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  • PDO in China

    50 Chinese student volunteers will help make Pre-Departure Orientation a success.

  • Summer Institute

    Save the date: The 7th Annual One Health Summer Institute will take place May 15 - August 31, 2018

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    Check out the newsletter to stay updated on Global Engagement's activities on campus and in Columbus.

  • Global Competencies

    Watch video of Ohio State students reflecting on how they developed global skills through education abroad programs.

Global Engagement

Ohio State is committed to encouraging cross-cultural interaction and promoting the exchange of ideas as it moves toward becoming a preeminent global university. The Office of International Affairs has developed creative programming to increase opportunities for international students to get involved and facilitate growing relationships between international students and the Ohio State campus community through social, cultural and educational activities.

The Global Engagement team provides opportunities for international and domestic students to experience the diverse culture at Ohio State. Global Engagement has implemented a variety of programs and activities to better promote cross-cultural relationships on campus.

A Global Engagement newsletter is emailed to all interested students on a weekly basis. The newsletter includes information about upcoming Global Engagement Nights, international film series screenings, cultural activities on campus and in Columbus, and resources available to students looking to engage with other Ohio State students. Sign up to receive Global Engagement e-newsletter.

View the complete topic schedule for Global Engagement Nights.

Taste of OSU 2018 Food Winner - Russian ClubWinners of the food competition, cultural exhibits and food tickets sold for Taste of OSU 2018 are announced.

Taste of OSU is an evening filled with performances on stage, cultural exhibits and food from around the world provided by more than 30 different international and ethnic student organizations on campus. More than 4,000 students, faculty and staff attended this year's Taste of OSU, which was held on Friday, February 16 from 5 - 8:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union.

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globalambassadors 0170 smallThe Office of International Affairs is seeking both American and international students to volunteer as global ambassadors. Global ambassadors are a diverse team of students committed to promoting cultural exchange at The Ohio State University. As volunteers with the Office of International Affairs, Global ambassadors demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the Office of International Affairs, which seeks the engagement of students, staff and faculty in the global Ohio State community.

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The Office of International Affairs is now accepting applications for orientation leaders – a diverse group of students who welcome new international students to Ohio State and the city of Columbus.

Students who apply must be available to work 36-38 hours per week from Monday, July 23 - Sunday, August 19.

Orientation leaders will be responsible for leading group activities, including shopping trips, group meals, sporting events and game nights, while also helping at orientation events including the International Student Resource Fair, campus tours and greeting students at orientation sessions.

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Ohio State’s Police Division (OSUPD) presented Shaniqua Ingol with a Citizen Award for her outreach programming that engaged international students and Ohio State’s police officers. Ingol is a program coordinator for global engagement with the Office of International Affairs.

Ingol collaborated with OSUPD to host several events aimed at connecting officers and the community, including “Pumpkins, Peace and Police,” “Cooking out with Cops” and “Pedal with Police.”

Ingol was nominated by Officer Cassandra Shaffer, who also was recognized for her achievements and received the Officer of the Year award.

“I am so honored for this opportunity,” said Ingol. “I hope this will inspire people to continue bridging the gap between the officers and the community, creating a true Buckeye Nation.”

“All of us here at the Office of International Affairs are really proud of Shaniqua and her accomplishments,” said Megan Lawther, global engagement program manager. “Her initiatives have a tremendous impact in bringing the Buckeye community together.”

International Student Celebration Week will take place February 19 – 25 with events scheduled throughout the week to highlight the many university resources available to students.

All students should take this opportunity to learn more about campus resources, and socialize and connect with their peers.

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Peer advisors are undergraduate or graduate students who play an essential role in introducing new international students to Ohio State. Peer advisors familiarize new students to important university resources and policies as well as share their experiences as successful students.

Throughout the academic 2018-2019 year, peer advisors assist our incoming students and their families in a variety of ways to help the newest members of our community be prepared and succeed in their Ohio State career right from the start.

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Student Perspectives

Global Engagement at the Office of International Affairs is committed to providing students with opportunities that encourage cross-cultural interaction and promote global awareness on Ohio State's campus.

Through student leadership, events and programming, Global Engagement brings together a diverse group of students committed to making Ohio State a more globally engaged university.

Learn more about the students involved at the Office of International Affairs, and discover the work they are doing to promote global awareness and improve cross-cultural relationships on campus.