International Accents

E.g., Thursday, December 18, 2014
E.g., Thursday, December 18, 2014

When University of Iowa senior Kayla Cemensky was weighing her options for study abroad destinations, she found herself intrigued by Cuba. Intrigued, and a little nervous. Cemensky is taking a course on art and literature during her stay, but after President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced that the United States is restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years, Cemensky said she expects to learn about more than just culture.

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So you’ve made your list of things to do in Iceland, and nestled in between subjecting yourself to eating fermented shark and witnessing the original geyser, Geysir, spout is a trip to the Blue Lagoon. You’ve heard about the unlimited supply of a relatively important resource that is hot water and the ways in which Icelanders utilize and enjoy said resource.

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One of my biggest dreams is to walk outside of my little world and experience the diverse environment and culture that is unknown to me. A three week trip to study business in London caught my eye. It would be a very good opportunity for me as a first generation student. I was really excited and looked forward to the chance to study abroad in London.

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My name is Xin Xu and I study biochemistry with a pharmacy interest at the University of Iowa. Even though study abroad is among the 47 things that students should do in college, it initially didn’t appeal to me since I am already studying abroad in America. However, one course in India Winterim called Pain, Palliative Medicine and Hospice Care caught my attention. With a strong interest in palliative medicine, I decided to go on an adventure to Trivandrum, India during the winter break, 2013-2014.

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As a 100K signature partner, the UI selected six student to serve as ambassadors for the initiative. Four of those students traveled to Washington, D.C., for a reunion summit where they attended policy discussions on U.S.-China relations, developed ideas for promoting study abroad in China on their home campuses, and attended a dinner hosted by the Chinese embassy.

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Thanks to UI graduate Ryan Kloberdanz, an entire village in the Kingdom of Tonga is spreading the Hawkeye spirit. Kloberdanz, from West Des Moines, Iowa graduated from the UI in 2006 with degrees in political science and journalism and mass communication. From 2012-2014, he and his wife worked in a rural village of Tonga through the Peace Corps. In this video, we see and hear the residents of the village singing the Iowa Fight Song!

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My name is Vannessa Ginther, and I am a first generation college student and a Native American. I studied abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico in summer 2014. It was an experience I will never forget. I learned so much about Mexican culture, language and myself.

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So you’re thinking about studying abroad? Well you are making a great decision! I can say with 100% certainty that studying abroad has been the coolest thing I have ever done in my life thus far. No matter where you choose to go or for how long you will gain experience and learn more than you ever expected.

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A rise in the number of students around the world seeking higher education has been seen in undergraduate programs at the University of Iowa, but graduate and professional enrollment experienced the opposite trend.

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Three years after his arrival, Yasir Mohsin is fully integrated into the University of Iowa's substantial Iraqi community, 23 graduate and post-doctorate scholars in fields from geology to dentistry, along with their families. Some have made families here; most are sponsored by an Iraqi government initiative that pays for students' educations under the strict terms that they return to Iraq upon completion of their degrees. The students started arriving in 2011, as U.S. troops marked their official exit from Iraq, under improved security conditions, on Dec. 21, 2011. Most Iraqis anticipated returning with their degrees to a safer, more peaceful country.

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International Student and Scholar Services has been very fortunate to work with some wonderful students over the years who devote much of their time outside the classroom to building a strong community for international students. Dr. Evans Ochola is one of those students who remains a friend to ISSS long after finishing his degree programs at the University of Iowa.

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Not only has she funded all of my travel expeditions we've gone on, but she's also one of the only people who knows me fully and knows how to deal with me at my best and worst times. That's the perfect travel companion, I think! She and I have been on a lot of expeditions, inside and outside the United States, with or without other family members or other friends, but I think no matter what we always have a fantastic time, and it's hard not to when you're sharing an experience with someone you love.

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On November 18, 2014, Joan Kjaer and a panel of guests discussed “The Tenacious Cycle of Poverty, Hunger, and Disease” as part of a special edition of WorldCanvass. The program included the presentation of the 2014 International Impact Awards and followed with a screening of “The Last Hunger Year” at FilmScene. This is a ReCap of the event with access to see and hear the full program.

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We all have to begin shifting our expectations and biases. We have to lose the binaries that never existed in the first place (sexes at birth). We have to understand that gender identity needs to be celebrated and accepted as each individual feels most natural and not impose it and require it to match an assigned sex at birth. I invite you to attend a WorldCanvass discussion of gender and identity at 5 p.m. Tuesday at FilmScene, 118 East College St.

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I never saw Thanksgiving as a very special holiday. I don’t know why I’ve always felt indifferent on Thanksgiving, perhaps it was my excessive pickiness as I child but Thanksgiving just wasn’t that big of a deal to me. I never looked forward to it and it was never hyped up as much as other holidays in my household. Despite this, I guess the saying “you never really appreciate something until its gone” really applies here because for a holiday that I never paid much attention to I suddenly find myself missing now that I’m not at home to celebrate it with my family.

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A smell of beef, peppers, and onions filled a room in the University Capital Center. Bulgogi, a traditional Korean dish made of a mixture of rice, meat and vegetables, was cooked and served to those who participated in the first Korean cultural class following a relatively new partnership between the University of Iowa and a Korean institute. Since the partnership, the King Sejong Institute has taught Korean language courses, and it is trying to expand the program to focus on more cultural-related classes.

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It was a rainy and cold weekend for Thanksgiving this year, but that's probably nothing to the snow and cold poor Iowa got! Spending Thanksgiving here was definitely an experience, if only because there really wasn't an experience. Or we had to make our own experience, because while there is Black Friday here (completely commercialized), there is no Thanksgiving. Which makes complete sense, because Thanksgiving was all about the native Americans and pilgrims making friends (or so our kindergarten teachers tell us!).

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Here’s how it works: you buy a ticket online and then you wait. You wait for November to arrive, you wait in line to get your wrist band, you wait in line to get into venues, you wait in line to see a particular band and then you wait for the crowds to subside so you can wait in line for the next show. If you are an impatient soul who despises large numbers of people, Iceland Airwaves is not for you. If you’re a music enthusiast, avid reader, “orch-dork,” party-animal or all of the above, Iceland Airwaves will be one of the best weeks of your life.

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Last weekend I spent a day in San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica. I’ve technically been to San Jose many times while in Costa Rica but it has only been to hop on a bus for one of the many weekend trips my friends and I have taken. I have never taken the time to explore. I only live about 30 minutes away by bus from San Jose and I’m sad to say I have neglected visiting the city as much as I thought I would.

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Shachi Vyas, an international student from Ahmedabad, India, originally studied law in her home country before transferring to the UI to pursue a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in finance and accounting from the Tippie College of Business. Read on to learn more about her process of adjusting to an American university and other cultural barriers, as well as her advice to other international students.

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Do you want to try cooking Korean food? Learn about Korean culture while making Korean food at one of several cooking classes offered by the King Sejong Institute at the University of Iowa.

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“From Enthusiasm to Skepticism: a Changing European Union” is the theme of this year’s European Studies Conference, to be held Friday, December 5, 2014, at the University of Iowa. The sixth-annual European Studies Conference will explore Europe and its links to the world from diverse areas of scholarship.

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Before some important changes were made earlier this year to the Peace Corps' initial application process, Meredith Gall used to describe the eight-hour, online experience as an illustrative introduction to what would-be applicants were getting themselves into. In July 2014, when the Peace Corps launched a streamlined, one-hour version of its application and prospective applicants are responding.

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The number of U.S. college students from overseas has skyrocketed in recent years, with more than 886,000 studying on American campuses this past academic year — an all-time high and more than double the number of foreign students 20 years ago. At a time when many states have squeezed funding for higher education, international students are highly sought after because they pay higher tuition than U.S. students. In some states, as much as 10 percent of college students come from overseas. But other states have far fewer, leaving schools there at a financial and educational disadvantage in an increasingly global and competitive higher education field.

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Words like gender, identity, and sexuality are used to categorize individuals… they’re used to sort out qualities and characteristics and to group ‘like’ types together. They can refer to specific physical attributes, to sexual preferences, or to psychological affinities that may or may not reflect the socially-defined constructs of masculine and feminine traits and behaviors. Our guests on the December 9 WorldCanvass will explore what we mean by gender and identity and will help us understand how they affect the ways in which we see ourselves and others see us. The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 5 p.m. at FilmScene, 118 East College Street in Iowa City.

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