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Signature Programs

Signature Programs is an umbrella term describing a sub-section of OHIO’s complete experiential learning portfolio. Signature Programs include stand-alone programs and program series the Experiential Learning office has identified as highly collaborative and available to students in multiple disciplines. These programs differ from other Experiential Learning Opportunities at OHIO by having robust central support for program planning, facilitation, funding, and assessment.  

GO Local Series

A series of study away programs that take place in SE Ohio

Alternative Spring Break in Appalachia 

The Alternative Spring Break Trip is an immersive, interdisciplinary experience rooted in service to the surrounding community. The program’s objective is to bridge the gap between students’ lives on campus and the richness of the life of our local community. Students will explore various topics including public service and civic engagement, conservation, environmental health, Appalachian history, and societal issues. Service-learning projects with community partners will embed students in new communities, historically significant towns, and non-profit organizations.   

Selected students will be asked to submit a non-refundable $50 deposit to reserve their spot. Lodging, transportation, and meals are provided at no additional cost. 

Spring Break 2024 details: 

  • Dates of travel: March 11-14 

  • Application Deadline: February 18 

  • Selection notification: February 23 

  • Acceptance of participation and $50 deposit due: March 1 

  • Pre-departure meeting: week of March 4-8 (TBD) 

  • February 1, 3:30 p.m.

  • February 6, 10 a.m. 

  • February 8, 5:30 p.m.  

  • February 13, 12 p.m. 

  • February 15, 5:30 p.m. 


Black History in SE Ohio

Check back for more details soon.

New Adventures – Wilderness orientation experience 

New Adventures is OHIO’s adventure orientation program for first-year students offered through a partnership between Campus Recreation’s Outdoor Pursuits and the Office of Experiential Learning. The expeditions first launched in 1995 with one or two crews venturing to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area before the school year began. Thanks to the support of the Office of Experiential Learning, New Adventures evolved into today's Outdoor Orientation Program, featuring 16 Crews, 133 students and three unique locations.