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Life in Iowa is a program designed to assist international students in adjusting to life and the academic system here at the University of Iowa. It includes cultural events and academic sessions, as well as career series. During Spring 2021, a monthly update of the events will be provided. 

SPRING 2021 Schedule

*All times on schedule are U.S. Central Time.


1/27 (Wednesday): Job Search Strategies/Optional Practical Training (OPT), 5:30-7:45 P.M.
Join Life in Iowa to learn about job search strategies and learn essential information about OPT work authorization and how you can go through the process application.

  • 5:30-6:30 PM Job Search Strategies
  • 6:30-6:45 PM Break
  • 6:45-7:45 PM Optional Practical Training (OPT)

View OPT Recording

View Job Strategies Recording


2/04 (Thursday): Internship Search Strategies/Curricular Practical Training (CPT), 5:30-7:45 PM 
Learn how to more effectively search for an internship in the US as an international student and jumpstart your career! Come learn essential information about CPT work authorization and how you can apply for it!

  • 5:30-6:30 PM Internship Search Strategies
  • 6:30-6:45 PM Break
  • 6:45-7:45 PM Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

View CPT Recording

View Internship Search Strategies Recording

2/10 (Wednesday):  Academic skills and adjusting to online learning (by University Counseling Service), 6:00-7:00 PM

View Academic skills and adjusting to online learning recording

2/26 (Friday): Among Us Game Night, 6:00–7:00 PM



3/9 (Tuesday): Curricular Practical Training (CPT)/Optional Practical Training (OPT), 5:30–7:45 PM
Thinking about working in the US? Come and learn essential information about CPT and OPT work authorization and how you can apply for it.

  • 5:30-6:30 PM Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  • 6:30-6:45 PM Break
  • 6:45-7:45 PM Optional Practical Training (OPT)

view Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Recording

optional practical training (OPT) recording

3/18 (Thursday): Culture Shock and Reverse Culture Shock (by University Counseling Service), 6:00–7:00 PM

View culture shock and reverse culture shock recording

 3/25 (Thursday): "He Named Me Malala", 6:00 PM

Register here for march 25

3/30 (Tuesday): Get together, 6:00–7:00 PM
Tune in to sharing about job search/application experiences from our UI’s International Students in the Job field.  Additional professional advice from Yeji Son from the career center.

Register here for March 30 Get Together


4/1 (Thursday): Virtual Spring Cookie Decoration Party, 6:00 - 7:30 PM 

Register here by March 30, 2021

4/20 (Tuesday) Travel Round the World, 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Register for April 20, 2021

4/21 (Wednesday)  Global Film Series: I am Greta, 6:00 PM

The Big Ten Academic Alliance invites all students and scholars to a showing of the Hulu documentary "I am Greta" in celebration of Earth Day. 

Register for April 21, 2021

4/22: OASIS event, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Register for April 22, 2021

4/30 (Friday): Stress and anxiety management during the COVID-19 pandemic (by University Counseling Service), 6:00-7:00 PM

Register for April 30, 2021


5/8 (Saturday):  Study Lounge/Zoom Room
Zoom Study Sessions for Finals Week

  • 10:00AM – 12:00 PM 1st Session
  • 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM 2nd Session

Register for 1st session - May 8, 2021

Register for 2nd session - May 8, 2021

5/14 (Friday): Graduation Celebration, 6:30–7:30 PM
Life in Iowa invites everyone to bid farewell to our Spring 2021 Graduates 

Register for May 14, 2021

For more information about these events, email

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 Rudia W. Kihura in advance at 319-335-0335.