The Grant Center is dedicated to both bringing the world to Ouachita and taking Ouachita to the world, whether that’s through events, activities and organizations on campus or trips to explore the surrounding region and beyond. Below is a sampling of ways the Grant Center keeps a global focus for Ouachita throughout each year, including many ways for you to plug in and gain cultural experiences you won’t soon forget.
[ Meets Mondays at 9 p.m. ]
The International Club is a student organization focused on building the international community and sharing cultures at Ouachita through friendship, events, community service and fun. All Ouachita students are invited to join the International Club, and it is an especially great place for international students, missionary kids and third culture kids to find camaraderie and support. The club is student-led and offers great leadership opportunities for international students and others with an interest in global issues. IC partners with the Grant Center to coordinate trips and host the annual International Food Festival and also participates in other campus events throughout the year. Come check it out at any of our weekly meetings on Monday evenings at 9 p.m. in McClellan 100. We look forward to seeing you!
Fall Break Trip
[ October ]
Each year, the Grant Center and the International Club coordinate a trip over Fall Break in October to a nearby city. These trips are open to all international students, MKs and friends. They provide a great opportunity to make new friends while experiencing some of the sites, sounds and cultures of the United States. Recent trips have visited New Orleans, La.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Branson, Mo. Join the International Club to stay informed about upcoming trips!
International Focus Chapel Service
[ Fall Semester ]
Each fall, the Grant Center presents one of Ouachita’s weekly chapel services. It is a great opportunity for Ouachita students to learn about the variety of missions and study abroad opportunities available through the Grant Center and Campus Ministries. You’ll hear from other Ouachita students, faculty and staff about their recent international experiences and how you can start your own international adventure!
Learn more about chapel at OBU
International Food Festival
[ February ]
The Grant Center and the International Club partner to present the International Food Festival each February. The festival has become a favorite event on campus, drawing crowds of more than 500 guests in recent years. Students, faculty and staff who have lived or studied outside of the U.S. share food from their respective countries with the rest of campus. Entertainment featuring a variety of cultures also is presented, and a fair trade market supports the work of artisans from around the world. Don’t miss this special opportunity to celebrate the many cultures represented on Ouachita’s campus!
Read about the 2014 food festival
American Culture Experiences
[ All Year ]
Our English as a Second Language (ESL) program provides unique opportunities for students to get outside of the classroom, use their English skills and experience American culture through experiential learning. From field trips to the State Capitol to traditional American fall activities like pumpkin carving and hay rides, we seek to give our students every opportunity make the most of their study abroad experience.
Learn more about ESL
International Mission Trips
[ Summer ]
The Grant Center partners with Campus Ministries to coordinate at least one international mission trip each year. These trips give Ouachita students the opportunity to share Christ’s love with his people around the world. Since 2010, Campus Ministries has partnered with Prevention Time SA to help with that organization’s work in South Africa.
Learn more about international missions
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