Universities are some of the most diverse places in the United States. The fact that at the University of Iowa, there are more than 4,000 international students proves that point. The UI is helping its students take the lead in breaking cultural barriers.
As of 2010, Arabic has become the 10th most spoken language in America, a trend that has not gone unfelt by the University of Iowa. Because of a substantial increase in the number of students studying Arabic, the UI now seeks to hire an additional teacher.
Those drawn to the sun and romance of Western Europe form the brunt of the rise in the number of students who study abroad, while Eastern Europe and Asia remain out of reach for many. According to a statistics from University of Iowa International Programs, the number of students who study abroad jumped from 1,084 in 2007-08 to 1,351 in 2011-12, the last year for which numbers are available.
UI alumna Jacqueline Klein, who received her Ph.D. from the College of Education in 2007, left a job as director of academic advising and learning development at NYU’s College of Nursing in New York to be part of the new endeavor. She is now assistant dean of academic and global affairs at NYU Shanghai.
Cultural knowledge goes beyond language ability. It is difficult to acquire, but can be valuable in your career and ultimately personally satisfying.
Page. Pitch. Peach. Three words, three very different meanings. But do you think I can pronounce them very well? Let’s just say it took a lot of practice — and I’m still having trouble with the middle one. I’m told that Americans don’t have the same trouble with these words. But for a Chinese speaker such as me, the vowels prove to be very difficult.