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As more students, faculty and staff travel around the world to study independently, conduct research and attend conferences, taking some precautionary steps before making airline reservations can help protect the university community. When traveling abroad on university business, it is important to notify the Office of International Affairs, take advantage of Ohio State’s supplemental health insurance program and register with the U.S. embassy or consulate.

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study abroad To give students an inside view of a wide variety of study abroad programs, the Office of International Affairs holds information sessions each quarter to provide students with a better understanding of specific programs, the required classes and what they might learn while visiting another country.

There are information sessions scheduled in April that feature upcoming programs to Mexico, Australia, Chile, Italy and Ireland. There are opportunities for students to study Latino Workforce Issues, Animal Sciences, Agro-Ecosystems, and Public Architecture.

Dr. Marsha HauflerDr. Marsha Haufler, an art history professor at the University of Kansas, will present "Beyond Yongle: Tibeto-Chinese Thangkas for the Mid-Ming Court" on Friday, April 10 at 2:30 p.m. in 60 Jennings Hall. Haufler will examine a number of thangkas - painted Buddhist banners - that illustrate the 15th-century Tibeto-Chinese tradition as a unique moment in the history of Tibetan Buddhism. The lecture is part of the Future of the Past Lecture Series and is sponsored by the Institute for Chinese Studies and co-sponsored by the Department of History of Art and the East Asian Studies Center.

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TangoThe first film in the Spring 2009 Latin American Film Series, "Tangos, el exhilio de Gardel," will be shown on Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in 180 Hagerty Hall. The film chronicles the lives of a group of exiled Argentineans in Paris, as they seek connection to their culture through tango. The series, titled “Latin American Cinema and the World: Beyond Cuaron, Del Toro, and Iñarruti,” will show films every other Wednesday during spring quarter. All films in the series are free and open to the public, and subtitled in English.

On Monday April 6, Dr. Mark E. Byington, founder and director fo the Early Korea Project at the Korea Institute at Harvard University, will present "A New View on the Origins of the Koguryo State." Byington will offer a different perspective on the origins of Koguryo, a dynasty that existed in what is Korea and parts of modern-day northeastern China from 37 BC-668 AD, that focuses on development rather than local migration. The lecture, which will take place in 180 Hagerty Hall from 4 - 6 p.m., is sponsored by the Korean Studies Initiative.

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Ohio State faculty and professionals are encouraged to apply to the Fulbright Scholar Program if they are interested in lecturing or conducting research abroad, or participating in international seminars. The Council for the International Exchange of Scholars is accepting applications now for grants that will be available to use in 2010-2011. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, there are opportunities available in nearly 130 countries and in a wide variety of disciplines. Read more about the opportunities available and the application process.

Al Massir film stillNotable Moments in Egyptian Film: 1947-1997 showcases 6 films on Friday, March 13 (Hagerty Hall) and Saturday, March 14 (Gateway Theater). The festival showings include: A Voice Like Egypt (1997), Fatmah (1947), Al Zouga Talatattasher (1962), Al Horoub (1991), Emberatoriet Meem (1972), Al Massir (1997). This collection provides an introduction to a film industry that few realize is one of the largest in the world. The film festival is sponsored by the Middle East Studies Center, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Institute for Collaborative Research and Public Humanities, Comparative Studies in the Humanities, and the OSU Film Studies Program.

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Water stillThe Center for Latin American Studies presents "Agua" (Water) as its final film of the quarter on Wednesday, March 11 in 180 Hagerty Hall at 7:30 p.m. The film centers around Goyo, an open water swimming champion wrongly accused of doping in a marathon river swim, who abandoned his career and his dreams and has been hiding out in the desert. Eight years later, he returns to try to regain his title and clear his name. The film is free and is subtitled in English.

Image The Ohio State University has been recognized as the 2009 International Organization of the Year by the Columbus Council on World Affairs. The award, presented on March 3 to President E. Gordon Gee, recognizes the university for its outstanding contributions in international education and its commitment to global outreach.

Students traveling abroad over spring break should take some simple steps to help themselves remain safe and enjoy their time in another country. It’s important to check out the U.S. Department of State’s web site to see if a travel alert or advisory has been issued in the country to which you are traveling, and follow any tips or advice that may be provided. (Currently there is a travel warning for Mexico.) Make sure all your international travel documents are in order, including your passport, and know the location of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in case of emergency. Remember, to register your trip abroad with The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, so the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. The web site also has loads of information about passports, health and safety issues and traveling smart.

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