Office of Student Life : Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

The Six STEP Categories

A central feature of STEP is giving participants the chance to engage with faculty outside of the classroom in one-on-one meetings as well as in group settings. During their time together, STEP Faculty will help students explore six unique, educational-enriching categories:

During the spring semester, students will work closely with their STEP Faculty Member to create a written proposal for their chosen STEP Signature Project. Students will submit their proposals on their Student Dashboard.


NOTE: As of autumn, 2015, the use of STEP funding for international projects in any of the six STEP categories is restricted to programming managed by Ohio State (this could mean a college program, class, Buck-I-SERV, university program...).  This restriction is published in the 2015-2016 Signature Project Guidelines for each of the six STEP categories.

Student safety is at the forefront of this policy; OIA works to ensure safety to every extent possible and cannot do this for non-Ohio State experiences.   A list of program opportunities can be found at and on the Office of International Affairs (OIA) website (