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Global Gateways

Ohio State SealThe Ohio State University is recognized as a leading national and international institution – one that prepares its students and faculty to participate actively in knowledge-based collaborations around the world. As one of America's best public universities, Ohio State strives to build a foundation that will integrate international dimensions within every facet of the institution. To solidify Ohio State's commitment to enhancing its global interactions, the university has opened offices – Global Gateways – in key parts of the world.

Ohio State opened Gateway office locations in Shanghai, China (February 2010), Mumbai, India (2012) and São Paulo, Brazil (September 2014). The locations for the Gateways capitalize on the strengths of Ohio State's connections across the globe and provide the university with a myriad of opportunities, including operational support for faculty research/teaching and international partnerships, a portal for education abroad, a location for international student recruitment, a center for academic programming as well as executive and corporate training, a location for alumni gatherings and a new way to partner with Ohio-based companies operating in global markets.

China Gateway

The China Gateway was established in 2010 with the support of a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State. The China Gateway, located in Shanghai, builds upon Ohio State's long-standing partnerships and strategic engagement with China. The Gateway serves as a mini embassy for Ohio State to foster connections and facilitate opportunities for students, researchers, alumni and partner.

Ohio State China Gateway Director Phoebe You

In its very first year, the China Gateway managed 15 delegations from Ohio State, jointly facilitated the opening of the Wuhan Center for American Culture and hosted 24 events for over 200 alumni in China. In 2011, two official alumni clubs were formed in Shanghai and Beijing. To better serve the Columbus campus’ incoming Chinese students, the China Gateway partnered with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience to begin hosting pre-departure orientations in mainland China. Through its Global Internship Program, the China Gateway has been able to create 10 internship opportunities for students who want to gain professional experience in China. Its robust social media strategy is catered to its Chinese audience, with dedicated Weibo and Renren accounts that are followed by more than 3,200 Buckeyes and friends.

Launched in late 2011, the International Corporate Partnership Programs offers first-rate services to the corporate partners with Ohio State’s advanced educational resources.

From 2012-2016, the China Gateway office has seen tremendous growth and has been at the forefront engaging students, faculty, alumni, parents, university and business partners with Ohio State and China.

Fast Facts

  • 4,024 students from China were enrolled at Ohio State during the autumn 2016 semester
  • Over 375 faculty and staff travel to Greater China every year
  • More than 70 active agreements with top universities
  • Some 1,000 alumni and friends living in mainland China
  • Over 2,000 alumni in Taiwan
  • 119 students studied abroad in China/Taiwan during the 2015-2016 academic year

Office of International Affairs

The Office of International Affairs helps facilitate the development and growth of international activities at Ohio State. International Affairs oversees the Global Gateways, Education Abroad, International Students and Scholars, Global One Health and five Area Studies Centers. International Affairs sponsors and administers grants and scholarships for faculty, graduate and undergraduate student research, education abroad and independent study; develops agreements with international academic institutions; hosts international delegations; and initiates and coordinates international education outreach activities and special events.

Ohio State

The Ohio State University's campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation since its founding in 1870. The university's main campus is one of America's largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio's best and one of the nation's top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.

Columbus, Ohio

Columbus is the largest and fastest-growing city in Ohio, with a vibrant blend of arts and culture; inspired culinary, fashion, music and entertainment scenes; exciting collegiate and professional sports; and an open, entrepreneurial spirit. With a burgeoning downtown, lively urban districts and a diverse array of welcoming neighborhoods, it's a city that invites exploration.