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Garett Heysel visits Suzhou University in ChinaGarett Heysel is learning more about Ohio State’s connections in China while visiting many of the universities in which Ohio State’s partners in study abroad during his nine-day stay in the world’s most populous country. Heysel, assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, is traveling to Shanghai, Nanjing, Chengdu and Beijing to better acquaint himself with Ohio State’s higher education partners in China and to potentially identify new collaborative opportunities that will enhance students’ international experiences.

A visit to Shanghai put Heysel in touch with leadership at East China Normal University and Suzhou University. One of Ohio State’s newest study abroad programs focuses on the history of Shanghai over a 300-year-period and incorporates Chinese language instruction through East China Normal University, helping students take the first steps toward cultural and linguistic independence. Suzhou University is the location of Ohio State’s widely recognized Chinese Flagship program, which offers intensive Chinese language instruction.


Dean Williams at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China

A seven-day visit to China, including stops in Shanghai, Guangzhou Xi'an, Shaanxi and Beijing, is how David Williams, dean of the College of Engineering, spent the first week of December. Williams traveled to China to strengthen university and industry partnerships, meet with alumni and explore new collaborative opportunities with leading corporations.

Williams met with university partners at Beihang University and Shanghai JiaoTong University (SJTU), where he gave a talk about the College of Engineering’s expanding cooperative engineering programs with SJTU. Another visit and meetings with Xi’an JiaoTong University and IBM China provided additional insight about a joint data analytics center in Xi’an, China, and Williams shared information about the College of Engineering’s work in data analytics.


Looking for something to do over winter break? Explore your options to study abroad during May session. With over 40 programs from which to choose, you can easily find the program that helps you achieve your personal and academic goals. Use the online search engine to narrow your choices depending on your specific interests. As an added incentive, students enrolled full time during spring semester 2015 can take up to three credits during May session with no tuition costs. The deadline to sign up is January 1.

You can study social issues and human rights in Nicaragua, public health perspectives in India, child welfare in Australia. Or, you can spend four weeks studying the history, culture and major events of Brazil, China, Great Britain, Hungary, Mexico, Morocco or Uganda as part of Ohio State's Global May study abroad programs. These programs are geared toward first and second year students, are taught in English and are led by Ohio State faculty.

With so many opportunities, it is best to take your time, consider all of your options and determine what is most important to you. Get started right away by learning more about how to choose the program that's right for you.

The Polish Studies Initiative is now accepting applications for its 2015 grant and scholarship competition. Scholarships are available for undergraduates and pre-candidacy PhD students to support the study of Polish language and culture through study abroad or summer intensive language programs that will occur in the 2015 May session or summer term.

Grants are open to post-candidacy PhD students and faculty to support research and curriculum development in the arts, humanities and social sciences that will enhance the understanding of Polish society and culture.

For more information and to download the application, please visit the Polish Studies Initiative funding page.

Upload your Buckeyes Abroad photo to the Office of International Affairs. We will share your images with the Ohio State campus community.

Ohio State's national ranking for studying abroad is featured in The Lantern. Published on December 4, 2014, "Ohio State sees 31% increase in students studying abroad" explains how the university is ranked #7 nationally for the total number of students studying abroad during 2012-2013.

Students Joel Meyer and Shelley Diewald are interviewed in the article as well as vice provost for global strategies and international affairs, William Brustein.


The Office of International Affairs has joined with Outreach and Engagement, Student Life/Undergraduate Education and the Service-Learning Initiative, to recognize faculty, staff, students and community partners with the University Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards program. The Office of International Affairs is offering two awards:

1) The Distinguished International Engagement Award to recognize Ohio State faculty and staff who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in and commitment to international outreach and engagement by having established a project that has a long-term record of sustained impact, achievement and scholarship.

2) The Emerging International Engagement Award to recognize Ohio State faculty and staff who have demonstrated outstanding promise in international outreach and engagement with the development of a relatively new initiative that has shown short-term results and has the potential for long-term impact, achievement and scholarship.

Applications are due by Monday, February 16. Visit go.osu.edu/oeawards for submission information.

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, January 16. Learn more about the English Conversation Program and sign up today.

Ohio State students traveling abroad for the purpose of undergraduate or graduate/dissertation research, service and volunteering, international internships or independent study as part of their academic program are required to enroll in Ohio State’s supplemental study abroad health insurance. The supplemental insurance includes coverage for emergency assistance, evacuation and repatriation.

Students can visit the study abroad insurance page for more information on how to apply.

A celebration for international students graduating this semester will occur on Friday, December 19 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.