The Ohio State University is committed to becoming a preeminent global university—one that prepares its students and faculty to actively participate in knowledge-based collaborations around the world. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, universities across the nation are embracing the value of integrating international dimensions across their campuses, pursuing partnerships around the world, and exploring opportunities across the globe. As Ohio State strives to enhance its international presence, it is committed to preparing its students to excel in the global marketplace, pursue partnerships around the world, and collaborate on the solution of local and global issues based on Ohio State's expertise.
The university plans to expand its global reach by:
- Continuing to develop international experiences for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students
- Promoting scholarship on major global issues
- Increasing the percentage of international faculty and students
- Creating international dual degree programs
- Developing an international physical presence
- Promoting collaboration with Ohio's international business ventures
As part of Ohio State's international strategy, the Office of International Affairs is responsible for cultivating and nurturing the growth of global perspectives at Ohio State.
As Ohio State enhances its mission for high distinction in teaching, research, and engagement, the Office of International Affairs provides leadership and innovation to facilitate international opportunities for our students and faculty, and makes educational resources accessible for the campus, our international guests, and the community beyond. We also stimulate activities that celebrate diverse cultures, foster the exchange of ideas, serve as the central information hub for international activities, and support the growing international dimension of Ohio State.
Area studies centers advance knowledge and awareness of international cultures and world regions. The centers work with departments to identify programmatic needs; sponsor a wide range of academic activities, including lectures, symposia, conferences, and library resources; and conduct outreach activities for P-12 students and teachers. Area studies centers are funded through the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. Ohio State has five area studies centers, two with full Title VI NRC and FLAS funding*:
- Center for African Studies
- Center for Latin American Studies
- Center for Slavic and East European Studies*
- East Asian Studies Center*
- Institute for Chinese Studies
- Institute for Japanese Studies
- Institute for Korean Studies
- Middle East Studies Center
The Office of International Affairs supports and administers grants for faculty research on international themes and scholarships for students to study abroad either as part of a group or independently, or to conduct research or pursue internships in other parts of the world. We also administer the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright-Hays grants and serve as the campus representative for the Fulbright Scholar program.
The Fulbright-Hays program provides grants for graduate students and faculty to travel for specific research, study opportunities, or dissertation research in modern languages and specific area studies that must be conducted in another country. The Fulbright Scholar program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the United States and other countries and promote collaboration and the exchange of ideas among students, faculty, professionals, and teachers.
These grant programs serve to promote international educational opportunities that will have a lasting impact on increasing global awareness and understanding.
Engaging P-12 teachers and students in learning more about international cultures plays a vital role in broadening global perspectives. Outreach programming that focuses on language, culture, and interactive themes are tailor-made to teach a wide variety of audiences about life in another country. A host of global education resources is available for teachers, including in-service workshops, study abroad opportunities to experience the language and culture firsthand, video loan libraries, and exhibits that can be used in the classroom.