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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.

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.

Due to rain in the forecast, the location of the English Conversation Program's End of the Year Celebration has been moved to Oxley Hall on Saturday, April 25 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The afternoon will include a potluck lunch with catered Chinese and Peruvian food, and a performance by the Ohio-native band, Indira & Guppy Jo. All students are encouraged to attend and bring their friends. If you have any questions, contact Ryan Radebaugh.

The registration for next year's English Conversation Program will be open starting Saturday at the celebration. Check our Twitter and Facebook feeds for a link to the application form.

Thank you to all of the students who participated in the first International Student Photo Contest. We received many wondeful photos, all with new persectives on life around the world and right here on campus. After a week of voting, the Ohio State community has selected their favorite photographs in both categories. The winning photographs and their descriptions are below.

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The Office of International Affairs will be running, and walking, in the 4th Annual Columbus International 5K on Saturday, April 25 starting at 9 a.m. The race will begin and end at Scioto Audubon Metro Park. Participants are encouraged to dress up to represent their home country or their favorite country.

If you're interested in participating, register to join the OIA Global Engagement team. If you do not want to participant in the 5K, you can still come and cheer on our team from the sidelines.

The price is $30, plus an additional sign up fee. Each participant will receive an international t-shirt, price included in the registration fee.


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.