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  • Scholarship For Diversity

    OH-IO Education Abroad Scholarship supports underrepresented and diverse student access to Ohio State education abroad programs

  • ICOPHAI 2017

    This year, ICOPHAI will take place in Doha, Qatar, November 7 - 9 with the theme, "Environmental Challenges and Impact on Global Health."

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    30 Buckeyes were awarded $2,500 scholarship at the Wolfe Study Abroad Recognition Luncheon on April 17.

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

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    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.

Ohio State is expecting close to 2,000 new international students to join the Buckeye family this autumn semester.

They hail from all over the world – a total of 68 different countries will be represented including Albania, Bangladesh, Columbia, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Iran, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia and Turkey.

The leading home countries for the new international students are China (1,380), India (236), South Korea (104), Malaysia (36) and Taiwan (30).

The Office of International Affairs plans and organizes orientation for international students once they arrive at Ohio State to help them prepare and acclimate to life in Columbus and at an American university.

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A celebration for international students graduating this semester will occur on Friday, May 5 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in 160 Enarson Classroom Building. All international students, along with their family and friends, are invited to attend and be recognized for their tremendous accomplishment.

Graduating students will be introduced at the reception and given the opportunity to share their accomplishments and their future plans after graduation. A photographer from the Office of International Affairs will be taking pictures, but guests are welcome to bring their own camera as well. Graduates are also encouraged to bring their country's flag to the reception. You can view slideshows of previous graduation receptions here.

If you are able to attend the reception, please register and let us know the number of guests you plan to bring to the event.

The 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 Big Ten Academic Alliance is a union of Big Ten universities that fosters cooperation across state lines and tackles mutual challenges they experience.

On April 6 - 7, the Office of International Affairs (OIA) represented Ohio State in hosting administrators from 12 of the member universities in the Fourth Annual Summit on Integration.

The alliance is composed of The Ohio State University, University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Northwestern University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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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 24 - Sunday, August 20, 2017.Students selected as Orientation Leaders will be responsible for welcoming new international students, answering questions on a variety of topics such as transportation, life on campus and things to do in Columbus, while also leading orientation events and activities.

Click here to learn more about this paid position and apply to work alongside our Global Engagement team to make new international students feel at home. Applications are due by Monday, February 13 at 5 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact Megan McCarthy.

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

Throughout the academic year, Peer Advisors assist our incoming students and their families in a variety of capacities to help the newest members of our community be prepared to succeed in their Ohio State career right from the start. Peer Advisors work in collaboration with other students, Office of International Affairs, professional staff and other Ohio State administrators to ensure that new students have a positive check-in and orientation experience.

Learn more about this paid position and apply by Monday, February 13 at 5 p.m. Contact Amanda Yusko with any questions.

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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.