There was also a real Dayton out there, a charming Ohio city… Its citizens energized us from the outset.
- Richard Holbrooke, To End a War
The Dayton Council for International Visitors is administered by the Wright State University Center for international Education (UCIE). This center acts as a catalyst for international education at Wright State and facilitates an environment where students, faculty, staff, and the Dayton community have increased opportunities to gain international understanding through learning and experience. The UCIE not only provides administrative support for academic exchange but also cultural programming to enhance and enrich the international visitor’s experience. In addition to academic exchange, the UCIE also designs and administers professional exchange programs in the greater Dayton community through the Dayton Council for International Visitors.
Dayton is situated near the center of the Miami River Valley, a fertile agricultural region with even precipitation and moderate temperatures. The city was settled in 1796 and named for Jonathan Dayton, the youngest signatory of the U.S. Constitution and a local landowner. The opening of the Miami and Erie Canal in the 1840's and the construction of railways beginning in the 1850's led to the growth and prosperity of Dayton’s manufacturing infrastructure and helped build the city’s reputation as a logistical centroid.
By the 1870s, Dayton had attracted some of the country’s best and brightest inventors, engineers, and industry researchers. Famous inventors such as the Wright Brothers, who invented the first practical airplane, and Charles F. Kettering, inventor of the electrical starting motor, called Dayton home, and innovative companies, including the National Cash Register Company which manufactured the first cash registers, became cornerstones of Dayton’s economy. According to the U.S. Patent Office, Dayton had more patents granted per capita than any other U.S. city in the 1890s.
Many world-famous thinkers and inventors have called Dayton, Ohio home. In that same spirit, the city continues this tradition of innovation by positioning itself as an emerging global technology hub and a center for cutting-edge research initiatives. These industries, along with strong healthcare and defense sectors, recently earned Dayton the ranking of top midsized metropolitan area in the nation for economic development, according to Site Selection magazine. Nicknamed “the birthplace of aviation” for its close association with the Wright Brothers, Dayton has retained a strong connection to the industry. Today the city is home to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the largest base of the United States Air Force, and the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
Today, the greater Dayton region is a mid-sized community known for its midwestern hospitality and charm. Neighborhoods are the centerpiece of Dayton, and residents openly collaborate with business owners, community stakeholders and governmental bodies to help shape the city’s future. A large part of this shared vision is embodied in the 2011 “Welcome Dayton” initiative, an action plan to create a supportive and welcoming community and to build a national reputation as an immigrant friendly city.
Visitors to Dayton will enjoy discovering its unique tourist attractions and interesting features. Located minutes from downtown Dayton are several well-known museums including the National Museum of the United States Air Force, the official museum of the United States Air Force and the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum. For visitors who enjoy performing arts, Dayton offers affordable world-class Broadway performances, concerts, and lectures in some of the region’s most innovative venues. The greater Dayton area also boasts more parks and green space than any other metropolitan area its size giving visitors an array of outdoor recreation and education opportunities.
Named after the Wright brothers, Wright State has built a national reputation as a suburban research university steeped in a culture of innovation. Wright State provides state-of-the-art facilities and ranks fourth among Ohio's public universities in federal research expenditures. Its strong links to business and community organizations offer unique educational opportunities to a diverse student body of nearly 20,000, including over 1000 international students representing 64 different countries. Boasting two campuses, the university offers 110 undergraduate and 76 Ph.D., master's and professional degrees spread over 10 schools and colleges. The Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine is affiliated with seven major teaching hospitals and more than 20 other health-care institutions. Wright State University is also host to the Dayton Council on World Affairs and offers international education programs open to the Greater Dayton community.
Read more about our current programs and programming capabilities on the 'Programs' page.