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E.g., Friday, October 31, 2014
E.g., Friday, October 31, 2014

Interested in studying abroad while at the University of Iowa? It’s never too early to begin preparing for a study abroad experience, and this video gives you an introduction to those first steps you should take.

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One local church continues to open its doors to international students arriving at the University of Iowa by offering free necessities.

Faith Baptist Church, 1251 Village Road, will host its 11th-annual International Furniture Giveaway on Aug. 17, an event Assistant Pastor Jake Mangold said is the biggest way the congregation meets students.

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With increasing U.S. interest in the Middle East, as well as the importance of on-going political transitions in the region, some University of Iowa (UI) students find the opportunity to learn Arabic and study abroad there irresistible. Here are three UI students and their stories of studying in Morocco.

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Walk the halls of the University of Iowa's Pappajohn Business Building, and you’ll find yourself among a mix of U.S. and international undergraduates. That’s quite a change from 2005, when there were 34 undergraduate international students. Today there are 497, the majority of whom are from China.

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This video highlights one of Global Buddies' most recent, and adventurous, social events to date. This May, the Global Buddies program organized its first annual Amazing Race event modeled after the Amazing Race reality game show. Participants teamed up to decipher clues, complete challenges and be the first to cross the finish line. The idea behind the event was to introduce international students to different parts of Iowa City and give them the opportunity to interact with other Global Buddies members.

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Drew Craig knows when many people think of the West Bank it evokes thoughts of youth hurling stones and military rocket attacks.

Craig, a 2013 University of Iowa College of Law graduate, conjures very different images.

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The University of Iowa has a long history of leadership in the field of child protection. In the 1970s, Dr. Gerald Solomons, the then-director of the Child Abuse Clinic, spearheaded the establishment of a four-state network of child protection training and program development in Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, and Nebraska. Under his leadership, Iowa drafted and passed its first child protection law in the 1970s – one of the earliest states doing so.

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WorldCanvass recorded a discussion with a panel of international experts on interpersonal psychotherapy at the Old Capitol Museum on Thursday.

Experts say the University of Iowa is “at the forefront” of interpersonal psychotherapy because of its health-care system and hospitals.

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A group of University of Iowa law students was going to visit Turkey this summer to study the tension between Islam and secularism in that country’s legal and political systems. But those plans had to change once the tension between Islam and secularism exploded into political demonstrations that have rocked Istanbul since May and turned violent this week.

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Iowa’s Asian population is growing at a faster clip than any other racial or ethnic group, and new U.S. Census Bureau numbers reveal that people who identify as Asian now comprise 2 percent of the state’s populace.

From 2010 to 2012, the number of people living in Iowa who identify as Asian jumped 10.6 percent from 54,232 to 60,004 people, according to the new Census numbers released Thursday. From 2011 to 2012, Iowa’s Asian population jumped 4.8 percent, also representing the biggest increase among racial and ethnic groups in Iowa for that time period.

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Despite inflammatory political, religious, ethnic, and gender diatribes which argue for divisiveness, we are all humans. We are born, we die, and in between we form relationships. This is the essence of being human, and we share it with every other human being on the planet. We also suffer. The forms of our suffering vary across age, geography and circumstance, but we suffer nonetheless. Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is one method of dealing with this suffering.

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On Sunday, June 9, 2013, the first annual Iowa City Carnaval Parade commenced on Dubuque Street when participants marched out from the Chauncey Swan parking lot. Despite a rather rainy day at the start, the Iowa City Carnaval Parade drew a lot of attention from passersby and onlookers.

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In an ongoing series from International Programs, we look at connections between the University of Iowa and countries around the world. Our faculty, students, and programs reach far beyond the UI campus. Below are some of the highlights of our connections with South Korea.

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Professor Joann (Jo) Eland, PhD, RN, FAAN, recently found herself back in Trivandrum, India—a city located in the Southern tip of the country—as part of her continuing effort to provide vital end-of-life training to the region.

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Sunday morning, a vibrant stream of marchers took the streets of downtown Iowa City, bringing a taste of island, Latin American, and global urban tradition to the annual Iowa Arts Festival. The gray skies didn’t stand a chance.

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A new species of lizard doesn’t come along every day. Even less common is a new lizard species named for a 1960s rock star.

But that’s exactly what University of Iowa paleoanthropologist Russell Ciochon and his co-authors reveal in an article published in the June 5 issue of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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"The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope" tells the inspiring story of a Malawian man’s determination to bring power and freedom to his village. The book is the 2013 selection for the One Community, One Book annual reading program, sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights.

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A new video from UI Admissions highlights the experiences of several international students at the University of Iowa and how they live, learn, work, and play on our campus. The video shows new students what they can expect when coming to Iowa City for their education.

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Ask anyone who has ever studied abroad about the experience, and they'll say it changed their life. Turns out, international study actually changes students' brains. Going overseas, said Yuliya Kartoshkina, a doctoral student at the University of North Dakota, "rewires the brain."

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Ron McMullen, a UI alumnus and Iowa native, spent more than 30 years as a diplomat and ambassador, dodging bullets and negotiating delicate deals. He has lived, worked, or traveled in 91 countries, and his experiences are as diverse as the countries where he’s lived. He's met kings and presidents, but has also worked with poor indigenous communities, interviewed thousands of visa applicants, and worked with colleagues in embassies around the world.

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Four University of Iowa undergraduate students and 20 UI graduate students have received Stanley Awards for International Research to conduct research abroad or pursue learning activities in international studies that are not available on the UI campus.

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I knew I had to make studying abroad a reality even though I had the obstacle of being a first generation and underrepresented student on campus. The major worry I had was being able to afford the program. With the help of the Diversity Ambassador Scholarship and others I was able to make this dream a reality. While I was going through the process of ensuring the details of the trip I still could not believe I was actually flying out of North America. It actually did not hit me I was going to Spain until I had arrived to my host mother’s apartment and not my own in Iowa.

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Every single one welcomed the doctors and us with open arms into their home. Some even went out to buy cold soda, with the little money they had, for us to cool down. I have seen my parents struggle financially. I struggle financially too, but in no way am I struggling near as much as many of the people in India. It makes one re-evaluate how to approach daily life and the attitudes one may have when they wake up in the morning. It's a reminder that when you have so little, you can still be happy and grateful for having anything at all. The people I met in India changed how I live my life and taught me to be grateful for all of the opportunities I have been presented with.

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I’ll admit here that when I was applying for the India Winterim Program and for this very scholarship, I had some doubts. I had convinced my family, friends, and professors that participating in the program would be beneficial, but inside I was nervous. Would I get homesick? How would I deal with being immersed in a new culture? Would my new classmates and travel companions like me? In spite of all my worry, I was accepted into the program, and after taking a deep breath, I confirmed my participation in the course

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I will never forget how proud I was of my roots that day even though I didn’t know my own. As we drove into the village we were welcomed by the Fula tribe who shouted happily, “Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!” Not too long after we arrived, we danced with the Fula for at least an hour. At that moment I knew I was right at home.

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