International Application Instructions

CCM admissions process begins on August 1 for undergraduate students and September 1 for graduate students for entrance in the following year’s fall semester. Students are encouraged to submit their pre-screening materials by November 15, but all applications matericals must be received by December 1.

Application Procedures

Please submit transcripts or marks sheets that show each of the four years of study prior to graduation from high school as well as any college transcripts (if applicable). If your high school course was completed in three years, please submit the final year of study in middle school. All transcripts must be sent to the University of Cincinnati directly – we do not accept transcripts emailed or mailed by the applicant themselves.

Transcripts must be submitted in the native language AND sent with a translated English copy officially certified with a seal.

Upload official translated copy of your transcripts (records of academic work which you have taken while in college) to your online application.

Proof of English language proficiency is required from all applicants whose native language is not English. English proficiency can be demonstrated by receiving a passing score on an approved English language test (see table below), obtaining a bachelor’s or master’s degree (3.2 minimum GPA) from a U.S. college or university, or a passing score of level 112 at an English Language School (ELS).

Minimum TOEFL Scores
Applicant Group Internet Computer  Paper
Undergraduates (except Voice)  66  187 515
Undergraduates (Voice)  79  213 550
Undergraduates (BA in Music) 75 203 537
Master’s  80 190 550
Master’s (Composition, Theory, History)  83 220 560
Doctoral Piano 80 222 566
Doctoral (except Voice, Composition, Theory, Musicology, Piano)  90 233 577
Doctoral (Voice, Composition, Theory, Musicology), Master’s Arts Administration 100  250 600
Minimum IELTS Scores
Applicant Group Minimum IELTS Scores
Undergraduates 6.0
Graduates 6.5
Minimum Duolingo Scores
Applicant Group Minimum Duolingo Scores
Undergraduates 95
Graduates 105

Additional ways that undergraduate applicants can meet the English proficiency requirement

  • SAT: 520 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 
  • ACT: 20 English 
  • PTE: 46 

English Language Requirement Exemptions

There are four conditions for being exempt from taking a standardized test to demonstrate your English proficiency:

  1. You have taken a full year of high school in the U.S. and earned a passing grade in one year of standard English (not ESL). This must be shown on your transcripts.
  2. If you are a graduate student who has completed an undergraduate degree at an English-speaking university or completed a Master's degree with a 3.2 GPA or higher at an English-speaking university. 
  3. You have earned a passing score on the O Level Exam.
  4. You have passed the first year of IB English (SL or HL) with a score of 5 or higher.
  5. You are from one of the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Denmark, Dominica, Fiji, Finland, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Scotland, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines,  Swaziland, Sweden, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands, Wales, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Getting Your I-20

  1. Confirm AcceptanceUndergraduates can confirm their acceptance online by paying the $100 matriculation fee. 
    1. Graduates can confirm their acceptance by completing the online confirmation form, paying the $100 matriculation fee through their Check My Status Portal and submitting their official final transcript to the Graduate School.
  2. Financial Verification – After you are confirmed, verify funding using the iBearcatsGlobal system and the Sources of Support eForm. You will be required to scan and upload the financial documents there. Please complete the Financial Certification form and return it to the UC International Services office.
  3. Scholarship – If awarded a scholarship, the amount of your scholarship will be included on your I-20.
  4. Issuing the I-20 – CCM does not issue the I-20. UC International Services will mail your I-20 after they receive all required documents. All questions regarding the I-20 must be addressed to UC International Services:
    1. Phone: 513-556-4278
    2. E-mail: international.students@uc.edu