International Students

Cincinnati State serves immigrants, refugees, asylees, DACA recipients, and students holding a variety of visa statuses. All students who are not U.S. citizens are considered international students, and their immigration status will determine what and how they can study as well as residency for tuition purposes.  Therefore, students must provide a copy of immigration paperwork (permanent resident card, visa, I-94, etc.). International students applying for F-1 visas should apply at least two months before they intend to begin classes at Cincinnati State.  Non-U.S. citizens who have been granted the status of immigrant, permanent resident, or refugee by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services may be admitted on the same basis as U.S. citizens.    

Career Exploration

If you are unsure about your major, consider participating in our “Moving Beyond Undecided” session. The Career Center will assist you through the career exploration process to select an academic program that can lead to a career that best fits your interests.  

Register for a Moving Beyond Undecided  Session  


Complete the online Standard  Application. There is no required fee at the time you submit the application. A $15 non-refundable admission fee will be charged to your first semester’s tuition statement. 

English Proficiency

Provide proof of proficiency with the English language by submitting either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Test results must be less than two years old. The minimum TOEFL score is 500 (paper), 173 (computer) or 61 (Internet-based) and must be sent directly to Cincinnati State, Office of Admissions from the Educational Testing Service. Cincinnati State’s school code is 1984. The minimum IELTS score is 5.0 overall score and must be sent directly to Cincinnati State, Office of Admissions from the testing center.    

Submit Transcripts

Submit an English translation of high school transcripts. If transferring college/university coursework from outside the U.S., student transcript(s) must be translated and evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). See recommended agencies below. Original foreign transcripts will be photocopied and returned to students; however, any translated and evaluated documents must be sent from the credential evaluation service provider.  

English Translation Services: 

English Translation and Evaluation Services:    

International Student Enrollment Packet

New and transfer F-1 and M-1 visa holders, and students who want to change their visa status to F-1, must complete the International Student Enrollment Packet to receive an I-20 and submit it to the Office of International Student Affairs. Students must provide proof of adequate financial support and submit a tuition deposit in advance, which is credited to the student’s account and used only for payment of tuition and fees. An I-20 Form is issued to the student only after the Enrollment packet and all required documents are received.   

Download the  International Student Enrollment Packet  

Explore MyCstate/MyServices

Applicants will have access to view the status of their application and financial aid as well as CState email through their MyCState student portal.    

Learn more about  MyCState

Learn more about  MyServices  

Next Steps

Please allow  14  business days for Admissions to process all documents and send you a letter of Admission to the College.  Once admitted, you will receive next steps and instructions to:  

  • Obtain I-20 from the International Affairs Office (see Enrollment Packet for details)
  • Participate in New Student Orientation  
  • Schedule and meet with your Pathway Advisor  
  • Schedule and pay for classes

Please note that Admission to the College does not admit you to all health care programs.  Many of our programs in the Health and Public Safety division have special admission requirements. Please discuss with your Pathway Advisor.     


We encourage all international students, regardless of your visa status, to contact us at (513) 569-4769 or email We are ready to assist you.