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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 Global Engagement team for a day of giving back to the community as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 19.

Meet the group at 7:45 a.m. near the Multicultural Center in the Ohio Union to register together, and make sure to wear comfortable shoes for the day!

Students can celebrate the legacy of Dr. King by participating in community service at a variety of locations throughout Columbus. Participants will attend an opening ceremony where they will receive a light breakfast and a complimentary long-sleeved t-shirt. The event will conclude around 1:00pm with group reflection at Hale Hall, where lunch will be provided. For more information, visit payitforward.osu.edu.

The Office of International Affairs is seeking volunteers for Taste of OSU 2016 on Friday, February 19 from 5 – 9 p.m. in the Ohio Union. The event will feature more than 30 student organizations as they present international food, cultural exhibits and performances. Volunteers are needed for tasks including check-in, distributing programs and clean up assistance.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, January 27. Please contact Renée Bishai with any questions about volunteering at this Ohio State Signature Event.

Additional volunteers are needed for event photography. Students interested in photographing the event can apply online before Monday, February 1. 

More than 150 international students will arrive on campus for check-in and orientation this week. The Office of International Affairs has organized a week of activities and events to help the newsest Buckeyes explore Columbus and their new campus. All events will meet at 100 Oxley Hall at the scheduled start time, unless otherwise noted.

Ohio State Campus Tour - Tuesday, January 6, 4:15 - 5:30 p.m.,

North Market Lunch and Shopping - Wednesday, January 7, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Dinner and Ice Skating
- Wednesday, January 7, 6 p.m.

Group Dinner with Orientation Leaders - Thursday, January 8, 6 - 8 p.m.

Chalk Talk and a Tour of the Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena - Friday, January 9, 2:45 - 4 p.m.

Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Game - Saturday, January 10, 6 - 9 p.m
*Must register for a ticket in 100 Oxley Hall prior to event

The schedule of events, open to international and American students, are also available on the Guidebook mobile app.

Join the Office of International Affairs on Saturday, January 10, 2015 to cheer on the Columbus Blue Jackets as they take on the New York Islanders from 6 - 9 p.m.

Students can reserve a ticket at 100 Oxley Hall starting today. Only 12 tickets are available, so reserve your spot as soon as possible. 

If you're a new hockey fan, or interested in learning more about the sport, join us on Friday, January 9 for a "Chalk Talk" and a tour of Nationwide Arena, home of the Blue Jackets and other large concerts and events in Columbus. Meet the group at 100 Oxley Hall at 2:45 p.m. if you'd like to join.

If you have any questions please contact Ryan Radebaugh.

ol group 0694The Office of International Affairs is now accepting applications for orientation leaders. Orientation leaders are undergraduate or graduate students who play an integral role in introducing new international students to Ohio State by serving as mentors and sharing their experiences as successful students.

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A celebration for international students graduating this semester will occur on Friday, December 19 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.