Ohio State students participating in university-approved third party provider and direct enroll study abroad programs could soon see a decrease in costs to participate in these types of programs if a resolution passed by The Ohio State University Board of Trustees is approved by the Ohio Board of Regents.
Currently, students who enroll in these types of study abroad programs pay tuition to both Ohio State and the host institution, which substantially increases the cost of studying abroad. To alleviate costs, some students have taken a leave of absence from Ohio State in order to directly enroll in the provider program. After the program is completed, these students return to Ohio State and follow appropriate procedures to apply for transfer credit approval for the academic work completed while abroad. Other students may not have pursued this opportunity at all due to the high cost. Additionally, since these students studying abroad are not enrolled at Ohio State, the university is not as well positioned to assist them during a medical emergency, political unrest or a natural disaster.
The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved a plan to move forward with the opening of a Global Gateway office in São Paulo, Brazil. Ohio State opened its first two Gateway offices in Shanghai, China in February 2010, and Mumbai, India in March 2012.
By having this institutional presence in these strategic regions, Ohio State opens the door to creating new partnerships and making lasting connections that benefit all stakeholders including students, faculty, staff and alumni of Ohio State. The Global Gateways also benefit friends of the university, surrounding communities and the state of Ohio by demonstrating Ohio State’s engagement in the global marketplace and its commitment to being an active participant in knowledge-based centers around the world.