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Fifteen small businesses in Iowa opened their doors to University of Iowa students to find out how they could market their products to Chinese consumers. Tippie College of Business Professors Lon Moeller and Jay Christensen-Szalanski decided to add a bilingual hoop for students to jump through with this semester's online Introduction to Law course. "We were trying to make the course more accessible to (UI's Chinese students) so they could better understand it and then in the process take advantage of the skills that they have and have them work together with the native English-speaking students," Christensen-Szalanski said.

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Are you heading to China for business, interested in learning the basics of Chinese language, or just want to try a new form of exercise or relaxation? Consider enrolling in one of the many community courses offered by the Confucius Institute!

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My name is Jade Manternach, and I am a Senior Entrepreneurial Management major in the Tippie College of Business. I am a first generation student, and I am solely responsible for paying for my college education. I was determined to study abroad while I was at The University of Iowa, and last year I applied for every scholarship I was eligible for. Through University of Iowa scholarships, I was able to get almost 60% of my study abroad experience in Beijing and Shanghai funded!

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Xingyu “Star” Shen, a sophomore psychology and communication studies major, enjoyed serving as commentator for galas and events at his high school in Jiaxing, China. During his first year at the University of Iowa, he was able to put those skills to use. Shen led an effort in May 2014 to broadcast the Tippie College of Business commencement ceremony over the internet with live Chinese commentary.

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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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The United States and Chinese governments have agreed to increase visa lengths for business, tourism, and students. Student and student exchange visas were extended from the previous one-year limit to five years. Business and tourism visas increased to a length of 10 years.

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Lu Shen was interested in journalism long before she enrolled at the University of Iowa as a double major in Journalism and Mass Communication and Art. Shen, an undergraduate student from Hangzhou, China, studied for two years before making the decision to come to the U.S. She was encouraged by a favorite professor at home to take on the challenge of studying journalism in a U.S. university, and her parents also supported her decision.

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Interested in learning the basics of Chinese? Survival Chinese class is designed for tourists, exchange students, and anyone else who wants to speak basic Chinese for functional purposes. This class, offered by the UI Confucius Institute, is open to anyone age 14 and up. Students will gain a basic understanding of the Chinese language system, learn useful expressions for daily conversations, and be introduced to cultural performances and products to better understand and communicate in China.

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Natalie Gilkison, a UI international studies alumna from Davenport, Iowa, spent time in China and here in Iowa working with international students during her undergraduate education. Natalie’s focus on international issues remained true during her time in law school, and she hopes to work with international students or in international education in her future.

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The University of Iowa will soon expand its student presence even further across the Pacific. The UI was recently selected as one of eight signature partners for the 100,000 Strong Foundation for 2014-15. The foundation, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, intends to strengthen relations between the United States and China by encouraging students to study Mandarin Chinese both here and abroad, especially the latter.

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