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Buckeyes studying abroad in Rome The Ohio State University is ranked in the top 10 nationally among doctoral institutions for the number of students studying abroad and is in the top 20 for hosting international students, according to a national report released today.

Ohio State ranks 7th among the nation’s colleges and universities and 3rd in the Big Ten with 2,941 students studying abroad in 2017-18, an 8 percent increase over the previous academic year. The university also ranks 2nd in the nation for the number of students participating in short-term programs with 2,821 studying abroad for one to eight weeks during the academic year.

Ohio State ranks 19th in the nation with 8,020* international students enrolled in 2018, a 12.8 percent increase in enrollment from 2017. The move into the nation’s top 20 and the increase in enrollment can be attributed to more international students participating in Optional Practical Training (OPT) last year. In 2017, Ohio State had 928 students participating in OPT, while in 2018 there were 1,406 students. OPT is a program that offers international students the opportunity to continue their education through hands-on practical work experience that is directly related to a student’s major area of study. The training is authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for a maximum of 12 months.

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Future is Fusion event

Food can be a source of numerous benefits, including improving your mood, providing a creative outlet and bringing sustenance and enjoyment, but sharing food with others can also bring understanding and spark a sense of exploration.

“The Future is Fusion,” a presentation and experiential learning activity led by Zia Ahmed, senior director of Student Life's Dining Services, was the first of a series of topics to be explored throughout the academic year as part of a partnership between the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of International Affairs.

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Ohio State is home to more than 6,000 international students who are a vibrant part of the campus community and interact with faculty and staff every single day.

To educate faculty and staff about how they can work more effectively with the international student population, the Office of International Affairs developed the International Student Experience Workshop Series.

The workshop has three sessions that cover three large themes: Pre-Arrival and Check-In and Orientation, Cultural Adjustment and Academics and Academics and Career Expectations

The workshops will include presentations by staff from the Office of International Affairs and other offices on campus, as well as a panel of international students who will answer questions and share their experiences on the selected topics.

Each workshop is offered twice, and you only need to choose one to attend. Those who complete the three-part series will receive a training certificate from the Office of International Affairs. There is no cost to register, and light refreshments will be provided during each workshop.

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Close to 1,500 new international students are expected to join Ohio State for autumn semester.
 
To help them prepare and acclimate to life in Columbus and to a university in the United States, the globalengagement team, with the help of student orientation leaders, coordinates a series of events and activities that take place from July 29-August 23. 
 
Join the Office of International Affairs in welcoming the new international students and join us for fun events including group lunches at local spots, shopping, going to sporting events and visiting surrounding neighborhoods. 
 
Download the calendar of events and check out the complete list of activities. To attend an event, email int.orientation@osu.edufor more information. 

Ohio State’s seventh consecutive Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) in China welcomed 419 students and 486 parents to learn from student volunteers and university staff about Ohio State and the American college experience.

PDO is organized into two one-day sessions held in Shanghai and Beijing. Chinese students who will be attending Ohio State are provided with information to help them get an early adjustment to college in the United States.

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