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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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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