In an ongoing series from International Programs, we look at connections between the University of Iowa and countries around the world. Our faculty, students, and programs reach far beyond the UI campus. Below are some of the highlights of our connections with Thailand.
University of Iowa alumnus Michael Lynch was knocking out Spanish lyrics as if they were second nature during his recent blind audition on NBC’s The Voice. Lynch, who joined Christina Aguilera’s team for the competition, credits his study abroad experiences with polishing his Spanish skills.
Amy Bowes, a Study Abroad adviser at the University of Iowa, was lost. It was 2005, and she had just graduated from the UI with a degree in political science. She remembered the Peace Corps building she had seen while interning in Washington, D.C., and decided to volunteer. Six months later, she was teaching high-school English in Lesotho — a country in Africa. Bowes said she now uses her experiences of feeling unsure about travel and her future to relate with students on campus today.
The fall 2013 Study Abroad Fair was a huge success, with an estimated 800 UI students in attendance to gather information and inspiration about study, work, and volunteer abroad opportunities around the world. Students were encouraged to tweet their experiences at the fair using #uiabroadfair.
Sydney Johnson, a Des Moines native, was determined to study abroad while at the UI. She chose a small Italian town off the beaten path to hone her language skills. Students who have recently studied abroad, including Johnson, will be on hand to answer questions at the fall Study Abroad Fair Sept. 17.
Explore hundreds of study abroad programs around the world at the annual Study Abroad Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the University Capitol Centre. For the first time ever, we are giving away prizes for the best tweets of the day!
Quinn Hejlik, a UI junior from Omaha, Neb., recently returned from studying abroad in Prague through the USAC program, which offered him an opportunity to learn Czech without any prior knowledge of the language. Quinn’s adventure began when he started learning Czech a week before his study abroad program. He understood that the Eastern European language would be difficult to learn, but he also knew it would be fascinating.
It was during his time at the UI that Duncan Wall became hooked by the circus. Although unimpressed by a traditional circus he had attended growing up in St. Louis, the undergraduate decided to check out a contemporary circus performance while in Paris for a study abroad program.
Summer 2013 turned out to be more exciting than normal for the law school’s study abroad program. Professor Adrien K. Wing fielded several obstacles that prevented students from following their original itinerary, but in the end the new program went through as if it had been planned for months rather than days.
Have you been on a mission trip? Hosted a foreign visitor in your home? Helped someone master the English language – or had them help you learn another? Did you visit another country with your family and make a new friend? Were you part of a semester abroad program? If you have participated in an activity (organized or casual) that helped you meet and interact with people from another part of the world, the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy (USCCD) invites you to enter photographs as part of its photo contest.
Interested in studying abroad while at the University of Iowa? It’s never too early to begin preparing for a study abroad experience, and this video gives you an introduction to those first steps you should take.
With increasing U.S. interest in the Middle East, as well as the importance of on-going political transitions in the region, some University of Iowa (UI) students find the opportunity to learn Arabic and study abroad there irresistible. Here are three UI students and their stories of studying in Morocco.
This video highlights one of Global Buddies' most recent, and adventurous, social events to date. This May, the Global Buddies program organized its first annual Amazing Race event modeled after the Amazing Race reality game show. Participants teamed up to decipher clues, complete challenges and be the first to cross the finish line. The idea behind the event was to introduce international students to different parts of Iowa City and give them the opportunity to interact with other Global Buddies members.
Drew Craig knows when many people think of the West Bank it evokes thoughts of youth hurling stones and military rocket attacks.
Craig, a 2013 University of Iowa College of Law graduate, conjures very different images.
A group of University of Iowa law students was going to visit Turkey this summer to study the tension between Islam and secularism in that country’s legal and political systems. But those plans had to change once the tension between Islam and secularism exploded into political demonstrations that have rocked Istanbul since May and turned violent this week.