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Global Engagement Certificate Program

The Global Engagement Certificate Program is an opportunity for students (undergraduate and graduate) to enhance their Ohio State experience while becoming global citizens.

At the Office of International Affairs, the Global Engagement team provides student involvement activities aimed at promoting cross-cultural interactions where domestic and international students are able to develop an understanding of different cultures.

By participating in the Global Engagement Certificate Program, students will:

This certificate program does not count toward academic credits and is intended to augment students' experience at Ohio State and improve their intercultural skills and understanding.

How it works

Students must indicate their intent to pursue the certificate by filling out the intent form. After the Intent Form is reviewed and approved, students will be enrolled in the Global Engagement Certificate Program course on Carmen. Registration is currently closed.

In order to successfully complete the program, students must attend or participate in globally engaging events or activities offered at the Office of International Affairs. Students can also count events from other Ohio State offices and departments if they can demonstrate that the event promoted cross-cultural interaction or awareness about global issues.

Participation will be counted on a points system. Students successfully complete the program and receive the certificate once they have earned 12 points in one academic year.

To earn points, students must complete and submit a brief event reflection within one week of attending an event or within one week of completing an activity (e.g. a student leadership role).

Please note that this program is designed for students who will be able to attend events in person on the Columbus campus for the full academic year. If you have questions about whether you will be able to meet program requirements, please contact

Completing the reflection form

Students must submit statements in the Global Engagement Certificate Program Carmen course of 100-200 words no later than one week after event attendance. In the reflections, students should discuss what they learned from the experience, any new insights into cultural understanding they feel they gained and other influences the event/program has had on them.

All reflections, including those for leadership groups, should be submitted no later than April 15.

Ways to earn points

  Points Programs and Events
Completion of 2 required workshops 2 points each

Workshop #1: Tuesday, October 10, 7:30-8:30 p.m., 160 Enarson Classroom Building

Workshop #2: Thursday, January 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 160 Enarson Classroom Building

Participation in a leadership group (optional) 4 points (students in more than one group will receive 4 points plus 1 point per additional group)

Global Ambassadors (cannot count Global Engagement Nights since attendance is a requirement)

Global Leadership Initiative (cannot count GLI meetings since attendance is a requirement)

ECP or LIT Participants, Facilitators and Coordinators (Participants can earn 1 point each semester, Facilitators can earn only 2 points each semester and Coordinators can earn 4 points per year)

Exchange Partner

Attendance at events and programs 1 point each, and must have a minimum of 3 different types of programs (only a maximum of 2 points can count from events/programs offered outside of OIA). When choosing programs, aim to target all learning objectives above over the year.

Global Engagement events and activities (6 points minimum)

Events from other OIA units (view calendar)

  • Events related to immigration information would not count
  • Look for events that foster inter-cultural interactions and or understanding

Events from an outside organization—students can email to inquire whether a non-OIA event/program could earn a point 


For more information, email