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E.g., Tuesday, July 28, 2015
E.g., Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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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Ken Brown, professor and associate dean of the Undergraduate Program at the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project in the Republic of Korea at Seoul National University (SNU) early next year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

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Eastern Germany saw improvements in living conditions and wages far in excess of those experienced by other countries in the Eastern Bloc. Was it a second Wirtschaftswunder?

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It sounds anti-social to prefer traveling alone, but so far that’s been the case. I haven’t left Germany. I cancelled a trip to Prague to avoid the annoyance of the Deutsche Bahn train strikes, but beyond that all my travels have been day-trips aside from one sleepover in Berlin.

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During my walk to class this morning I really took in the sights around me, looking back and remembering the time all of it was so strange and new. It was a huge accomplishment if I made it to class without getting lost. Now I try to get lost on purpose (not on my way to class though) so I can find the unfamiliar parts of town. When is the point in time where the strange and different becomes familiar, becomes home? Not only has my perspective changed, but I also feel different. In a very subtle way, like how your hair gets longer but you can't tell until you see pictures of you with short hair (my hair is in desperate need of a cut.)

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The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights in the College of Law sponsors the Burns H. Weston International Human Rights Essay Prize each year, awarding prizes to one undergraduate and one graduate or professional school student. This year’s deadline is 5pm on Friday, December 19, 2014.

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A report released by the International Student and Scholar Services shows that since 2007, the university’s international student population has more than doubled. The population is currently at 4,360, the highest it’s been in the university’s history, and of that number, roughly 60 percent are undergraduates. Seven years earlier, there were 2,153 international students.

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The University of Iowa celebrates International Education Week as an annual opportunity to promote global awareness and engagement and to feature the international opportunities offered on our campus and in our community. Today, as never before, education must be globally oriented to prepare Iowans and students from around the country and around the world to move confidently across borders, to interact effectively with people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and to take pleasure in a life filled with inquiry and discovery.

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A study abroad experience during her undergraduate education at the University of Iowa led Cat Gaa back to Spain, where is now thriving post-graduation. Gaa received a B.A. in journalism and international studies from the UI in 2007 and now operates a small language school in Seville, Spain, writes and translates on a freelance basis, and is planning to launch a residency consultation firm.

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In rural India, water scarcity is the most obvious shared link between poverty, hunger and disease. According to the World Health Organization, 780,000 of the 10 million annual deaths in India are due to lack of basic health care amenities, such as effective sewage systems, elementary sanitation facilities and safe drinking water. Almost 90 percent of diarrhea cases are a result of contaminated water. When people have no ready access to water, their choices and freedom are constrained, and the results are far reaching.

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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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