International Accents

E.g., Monday, December 22, 2014
E.g., Monday, December 22, 2014

Those drawn to the sun and romance of Western Europe form the brunt of the rise in the number of students who study abroad, while Eastern Europe and Asia remain out of reach for many. According to a statistics from University of Iowa International Programs, the number of students who study abroad jumped from 1,084 in 2007-08 to 1,351 in 2011-12, the last year for which numbers are available.

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This except is from the blog of Christopher Roy as he recounts his journey through South Africa.

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Bradley D. Cramer, assistant professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is one of four International Programs Faculty Fellows for 2013-14. This video highlights his research and current projects.

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A group of educational leaders from various Japanese universities is visiting the University of Iowa to discuss Iowa’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiative and garner strategies and tactics to develop a STEM program in Japan.

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UI alumna Jacqueline Klein, who received her Ph.D. from the College of Education in 2007, left a job as director of academic advising and learning development at NYU’s College of Nursing in New York to be part of the new endeavor. She is now assistant dean of academic and global affairs at NYU Shanghai.

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This video features Brandon Jennings, a UI graduate in international studies with minors in religious studies, chemistry, and Arabic, who studied in Morocco in 2012 on the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS) through the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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UI senior Yikun Chen hails from Beijing. While snow isn’t a new experience for the accounting major, Iowa weather’s deadly combination of snow and bitter cold has been less than inviting. “It just feels like a thousand needles punching me in the face,” Chen said. “I enjoy the snow, but I don’t enjoy the cold.

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Before I came to the United States, I hadn't experienced the freezing cold temperatures as I recently have at Iowa. When I go outside, I have to wear three tops, three trousers, and even very thick socks to make sure I stay warm. During my three and a half years here, I've gradually become comfortable with the severe weather conditions. But in China, the weather is completely different, so it's taken a lot to get used to Iowa.

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When Katrina Korb uses a PowerPoint presentation in her University of Jos classroom, she brings her own projector and a small generator. This is just one of the differences between teaching at a U.S. institution and teaching in Nigeria. “The Nigerian university system faces many challenges, some of which are based on the lack of infrastructure that Nigeria faces as a whole,” Korb says. “One key example is irregular electricity.”

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Cultural knowledge goes beyond language ability. It is difficult to acquire, but can be valuable in your career and ultimately personally satisfying.

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Across the United States, the growing presence of students and scholars from East, Southeast, and South Asia has become an important feature of the academic landscape. A logical outcome of our shrinking world, heralded as promoting values of diversity, tolerance, and global understanding, this trend that greatly enriches our intellectual and social environment also has created new challenges. An upcoming workshop at the UI will bring together 50 Chinese and U.S. undergraduate students to address key issues arising in this changing educational environment and produce recommendations for the campus community.

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Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Stephen Maing will join WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer and a panel of expert guests at 5 p.m., February 21, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber to discuss the evolution of film over the last hundred years, both as a vehicle for imaginative storytelling and a genre for commentary, the promotion of social action, and cultural critique. The event is free and open to the public.

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The basis of a future anti-cancer drug could be found in a sponge from more than 1,600 feet under the sea and the bulb of an African flower. Zhendong Jin, a University of Iowa associate professor of medicinal and natural products chemistry, replicates the anti-cancer compounds found in Côte d’Ivoire and a sea sponge to, hopefully, find the most affective cancer drug available.

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UI Student Government wants you to step out of your comfort zone. Try a food dish you've never had before, talk to someone you've never met, or go to a cultural event on campus. These are just a few of the things you can do to expand your Iowa experience.

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Tucked away in a corner room in Halsey Hall, a small group of students is busy rehearsing through the afternoon. Not an unusual sight for the building, which plays host to many dance rehearsals, but it seems doubtful anyone else in the building would practice a shadow dance and plan the details of a lion dance. It's also fairly safe to assume the five students are the only ones dancing to Vietnamese pop music, complete with Vietnamese lyrics. The students are members of the Vietnamese Student Association, and they are preparing for the Lunar New Year — Tet, the New Year's holiday based on the Lunar Calendar. The holiday will be observed Friday.

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The Chinese New Year is the most important Chinese holiday. The exact date depends on the traditional Chinese calendar — the Lunar Calendar, Nong Li — which was set by the 24 Solar Terms. These Terms help farmers know when it is best to plant their corps. The Chinese New Year is also called Spring Festival or Lunar New Year.

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As the number of international students attending the University of Iowa continues to grow, officials are offering a new program to help students integrate to Iowa and the United States comfortably. Starting next fall, incoming international students will have not only a three-day orientation, but for the first half of the semester, they will take an online course, and the second half of the semester, they will meet with mentors to help get better integrated at the university.

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Ashlee Baeten studied abroad on three continents on four different programs and still managed to graduate in three and a half years. In this article she tells about her experiences on these programs. Learn about short-term and faculty-led programs like these at next week's spring Study Abroad Fair Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the University Capitol Centre, second floor.

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Would you like to teach English, study, or do research abroad for an academic year at no cost? Join International Programs for the second-annual intensive Fulbright U.S. Student Program Workshop on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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The spring 2014 Fulbright Lunch & Learn seminar series kicks off Wednesday, Jan. 29. Bring your lunch, and learn from alumni and current grantees about their Fulbright experiences. Presentations will last 20-30 minutes, allowing time for discussion and socializing. All meetings will be held in University Capitol Centre Room 1117.

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This winter break, I was able to change some of my original opinions about the United States through a month of traveling. I had the chance to visit many places on the East Coast and spend time with my friends. First, Christmas was not what I imagined. I found there was almost no one on the streets, and it was even difficult to find an open restaurant, bar, or anywhere to stay during the night.

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Have you considered studying abroad but aren’t sure where to begin? Stop by the study abroad spring fair and start your journey! Visit the study abroad fair Wednesday, January 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second floor of the University Capitol Centre to learn about short-term and faculty-led study abroad programs all over the world.

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Leah Jessen, a University of Iowa finance major from Waukee, Iowa, recently returned from the trip of a lifetime in Europe. She enrolled in the winter session study abroad program in London offered by Tippie College of Business and filled her schedule to the brim with sightseeing when she wasn’t in class.

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UI Study Abroad Advisor Sarah McNitt has won five consecutive Jeopardy! games. McNitt will play her sixth game and attempt to add to her $89,398 winnings on Tuesday’s episode.

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What would it be like to have an indelible memory, so that every detail of existence was instantly inscribed in the brain? Imagine being able to remember every day of your life, every dream, every slight, every spoken word. Cultural memory is the intriguing subject of Friday night’s WorldCanvass program at the University of Iowa. Join us at 5 p.m. Friday in the Senate Chamber of Old Capitol Museum.

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