The Office of International Affairs collaborates with Ohio State’s 14 colleges to effectively manage the growth of high quality and affordable international experiences for students. Developing and managing a study abroad program requires commitment, time and energy on the part of academic units, resident directors and the Office of International Affairs.
More than 2,400 Ohio State students study abroad each academic year, with more than half participating in programs led by Ohio State resident directors. The growth in study abroad at Ohio State is directly attributable the many faculty and staff that recognize the importance of undergraduates having at least one international experience during their college career.
Through a wide variety of international opportunities, Ohio State works hard to ensure that all students are well equipped to thrive in today’s global marketplace. In the ongoing effort to graduate globally competent citizens, Ohio State has defined five global competencies to instil in all Ohio State students: the ability to work effectively in international settings; an awareness of and adaptability to diverse cultures, perceptions and approaches; a familiarity with the major currents of global change and the issues they raise; the capacity for effective communication across cultural and linguistic boundaries; and the ability to comprehend the international dimension of one’s field of study.
During time spent abroad with students, resident directors find ways through the teaching and learning process to incorporate methods in which students can begin to attain these competencies. Study abroad can change the lives of students forever and resident directors play a critical role in the transformation.
Important Information at a Glance
Program Fees and Deadlines
A calendar of activities and deadlines for setting fees keeps programs on track so that students can be informed of the program fee in a timely manner. Please refer to the program fees and deadlines page for additional information on setting program fees, travel arrangement deadlines and budgetary deadlines.
Health and Safety
Guidelines, resources and protocols for a safe and successful international experience have been developed to promote the well-being of every student, faculty and staff member participating in a study abroad program.
View the faculty and resident director health and safety page to understand the considerations that must be made prior to accompanying students on international travel.
An accompanying individual is considered to be the spouse, partner or legal dependent of the resident director. While Ohio State does not restrict resident directors from bringing an accompanying spouse, partner or legal dependent(s) on study abroad programs, it is not a practice that is encouraged. Several policies, rules and guidelines are in place to address accompanying individuals.
- Policy on Accompanying Individuals
In limited circumstances, an additional Ohio State faculty/staff member may accompany the group as a departmental guest. These circumstances include providing the opportunity to learn about the program first-hand in order to lead it in the future, or to provide an opportunity so that the guest is able to more knowledgeably advise potential students about the program.
Academic or Leadership Guests
In limited instances, an academic or professional not associated with Ohio State may be deemed essential and approved to accompany a program abroad.
Forms must be submitted to the appropriate study abroad coordinator by the study abroad application deadline for the relevant program.
The Office of International Affairs will arrange group flights and individual resident director flights through the university’s designated travel provider. If a resident director receives special permission to deviate from official program dates, compliance with Ohio State policies is required. Our Flight Arrangements for Resident Directors Guide explains the necessary steps for flight arrangement and payment in different scenarios for an approved deviation.