About the International Student Union

The International Student Union (ISU) functions at Ohio University as the umbrella organization for 23 international organizations. ISU members come from all corners of the world, representing the collective educational, cultural, and developmental interests of over 100 countries.

ISU is committed to assisting international students to become part of the Ohio University and Athens communities. ISU serves to promote cultural understanding through activities aimed at expanding cultural awareness. Specifically, among other services, we: serve as consultants to international student organizations; promote a sense of community among international and American students at OU; develop activities to increase intercultural exchange and international awareness; and provide opportunities for OU students to explore their leadership potentials.


Arabic Language Student Association
The Arabic Language Student Association (ALSA) is a student group focused on Arab language and culture. We are able to provide assistance to Arabic language students and other students interested in Arab language and culture. Members learn about Arab culture and history, practice their language skills with native speakers at Arabic conversation hours, and help organize and participate in ALSA’s annual ‘Arabian Night,’ an event devoted to Arab culture, food, music, and more.