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International Alumni

Stay connected to University of Iowa - no matter where in the world you are!

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Consider giving back to your alma mater with a donation to International Programs. Private support has been instrumental in IP's success and ongoing support is crucial to advancing our mission. 

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The International Impact Award recognizes distinguished alumni and other individuals with significant ties to the UI who have made important contributions internationally or, in the case of international alumni, abroad in their home countries. The International Impact Award is presented by the UI president during International Education Week in a public ceremony.

Virtual Homecoming 2021 moving tradition forward

Virtual Homecoming 2021

Virtual Homecoming is a chance to keep the Hawkeye spirit alive from ABROAD!

Send us a photo and homecoming message from your corner of the globe, or a memory from your time at Iowa. We'll share your message with campus during Homecoming week (October 11-17) and put your name in a drawing for a deluxe Hawkeye flag!  Go Hawks!

 

Alumni news
Lauren Smiley at Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Mexico City
11/29/2021

Award-winning freelance journalist on the impact of her study abroad experience

Lauren Smiley (BA journalism and mass communication; Spanish ’05) is an award-winning freelance journalist ( https://laurensmiley.contently.com/ ) based in San Francisco, California. Writing for publications such as WIRED, The Atlantic, and The New York Times, Smiley feels her study abroad experience in Guadalajara, Mexico, as an undergraduate at Iowa helped her build skills that contribute to her success writing in-depth magazine stories—namely navigating the arrival in a new community with grace and resourcefulness. We caught up with Marion, Iowa, native Smiley to learn more about her study abroad experience and how it shaped her personally and professionally.
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Drs. Joel and Sandra Barkan
11/22/2021

Donor spotlight: Drs. Joel and Sandra Barkan

The generosity of Drs. Joel and Sandra Barkan led to the creation of a scholarship for undergraduate students to study abroad in non-Western countries. Both Sandra (PhD comparative literature ’84), formerly comparative literature professor and associate dean of the Graduate College, and her late husband, Joel, political science professor, had distinguished careers at Iowa and helped to infuse international education on campus.
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Pilar Quintana
9/17/2021

International Programs to host conversation with National Book Award Finalist Pilar Quintana

Join International Programs for the fourth installment in their Global Alumni Spotlight Series featuring Colombian novelist, writer, and University of Iowa Writing Program alumnae (IWP ‘11). Pilar will talk with UI International Programs Associate Provost and Dean Russ Ganim about her experience at the University of Iowa International Writing Program, her writing projects and awards, thoughts on cultivating a successful writing career, and advice for aspiring writers.
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