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Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors are undergraduate or graduate students who play an integral role in introducing new international students to Ohio State by connecting new students to important university resources and policies as well as sharing their experiences as successful students. Throughout the academic year, Peer Advisors assist our incoming students and their families in a variety of capacities, all to make the newest members of our community excited and prepared to achieve a successful beginning to their Ohio State career. Peer Advisors work in collaboration with other Peer Advisors, Office of International Affairs (OIA) professional staff and other OSU administrators to ensure that new students have a positive check-in and orientation experience. To see a full list of qualifications and responsibilities of an International Peer Advisor, please visit download the position description.

Applications for 2018-2019 Peer Advisors are now being accepted. Deadline to apply is February 21, 2018 at 5 p.m. 


Signature Event Student Chairs

If you are a student interested in putting your organizational and leadership skills to the test, then you should apply to become the co-chair, or chair-elect, of one of our signature events - Thanksgiving or Taste of OSU.

If selected as Taste of OSU chair-elect, the student will be mentored throughout the Taste of OSU 2018 planning process so he or she will be ready to assume the position of chair of Taste of OSU in February 2019. Therefore, students interested in applying for the Taste of OSU chair-elect position will need to be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in spring 2019.

Applications are currently closed. Please check back in the spring semester.


Global Ambassadors

Global Ambassadors are a diverse team of students committed to promoting cultural exchange at The Ohio State University. As volunteers with the Office of International Affairs, Global Ambassadors demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the Office of International Affairs, which seeks the engagement of students, staff and faculty in the global Ohio State community. Applications are currently closed.


  • Ohio State student in good academic standing
  • Committed to cross-cultural exchange
  • Open-minded and willing to learn about other cultures
  • Able to take initiative and work well with others
  • Previous language or travel experience is great but definitely not required


  • Attend orientation session and monthly planning meetings (First Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Attend at least half of Global Engagement Night meetings (every Tuesday at 6 p.m.)
  • Coordinate at least two events per semester with other Global Ambassadors on one of four committees: Social, Sports and Recreation, Film, and Community Service
  • Assist with other Office of International Affairs events as needed

China Pre-Departure Orientation Volunteers

The Office of International Affairs seeks both American and international students interested in volunteering at the China Pre-Departure Orientation in the summer.

Students who will be in China this summer are encouraged to apply. Orientations will be held in Shanghai and Beijing from during June. Responsibilities will include greeting future students and their parents, as well as presenting on a variety of orientation topics. Applications have not yet been extended for summer 2018.


Global Engagement Orientation Leaders

The Global Engagement Orientation Leaders, previously known as the Welcome Team, is a group of diverse student leaders who welcome new international students to Ohio State and the city of Columbus at the Airport Welcome Center and the Ohio Union Welcome Booth. The OLs are responsible for leading group activities, including shopping trips, group meals, sporting events and game nights, while also helping at orientation events including the International Student Resource Fair, campus tours and greeting students at orientation sessions.

Students who apply for a position as a Global Engagement Orientation Leader should be available to work 36-48 hours per week from Monday, July 23 - Sunday, August 19. Applications are currently closed. Contact Megan McCarthy with questions.


Global Leadership Initiative

The Global Leadership Initiative program is a prestigious year-long program designed to prepare Ohio State undergraduate students to foster global citizenship and to enhance their strengths in various cultural contexts in order to become a more successful future leader in the global community.

There are 24 students in the Global Leadership Initiative. They were chosen from 85 applicants, who have various academic, ethnic and religious backgrounds. For international students, first and second year students are preferred; those who have an open mind and are accountable. For domestic students, second and third year students are preferred, and who have some leadership experience and are interested in other cultures. They are paired as partners to learn from each other.

The overall goal of the Global Leadership Initiative is to develop friendship, leadership skills, great networking opportunities and a better understanding of the similarities and differences between cultures. The Global Leadership Initiative hopes to achieve this goal through a globalized campus, cultural awareness and a focus on career professionalism. Please check back for application details.


Exchange Partner Program

Exchange Partners are current Ohio State students who are matched with incoming international exchange students, who are on campus for one semester or the full year. Exchange Partners serve as a resource for the exchange students prior to their arrival and assist with their social and cultural adjustment once on campus. Exchange Partners plan and attend events with their partners on and off campus throughout the academic year and generally help the exchange students feel comfortable at Ohio State and in Columbus.

Interested students should be current Ohio State undergraduates with a GPA of 2.0 or higher, who are open-minded and committed to cross-cultural exchange, willing and eager to learn about other cultures and ready to take initiative. Applications are now open and interviews are held in February, for matches for the following academic year.

For further details on the program, see this page of the OIA website.