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OPIE Student Life and Activities

The Ohio Program of Intensive English has a vibrant socio-cultural life for students.

Global Conversation Partners Program

Non-OPIE students attending Ohio University are invited to become conversation partners for all full-time OPIE students. Students spend at least one hour each week speaking English with their conversation partners.

OPIE Lecture Series

OPIE students gain the valuable experience of hearing academic lectures, practicing note-taking, and engaging in discussions through attending this series of lectures. The lectures, given by university and community members, aim at helping students adjust to university life, learn about activities and organizations in Ohio University and Athens, and become aware of some important issues in the community.

OPIE Ambassadors

OPIE Ambassadors is an organization of students who represent OPIE for the purpose of improving their language learning experience and leadership skills. OPIE Ambassadors represent OPIE at other Ohio University events, plan activities and projects for OPIE students, and communicate with many kinds of people from all over campus, both inside and outside of OPIE.

Ongoing Orientation

Students attend a series of workshops in which they interact with domestic students, practice their English conversational skills, and learn more about the campus and services provided to them as Ohio University students.

Sports Workshops

This is a series of workshops in which students learn healthy habits for staying physically fit and have the opportunity to play sports like handball, soccer, tennis, etc.

International Week

Each year the Office of International Student and Faculty services coordinates International Week. This is a week-long spring celebration ending with a street fair on Court Street. OPIE encourages all students to become involved in these activities, as it is a good opportunity for cross-cultural understanding. Visit the International Office for more information.

OPIE Zone Newsletter

OPIE offers both an online and weekly printed newsletter containing useful and practical information concerning American culture and the Athens and Ohio University communities. Read it and enjoy it! In addition, a bulletin board located across from Gordy 113 has information to help you.

Trips and Activities

Each semester, several fun trips and events are planned. Past trips and events have included the Columbus Zoo, Jeffersonville shopping, Hocking Hills, bowling nights, and picnics and boating at Strouds Run.