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posted onMar12, 2012

Riding on a bus in China one year ago, University of Iowa graduate student Jameela Huq learned that Japan – which she considers like home – had been ravaged by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami.

Huq said she had called her good friend Aya Hurley – a native of Fukushima, Japan who happened to be in the same city in China that day, wanting to meet up. Hurley delivered the devastating news, Huq said. “She said, ‘I’m looking for my friends and family,’” Huq said. “She was like, ‘Didn’t you hear? A giant tsunami wiped out Fukushima.’”

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posted onMar9, 2012

Navi Bajwa took his studies to the United Kingdom because he wanted to immerse himself in the political and social atmosphere.

“The reason I went to the University of Edinburgh is because of the world-class education that institution has to offer,” the University of Iowa senior said. “I have a lot of family in the UK, and I have been there a lot during my life, so I was comfortable going there.”

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posted onFeb24, 2012

By the time the group of 60 students from the University of Iowa left the Temple Town last week, it was amply clear to them that the field of elementary studies does not limit itself to field trips in one’s own country. “It is also about encountering people and their communities far beyond borders.”

Ten students who spent three weeks in the different campuses of the Mahatma group of schools took back with them loads of information about India, and particularly small town Madurai. But what touched their hearts the most was an appreciation for them from all and also some continued questions about each other. That was true knowledge gained.

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posted onFeb17, 2012

University of Iowa student Gretchen Bachrodt won first place in a video contest sponsored by Academic Programs International (API). In the video, Bachrodt recounts her amazing study abroad experience in Grenoble, France.

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posted onJan26, 2012

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.

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posted onJan20, 2012

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.

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posted onJan17, 2012

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.

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posted onDec21, 2011

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.

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posted onDec12, 2011

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.

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posted onNov29, 2011

Ida Beam visitor and world percussionist Michael Spiro will present a free public lecture Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, from noon to 1 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre about his extensive travel to Cuba and how those experiences have shaped his ideas about teaching.

Spiro’s presentation, titled “Lessons Learned in Cuba: Integrating Traditional Wisdom with Modern Pedagogy,” will explore how his ideas on teaching have evolved and developed as a result of his early visits to Cuba, especially in relation to his work developing cu

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posted onNov15, 2011

Kariuki Maina has a lot to learn about United States culture before he’ll feel comfortable.

And for that reason, the Kenyan said he has actively sought out University of Iowa programs, such as the International Programs, to help acclimate himself to Western life.

Roughly 20 people, including Maina, gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the UI International Programs Tuesday evening.

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posted onNov7, 2011

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.

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posted onOct25, 2011

Telling: Iowa City hopes to change that. This unique theatrical production will bring men and women to the stage–including six University of Iowa student veterans and other Iowa veterans from the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, and Air Force–to share their experiences working in field hospitals in Vietnam, flying through the oil-filled skies of Desert Storm or otherwise serving in Afghanistan, North Carolina, and at the Pentagon.

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posted onOct6, 2011

Daily rains, long bike rides and learning about diseases not common to her homeland are part of life now for Joy Storm of Princeton, a Peace Corps volunteer.

A 2002 Princeton High School graduate, Storm is now living in the African country of Kenya, more than 8,000 miles from her hometown. Arriving in Kenya in June, Storm spent 10 weeks in intense language, technical and cross-culture training before being sworn into the Peace Corps as a volunteer during a ceremony at the American Embassy. Following the ceremony, Storm and 47 other Peace Corps volunteers were sent to their respective sites, which for Storm, was the community of Kemelewa.

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posted onSep27, 2011

I was born in Togo, a country in West Africa, and raised in Moline, Ill. Coming to the University of Iowa was exciting for me because I thought my days of culture shock were behind me, but I was wrong.

“Diversity” isn’t a word people associate with a city in Iowa. Many are unaware of the number of diversity programs our university has to offer, and even more are unaware of how diversity affects them. This may be because of the lack of attention given to the UI’s multicultural organizations. We have more than 50 of these.

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