Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience : Office of Student Life

Leader and Participant Applications

Applications for Winter 2020-2021 Virtual Buck-I-SERV are live! Apply at the red button below.

Due to the university travel restrictions through December 31, 2020, Buck-I-SERV will not offer in person alternative break experiences during the December 2020/January 2021 semester break. We will also not offer international alternative break opportunities during the 2020-21 academic year. We will continue to assess the feasibility of any domestic alternative break travel for Spring and Summer 2021 based on further university guidance. For more information on the university's current travel restrictions, visit the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website.

Student Leaders and Participants Apply 

Faculty/Staff/Grad/Prof Advisors Apply 



Sunday, August 30th: Application Opens

Sunday, October 11th: Break Leader Applications Close

Sunday, November 1st: Participant Applications Close

January 4th - January 8th: Virtual Winter Buck-I-SERV

Application Tips:

On the Buck-I-SERV application you will be able to select as many social issues as you are willing to participate in, you could even select ALL of them!  Buck-I-SERV places all partcipants by a lottery system. 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 number of social issues 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. 



There is no cost associated with the Virtual Winter Buck-I-SERV. Costs for trips that travel vary by trip and can be found on the trip descriptions. You can view last year's trip costs on the current trips tab, these may not reflect updated trip costs. Pending approval to travel for Spring and Summer 2020 updated trip descriptions will be added to the website.