Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience : Office of Student Life

Leader and Participant Applications

Spring/Summer 2019

Student Leaders and Participants Apply Here:

Faculty/Staff/Grad/Prof Advisors Apply Here:



December 2, 2019 - Spring and Summer Applications Opens

Immediate/Jan. 11, 2019 - Applications Due for the following:

January 20, 2019 - Applications Due for the following:

  • Spring and Summer Leaders
  • Spring AND Summer International 
  • Summer Grand Canyon trip

January 22-24 2019 - Spring and Summer Leader Interviews (Leader Applicants Only)

January 27, 2019 - Spring Participant & Advisor Applications Due 

February 3, 2019 - Leader Training #1 (Leaders Only)

February 12, 2019 - Spring Kick-off (All Participants, Leaders and Advisors)

February 17, 2019 - Leader Training #2 (Leaders Only)

February 24, 2019 - Leader Training #3 (Leaders Only)

March 9-16, 2019 - Spring Domestic Trips and Guatemala Trip Travel

March 7-17, 2019 - Spring Dining Services Tetulia - Bangladesh trip travels (note the dates are outside the spring break week)

March 12, 2019 - Summer Advisor Applications Due

March 17, 2019 - Summer Participant Applications Due

March 21, 2019 - Spring Welcome Back Bash (Performance Hall 6-8pm) (All Participants, Leaders and Advisors)

April 2, 2019- Summer Kick-off (All Participants, Leaders and Advisors)

May 4-11, 2019 - Summer Domestic Trips (International and some extended domestic trip dates vary; refer to individual trip descriptions for those dates)


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. See Trip Leader tab to preview short answer questions. 

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 application.

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



Domestic trip costs for participants range from $250-$450 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 usually NOT included in the cost of the trip. See Current Trips for pricing details. All payments for trips are non-refundable.