The Pre-Arrival Webinar Series is an optional orientation resource. As a new international student, you'll receive the webinar series before you arrive on campus in Iowa City. The Pre-arrival Webinar Series will help you:

  • Arrange your travel to, and adapt to living in Iowa City
  • Understand and meet orientation expectations and responsibilities
  • Transition successfully to student and academic life at the University of Iowa

Fall 2023 Session Descriptions and Recordings

These prerecorded presentations are intended to help you prepare for your arrival to the United States and the University of Iowa. If you have any additional questions about any presentation topic, please do not hesitate to attend a Virtual Walk-in Session with an ISSS advisor.
 

1. Getting Started and  Making Travel Arrangements

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Content Experts/Presenters:  International Student and Scholar Services

Session Description:  Participants will learn about iHawk and MyUI – two systems that international students will use to start preparing for arrival to the University of Iowa. Presenters will also review in detail the Pre-arrival Checklist. The webinar session will also offer some helpful tips and recommendations for preparing for your travel to the United States and the University of Iowa. Participants will have an opportunity to ask live questions.

2. Achieving Success: On-campus Involvement and Cultural Adjustment (undergraduate students)

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Session Description:  Participants will learn about the benefits and the opportunities to get involved on campus, and how involvement can help with cultural adjustment. Current international students will share their involvement experience on campus and highlight how this supported their adjustment. Participants will have an opportunity to ask live questions at the end of the webinar.

3. Graduate Student Professionalization and Support

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Session Description:   Graduate students will learn about campus opportunities for professionalization and support. Presenters will give an overview of how and why to use UI professional development offices and introduce you to specialists that will support your efforts. Highlighted areas will include: writing and speaking about your research, grant writing (including travel grants), teaching support, and career development. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions live at the end of the webinar.

4. Understanding Orientation Expectations, Responsibilities, and Placement Tests (graduate students)

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Content Experts/Presenters: Graduate College, International Student and Scholar Services, English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Session Description: Participants will learn about how to successfully participate in international graduate student orientation and university-wide new student orientation programs that help students find campus resources, meet other students, and work out the logistics of being international graduate students. Participants will also hear about the English Placement Evaluation (EPE), English Speaking Proficiency Assessment (ESPA), and Teaching Assistant Preparation in English (TAPE). There will be opportunities for questions at the end of the webinar.

5. On-campus Housing Assignments and Move-in Tips (undergraduate students)

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Content Experts/Presenters: University Housing & Dining

Session Description:  Participants will learn about on-campus housing application deadlines, how housing assignments work, about on-campus housing options at UI, and how you can select the housing appropriate for your needs. We will also go over the move-in process and tips applicable to international students. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.

6. Student Employment

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Session Description:  Participants will learn about finding employment opportunities both on- and off-campus. Participants will learn what authorization, if any, is needed to be employed as a student in the United States.

7. Money Matters - University Billing

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Content Experts/Presenters: University Billing Office

Session Description:  Participants will learn about University Bill (U-Bill), payment options, creating a guest account, and international student tax information.  Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.