on this process.

Financing Your Education

Student Financial Services provides the most up to date information on the costs of your education here at CCU. Visit their website for an estimate of the costs.

CCU does offer a limited number of full tuition scholarships for international students. Please contact the Financial Aid department for further information.

International Student Life

Once on campus, the Center for Urban and Global Outreach (CUGO) can serve as a resource to international students at CCU. Steve Skaggs, Center Director, would be glad to work with you as you adjust to living in the United States.

Getting to Campus

International students should plan to arrive on campus several days before the beginning of the semester. If you need to arrange for transportation from the airport, please be sure to contact the Center for Urban and Global Outreach at least two weeks ahead of time with your flight information. CUGO will be glad to help you coordinate transportation from the airport to campus. For maps and directions on how to get to campus, click here.

International Student Orientation

Within the first few days of the semester, all new and returning international students are required to attend an orientation, facilitated by the Center for Urban and Global Outreach. Please watch for announcements in your email.


CCU offers housing for internationals in the dormitories only. Living in the dorms is a great way to get to know other students. For more information about living on campus, including what items to bring (and not to bring), please contact Student Life.

There are also apartments and rental homes in the neighborhood around CCU and you are welcome to investigate those possibilities on your own if you are interested in living off-campus.


All students living on campus are required to have a meal plan. Options are listed on the Dining Services website.

*Important note: There are regular times when the Dining Hall and Hilltop Coffee shop are closed. Please be familiar with the hours through the Dining Services website.


It is vitally important that you understand when the academic breaks are during the year, and what that means for you as far as meals and housing are concerned. Specific dates can be found on the Academic Calendar.

  • Labor Day
  • Fall Break
  • Thanksgiving Break
  • Winter Break
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Spring Break
  • Easter Break
  • Summer Break

Dining Services are generally not offered during these breaks, but please check their website for updated information. Students will need to make a special request with Student Life if there are concerns about housing during breaks.

Health Care

All international students are required to carry health insurance. A policy is made available to you through Student Financial Services. Please contact this department if you have questions about health coverage. The Student Life department can provide further details about immunization requirements and referrals for health care providers.

Employment on Campus

International students are generally permitted to work only on campus. Available jobs are posted on the Student Life website, which is accessible once you become a student, and you may contact the Registrar if you have questions about your legal eligibility to work.

Academic Support

We want you to succeed academically while you study at CCU. If you would like help in understanding and completing your assignments, the Academic Support office is here to serve you. Please contact this department if you are interested.


CCU email is the primary method of communication you will use on campus. The format for all CCU students, faculty, and staff is (firstname).(lastname) If you have questions about your email address or password, please contact the IT department.

It is also imperative that all international students request a campus mailbox through the Mail Center/Bookstore at CCU.

There are several public phones on campus that students may use, though most students choose to purchase a cell phone. International calling cards can be purchased at any grocery store or online.


Owning a car is not necessary while you are a student at CCU. We are an urban campus, with amenities such as dining, grocery and convenience shopping within walking distance. There is an inexpensive public bus system in Cincinnati, and several taxi services. We also have a mini-van available for international student use for those who have a drivers license.

Climate & Clothing

Cincinnati has a temperate seasonal climate. The weather is hot and humid in the late summer months of July and August. Autumn is cool and you will need a light jacket. The winter months are very cold, with temperatures sometimes below freezing. Warm clothing, a heavy coat, gloves, hat, scarf, and boots are necessary. Occasional heavy snows are normal between January-March. From spring break on, temperatures are mild and the weather is often windy and rainy. An umbrella would be useful. May and June are pleasant, warm months.

Money & Banking

You may need cash or travelers checks for your initial arrival in Cincinnati. Checks will take time, sometimes several weeks, to clear and it may take time to arrange for a direct transfer from overseas, so bring sufficient cash for your initial expenses.

When you open a bank account, most banks require two forms of ID such as a passport and student ID. There are several banks near the school.

Information about Cincinnati

More information about Cincinnati can be found by visiting the website of the Cincinnati Visitor’s Bureau.