International student enrollment at the University of Iowa is growing faster than national trends, especially among undergraduates, and the percentage of UI students studying abroad continues to climb. This is according to data released today by the UI International Student & Scholar Services and the UI Office for Study Abroad in conjunction with the Open Doors Report.
The 2010 University of Iowa celebration of International Education Week will kick off early with UI President Sally Mason’s presentation of a new International Impact Award at the Friday, Nov. 12 WorldCanvass program, recorded live from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.
Every year International Programs – in conjunction with the Study Abroad office and International Student & Scholar Services – hosts a photo contest for study abroad participants and international students. The winning photos from both categories are shown below.
International Student Winners
The University of Iowa and Korea’s National Institute for International Education have created a new partnership that offers UI undergraduate students and alumni the opportunity to spend six or 12 months teaching English in primary schools in South Korea as part of the TaLK, or Teach and Learn Korean program.
Dancing is a step out of the ordinary for the participants of the Global Buddies program, designed to match an American student with a new international exchange student to learn about each other’s culture. And Wednesday, the group tried dancing at the International Commons in the University Capitol Centre, said John Ashby, a graduate student in International Programs.
So far, 76 UI students have signed up to save a forest, dance the Bharta Natyam, and design lesson plans — among other unique activities during their winter breaks.
The Indian Winterim program, entering its fifth year, is adding these three programs — sustainability, dance, and education, to the 11 others offered during a three-week educational trip to India.
Summer is a great time for University of Iowa students to take a couple classes and fulfill general education program (GEP) requirements to lighten their load during the academic year. Starting in summer 2011, some of those classes will be offered in Paris, London and Florence.
The Iowa International Summer Institute (IISI), a new short-term summer program offered by Study Abroad at the UI, is geared toward first-year UI students but open to any student who needs to complete general education courses. Each course will last four weeks and fulfill three semester hours of credit.
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.
Check out this video to learn about study abroad opportunities for engineering majors at the UI and how a study abroad experience can fit into students’ rigorous schedules.
Check out this video to see highlights from the 2008-09 Brazilian Carnival: Music and Dance winter program, offered through Study Abroad.
The Study Abroad office sent more than 1,300 UI students abroad during the last academic year, and the goal for this year is for even greater participation.
The UI Office for Study Abroad will hold its annual study abroad fair Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second floor of the University Capitol Centre, near the south end. All university students are invited to attend to learn about global education opportunities.
By Lois Gray, University News Services
University of Iowa students who participated in a previous short-term study abroad program winter trip spend time in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
I am firmly convinced that all students should have foreign opportunities whether in high school, university, or law school. Many universities have increased or are actively trying to augment their students going abroad. On the law school level, this could be done by encouraging folks to go after their first year summer, or during intercessions, spring break, entire semesters or a full year.
After 15 years of teaching about South Asia in the classroom, I took a group of students to India for a three week study abroad course entitled International Development: Gender and Justice.