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What an amazing year for Ohio State in Brazil! Jane K. Aparecido assumed the director position in February and presented to the Global Gateway’s Board of Directors in March, along with the directors of the China and India Gateways, to showcase the success stories of these important Ohio State presences abroad.

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Jaret Waters is an undergraduate student at Fisher College of Business finishing his last year.

Having the opportunity to study abroad has been a fundamental piece of my growth here at Ohio State. Being from a small town where I lived in a bubble of comfort, I grew up having serious difficulties with situations in which I was outside of my support system. The growth I have seen in myself-—from being the child clinging to my mother's leg on the first day of first grade to the fearless adult boarding a plane by myself to the southern hemisphere—has empowered me with a sense of confidence that has spilled over into every other aspect of my life.

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Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye

Ana L. Kazan got her master’s (1996) and her PhD (1999) in Agricultural Education from Ohio State. In 1999, her daughter, Julia Kazan, also spent some time at the Ohio State dance program.

Ana Kazan has a been an ambassador for Ohio State in Brazil even before the Brazil Gateway was established, by reaching out to and gathering fellow Brazilian alumni in São Paulo.

Six Ohio State undergraduate students were in Brazil from November 3-9 to participate in the University of São Paulo’s International Symposium of Undergraduate Research (SIICUSP).

SIICUSP is an annual event in which undergraduate students communicate the results of their research projects. It helps students improve their academic research skills and fosters the interaction of researchers from different areas and levels in order to promote collaboration and multidisciplinary research.

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Current international visiting scholars to The Ohio State University were invited to submit their research summaries to be showcased at the 14th annual Research Scholar Exposition. Among the 34 finalists was Nathalia Cavichiolli, PhD student from the University of São Paulo School of Agriculture. Her research is in entomology. The goal of her study was to verify whether the fall armyworm’s corn and rice strains present differences in gut microbiota composition, and her faculty mentor at Ohio State is Professor Andy Michael.

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2019 International Photography Exhibition Best in Show - Making of a Mandala The 2019 International Photography Exhibition features 40 original photographs taken overseas in 21 different countries by 32 Ohio State students, staff, faculty and alumni. Photographs in the exhibition were first submitted in three categories to the International Photography Competition, an annual contest open to all members of the Buckeye community. Over 275 members of the campus community entered more than 675 photographs taken in more than 70 countries across three categories: People, Places and Arts & Culture. The exhibition is on display in the Great Hall of the Ohio Union.

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Sophia Madeline on dive in South CaicosSophia Madeline, a junior majoring in evolution and ecology and minoring in Spanish, studied abroad on the The School for Field Studies – Marine Megafauna program in South Caicos in Summer 2019.

For my STEP Signature Project, I studied abroad through The School for Field Studies in the course "Marine Megafauna Ecology and Conservation." For one month, I researched many different animals, including rock iguanas, eagle rays, sea turtles, and sharks. I was also given the opportunity to enhance my diving skills and experience. My perspective of myself and the world has changed because of this wonderful adventure. I had witnessed an entirely different culture when I lived on South Caicos. I could not believe how many different values people can hold in different places throughout the world. This experience has only made me want to travel the world more. I have learned that I am able to keep calm and adapt when a situation does not go my way. Through this program, I feel that I have genuinely grown academically, culturally, and personally.

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wolfe7Fifteen Ohio State students have been awarded the Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship to help fund their individual semester or academic year-long study abroad programs. Students will be traveling to Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Russia and the United Kingdom and will study, the social sciences, agriculture, business, language and marketing.

The Wolfe scholarship, which is administered by the Office of International Affairs, is the cornerstone of Ohio State's study abroad programs and helps to enhance the educational experience of Ohio State students.

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155767700426587988 1686x2250.d6893cc772e74b3998c2fdc709fa9a46Education abroad allows you to earn academic credit, fulfill requirements in your major, minor or elective coursework; experience hands-on learning and gain invaluable intellectual insight. The Office of International Affairs offers a myriad of study abroad programs for students to choose from, so you can find the one that's the right fit for you. There are several education abroad programs with deadlines occurring in January and February. Read more to explore these faculty-led programs and be sure to submit your application on time. 

Many third party provider and direct enroll programs have deadlines in February. To learn more about semester-length programs, use the education abroad search tool.

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In support of Ohio State’s international strategic planning process, the Office of Academic Affairs has launched a web page to provide background information and updates to the university community. The portal also provides an opportunity to submit comments, which will be forwarded to the appropriate working groups as well as steering committee co-chairs, Vice Provost Gil Latz and Vice Provost Randy Smith.

Progress continues as all five of the international strategic plan working groups will have met at least once by the end of autumn semester. The groups are meeting to establish recommendations and submit them to the core strategy management team in February 2020.

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