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Leader and Participant Applications

All Columbus campus students are eligible and encouraged to apply for Buck-I-SERV, Ohio State’s alternative breaks program. For consideration, students must apply online by the deadlines listed below.

The application is available at: http://buckiserv.osu.edu/secure/trip/application.aspx.

Application Tips:

For best results, type short answer/essay responses in a separate document to avoid losing your work due to loss of internet connectivity. Once responses are drafted, log back into application to successfully submit the application. See Trip Leader tab to preview short answer questions. 

You will receive a confirmation email after successful submission of the Buck-I-SERV application.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, please resubmit application.

Summer 2014 Application Deadlines:

  • International Leader and Participant Applications: February 28th no later than 11:59pm (Interviews will take place during the 1st of March). 
  • Domestic Leader Applications: February 23rd no later than 11:59pm
  • Domestic Participant Applications: March 16th no later than 11:59pm

Important Dates:

  • Summer Break Kick-Off Event: Wednesday, April 11th at 6pm *All selected participants, leaders, and advisors should plan to attend this event.
  • Summer Break Trip Leader Trainings: See Trip Leader section of website for mandatory training dates.
  • Summer  Break Trips: April 30 - May 7, 2014


Domestic trip costs for participants range from $200-$400 depending on location distance and housing accommodations. Cost includes transportation, lodging, site fees, and a small donation to your service site on behalf of the group. Unless otherwise noted, food is NOT included in the cost of the trip. See Current Trips for pricing details. Payments for trips are non-refundable.

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