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    Cultural student organizations are invited to apply to Taste of OSU 2018. Deadline to apply is November 1.

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

  • Photo Competition Open

    The 2017 International Photography Competition is now accepting submissions from all Ohio State students, staff, faculty and alumni.

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 26, 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. 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 Monday, November 2. To volunteer for the second shift, visit and http://go.osu.edu/Thanksgiving2015Shift2. Volunteer opportunities for the first shift is now closed.

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The Office of International Affairs collaborates with the Gateway Film Center to host a monthly international film series. Students have the chance to view films from around the world for free!

Join us for this month's screening of Brazilian film, "The Second Mother." The first 50 students will receive free popcorn and soda! The event will be held on Wednesday, October 28 at 7 p.m. in the Gateway Film Center. Admission is FREE for students with a BuckID. Contact Renée Bishai with questions.

Join the Office of International Affairs for a trip to the annual Circleville Pumpkin Show on Friday, October 23. The festival will include pumpkin sculpting demonstrations, live musical performances, tasty pumpkin treats and award winning pumpkins weighing over 1,000 pounds.

All students are welcome to sign up for the trip at 100 Oxley Hall. The first 40 students to sign up will attend, and other students will be able to put their names on a waiting list.

Students who attend should meet the group at the Ohio Union South Loop at 4 p.m. to take the bus to Circleville, OH. All transportation will be free, but students will be responsible for the cost of any items purchased at the festival. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Radebaugh.

International and domestic students can enter a lottery to join the Office of International Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion on a trip to Atlanta, Georgia from October 14-18.

The long weekend will include visits to various attractions around Atlanta, and a chance to visit the World of Coca-Cola. The trip will also include stops in Birmingham, Alabama for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and Louisville, Kentucky for the Muhammed Ali Center.

Interested students should visit 100 Oxley Hall, with a copy of their BuckID, to enter the lottery for a spot on the trip. The lottery ends on Friday, September 25 at 5 p.m. If you are chosen you will be notified by email. Transportation, lodging, daily breakfasts and two group dinners will be provided. Contact Megan McCarthy with questions.

Global Buckeye CelebrationThe Global Buckeye Celebration will celebrate the arrival of nearly 1,600 new international students to Ohio State!

On Friday, August 21, from 5 - 7 p.m., join us at the Tom W. Davis Gym in the RPAC for pizza, games, prizes and more as we welcome these new students to campus and get ready for the beginning of autumn semester.  

View photos from last year's Global Buckeye Celebration on Facebook or watch our slideshow below.  

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The Summer English Conversation Program will host weekly meet-ups every Tuesday and Thursday at 3 p.m., starting on Tuesday, June 2, at Kafe Kerouac at 2250 North High Street.

All international and domestic students are welcome to participate in a weekly discussion about international events and cultures in a globalized world. The discussions will provide an opportunity for participants to share important information about their home countries and will allow everyone a chance to improve their English conversation skills.

Please contact Ryan Radebaugh with questions and visit the ECP Facebook Group for more information.

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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.