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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.

Thanksgiving Dinner VolunteersThe Ohio State University will host one of the largest Thanksgiving Day dinners on a college campus on Thursday, November 24, in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union. The annual event estimates 1,600 guests will attend, including the students, faculty and staff, along with their families, who are unable to travel home for the holiday. Joining them will be many volunteers throughout the university community to assist in serving the traditional turkey dinner on actual Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers are needed for two shifts from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. The deadline to register is Wednesday, November 2.

To volunteer for the first shift, visit http://go.osu.edu/ThanksgivingDinnerShift1, and to volunteer for the second shift visit http://go.osu.edu/ThanksgivingDinnerShift2.

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Global Engagement spent an afternoon apple picking at Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala, Ohio.

Students were able to pick from a variety of apples while engaging in conversation and fun! To view all the photos, check out our Facebook album.

Olympian Nichelle Prince Visits Global Engagement NightInternational student-athlete Nichelle Prince shared her Olympic experience in Brazil with students at Global Engagement Night on September 20. A member of the Canadian women's national soccer team, Prince and her teammates won a bronze medal in Rio. A senior forward from Ajax, Ontario on The Ohio State University Women's Soccer Team, Prince talked about the confidence she gained from achieving her goals.

Check the Women's Soccer schedule to see when Nichelle and Buckeyes play their next home match at Jesse Owens Stadium.

Global Buckeye CelebrationCelebrate the beginning of a new school year while welcoming more than 2,000 international students to campus! Join us on Friday, August 19 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the RPAC for our annual Global Buckeye Celebration.

This year's celebration will include inflatable games, international dancing, Zumba fitness and Ohio State trivia competitions, pizza, games, prizes and more as we welcome these new students to campus and get ready for the beginning of autumn semester.

Before arriving on campus this fall, future Ohio State students from China will attend Pre-Departure Orientation, a one-day orientation session offered in Shanghai and Beijing from June 17-25.

Ohio State University is one of the first universities in the United States to organize a Pre-Departure Orientation in China, and this will be the fourth year of the program. Ohio State expects to welcome about close to 800 undergraduate students from China to campus this fall, and more than 440 students and 600 parents registered for the orientation sessions this summer.

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A celebration for international students graduating this semester will occur on Friday, May 6 at 3:30 p.m. in the Ohio Staters, Inc. Traditions Room at the Ohio Union. 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.

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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.