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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.

The Office of International Affairs, along with more than 30 Ohio State student organizations and Student Life Dining Services chefs, are coming together to prepare an evening of international food, exhibits and cultural performances for the campus community at Taste of OSU 2016, which is set for Friday, February 19 from 5 - 9 p.m. in the Ohio Union.

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This winter break, the Office of International Affairs is passing out limited free tickets for popular films at the Gateway Film Center. Starting this Wednesday, students can pick up a ticket voucher in 100 Oxley Hall for a screening on the following Saturday afternoon. Films will be announced on a weekly basis and movie times will be determined by the Gateway Film Center's schedule.
 
If you will be in Columbus over winter break and are interested in attending a free film, visit 100 Oxley Hall with your BuckID between Wednesday and Friday to sign up for the week's selected show. Film titles will be updated below as they are selected, check back each week over break to see which film is available.

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The English Conversation Program and the Rec Sports will host a Battleship competition on Saturday, November 7 from 4:30 - 7 p.m. at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, in the competition pool.

Battleship is a friendly competition in which teams of 4 paddle around the pool in a canoe and try to sink other canoes by dumping buckets of water in them. All participants will be provided a life jacket. Please wear clothes suitable for swimming. Heavy clothes are not allowed (jeans, sweatshirts, sweatpants.) Clothing suggestions include shorts, bathing suits, t-shirts and leggings.

Registration is now open. It is recommended to form teams of four students when you register. Only one team member needs to sign up and include the names of the other three teammates. If you do not have a group and you still want to participate, you may sign up as an individual and we will place you with a group the day of the event.

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.

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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.