Office of International Student & Scholar Services

Introduction to International Education Workshop Series by the Ohio International Consortium

The International Education Workshop Series by the Ohio International Consortium is designed for students  who have not had an international experience and who would like an introduction to careers in international education. Throughout the series, participants will explore international education careers, have an opportunity to job shadow and network with leaders in the field, and learn how to document this experience  during their job search. Students who complete the program will be reimbursed for the cost of their first passport.


Choose either a Wednesday evening session 6-8 PM or a Saturday morning session 9-11 AM. 

  • October:  Wednesday, October 11, or Saturday, October 21
  • November:  Wednesday, November 8, or Saturday, November 11
  • February:  Wednesday, February 7, or Saturday, February 10
  • March:  Wednesday, March 13, or Saturday, March 16


  • Junior, Senior, or Master’s level student
  • Never studied abroad
  • Does not have a passport
  • Underrepresented (first generation, veterans, racial and ethnic minorities, students with disabilities) students are strongly encouraged to apply

Certificate Requirements

  • Attend all four workshops
  • Attend one Ohio International Consortium (OIC) meeting
  • Four sessions of mentoring with international education leaders

Upon completion earn funds towards your first passport!

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Deadline to apply is September 30, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

How many students can participate in the workshop series?

The goal is for a total of 26 students, two students from each of Ohio’s state universities.

Who should apply for the program?

The goal of this program is to introduce students, who have no international experience, to the field of international education.  Recognizing that there is little diversity in the field, the preference is for underrepresented students to participate.

When is the application deadline?

September 30, 2023

What happens if more than two students from a university apply to the program?

In the case that more than two students apply to the program, the OIC representative from that university will be asked to select two students with a preference towards underrepresented students (first generation, veterans, racial and ethnic minorities, students with disabilities).

Can international students participate?

International students and students who have studied abroad or hold a U.S. passport will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

How will the workshops be taught?

All workshops will be held virtually.

What is the Workshop Series schedule?


Wednesdays, 6-8 PM

Saturdays, 9-11 AM

Module 1: What is International Education?

Oct 11, 2023

Oct 14, 2023

Module 2: Developing International Competencies

Nov 8, 2022

Nov 11, 2022

Module 3: International Students in the U.S. and the Basics of ISSS

Feb 7, 2023

Feb 10, 2023

Module 4: Study Abroad 101

Mar 13, 2023

Mar 16, 2023

How will students complete the job shadowing/mentoring experience?

Students are expected to have a total of four job shadowing experiences that correspond with each workshop session. Students
will be matched with staff from their university’s international office and be expected to complete between 1-2 hours of mentoring
for each workshop session for a total of 4-8 hours of shadowing. Whether the mentoring is virtual, or in-person will be the
discretion of that school’s OIC representative.

What are the requirements to complete the program and earn the reimbursement for the passport?

Students must attend all four workshop sessions, complete between 4-8 hours of mentoring, and attend one OIC meeting. The
students may attend any OIC meeting that is scheduled throughout the year, either virtually, or in person. Students may select
from the official semester meetings or the monthly update meetings.

What happens if a student misses a workshop, can’t complete the mentoring, or attend the OIC meeting?
We will do our best to accommodate students and be flexible throughout the program. If a student misses a workshop and they
are a Wednesday workshop attendee, they can attend the Saturday workshop. If they are a Saturday workshop attendee, they can
make the workshop up the following academic year. Similarly, if a student needs more time to complete the mentoring or OIC
meeting attendance, we will work with that student on a case-by-case basis to complete the requirements.

What is the process for getting reimbursed for the passport fee?

Students must initiate the passport process, including paying for the fee. They will need to submit a receipt for their paid fee and
will be reimbursed by the Ohio International Consortium. Specific details will be provided in the workshop.

Ohio International Consortium Members

Bowling Green State University, Central State University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Miami University, Ohio University, Ohio State University, Shawnee State University, University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, University of Toledo, Wright State University, Youngstown State University

Last Updated: 10/2/23