After seven months in the Philippines on a Fulbright grant, returning to graduate school at the University of Iowa is my obligation and my privilege. But the cravings that strike me now are the most visceral manifestations of homesickness I’ve ever known. When I think of breakfast, I want only silog, or pan de sal, or taho. When I think of condiments, I want only vinegar or calamansi or banana ketchup. I wake up craving every variation of pork that Filipinos do so deftly and heart-stoppingly: bagnet from Malate. Sisig from Trellis. Lechón from anywhere.
In order to provide on-the-ground support for existing and future activities in India, the University of Iowa has partnered with GenNext Education to benefit from office space and staff support at their International Knowledge Center (IKC) in Bangalore, India. The IKC functions as the UI’s India liaison office, providing support in south India and throughout the country for linkages with businesses and educational institutions, study abroad partnerships, service-learning and internship programs, recruitment efforts to bring highly-qualified Indian students to Iowa, and to strengthen connections to friends and alumni.
Beyond the fun you’ll have and the memories you’ll make, is the cost of spending time in another country worth it in the long run? Studies say YES.
There’s a lot of fear in our society today. Students who travel learn that fear is for people who don’t get out much. And they learn that the flip side of fear is understanding. Travelers learn to celebrate, rather than fear, the diversity on our planet. Learning in a different culture and place allows us to see our own challenges in sharp contrast, and with more clarity, as we observe smart people in other lands dealing with similar issues.
Some University of Iowa students will delve into the Costa Rican forests during a time other college students choose to party or relax.
The UI Office of Study Abroad will allow students to spend this spring break studying environmental sustainability in and around the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica.
UI civil and environmental engineering Assistant Professor Craig Just said the trip is meant to spur students to be more sustainable in their daily lives after exploring an environment that’s largely been untouched by industrial growth.
As America’s representative do their best to curtail our freedom of speech with the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act, I couldn’t help but think of a place where Lamar Smith and his cosponsors could learn a lot about censorship. It’s a place that seems to be stuck in time, where I and 12 other University of Iowa students studied over winter break: Cuba.
Being there provided a fascinating look at the results of America’s Cuban foreign policy and a unique perspective on the embargo.
Jake Krzeczowski watched as a small group of Cubans clothed in white chanted to the beat of drums. The University of Iowa journalism student observed the Santeria religious ceremony in El Bosque Del Rio, Cuba, a forest near Havana.
“I can’t say the word culture enough,” said Krzeczowski, a former Daily Iowan employee. “It’s an interesting place. There’s an absence of materialism, more community, rich culture and people from all walks of life.”
The trip was the first opportunity available for students since President Obama eased travel restrictions to the country for certain study-abroad programs from accredited universities and religious organizations.
As a Fulbrighter to India, I knew that I was expected to leave an indelible impact on the villages in which I conducted my research. After collecting considerable data from post-tsunami villages in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, I was finally presented with an opportunity to reciprocate the kindness that the villages had bestowed upon me.
While visiting a home in Paravaipettai, I noticed a shy, yet inquisitive girl peeking at me from a distant room. After calling for her to join the interview, I was confronted with the reason for her reluctance to join the group: the young girl, Sangeeta, was suffering from a severe cleft lip and palate.
In today’s globalized world, more young people are looking for jobs, internships and volunteering opportunities abroad. Student interest has increased in this area at the University of Iowa over the past few years as well.
As one of the University’s strategic initiatives is to increase study abroad and internationalization, International Programs’ Study Abroad office has added a Work, Intern, Volunteer Abroad (WIVA) advisor to assist students who are interested in this sort of experience.
Chinese students have flocked to American universities in record numbers in recent years, and officials at Iowa’s regent universities say to keep up they have added advisers and counselors, formed committees to monitor the students’ needs and pay special attention to orientation and language programs.
“China has happened to the United States, period,” University of Iowa Director of Admissions Mike Barron said. “They just simply have a lot of well-qualified students that their own universities can’t handle.”
While the number of students studying abroad in India is booming, the number of University of Iowa students learning the subcontinent’s major language is stagnant.
Philip Lutgendorf, a UI professor of Hindi, said the traveling trend hasn’t “translated into more students enrolling in Hindi courses.”
Twenty-five UI students studied abroad in India in the 2006-07 school year. This number more than quadrupled to 115 students last school year.
The Iowa International Summer Institute (IISI) study abroad program kicked off last summer and was well received by participants.
IISI offers six, three-credit General Education classes in Europe for University of Iowa students taught by University of Iowa faculty. These classes take place sequentially in London, Paris, Florence and, added this year, Madrid. All of the classes are taught in English and knowledge of a foreign language is not required.
The Sehgal Family Foundation has made a gift of $10,000 to the University of Iowa for its India Winterim program. The gift will be used toward scholarships for students studying at the Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD) in Gurgaon, India, during the upcoming three-week winter session.
IRRAD, an initiative of the Sehgal Family Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa, enables the empowerment of rural communities in India. The institute carries out grassroots research and develops sustainable and replicable models for improving water management, small-scale agriculture, rural governance, sanitation and health, and other related areas of rural development.
The University of Iowa Office for Study Abroad will hold its annual study abroad fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, on the second floor of the University Capitol Centre. All students are invited to attend to learn about international education opportunities.
Over 100 program representatives will be in attendance, including representatives from external institutions in Israel, Australia and Italy. Study Abroad staff, along with peer assistants and program directors, will be available to answer questions, and student returnees will share their study abroad experiences. Students can visit the financial aid table to speak with advisers about scholarships and other available funding for international study.
In this video, Rochelle Liu talks about her study abroad experience in Beijing, China. She was able to connect to her extended Chinese family, fulfill requirements for her Chinese minor, and feed her sense of adventure by zip-lining off the Great Wall of China. Liu advises students to be open minded of other cultures and learn to appreciate your host country’s history and people.