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.

Fall 2015 Schedule


8/20  & 8/21 (Thur.): Academic Survival Skills, MacBride Auditorium, 9:00 am
As a kick-off event for Life in Iowa, this session will provide you general information on being a successful student at Iowa. These will include behaviors necessary to excel at the University of Iowa, how to read and use a course syllabus, knowing academic deadlines to plan ahead, how to use ICON and other technology to manage academic life, and how to use academic resources on campus. 

8/24 (Mon.): Being a Part of the American Culture, 1117 UCC, 5:30 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.

8/31 (Mon.): Football 101, 1117 UCC, 5:00 pm 


9/14 (Mon.): Competitive Resumes & Cover Letters, 1117 UCC, 5:00 pm
Learn what employers look for in a high-quality U.S. style resume and cover letter. Understand the difference between a resume and CV in the U.S.  

9/21 (Mon.): Preparation for Job Fairs, 1117 UCC, 5:00 pm
Find out how to make a positive first-impression at the upcoming Fall Job & Internship Fair. Practice your handshake and elevator speech to use when meeting employers.

9/24 (Thur.): Work Visa Options after Graduation, Iowa Theatre, Iowa Memorial Union, 6:00pm
Two experienced immigration attorneys will discuss work visa options for international students after graduation, including Optional Practical Training (OPT) and H-1B. They will offer practical advice on job search strategies and how to deal with the H-1B quota, as well as options other than H-1B for those who qualify. 

9/28 (Mon.): OPT Session, 1117 UCC, 3:45 pm
You will learn about OPT information from this session. 

9/28 (Mon.): Job & Internship Search Strategies, 1117 UCC, 5:00 pm
The internship and job 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.

* Fall Trip to be announced.


10/5 (Mon.): Considering & Applying to Graduate Schools, 1117 UCC, 5:00 pm
Find out what questions to ask yourself to make informed decisions as you consider applying to graduate school. Hear from a panel of current international graduate students and gain tips and insight from their experiences.  

10/12 (Mon.): Interviewing to Impress, 2520D UCC, 5:00 pm
 Impress the interviewer and highlight your best qualities - learn how to interview with confidence and ease. Discuss typical questions in U.S.-based interviews and practice your interviewing skills. 

10/19 (Mon.): Networking & Self Marketing Skills, 1117 UCC, 5:00 pm
Networking is the mos tpowerful and positive method of enhancing your career. Learn the myths and realities of how to develop and apply this essential skill. 

10/26 (Mon.): Halloween Pumpkin Carving, 1117 UCC, 5:00 pm
Halloween is approaching! It's time to invite your friends or family for pumpkin carving!


11/2 (Mon.): Career Exploration, 1117 UCC, 5:00 pm
Choosing a major and exploring careers may feel like an overwhelming task, especially with the additional cultural and practical considerations involved as an international student. This interactive session will offer career exploration activities and tips for effective decision-making. 
11/16 (Mon.): Trivia Night, 1117 UCC, 5:00 pm
Come for a night of Trivia Game! Get to meet new people and show off your trivia prowess! Snacks and refreshments will be provided. 

11/30 (Mon.): Gingerbread Decorating, 1117 UCC, 5:30pm



12/14, 12/15, & 12/16 (Mon., Tue., & Wed.): Study Lounge, 1117 UCC, 5:00 pm
​Are the libraries and IMU too crowded? Need a new space to study? Want to have group study? Join us at 1117 UCC just to study. Snacks and refreshments will be provided all night long. 

For more information about these events, email