Thinking about the majority of students who stay on campus during their years at the University, it is intriguing to consider what leads those nearly 20% of UI undergraduates who study abroad to make that decision and to stick to it. Our own Mark Salisbury has been exploring the factors that shape intent to study abroad for some time. One of the findings of Mark’s research is that women are much more likely to study abroad than men because of gender differences in how students respond to interactions with their peers and to the academic environment.
The annual Open Doors Report is published today by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The report shows that international student enrollment at the University of Iowa continues to grow in line with national trends, but is substantially ahead in areas such as international undergraduate student enrollment. While international student enrollment grew by 8% nationally, at the University of Iowa we saw an increase of 10.5% last fall, with an impressive increase of about 40% at the undergraduate level.
For many UI students, winter break means home, family, and a reprieve from classes. For others, the month off means visiting a foreign country, more than 1 billion new faces, and three weeks of intensive, hands-on learning.
Expanding its course offerings this year, the INdIA Winterim program provides students with the opportunity to study issues of social justice and entrepreneurship in a developing country.
Nine students from The University of Iowa ‘s College of Pharmacy were among 17 UI students who got to literally step into their subject matter and make a difference. Students learned how to partner with nonprofit organizations and local communities to address health care, social services, and environmental quality needs in less developed countries. After spending the semester planning service projects, the students traveled as part of a project team to Xicotepec, Mexico for a week in the spring of 2009.
By Jodie Klein
How many flowers should you give a Russian woman?
“You must give an odd number, even numbers are given at a funeral,” says Irina Kostina, UI instructor of Russian language and literature, and developer of a course offered in the spring of 2009 titled “Surviving Russia.”
My name is Seashia Vang. I am a citizen of the United States. Ethnically I am Hmong, as are my parents, grandparents and our ancestors. As an undergraduate at the University of Iowa studying Printmaking and Journalism/Anthropology, I had always known that I would study abroad. The only question was, where?
The University of Iowa Office for Study Abroad honored the winners of the annual photo contest, “Show us the World Through Your Eyes,” during a reception on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 at the Old Capitol. The ceremony was part of a series of events presented during the ninth UI International Education Week, Nov. 17-21.
The University of Iowa awards numerous merit-based scholarships and need-based grants to encourage and support student participation in study abroad programs. Awards like the Ann Morse Study Abroad Scholarships and the Bedell World Citizenship Fund Experience Asia Scholarship, both created in 2007 from a generous bequest and a generous gift to the UI Foundation, help make study abroad possible for individual students. During FY09 the Office for Study Abroad awarded 630 scholarships and grants, totaling more than $850,000, to UI students studying abroad.