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With the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding President Trump's executive order, it is important for international students and scholars to know that the Office of International Affairs is here to provide information and resources for individuals directly affected by this policy and to those who may have concerns.

Although the executive order restricts travel to the United States by nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, an exemption continues to benefit individuals from those countries who have a credible and documented "bona fide relationship" with a person or entity in the United States. For example, students from the designated countries who have been admitted to U.S. educational institutions such as Ohio State, individuals who have accepted an offer of employment, or lecturers invited to address an audience in the United States have met the necessary requirements. This policy may lengthen wait times for those seeking new visas to enter the United States. Ohio State strongly encourages new students and scholars from Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen to begin the visa application process early.

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Fulbright Scholar Tim LandersThe Ohio State University is ranked fourth in the nation and is a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars for the 2017-18 academic year, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Nine scholars from Ohio State were awarded Fulbright grants in the past year.

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Taste of OSU is an Ohio State signature event hosted by the Office of International Affairs, along with more than 40 Ohio State student organizations and Student Life’s Dining Services chefs, who come together to prepare an evening of international food, exhibits and cultural performances. This year, Taste of OSU will take place on February 16 from 5 – 8:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union.

Students participating in the event will showcase and embrace flavors and characteristics of their home countries represented by their organization.

Entry to the event is free! Tickets to purchase small samplings of international foods will cost only $1 each. Food tickets will be on sale on the day of the event (cash or BuckID) and will also be available for pre-sale starting on Monday, February 12, 7 a.m. at the front desk in the Ohio Union (BuckID only).

Join the Taste of OSU Facebook event!

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The Office of International Affairs is seeking volunteers for Taste of OSU 2018 on Friday, February 16, from 5 - 8:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union.

The event will feature more than 40 student organizations as they present international food, cultural exhibits and performances. Volunteers are needed for tasks including check-in, distributing programs and clean up assistance. The deadline to register is January 24.

Additionally, volunteers are needed for event photography. Students interested in photographing the event can apply online.  

ThanksgivingThe Ohio State University will host one of the largest Thanksgiving Day dinners on a college campus on Thursday, November 23, 2017 in the Ohio Union. An estimated 1,600 guests will attend the dinner, including students, faculty and staff, along with their families, who are unable to travel home for the holiday. Joining them will be many volunteers throughout the university community to assist in serving the traditional turkey dinner.

Seatings for the dinner will take place at 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., and all guests must have a ticket to enter. Tickets are free and will be available starting Monday, November 13 at 140 Enarson Classroom Building, the Hale Black Cultural Center and the Ohio Union Information Center.

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