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Muriel Dawson visits Stonehenge"This trip was extremely transformative for me because it allowed me to gain a greater appreciation for other cultures . . . and to make what I have been learning in my science courses since I was little so real," reflects Muriel Dawson. A biology major, Dawson studied abroad over spring break on the Scientific Roots in Europe program.

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Tracey Lindsey studying the culture of London"I feel that this experience has molded me into a more well-rounded person," explains Tracey Lindsey, a communications major who traveled abroad for the first time via the London Culture and City education abroad program organized by Knowlton School of Architecture. "I have gained knowledge about the culture and practices of the people of London. I have also gained a sense of independence as I learned how to navigate and be self-sufficient in a completely different country."

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safiyo mohamud 0214Ten Ohio State students have been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad or participate in an international internship program during summer term 2018.

More than 1,200 students from over 360 colleges and universities across the U.S. were awarded scholarships for summer term 2018. Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their education abroad program costs with additional funding available for the study of a critical language.

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JenniferKuesmallThirty Ohio State students and faculty are the recipients of the 2017-2018 Academic Enrichment Grants, enabling them to conduct research over the next year in a variety of international locations. The grant competition, with separate tracks for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty, is supported by the Office of International Affairs, the Office of Research and the Office of Undergraduate Education.

This year four undergraduate students, 13 graduate students and 13 faculty were awarded close to $150,000 in grants to further their research.

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PDO Student VolunteersFor its sixth consecutive year, Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) in China will provide incoming Chinese students the opportunity to get an early start on college adjustment by meeting student volunteers and university staff and learning more about the campus and the American college experience.

PDO takes place in both Beijing and Shanghai over the course of two days and is made possible with the help of student volunteers who will be in China for the summer and want to help prepare new students.

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NeonatalEmpowering healthcare workers in developing countries through training, improving food security with urban gardens, and developing healthier, sustainable lifestyles through clean cookstoves are the focus of three Ohio State projects recognized for their international impact. The 2018 International Engagement Award recipients include: “The Ohio State University Neonatal Survival Program” (Distinguished International Engagement Award); and  “Our Common Home: A Youth-Based Approach to Food Security” and “ONIL Clean Cookstoves Initiative” (Emerging International Engagement Award). The projects will be recognized at the University Engagement Recognition Awards on May 2, 10:30 a.m. in the Ohio Union, U.S. Bank Conference Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP at go.osu.edu/awardsceremony.

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2017-2018 Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship RecipientsThe Office of International Affairs recently recognized the 2017-2018 recipients of the Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship at the annual Wolfe Luncheon on April 19 at the Faculty Club. President Michael V. Drake, MD, other university leaders, the Wolfe family and representatives of The Dispatch Printing Company and the Wolfe Foundation, congratulated the 29 recipients. Students were awarded a $2,500 scholarship to help fund their individual long-term study abroad programs.

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Starting with Reading Day on April 24, the Office of International Affairs will have spaces reserved for students who need a quite place to study throughout finals week in rooms 100 and 160.
 
Dates and times:

April 24 - 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
April 25 - 4 - 9 p.m.
April 26 - 6:30 - 9 p.m.
April 27 - 4 - 9 p.m.
April 30 - 4 - 9 p.m.

On the day of Reading Day, the global engagement team will also have snacks and coffee available starting at 10 a.m. until supplies last in 160 Enarson Classroom Building. Room 100 will also be available until 9 p.m. as a designated study area for students looking for a quiet place to prepare for exams. In room 160, at 12 p.m., there will be a special activity led by Program Coordinator Dan Montour.

AUCA 4.4.2018 Group PhotoPhoebe You, director of the Ohio State China Gateway, and Wanling Qu, director of the University of Minnesota China office, led the American Universities’ China Association (AUCA) conference on April 4 at New York University Shanghai.

Shuzhe Ding, associate vice chancellor of NYU Shanghai, delivered the opening remarks, followed by a panel discussion on U.S.-China higher education collaboration models and best practices from Weimin Zhang, Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry dean at the University of Southern California-Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Richard Foristel, director of Webster University China, and Shuzhe Ding. 

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BRASA (Brazilian Student Association) at The Ohio State University has been very active since its relaunch this year. Their website is filled with interesting information for Brazilians wanting to come to Ohio State and for those who want to go to Brazil.

Interested students can find a list of short-term housing options near campus, which can be useful for Brazilians coming to Ohio State as graduate students or visiting scholars.

Take a look at BRASA's page.