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  • PDO in China

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

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    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.

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    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 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.

The Office of International Affairs and its English Conversation Program will celebrate a successful semester with an End of the Year Celebration on Thursday, December 4 from 7 – 10 p.m. at 400 West Rich in downtown Columbus.

The event will feature music from around the world, snacks and a variety of winter holiday crafts, activities and traditions. All students are encouraged to attend and to bring friends. There is parking available at the venue, and a free bus loop from campus to the event will run from the Ohio Union at 6:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., and return from the venue at 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m.

We hope you can join us to celebrate this fantastic semester of new friendships and cultural exchange. If you are interested in the event, please register on our Facebook event and share the event with friends.

The Office of International Affairs is continuing its collaboration with the Gateway Film Center by co-hosting an international film series which offers a monthly international film for students to view for free.

November's screening will be Iranian film "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night." The film tells the story of an Iranian town where the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire. The film is free to students with a BuckID, and admission is open to the public at regular ticket price.

November's film will be Wednesday, November 26 at 7 p.m. at the Gateway Film Center. Each film in the series is shown at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month. The first 50 students to arrive will receive free popcorn and soda.


Experience the shopping frenzy of Black Friday this Thanksgiving Break. The Black Friday Shopping Tour, hosted by the Chinese Students and Scholars Society and the Office of International Affairs, will take students to Tanger Outlets in Jeffersonville, Ohio on Friday, November 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Transportation to the mall will be provided for free, and all participants will receive exclusive deals including a gift card and a gift bag featuring samples and promotions.

Spaces are currently full and students will soon receive an email telling them if they have reserved a seat. All students who register must attend an information session, which will be held on November 17-19 at 7 p.m., location to be announced.

Please contact Zihao Shen with any 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.