Life in Iowa

Life in Iowa is a program designed to assist and support international students adjusting to life and the academic system here in Iowa. The program, sponsored by International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS), provides workshops and social activities intended to ease the transition of international students into US, Iowa, and University of Iowa cultures.  What holidays are celebrated here?  What do my professors expect of me?  How can I find internships and how should I prepare to interview for them?  What are some fun places to visit in Iowa?  Please join us for any of the events listed below.

Spring 2014 Schedule


1/23 (Thur.): Volunteering, 1117 UCC, 5:00-6:00 pm
Volunteering is a path for learning more about yourself through experiences with people and situations that go beyond the classroom. Come to this session to learn about why you should consider volunteering in the community, as well as how you can find volunteer opportunities. 

1/30 (Thur.): Be a Part of American Culture, 2520D UCC, 5:30-6:30 pm
Want to know how to socialize with Americans? In this session, you can expect: fun activities, tips on how to talk to Americans, opportunity to talk to domestic and other international students. 


2/6 (Thur.): Resume Workshop, 1117 UCC, 3:30-5:00 pm
Learn what employers look for in a high-quality U.S. style resume. Bring your current resume and receive feedback.

2/13 (Thur.): Prepare for the Spring Job & Internship Fair, 1117 UCC, 3:30-5:00 pm
Find out how to make a positive first-impression at the upcoming Spring Job & Internship Fair. Practice your handshake and elevator speech to use when meeting employers. 

2/20 (Thur.): Job & Internship Search Strategies, 1117 UCC, 3:30-5:00 pm
The job and internship search can be confusing and frustrating, especially as an international student. This session will cover several strategies for locating job and internship opportunities in the United States.

2/28 (Fri.): Making the Most of Two Cultures: The Balance between Connecting with Home and Getting Involved Here, 1117 UCC, 4:00-5:00 pm
You have been exposed to a different set of values, academic system, and cultural norms since you came to the U.S. With all these dramatic changes in your life, how do you maintain a healthy relationship with friends and famiy back home? How do you still tune into what happens on campus, while maintaining the connection with home? How do you make the most of your experience here at the UI? Come, share, and learn.


3/6 (Thur.): Interviewing, 1117 UCC, 3:30-5:00 pm
Impress the interviewer and highlight your best qualities - learn how to interview with ease. Discuss typical questions in the U.S.-based interviews and practice your interviewing skills.

3/13 (Thur.): Networking, 1117 UCC, 3:30-5:00 pm
Networking is the most powerful and positive method of enhancing your career. Learn the myths and realities of how to develop and apply this essential skill. 

3/27 (Thur.): Traveling in the U.S., 1117 UCC, 5:00-6:00 pm


4/3 (Thur.): From First Impression to Full-Time, 1117 UCC, 3:30-5:00 pm
Come for a discussion on office etiquette and professionalism, including professional correspondence, appropriate attire, and interpersonal communication. 

4/12 (Sat.): Spring Trip, TBA
Enjoy a day off school and study. Destination to be announced.

4/17 (Thur.): Egg Coloring, 2780 UCC, 5:00-7:00 pm
Have you ever dyed eggs? Want to try? Join us for this fun session on egg coloring and create your own decorative eggs for spring! Bring your friends and children - this a great craft for the whole family! Snacks and refreshments will be available.

4/24 (Thur.): Career Preparation During Summer Break, 1117 UCC, 3:30-5:00 pm
Whether or not you have an internship or employment this summer, you can take steps to further your career. Learn how you can make the most of your summer break wherever you will be - in the U.S., your home country, or elsewhere abroad.


5/1 (Thur.): Yoga, 1117 UCC, 6:30-7:30 pm
Come and learn relaxation and breathing techniques. In this session, you will learn how to use yoga as a tool to de-stress. What could be more useful when finals are approaching?

5/8 (Thur.): Study Lounge, 1117 UCC, 6:00-11:00 pm
Are the libraries and IMU too crowded? Need a new space to study? Want to have group study? Join us at 1117 UCC from 6:00-11:00 pm just to study. Snacks and refreshments will be provided all night long.

For more information about these events, email