Buckeye Abroad (Columbus)
1. How do I find out about Education abroad opportunities? Contact education abroad director Virginia Cope at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the program search function on the Education Abroad section of the Office of International Affairs web site. This site will give information on programs based on all the Ohio State campuses, including Newark. In the fall, the Newark campus offers information sessions about upcoming opportunities. Finally, the Office of International Affairs in Columbus hosts regular education abroad information sessions, listed on their site.
2. Does Newark have its own education abroad program? Each year the Newark campus sponsors several education abroad trips and subsidizes the costs to make them affordable. Newark campus students may also apply to any education abroad program listed on the OIA site, so long as they can fulfill the requirements (for example, some classes may require taking a course beforehand in Columbus).
3. How much do programs cost? Costs vary a great deal based on the destination and the length of stay. On the Newark campus, we subsidize costs to keep the program fee below $1000. The OIA web site also lists other grants and scholarships available (be sure to check out scholarships immediately, since many deadlines fall before the deadlines for applying for education abroad courses). Students pay tuition for credits earned. Both tuition and the program fee are eligible for financial aid. At the Office of International Affairs web site, learn more about funding your education abroad experience and explore the range of grants and scholarships offered and apply early. More information for regional campus students is available here.
4. What types of programs does Newark offer? Students from the Newark campus have studied in Nicaragua, Germany, Costa Rica and Canada. Education abroad opportunities come in several varieties. Often students take two linked courses: an upper-level, 3-credit on-campus course and a 1-credit education abroad course. For example, in spring 2016, students took a course on campus about the literature of Berlin and then traveled for 9 days to Berlin over spring break 2016, earning a total of 4 credits for two courses. Sometimes we run single courses that involve class time on campus and abroad. In May 2015 students earned 3 credits for a 4-week Arts & Sciences course that included a week of study in Quebec, Canada. In August 2015, 25 Newark students spent a week in Costa Rica.
5. Do I need to speak a foreign language? You don't need to be a foreign language or international studies major to study abroad; Ohio State students can study a wide variety of subjects in another country. You can take classes in your minor, satisfy GE requirements or try something new. Experiences and skills that you learn while abroad can apply to almost any field.
6. How do I apply? You apply through Buckeye Link. See the program information on the OIA web site for information on the specific program that interests you.
7. What are the requirements for being accepted into a program? You do need to be academically ready to study in another country. Generally, a GPA of 2.5 or higher is required. Other requirements vary by program.
8. How do I get a passport? Newark campus students may receive reimbursement for the costs of applying for a passport (typically $135; we do not cover additional costs for expedited service). To request reimbursement, scan an itemized receipt showing fees paid and email it to Marcy Melanson at email@example.com. In most cases, you will also need to fill out a tax form (osuw9) in order to get reimbursed. (Student employees will already have this form on file). That form should be turned in to Beth Moss in the Purchasing Office before you submit your receipts for reimbursement: Beth Moss, firstname.lastname@example.org, 740-366-9235, Purchasing and Travel Department, Founders Hall. For more general information, see the OIA web site: Get a Passport