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International Student Union

International Student Organizations

International Student Union

The International Student Union (ISU) functions as the umbrella organization for internationally-focused student organizations at Ohio University. The members come from all corners of the world, representing the collective educational, cultural, and developmental interests of countries across the globe.

ISU is committed to assisting international students as they become part of the Ohio University and Athens communities. In addition, ISU strives to promote diversity and cultural exchange at Ohio University and aims to create a more global and inclusive campus.

International Student and Faculty Services serves as an adviser and support for ISU throughout the year.

The current member organizations include:

International Student Union Mission

To represent international students by fostering an inclusive community through developing global awareness, promoting intercultural exchange and cultivating understanding.

International Student Union Vision

To promote unity, diversity and a global mindset

African Students' Union (ASU)

The African Students' Union is a network of African and non-African Students interested in building a community that represents the beauty and diversity of the continent.


AIESEC is a global platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. Arabic Language Student Association

Arabic Language Student Association (ALSA)

The purpose of ALSA is for its members to practice their conversational skills, host presentations, and have general discussions regarding the Arab World and the Arabic language

Chinese Cultural Exchange Association (CCEA)

As an organization CCEA hopes to create a better environment for Chinese students at Ohio University and make them feel like OU is their home away from home.

Chinese Language Student Association (CLSA)

CLSA is an Ohio University organization that focuses on students who want to improve these Chinese language skills

Chinese Learners Association (OHIO-CLA)

The purpose of CLA shall be to serve the needs of the Chinese students pursuing academic studies at Ohio University, while enriching their extracurricular life

Communication and Development Studies Association (CommDev)

The Communication and Development Studies Association s a student organization at Ohio University that aims to inspire social change by bringing together communication for development practitioners from around the world

Fulbright Scholars Association (FSA)

The Fulbright Scholars Association is a student organization which aims at increasing cultural, social, academic, and professional exchanges and networking among Fulbright awardees and other like-minded parties at Ohio University

Indian Students Association (ISA)

ISA’s goal is to expose community members to India’s cultural and regional diversity by celebrating Indian festivals


PERMIAS seeks to promote Indonesian culture, endorse a good relationship, encourage Indonesian students' participation and representation, and develop activities to increase multicultural exchange and awareness

Iranian (Persian) Students Society (ISS)

The Iranian Student Society's goal is to promote the appreciation and celebration of the Iranian culture at Ohio University; to build strong social and educational ties and foster excellence, leadership and team work among its members

Japanese Language and Culture Association (JLCA)

The Japanese Language and Culture Association is welcoming to anyone interested in Japanese language, culture and activities

Latino Student Union (LSU)

LSU promotes the identity and unity of Latino students at Ohio University through intellectual, cultural and social growth

Muslim Student Association (MSA)

The Ohio University Muslim Students Association engages students of different origins, nationalities, and cultures who are passionate about Islam

Nepalese Student Association (NEPSA)

NEPSA's main objectives are to share Nepalese culture, traditions, lifestyle, and identity with the Athens community and foster an international cultural understanding

Omani Students Association (OSA)

OSA's goal is to introduce Oman to Ohio University, share their culture and connect all Omanis together

Southeast Asian Student Association (SEASA)

SEASA's goal is to share the many cultures of Southeast Asia through educational and social activities at Ohio University

Salaam: Student Union of Ethiopian and Eritrean Heritage (SSU)

SSU's goal is to foster Ethiopian and Eritrean solidarity and friendship, as well as to promote the history, cultures, and traditions of their people to the Ohio University community