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  • PDO in China

    50 Chinese student volunteers will help make Pre-Departure Orientation a success.

  • Summer Institute

    Save the date: The 7th Annual One Health Summer Institute will take place May 15 - August 31, 2018

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

  • Global Competencies

    Watch video of Ohio State students reflecting on how they developed global skills through education abroad programs.

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, 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.

NOTE: Please visit Apply to be a Global Ambassador for the 2018 application information.

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.

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.


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.