I have never felt as though I belonged in Iowa — there was always a part of me that felt I needed to be elsewhere, be someone else. Last month, my dream of studying abroad came true in Madrid, Spain. Sangria, siestas, and sunshine were on the horizon.
To me travel has always been about the people I would find in each unique place. When I day-dreamt about my future exploits I was never in a given place for less than a month. Once I had decided that I simply had to stay in these foreign locations for a longer period of time, I decided studying abroad was my solution. Now, how just how was I going to pay for it…
Thanks to the support of generous private donors, these UI students were able to study or conduct research abroad in the past year, gaining invaluable experiences and memories that enhanced their education and lives.
The final event in the spring 2014 Fulbright Lunch & Learn seminar series will be held Friday, April 11, from 12:30-1:20 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. Bring your lunch and hear from UI English professor Phillip Round, who will present "Cross-Cultural Teaching: Expectations vs. Reality.”
Are you thinking about international research, study, or teaching? Please join us for our upcoming international and Fulbright-related events coming up after spring break!
University of Iowa alumnus Michael Lynch was knocking out Spanish lyrics as if they were second nature during his recent blind audition on NBC’s The Voice. Lynch, who joined Christina Aguilera’s team for the competition, credits his study abroad experiences with polishing his Spanish skills.
Iowa Literaria, the electronic journal of the Master of Fine Arts in Spanish Creative Writing program at the University of Iowa, is online as of Tuesday, Feb. 26. Created with the support of the UI’s Digital Studio for Public Humanities, it has been designed as a space to reflect on the art of creativity, to approach the complexities and challenges of creative writing, and to publish a variety of literary pieces.
The inaugural issue contains a dossier on the great Chilean poet Óscar Hahn, who just received the National Prize on Literature of Chile, the most prestigious literary award in that country. Hahn was professor of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese here at the university for more than 30 years. He is now retired.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a 90 second video worth? UI students submitted videos from their study abroad experiences for a chance to win cash prizes in a new video contest this year -- “Uncharted Territories.”
The European Studies Group (ESG) is hosting a luncheon talk featuring speaker Stephanie Mueller at noon on Friday, Sept. 14, in 2520C University Capitol Centre. The title of the talk is “A Ghost, a Jester, and a Bird: Three Metaphors of ‘Subversion’ among Conflicting Nationalisms in Contemporary Spain.”
My Spain story starts like many others: a stint abroad learning Spanish during college turned must-eat-tortilla-de-patatas-like-my-senora-makes-daily cravings turned boarding a plane exactly four months after graduation, Madrid-bound story. I figured I’d be a better journalist if I had more experience abroad and spoke better Spanish.
Lauren Sieben was one of the hundreds of University of Iowa undergraduates that traveled abroad in spring 2010 but one of the few that came back with more than just souvenirs and memories — She was nominated for an award by one of her instructors in Spain for her outstanding performance in a semester-long project, and recently Sieben found out she was one of two students who received the award from a large pool of nominees.
The lobby of Hotel Havana was full of Spanish women, most appearing in their mid 40s and older. My heart was pounding. Mind racing, I couldn’t quit formulating questions in my head. Which one is she? Should I talk in Spanish and risk making an embarrassing mistake on the first impression? My name was called, moment of truth.
When Sarah Hemmen arrived at the airport in California after her five month stay in Australia, she was annoyed that the $3.99 magazine required more than the $4 in her pocket. The University of Iowa senior became accustomed to sales tax being included in prices while studying abroad in Sydney. Hemmen is one of more than 1,200 University of Iowa students that study abroad each year, many of whom endure reverse culture shock on their return home.