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The Office of International Affairs and its English Conversation Program will celebrate a successful semester with an End of the Year Celebration on Thursday, December 4 from 7 – 10 p.m. at 400 West Rich in downtown Columbus.

The event will feature music from around the world, snacks and a variety of winter holiday crafts, activities and traditions. All students are encouraged to attend and to bring friends. There is parking available at the venue, and a free bus loop from campus to the event will run from the Ohio Union at 6:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., and return from the venue at 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m.

We hope you can join us to celebrate this fantastic semester of new friendships and cultural exchange. If you are interested in the event, please register on our Facebook event and share the event with friends.

The Ohio State University is ranked in the top 10 nationally among doctoral institutions for the number of students studying abroad and is in the top 15 for its international student enrollment, according to a national report released today.

Ohio State ranks 7th among the nation’s colleges and universities with 2,255 students studying abroad in 2012-13, a 31 percent increase over the previous year. Ohio State ranks 2nd in the nation for the number of students participating in short-term programs with 2,139 studying abroad for one to eight weeks during the academic year. Of those students studying on short-term programs, 447 were first and second year students.

Ohio State ranks 14th in the nation with 6,800* international students enrolled in 2013, an increase of five percent.

These findings were issued as part of the 2014 Open Doors Report, an annual survey published by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.


The Center for Slavic and East European Studies and East Asian Studies Center are seeking applications for fellowships for summer term 2015 and academic year 2015-16 under the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship program. Fellowships are available for Ohio State graduate and professional school students students – as well as select undergraduate students (eligibility varies by center) – pursuing a course of study that requires advanced foreign language and area studies training. Applications are due Monday, February 2, 2015. Read more about FLAS Fellowship benefits and application procedures.


The College of Arts and Sciences is hosting a Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on the eleventh floor of the Thompson Library. During the fair, students can learn about the 2015 May session and summer term study abroad programs through the College of Arts and Sciences. They will also have the opportunity to talk to faculty resident directors and past study abroad participants about studying abroad. Refreshments will be served.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Garett Heysel, assistant dean, College of Arts and Sciences at heysel.1@osu.edu.

The Office of International Affairs and Office of Diversity and Inclusion are teaming up with IES Abroad to host a panel titled, “The Global Citizen: Study Abroad as a Career Catalyst” on Monday, November 17 at 4 p.m. The panel discussion will feature Ohio State alumni and other professionals who attribute much of their career success to their study abroad experience. 

This event is part of International Education Week and a light dinner will be provided following the panel discussion. To RSVP for the event, visit go.osu.edu/globalcitizenpanel.


Learn more about how faculty and staff can help promote study abroad to students by attending a workshop on Friday, November 21 from 12 – 1 p.m. in 150 Younkin Success Center. The Office of International Affairs will share information about programs available to all majors, scholarship opportunities and deadlines, the application process, and most importantly, how faculty and staff can become knowledgeable ambassadors in support of students studying abroad during their college career. For more information and to RSVP, visit our registration page. All participants will receive a study abroad poster to hang in their office space or building.


When George Chow, an M.F.A candidate in design research and development at Ohio State, read that an estimated 4.5 million children under the age of 5 had died worldwide over the last three years as a result of waterborne diseases, he became determined to somehow improve the lives of those in need.

According to the World Health Organization, this issue is compounded by the fact that 1 billion people worldwide defecate in the open, and as Chow learned, 579 million of those people are in India. Not only does this affect water supply and health, there is economic impact as well. Inadequate sanitation in India amounts to $53.8 billion a year in health care costs, productivity loss and even premature deaths.


The Global Internship Program, facilitated by the Global Gateways with support from the Office of Student Life, is now accepting applications for internship placements in 2015. This program is non-credit bearing and available only to Chinese citizens. Full-time Chinese Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students of all majors and backgrounds are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2014.

The Global Internship Program focuses on providing professional opportunities to Ohio State students in Gateway countries by placing them in internships with companies throughout China. The Shanghai-based staff of the China Gateway assists students during the interview process and leads an in-country orientation for accepted applicants. Potential internship placement companies include Apple, Bosch, Erico, Fiat Chrysler and IBM.

To learn more about the Global Internship Program and how to apply, visit oia.osu.edu/china/programs.

The Ohio State University is the recipient of a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State to serve as the lead administrator of the national Passport to India initiative, which seeks to increase the number and diversity of American college and university students studying abroad and interning in India by 2020. The program was launched by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011 to create a hub for U.S.-India higher education partnerships and to develop a stronger bond between the youth of both countries by increasing American student mobility.


dombi honduras 320pxOhio State students interested in studying abroad for May session 2015 have opportunities to travel to Brazil, Ecuador, Honduras or Nicaragua. A short-term spring break nursing program in Ethiopia is another available opportunity. Apply for these programs before their upcoming deadline to start your international journey. Explore additional study abroad programs with later application deadlines using our search tool.

Please contact the study abroad coordinator of the program you are interested in for additional information or if you have any questions.