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International Experiences

International experiences can enrich your education and help you prepare for a career in today's increasingly interconnected world. Ohio University's Education Abroad programs and other international experiences take students in all fields to scores of countries around the globe-- and they often bring the world to Athens! In most cases, any financial aid or scholarships you receive can be applied to a study abroad program. Programs range in length from two weeks to a full academic year and may have only minimal language requirements.

Visit the Office of Education Abroad to learn about opportunities for international experiences in addition to those listed below.

Ohio-Leipzig European Center
The Ohio-Leipzig European Center (OLEC), Ohio's first international center for study abroad students, is a jointly created and administered program between the University of Leipzig (Germany) and Ohio University. The academic goal of OLEC is to provide any undergraduate student, regardless of major, with a solid introduction to the current political, economic, social, cultural, and technological systems of the "New Europe" while living and studying abroad. Courses are team-taught in English by faculty from both institutions. There is no foreign language pre-requisite for participation in this program.

Ohio-Shandong Center in East Asia
An international center for Ohio University study abroad students, the Ohio-Shandong Center is located in Jinan, China. The Ohio-Shandong Center in East Asia is a joint program sponsored by Shandong University and Ohio University. The goal of the program is to provide Ohio University students from all majors with the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the life, history, and culture of Modern East Asia. The quarter-long program has no language pre-requisites. All courses are taught in English.

Global Leadership Center
The Global Leadership Center (GLC) prepares students for leadership opportunities in a rapidly changing world. Open to all majors, the GLC brings together the colleges of Business, Communication, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences in an interdisciplinary, 2-year, 30 quarter-hour certificate program on global issues, with an emphasis on real-world projects and problem-solving skills. While the GLC certificate is not a degree-granting academic discipline, it enhances the curricula of other disciplines. Features of the GLC include:

  • Project-Based Learning
    GLC courses are not traditional classes. Students work in project teams on problems in communication, business, international relations, engineering, religion and other areas.
  • A Learning Community
    Students live together in Bromley Hall, a private residence hall. Living in Bromley for the second year of the GLC program is optional.
  • International Experiences
    GLC students travel abroad as a group for consulting projects. Each student also participates in an international internship or study abroad program.
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