It’s midnight in the north of Sweden, just below the Arctic Circle, and I can’t fall asleep. It’s not because I’m anxious or had one too many cups of coffee (which is often the case) but because the sun never sets! Most homes and hotels have blackout blinds or curtains, but my current home, a tent, doesn’t. I decided, after a few restless nights, that I should buy a sleep mask. In the end, I have to admit, camping in the beautiful nature that surrounds me is well worth the lackluster quality of sleep I’ve had.
Cocktail dresses, traditional Swedish drinking songs, and four course dinners are three things I didn’t expect to experience during my semester abroad, but ended up being a highlight of my time in Sweden. Through the thirteen student nations of Uppsala University, I was able to attend Gasques, hang out in pubs with fellow students, and grab lunch at a student discount in one of two universities in all of Sweden that offer these activities and events through student run nations.
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…
Several UI students have received funding to study or conduct research abroad in 2014. In addition to the Fulbright U.S. Student Award winners, UI students have received Critical Language Scholarships, Boren Fellowships, and a DAAD Study Scholarship. See below for this year’s winners.
Eight University of Iowa students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to conduct research, undertake creative projects, or serve as English teaching assistants abroad in 2014-15.
Why study Arabic? In this video, Onalee Yousey, a 2013 UI graduate in political science and international studies, talks about her experience in Morocco through the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship Program.
For most students, summers are filled with bikinis and beach balls. However, for one Iowa student, her beach gear consisted of safety gloves and sanitary bags. Blake Rupe, a University of Iowa graduate student from Ottumwa, Iowa, conducted research on the garbage presence in Veracruz, Mexico, specifically concentrating on the beaches near the city.
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!
In order to increase awareness of several issues related to child protection, Resmiye Oral has organized the 2014 Provost’s Global Forum at the UI, “Child Protection: A Global Responsibility.” The forum will address the global and local impact of child abuse and neglect March 26-28.
UI students who are interested in field-based research projects abroad are invited to attend an information session with SIT Study Abroad on Monday, February 24, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Room 1117 University Capitol Centre.
Would you like to teach English, study, or do research abroad for an academic year at no cost? Join International Programs for the second-annual intensive Fulbright U.S. Student Program Workshop on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.
This article takes a look at three UI student experiences through Continental Crossings, an organization that was formed in 2006 by a group of UI civil engineering students who wanted to combine academics with a desire to assist communities in developing countries. With the help of a nonprofit organization called Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), the student group designs and builds pedestrian bridges, the first of which was constructed in 2007 in Peru. UI was the first of several universities to partner with Bridges to Prosperity.
The UI Center for Human Rights sponsors the annual Burns H. Weston International Human Rights Essay Prize, which honors the fine work of University of Iowa students and the lifetime work of Professor Burns H. Weston of the College of Law. The deadline for the 2013 Weston Essay Prize competition has been extended to December 20, 2013.
Join the Iowa Chapter of the Fulbright Association for an upcoming Lunch & Learn seminar when Philip Lutgendorf, professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies at the UI, presents “Making Chai With a Fulbright” at noon on Friday October 4, 2013, in 1117 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.