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Student Testimonials

Emily Weaver, Class of 2015

Emily Weaver 1 “I am happy about my decision to attend Ohio University. I love the sense of community on campus and in Athens.  There is a connection that ties everyone together and continues long after graduation. I found a community that helped me to strengthen my leadership capabilities outside of the classroom. 

Global Studies majors can personalize their major to reflect their interests and focus on a specific region of the world.  We are required to study, intern, or work abroad. Living outside the country can be daunting and this major gives students the push they need to leave the U.S. When I studied abroad, I didn’t experience much culture shock because I had already been involved in the extensive international community in Athens.  OHIO gave me the confidence to get out of my comfort zone and to see the world in a different light.

Regardless of the career I choose, the Global Studies major gives me the international experience necessary to succeed.”

  • B.A., Global Studies – Asia / History double major
  • East Asian Studies certificate
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate
  • Hometown:  Mentor, Ohio
  • Studied Abroad in Xi’an, China (2013)
  • Global Studies Student Ambassador (2013-2015)
  • Programming Director and Secretary for the International Student Union
  • Conversation Partner for the Ohio Program of Intensive English
  • International Media Assistant for the Ohio University Office of Gift Planning
  • Intern at the Dr. Shao You-Bao Overseas Chinese Documentation and Research Center
  • Paraprofessional at the Career and Leadership Development Center
  • Alumni Engagement Committee Member for the Student Alumni Board


Omar Mohammed Kurdi, Class of 2015

20150615_Omar_Kurdi_rch_0051 “Ohio University has provided me the opportunity to grow personally, professionally, and academically. It truly provides a transformative community and experience.  During my undergraduate career I found a family with the international students and gave back to the community by serving the International Student Union, one of the leading student organizations. 

The Global Studies Major is unique in that it combines the detailed studies of social science along with a broad vision of how those disciplines interact. This allows a student to view larger global issues from a deep interdisciplinary perspective that opens for more creative and long lasting solutions. I hope this training will allow me to approach my future career, and all the challenges that come with it, with a broad but grounded approach to solutions.” 

  • B.A., Global Studies – War and Peace / Political Science double major
  • French minor
  • European Studies Certificate
  • Hometown:  Madinah, Saudi Arabia
  • Studied abroad at Ohio University
  • Interned with the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA (2013)
  • Interned with Amnesty International USA in Washington, DC (2014)
  • Vice President of the International Student Union (2014-2015)
  • Global Studies Student Ambassador (2014-2015)



Claire Splain Bens, Class of 2014

Claire Bens in Chile “OU was one of the best decisions I could have made for me. The atmosphere of learning and fun at OU were a perfect balance to allow me to excel and have a really excellent college experience at the same time.  However, the most rewarding part of my time studying at Ohio University was that I grew to love academia.

I applied to OU as a political science major. I took a course with the Global Leadership Center and added a second major in Global Studies - War and Peace. I could study a myriad of different regions and languages rather than focusing on one particular area. I got to study politics, sociology, anthropology, history, and even law enforcement.  Global Studies introduced me to different forms of social research and inspired my interest in several regional conflicts.

I currently live in London and am completing my M.Sc. in Conflict Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I am writing my dissertation on how perceived victimhood affects the national identity of youth.  After I complete my M.Sc., I plan to hike the Camino de Santiago from the French border to the Western edge of Spain. I have also applied to volunteer for the 2016 Peace Corps. I intend to pursue a Ph.D. in International Relations.”

  • B.A., Global Studies – War and Peace / Political Science double major
  • Spanish minor
  • Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
  • ISEP-Direct Study Abroad, University of Hyderabad, India (Spring 2013)
  • API Study Abroad, Universidad Vina del Mar, Chile (Fall 2012)
  • Office of Education Abroad Peer Advisor (2013-2014)
  • War and Peace Studies Student Ambassador (2013-2014)
  • Alden Library Research Desk Overnight Assistant (2013-2014)
  • Bobcats for Suicide Prevention Campaign President and Founder (2013- 2014)
  • Suicide Prevention Coalition Student Representative (2013-2014)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2014)
  • Teach for America Operations Coordinator (Memphis 2014, Chicago 2013)
  • Alpha Lambda Delta President (2011-2012)
  • Office of Outdoor Pursuits Office Assistant (2010-2012)
  • Children’s International Summer Villages National Youth Meeting Committee Chair (2010-2012)



Many of our students have also written blogs about their experiences in our program in recent years:






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