OPIE Student Life and Activities
The Ohio Program of Intensive English has a vibrant socio-cultural life for students. The following are some examples of programming.
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 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.
Each year the Office of International Student and Scholar 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 a weekly newsletter containing useful and practical information concerning American culture and the Athens and Ohio University communities.
Trips and Activities
Each year, 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.