Apply for the Exchange Partner Program
The Office of International Affairs is currently accepting applications for the Exchange Partner Program, which matches current Ohio State undergraduate students with incoming international exchange students. 

Interested students should be committed to helping exchange students feel at home on our campus and should show the desire to promote cross-cultural understanding at Ohio State.

The  application for the 2018 - 2019 academic year is now available, and the application deadline is Wednesday, January 31, 2018. You are strongly advised to first review the questions and type answers into a Word document, then re-open the application to copy and paste in your answers (if you leave the application open for too long it may not submit properly).

To learn more and apply visit Contact  Caroline Omolesky with any questions.
ECP Registration is Open for New Members
The Office of International Affairs' English Conversation Program (ECP) is a fun way to connect with Ohio State students from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Each semester, groups of five will meet th roughout the semester to participate in discussions and fun events and activities on campus and around Columbus.

The English Conversation Program is a wonderful opportunity for international students and American students to expand their worldviews, improve their intercultural communication skills and make friends from around the globe. 

Students who register for ECP, also have the opportunity to  apply to be part of the Language Improvement Track (LIT). LIT is for students who are more interested in developing their English speaking and listening skills, and students who are more interested in teaching language and interpersonal skills.

Registration is now open to new members and will be accepted on a rolling basis. Contact Dan Montour with any questions.
Reading Day with Global Engagement
Global Engagement will be hosting a special event for Ohio State's Reading Day on Tuesday, December 7. We will have snacks and coffee available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in 160 Enarson Classroom Building. With a special activity from 12 - 1 p.m,  an impromptu speaking hour from with ESL Lecturer and Speaking Coach Dan Montour. Dan will lead an hour of dynamic speaking exercises to improve your public speaking and creative thinking, and relax your brain to that you can go back to studying with a clear head.

Room 100 will also be available until 9 p.m. as a designated study area for students looking for a quiet place to prepare for exams.

Students are welcome to visit the Office of International Affairs during reading day to study or take a break!
Global Engagement Nights to Resume Spring Semester
Join the Office of International Affairs for Global Engagement Night   every Tuesday evening during the semester . Domestic and international students are invited to engage in weekly conversations on a variety of themes. 
Global Engagement Nights will start again in the spring semester.
Visit   to see the full schedule and a list of topics for spring semester.
Global Engagement Film Series - "The Breadwinner"
The Office of International Affairs collaborates with the Gateway Film Center to host a monthly international film series. Students have the chance to view films from around the world for free! 

The next film is "The Breadwinner," and it will be shown on Wednesday, December 27 at 7 p.m. at the Gateway Film Center. 

"The Breadwinner" is s a multinational adult animated drama film by Cartoon Saloon, directed by Nora Twomey and executive produced by Mimi Polk Gitlin and Angelina Jolie. The film is based on the best-selling novel by Deborah Ellis, and it tells the story of Parvana, a girl in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan who must dress as a boy so she can work to support her family after her father is arrested.

Registration is not required, but make sure to arrive early because the first 30 students will receive free popcorn and soda! 

Admission is FREE for students with a BuckID and offered at regular price to the public. 

Contact  Renée Bishai with questions.
New Credit-Bearing Course for First Year International Students
All international undergraduate students, and particularly those in their first year, are invited to enroll in a newly developed seven-week course for spring semester 2018, ESEPSY 2059: Becoming a Self-Regulated Learner (class number: 35054; TuTh 2:20 p.m. section; Younkin 220). 

The course is designed to help international students adapt to U.S. academic culture and practice skills (e.g., communicating with instructors, class participation, source citation, time management, active learning) needed for success in Ohio State classrooms. 

T he two credit hour course will be offered during the first seven-week session of Spring '18. The instructor has many years of experience working with international students and with teaching study skills. 

Students may contact Caroline Omoleskyinternational student academic liaison at the Office of International Affairs with any questions.
Avoid Tuition Scams
Unfortunately, increasing numbers of international students are targeted by scams. Each newsletter over the coming months will feature a different scam for which to watch out. Please review this information to learn how to protect yourself from potential scammers.
Beware of tuition scams . In this scam you are approached by someone who promises you a discount on your tuition if you pay through that person. The person uses your Ohio State username and password to pay with a credit card and the tuition appears paid in full on your account. You wire the person the tuition amount minus the discount promised. However, the credit card was stolen and Ohio State will reject the payment. You will then still owe the entire tuition amount to Ohio State in order to remain enrolled.
Avoid this scam by :
  • Knowing that anyone who promises a discount on your tuition is only trying to take advantage of you. If the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 
  • Never sharing your OSU username and password with anyone. 
  • Contacting the Ohio State Bursar, Student Legal Services and/or the Office of International Affairs if you suspect a scam, before entering into any agreements with a potential scammer.

For more guidance on avoiding scams, please visit the scam page of the Student Legal Services website. If you believe you are the victim of any type of scam or fraudulent activity, or are concerned about potential scams, please schedule an appointment to speak to an SLS attorney (visit or call 614-247-5853).
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