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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.

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.

The Office of International Affairs will partner with the Gateway Film Center this summer to host an international film series. All students are encouraged to come view the films and discuss the cultural significance with their peers.

The films will be shown on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Each film will be shown at 7 p.m. and tickets are free with a BuckID.

May 28 - The Intouchables (France 2011)

June 25 - A Royal Affair (Denmark 2012)

July 23 - The Grandmaster (China 2013)

Make sure to follow the Office of International Affairs on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the next film.

The Office of International Affairs will explore the rich history of Columbus on Wednesday, May 7 at 5:30 p.m. during a walking tour through the city with Cap City Tours.

The tour will pass landmarks such as the State Capitol, City Hall and the Scioto River waterfront. There are only 15 spots available, and all students can sign up on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit 100 Oxley Hall by Monday, May 5 at 4:30 p.m. to sign up for the tour.

Contact Ryan Radebaugh with questions.

Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) is a one-year program designed to foster an intercultural community of leaders who are ready to embrace a global perspective, advocate diversity and make a lasting impact at Ohio State and beyond.

All applicants must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student at Ohio State whose degree will not be completed prior to the end of Spring Semester 2015. This year's cohort will be 24 members, including 12 domestic students and 12 international students.

Learn more about how to apply and fill out the application. All materials should be submitted to gli.oia.osu@gmail.com by Friday, March 28 at 5 p.m.


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.