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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.

Join the Office of International Affairs for an adventure to Ohio's Amish Country in Holmes County on Saturday, March 28. The day-trip will include a tour of the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center, including a historical mural, a visit to a local basket-making family, a buggy ride from a local Amish driver, a trip to Heine’s Cheese and a homemade family-style meal.

All transportation and activities are free, but there will be opportunities for personal purchases.

 If you are interested, please visit 100 Oxley Hall to enter the lottery for a spot on the trip between Monday, March 9 and Friday, March 20. Students selected will be notified and asked to fill out a form and present a copy of their BuckID. Please contact Ryan Radebaugh with questions.

The Office of International Affairs will host the first International Student Photography Contest this month. International students will be able to submit their best photographs in two themed categories, and friends will be able to vote for the best photographs on Facebook.

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International and domestic students can enter a lottery to join the Office of International Affairs on a trip to Williamsburg, Virginia from March 14-17.

The long weekend will include a visit to historic Colonial Williamsburg for a look back in time to the American Revolution. The group will also have the opportunity to tour Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States.

Interested students should visit 100 Oxley Hall, with a copy of their BuckID, from Monday, January 26 to Wednesday, February 4 to enter the lottery for a spot on the trip. There are 40 spots available, 20 for international students and 20 for domestic students. If you are chosen you will be notified on Friday, February 6. Transportation, lodging and one group meal will be provided. Contact Renée Bishai with questions.

Join the Office of International Affairs, and the international students and scholars, for a evening of ice skating with friends.

The free ice skating party will take place in the Ohio State Ice Rink, located at 390 Woody Hayes Drive, on Friday, January 23 from 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Students and scholars can bring their own skates or rent a pair for $3. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Radebaugh or Shauna Sergent.


The Office of International Affairs is now accepting applications for the autumn semester Global Engagement Welcome Team.

Students who apply must be available to work 30-40 hours per week from Sunday, July 26 - Thursday, August 27, 2015.

Students selected for the Welcome Team will be responsible for welcoming new international students, answering their questions about thing like transportation, life on campus and living in Columbus, while also leading orientation events around campus and Columbus.

Applications are due by Tuesday, February 17 at 11:59 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Renée Bishai.

The Office of International Affairs is seeking both American and international students to volunteer as Global Ambassadors. The Global Ambassadors will be a diverse team of students committed to promoting cultural exchange at Ohio State.

Students who apply must be in good academic standing and be able to attend multiple meetings throughout the year. Responsibilities will include leading Global Engagement Night discussions, working on subcommittees to organize cultural events around Columbus and promoting Global Engagement across campus.

Applications are due on Sunday, March 12 at 11:59 p.m. Contact Shaniqua Ingol with questions.


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.