About Us

About Us


The Ohio State University has a rich and vibrant history of international engagement and recognizes that the success of our graduates is enhanced by our global reach. Through innovative approaches, Ohio State prepares its students and supports its faculty to be actively involved and contribute in knowledge-based collaborations around the world.

The Office of International Affairs provides leadership and international expertise to ensure a coordinated and dynamic strategy for university-wide global engagement. To further Ohio State’s international goals and to advance the university’s reputation world-wide, the Office of International Affairs facilitates international experiences for students and faculty, supports academic programs and research, coordinates international partnerships, administers grants and scholarships for global engagement and contributes to enriching the Ohio State experience for the university’s international student and scholar population.

The Office of International Affairs falls under the umbrella of the Office of Academic Affairs, which has responsibility for the administration and coordination of all academic areas of the university and plays a leadership role in almost all aspects of Ohio State including colleges, campuses, major committees and councils, and a variety of units providing central support to the university.


The Office of International Affairs:


The Ohio State community relies on the unique international expertise of the Office of International Affairs to provide it with information and access to premier opportunities in a global setting.

Business Operations
Business operations provides expertise to all units within the Office of International Affairs to enhance resource stewardship.
  • Oversees finance for all units under the Office of International Affairs umbrella.
  • Responsible for budgeting, accounting, procurement to payment support, organizational design and development, payroll support and general operations.

  • Manages all marketing and communications for units under the OIA umbrella.
  • Responsible for brand management; news, information, publications; social media; media and public relations; special event planning.

Human Resources
Human resources provides customer service related to payroll, hiring new employees, benefits and wellness.
  • Shares guidance on university HR policies and procedures to ensure compliance and data integrity.
  • Assists in the management of the onboarding process for new staff members.

International Advancement
International advancement leads the international engagement and fundraising program for Ohio State through cross-collaboration with colleges and units, the Wexner Medical Center, the Office of International Affairs and the Office of Advancement.
  • Engages, cultivates and stewards prospective benefactors, partners, parents and volunteers and leverages the programs of the university’s Global Gateway locations, as well as its Ohio campuses.
  • Develops consistent engagement strategies for Ohio State international alumni and parents living within the United States and abroad.

Global Education
Global Education partners with Ohio State academic units and third party providers to facilitate international experiences for students.
  • Manages over 200 programs in more than 50 countries.
  • Provides advising and outreach, comprehensive application management, pre-departure orientation, risk management, program coordination, new program development, scholarship administration and business and financial services.
  • Works with college liaisons and faculty to support current and new education abroad and virtual programming, as well as identifies resources to facilitate access and affordability.

Grants and Scholarships
The Office of International Affairs funds grants and scholarships that are made available to faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Funding is provided for a wide range of international research and scholarship projects and education abroad.
  • Serves as the administrator for the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright-Hays grants and is the campus representative for the Fulbright Scholars program.

International Partnerships
Partners with Ohio State academic units to develop and manage a wide array of international collaborations, from general Memoranda of Understanding to more specific joint efforts, which are formalized as Memoranda of Agreement, Student Exchange Agreements, International Dual Degrees and International Collaborative Degree programs.
  • Liaises with Ohio State Offices of Legal Affairs, Business and Finance, Research Compliance and Office of Distance Education and eLearning to process agreements and ensure compliance with university, state and federal laws and policies.
  • Maintains university-wide databases of all pending and finalized international agreements.

International Students and Scholars
International students and scholars services facilitate the arrival, integration, engagement and success of international students, staff and exchange scholars at Ohio State, including managing immigration issues and regulatory compliance.
  • Liaises with the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State and the Department of Labor.
  • Develops programming for students to engage in cultural exchange both on and off campus.
  • Works closely with academic departments to manage immigration cases for international scholars.

Area Studies Centers

Global Gateways
  • The Gateways serve as Ohio State’s liaison offices in Shanghai, China (opened in 2010), Mumbai, India (opened in 2012) and São Paulo, Brazil (opened in 2014) that give Ohio State a physical presence in key parts of the world and present a distinct set of opportunities for global engagement.
  • Enables the university to build on existing partnerships and forge new collaborations; facilitates faculty engagement in research; assists with international student recruitment in-country; partners with global businesses to provide internship opportunities; and creates a network to engage with a growing international alumni base.

Global One Health initiative
  • A coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to improve health, build capacity, and provide learning opportunities for students across the globe. Initiated in 2009, the Global One Health initiative (GOHi) partners with 13 colleges to address the spread of disease, promote health and emphasize the connection among humans, animals and the environment.
  • GOHi actively works in cross-cutting issues including zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases (such as Rabies and COVID-19), antimicrobial resistance, cancer, maternal and child health, medicinal plants, food and waterborne diseases, curriculum twinning and innovative e-learning technology.
  • Headquartered on Ohio State’s campus, GOHi also has an office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which is registered as an NGO.