Autumn Tallman’s experiences abroad inform the work she does today. She remembers the challenge of deciding whether or not to come out while participating in a high school study abroad program in Israel at age 15.
“Being far from family and friends without my usual support system was harder than I imagined it would be,” says Tallman, who has served as a study abroad advisor and program coordinator in the University of Iowa Office for Study Abroad since 2002.
A University of Iowa student studying in Egypt is safe, and he has decided to stay in the country, even as protests continue, UI officials said Tuesday.
The student, who is enrolled at the American University in Cairo, has spoken with his parents, who subsequently contacted UI staff, said Downing Thomas, the dean of International Programs.
Facebook is doing more than letting people connect with old friends these days. It’s facilitating a revolution. And it’s allowing one Tunisian woman living in Iowa City to keep up with the tumultuous politics at home.
On Tuesday, Asma Ben Romdhane, who teaches Arabic at the University of Iowa through the yearlong Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant’s exchange program, spoke to more than 80 people about the events of the last month in the northern African nation.
The University of Iowa has stepped up international recruitment in recent years, with the vast majority of foreign students coming from China. Now, they are looking for potential Hawkeyes in the country with the world’s second-largest population — India.
Fewer than 1 percent of the UI’s international students come from India, and now UI officials believe they have found a cost-effective — though historically controversial — way to reach out.
During the first day of class, I asked students enrolled in my survey course on the Islamic civilization to think of an important event from around the world. The first student to speak pointed out the return of a dictator to Haiti. The second student said that China flying its first Stealth airplane was a very significant event. Three other students spoke, pointing out various events, before a student mentioned the ongoing Tunisian revolution.
I asked how many students had even a vague idea about what has happened in Tunisia since Dec. 18, 2010; around 10 percent of them raised their hands.
The public is encouraged to attend the next recording of “WorldCanvass,” when guests will discuss the counterculture of the ’60s and ’70s. This free program will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.
The program will examine the social history of the U.S. during the ’60s and ’70s, a time when youth culture rejected traditional views on everything from patriotism and government to sexuality and recreational drugs. Guests will discuss the movement’s influence on film, theater, art and pop culture in decades to come.
University of Iowa students could soon have the chance to study abroad in once off-limits Cuba because of recent federal policy changes.
President Obama’s administration lifted restrictions on study abroad programs to Cuba on Jan. 14, overturning limits put in place by then-President George W. Bush in 2004.
Instead of staring at a PowerPoint presentation, Introduction to International Relations students could soon be gazing onto the beaches of Normandy.
University of Iowa students will no longer have to wade through all their general-education requirements in classrooms overlooking the Pentacrest. Instead, they’ll have the opportunity to take in London, Paris, or Florence.
WASHINGTON – Most Americans are barred from traveling to Cuba, but Iowa college students soon may be packing their bags to visit the island. President Barack Obama’s recent decision to ease travel restrictions for academics and church groups prompted Iowa’s colleges to plan new programs for study in Cuba.
This article from Inside Higher Ed discusses plans for a new International Knowledge Center in Bangalore, India, which The University of Iowa and other U.S. institutions plan to use partially for recruitment of Indian students.
By Elizabeth Redden
The Trojans have staked out territory all over the world.
Mrs. Jane Huit, one of the American co-founders of International Wives’ Club of Iowa City, as it was known then, has recently passed away.
International students who arrived at the University of Iowa last week got a rich taste of American culture Wednesday evening as they spun their partners and promenaded around the community room at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center.
More than 75 students took part in the dinner and square dance event for new students sponsored by Hills Bank.
The collection of photos on Scott King’s office wall are proof of his dedication to international learning. King, 57, grew up in Maine and said he only traveled outside of New England two times before he left for college. Since then he’s traveled to more than 40 countries as a student and a professional. He has worked at the University of Iowa as the Assistant Dean of International Programs in the International Student & Scholar Services for seven years, and has helped dramatically increase the number of international students attending school at UI.
Diane Heldt, Iowa Higher Education
IOWA CITY — The snow, they like. The sometimes bitterly cold winter temperatures, not so much.
Five students from Iraq finished their first semester at the University of Iowa this fall, as part of the Iraqi Education Initiative, a program in which a handful of colleges and universities around the country are participating.