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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.

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

October's screening will be French film "Persepolis" Based on an autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, the film tells the coming-of-age story of a young Iranian girl during the Islamic Revolution. The film is free to students with a BuckID. The films are open to the public at regular admission price.

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Join the Office of International Affairs for a trip to the annual Circleville Pumpkin Show on Wednesday, October 15. The festival will include pumpkin sculpting demonstrations, live musical performances, tasty pumpkin treats and award winning pumpkins weighing over 1,000 pounds.

All students are welcome to sign up for the trip at 100 Oxley Hall. The first 40 students to sign up will attend, and other students will be able to put their names on a waiting list.

Students who attend should meet the group at the Ohio Union South Loop at 4 p.m. to take the bus to Circleville, OH. All transportation will be free, but students will be responsible for the cost of any items purchased at the festival.

If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Radebaugh.

The Office of International Affairs will continue its partnership with the Gateway Film Center this semester with the Global Engagement Film Series. The series promotes international cinema with a different screening on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

The selected films offer new cultural perspectives, and provide an opportunity to support films from around the world. Students can attend the films for free, and often guest speakers are invited to participate in a Q&A session following the film.

September's screening will be "Finding Fela," a Sundance Film Festival selection which depicts the life of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti.

October's screening will be the Oscar-nominated French film "Persepolis." The film tells a coming-of-age story of a young Iranian girl during the Islamic Revolution.

The November film selection will be released soon. Continue to check our website for updates, or follow us on Facebook.


Graduation ReceptionA celebration for international students graduating this semester will occur on Friday, August 8 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 is partnering with the Gateway Film Center for an international film series this summer.  
The next screening will be Chinese film, The Grandmaster (2013). The film follows the story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.

The film will be shown Wednesday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at the Gateway Film Center. The first 10 students will receive free popcorn and soda. All students can attend the film for free with a BuckID. Please contact Renée Bishai with questions.

This summer you can cheer on your favorite team during the 2014 FIFA World Cup with the Office of International Affairs! We have partnered with the Gateway Film Center and Buffalo Wild Wings to reserve locations for Buckeyes to watch each game of the tournament. Find a complete schedule of game times and viewing locations on our events calendar.

Even if you can't join us to watch the games, you can still enter a World Cup Bracket into our Office of International Affairs competition on ESPN.com. Join our OSU Global with the password Brutus and predict who will win the World Cup!

If you have any questions about viewing the games or entering the bracket competition, please contact Ryan Radebaugh.


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.