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 2014 Schedule


9/10 (Wed.): Resume Workshop, 1117 UCC, 5:30-7:00 pm
Do you want to learn what employers look for in a high-quality U.S. style resume? Come and bring your current resume and receive feedback. 99

9/17 (Wed.): Preparation for Job & Internship Fair, 1117 UCC, 5:30-7:00 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.

9/23 (Tue.): Visa Options after Graduation, Iowa Theatre, IMU, 4:00-5:30 pm
 Speakers will discuss work visa options for international students after graduation, including OPT, H-1B.


10/1 (Wed.): Applying for Grad Program, 1117 UCC, 5:30-6:30 pm
Do you want to hear from current graduate students about their experience on applying to graduate programs and being a graduate student? Come, learn and meet new friends!

10/8 (Wed.): Interviewing, 1117 UCC, 5:30-7:00 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. 

10/18 (Sat.): Fall Trip, TBA
Come and meet new friends.  You will enjoy a day off school and study. Destination to be announced.

10/22 (Wed.): Job & Internship Search Strategies, 2520D UCC, 5:30-7:00 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.

10/29 (Wed.): Pumpkin Carving, 1117 UCC, 5:30-7:30 pm
Halloween is approaching! It's time to invite your friends or family for pumpkin carving!


11/5 (Wed.): Networking, 1117 UCC, 5:30-7:00 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.

11/12 (Wed.): Succeed in Grad School, 1117 UCC, 6:00-7:30 pm
Graduate students are invited to discuss common issues related to academic success. We will share about services, resources, or study skills that can help you succeed in grad school.

11/19 (Wed.): Trivia Night, 1117 UCC, 5:30-7:00 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.


12/3 (Wed.): Gingerbread House Decoration, 1117 UCC, 5:30-7:30 pm
Bring your friends and family to this special winter event and build your own “home” from gingerbread and candy! 

12/10 (Wed.): 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