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English Conversation ProgramAs part of the English Conversation Program, groups of five students will meet six times throughout the semester. The small groups will participate in a variety of activities around campus and Columbus. There will be also be organized events for the entire English Conversation Program, including potlucks, football tailgates and other cultural events and celebrations. The program enables international students to practice English communication skills and become better acquainted with U.S. culture, and domestic students have the chance to share their linguistic and cultural knowledge, and learn more about another country.

The deadline for students to apply for the program is Friday, September 12. Learn more about the English Conversation Program and sign up today.

Global Buckeye CelebrationThe Ohio State University celebrated the arrival of more than 2,000 new international students to the Buckeye family on Friday, August 22 with a party at the RPAC. The new Buckeyes enjoyed pizza, music, dancing, games and met students from all over the globe. View a slideshow photo album from the event after the Read More.


Travel awards are available for interested faculty to participate in the Health Sciences Innovations Conference and Trade Show to be held in Mumbai, India, January 15-18, 2015. The H3C Conference is sponsored by Ohio State and the All India Institute for Medical Sciences and will focus on India's rapidly growing biotech and health sciences industry, with the goal of developing strategic partnerships and research collaboration between Ohio State and India's academic institutions and health sciences-related industry. In addition, the conference seeks to engage health sciences companies from the U.S. to seek economic opportunities in India and encourage companies in India to explore opportunities in the U.S., particularly in Columbus, Ohio.


Summer 2014 Graduation ReceptionInternational students from six countries gathered in the Ohio Staters, Inc. Traditions Room of the Ohio Union on Friday, August 8, 2014 to celebrate their graduation from The Ohio State University. The reception was hosted by the Office of International Affairs and celebrated graduates from Chile, China, India, Nepal, Poland, and South Korea.


Global Buckeye CelebrationThe Global Buckeye Celebration will celebrate the arrival of more than 2,000 new international students to Ohio State!

On Friday, August 22, from 5 - 7 p.m., join us at the RPAC Larkins Outdoor Plaza for pizza, games, prizes and more as we welcome these new students to campus and get ready for the beginning of autumn semester.  

View photos from last year's Global Buckeye Celebration on Facebook or watch our slideshow below.  


Mark Bender gives lecture at East China Normal UniversityMark Bender, professor and chair in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, recently gave nine hours of lectures as part of a symposium for young Chinese folklorists at East China Normal University. His lectures covered Appalachian material culture, including the studies of folklore and the intangible cultural heritage phenomena in China. Forty students and professors were in attendance.

Dr. Bender is a specialist in traditional Chinese performance and performance connected to literature of local Han and ethnic minority cultures in China. His lectures are built into East China Normal University’s annual summer school, lasting for a week in July. The theme of this year’s summer school was folklore tradition and its place in contemporary society, focusing on dialogue between Chinese and American folklore studies.

Orientation LeadersPreparing for the arrival of about 1,700 new international students is no easy task. But over the last few weeks Orientation Leaders with the Office of International Affairs have been busy learning the ins and outs of Check-in and Orientation and they are ready to welcome our newest Buckeyes to Ohio State.

As new international students begin arriving in early August, our Orientation Leaders share their thoughts on how new students can make the most of their Ohio State experience.


O-H-I-O in Shanghai, ChinaJim Pinchak, senior lecturer for Workforce Development & Education for College of Education and Human Ecology was invited as lecturer at East China Normal University from May 25-June 8, 2014. During his stay in Shanghai, Dr. Pinchak developed increased linkages between ECNU and Ohio State regarding workforce development and education and vocational education. Dr. Guoqing Xu (the "O" on right), Associate Professor at ECNU, served as primary host and guide for Dr. Pinchak and his son Nico, (the "I"). The group learned about the China Gateway office functions during a tour in late May.

Graduation ReceptionA celebration for international students graduating this semester will occur on Friday, August 8 at 3:30 p.m. in the Ohio Staters, Inc., Traditions Room at the Ohio Union. All international students, along with their family and friends, are invited to attend and be recognized for their tremendous accomplishment.

Graduating students will be introduced at the reception and given the opportunity to share their accomplishments and their future plans after graduation. A photographer from the Office of International Affairs will be taking pictures, but guests are welcome to bring their own camera as well. Graduates are also encouraged to bring their country’s flag to the reception. You can view slideshows of previous graduation receptions here.

If you are able to attend the reception, please register and let us know the number of guests you plan to bring to the event.

O-H-I-O at Brandenburg Gate, GermanyOhio State students participating in university-approved third party provider and direct enroll study abroad programs will soon see a decrease in costs to participate in these types of programs. The Ohio Board of Regents recently approved a waiver of tuition for Ohio State students who participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming while maintaining simultaneous enrollment at Ohio State. The decision follows a recommendation by The Ohio State University Board of Trustees.

Third party provider or direct enroll programming can fill important geographic and/or thematic needs for academic units that wish to expand study abroad opportunities in their respective disciplines. The purpose of the waiver is to make the cost of these programs commensurate with Ohio State study abroad programs. Without the tuition waiver students would in essence pay double tuition.