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Activities and Student Life

Activities outside the classroom are an important part of the language learning process. ALP instructors and staff plan a variety of fun and educational activities for students each semester.

Many of ALP’s local activities (here in Columbus, Ohio) are offered at very low or no cost to students. These include museum visits, concerts, cultural and sporting events.

ALP often plans recreational outings around the state. Examples of recent trips include hiking the rolling foothills of the Appalachian mountains in southeast Ohio, canoeing one of Central Ohio’s many scenic rivers, visiting Amish country, and touring many historical sites.

Student Links:

Discount Ticket at the Union (D-Tix)

Ohio Union Activities Board

Ohio State Student Organization Directory

Ohio State – Living on Campus


Experience Columbus, Ohio

The number one surprise our first-time visitors express? “What a great city!” Columbus is a major metropolis (nearly two million in the metro area, and the 15th largest city in the U.S.) with lively arts and music scenes; great parks and greenways; cool historic neighborhoods; major and minor league sports teams; and fun and trendy restaurants and shopping.

Columbus has been dubbed a Midwestern style capital by The New York Times and one of the top ten best cities to start a career by Time. With one of the highest populations of college students in the U.S., Columbus is youthful and progressive; nearly half the population falls within the 18-44 age group. Columbus has cultivated a creative class that gives the city texture and generates a rich cultural mix of offerings.

Read more to learn more about our smart and open city of Columbus!


Columbus Pride!

  • #1 Opportunity cities of 2014 (Forbes Magazine)
  • #1 Intelligent communities of the year 2013, 2014, 2015 (Intelligent Community Forum)
  • #3 Coolest cities in the Midwest
  • #4 Most budget-friendly metros (Huffington Post)
  • #5 20 best U.S. cities for culture (Property Shark)
  • #8 Best cities for tech jobs (Forbes Magazine)
Festival at Columbus Commons

Festival at Columbus Commons

The sun sets on Columbus skyline.

The sun sets on Columbus skyline.

Downtown Columbus in the summer

Columbus in the summer

Downtown Columbus

View of Columbus skyline from Scioto River.

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South Campus Gateway, a new entertainment district, on Ohio State’s southern campus. There are many restaurants, a movie theaters, and several clothing stores.

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Helicopter view of capitol square. Columbus is the capital city of Ohio.

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Downtown Columbus, Ohio

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Downtown Columbus