Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience : Office of Student Life

Leader and Participant Applications

Winter 2019 (applications still accepted! Check the late applicants page for available trips)

Spring and Summer 2020 applications will go live on December 8th, 2019!

Student Leaders and Participants Apply 

Faculty/Staff/Grad/Prof Advisors Apply 



August 11, 2019 - Winter Applications Opens

September 15, 2019 - Applications Due for the following:

  • Winter Leaders
  • Winter International 
  • Spring Bangladesh

September 17 - 19, 2019 - Spring and Summer Leader Interviews (Leader Applicants Only)

September 24 - 25, 2019 - Winter International Interviews (International Applicants Only)

September 29, 2019 - Winter Domestic Participant & Advisor Applications Due 

September 29, 2019 - Leader Training #1 (Leaders Only)

October 13, 2019 - Leader Training #2 (Leaders Only)

October 16, 2019 - Winter Kick-off (All Participants, Leaders and Advisors)

November 17, 2019 - Leader Training #3 (Leaders Only)

December 13 - 23, 2019 - Uruguay and Ghana trips Travel

December 14 - 21 - Winter Domestic and Guatemala trips travel

January 14th, 2020 - Winter Welcome Back Bash (Performance Hall 6-8pm) (All Participants, Leaders and Advisors)


Application Tips:

On the Buck-I-SERV application you will be able to select as many sites at you are willing to go to, you could even select ALL of them!  Buck-I-SERV places all partcipants by a lottery system.The more sites you select, the more options you will have and the higher chances you will have of getting a break placement. Each year Buck-I-SERV has more applications than spots available which is a great problem to have because it means OSU students are eager to serve the country! Remember to keep your mind open to ALL break options, we love them all and the communities can't wait to meet you.

We have a lot of trips and a lot of questions within the application, and it's possible the form could time out, meaning the loss of all your work. To avoid that frustration, type short answer/essay responses in a separate document to avoid losing your work due to loss of internet connectivity. This point is really important if you are completing leader or supplemental questions.  Once responses are drafted, log back into your application, paste essay answers into the form and then submit the application. 

If you submit your application and need to make a change, you can do so until the application due date.  Just log back into your application, and you should see your completed information.  Hit submit, and any changes will be saved to your submitted application.

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 the application.

All Columbus campus students are eligible and encouraged to apply for Buck-I-SERV. 



Domestic trip costs for participants range from $250-$500 depending on location distance and housing accommodations. Cost includes transportation, lodging, site fees, and a donation to your service site on behalf of the group. Unless otherwise noted, food is usually NOT included in the cost of the trip. See Current Trips for pricing details. All payments for trips are non-refundable.