The University of Iowa

BGC: Study Abroad

Monday, November 8, 2021, 3:00pm to 4:00pm

International Programs is pleased to announce that this academic year's Building Our Global Community (BGC) courses are now available through Employee Self Service.

BGC creates an opportunity for University of Iowa faculty and staff to learn about the experiences of international students and scholars, and methods they can use to foster skills for working with and awareness of our increasingly intercultural campus community. To earn a BGC certificate, participants must register for and attend the Introduction to Building Our Global Community core course and at least four elective courses.

To Register - All courses taken for the program are offered virtually this academic year, free of charge, and fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must register in advance through UI Employee Self Service at by searching BGC (from, click on "My Career," then "My Training").  

Please visit the BGC website for more information: Questions can be directed to Brandon Paulson ( or 319-335-0335).

Description - Study abroad is a valuable opportunity for UI students to gain new perspectives and skills to apply in our global workplace. When studying abroad students fulfill academic, professional, and personal goals.  We will discuss the benefits and challenges of international education, the specifics of study abroad participation at UI, and resources to help students from the point of preliminary research to the return home. 

Participants who attend this session will be able to: 

  • understand the value of study abroad as part of a student’s complete education 
  • understand the barriers to study abroad and the challenges that students face while studying abroad 
  • identify the resources of Study Abroad 
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Brandon Paulson in advance at 319-335-0335 or .