Life in Iowa

Life in Iowa is a program designed to assist and support international students adjusting to life and the academic system here in Iowa. The program, sponsored by International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS), provides workshops and social activities intended to ease the transition of international students into US, Iowa, and University of Iowa cultures.  What holidays are celebrated here?  What do my professors expect of me?  How can I find internships and how should I prepare to interview for them?  What are some fun places to visit in Iowa?  Please join us for any of the events listed below.

Spring 2015 Schedule


1/27 (Tue.): Be a Part of American Culture, 1117 UCC, 3:30-4:30 pm
Join us, and learn about American culture and tips on how to talk to Americans. You will get an opportunity to meet other international students and domestic students. 


2/3 (Tue.): Volunteering, 1117 UCC, 4:30-5:30 pm
Come to this session to learn about why you should consider volunteering in the community, as well as how you can find volunteer opportunities. 

2/10 (Tue.): Resume Workshop, 1117 UCC, 5:00-6:30 pm
Do you want to learn what employers look for in a high-quality U.S. style resume? Bring your current resume and receive feedback.

2/17 (Tue.): OPT, 2390 UCC, 3:00-4:45 pm
You will learn about OPT information from this session. 

2/17 (Tue.): Preparation for Job Fair, 2390 UCC, 5:00-6:30 pm
Find out how to make a positive first-impression at the upcoming Spring Job & Internship Fair. Practice your handshake and elevator speech to use when meeting employers. 

2/24 (Tue.): Managing Your Money, 2520D UCC, 4:30-5:30 pm
Do you want to know more about how income and expenses work for the college semester? How to create a budget? How on-campus employment can help? Join us for the Managing Your Money session. Financial literacy specialists from the Office of Student Financial Aid will present on the topic. 


3/3 (Tue.): Job Search Strategies, 2520D UCC, 5:00-6:30 pm
The job and internship search can be confusing and frustrating, especially as an international student. This session will cover several strategies for locating job and internship opportunities in the United States. 

3/10 (Tue.): Interviewing, 2520D UCC, 5:00-6:30 pm
Impress the interviewer and highlight your best qualities - learn how to interview with ease. Discuss typical questions in the U.S.-based interviews and practice your interviewing skills. 

3/24 (Tue.): Career Exploration, 2520D UCC, 5:00-6:30 pm
There are many different majors and career paths you can choose from. How can you narrow them down? Join us, and find out what may be a good fit for your career goal in the future.

3/31 (Tue.): Egg Coloring, 2780 UCC, 5:00-7:00 pm
Have you ever dyed eggs? Want to try? Join us for this fun session on egg coloring and create your own decorative eggs for spring! Bring your friends and children - this a great craft for the whole family!


4/7 (Tue.): Networking, 2520D UCC, 5:00-6:30 pm
 Networking is the most powerful and positive method of enhancing your career. Learn the myths and realities of how to develop and apply this essential skill. 

4/14 (Tue.): From First Impression to Full-time, 2520D UCC, 5:00-6:30 pm
Come for a discussion on office etiquette professional, including professional correspondence, appropriate attire, and interpersonal communication. 

4/25 (Sat.): Spring Trip, TBD
Come and meet new friends. You will enjoy a day off school and study. Destination to be announced. 

4.29 (Wed.): Trivia Night, 1117 UCC, 5:30-7:30 pm
Come for a night of Trivia game! And meet new people and show off your trivia prowess! Snacks and refreshments will be provided.


5/8 (Fri.): Study Lounge, 1117 UCC, 5:30-11:00 pm
​Are the libraries and IMU too crowded? Need a new space to study? Want to have group study? Join us at 1117 UCC from 5:30-11:00 pm just to study. Snacks and refreshments will be provided all night long. 

For more information about these events, email