Life in Iowa

Spring 2017 Schedule

Life in Iowa is a program designed to assist international students to get adjusted to life and the academic system here at Iowa. It includes cultural events, academic sessions, as well as career series. For Spring 2017, we will provide a monthly update of the events. 


1/9 (Monday): Life in Iowa: Academic Survival Skills for New Undergraduate International Students, 2nd Floor Ballroom IMU, 2:45pm

1/30 (Monday): CPT Session, 1117 UCC, 4:30pm
Come and learn essential information about CPT work authorization and how you can apply for it. 


2/6 (Monday): OPT Session, 1117 UCC, 4:30pm
Graduating soon? Come learn about optional practical training (OPT) and get familiar with the application process.

2/6 (Monday): Internship & Job Search Strategies, 1117 UCC, 5:30pm
The internship and job search can be confusing and frustrating, especially as an international student. This session will cover several strategies for locating job and internship opportunities in the United States.

2/13 (Monday): Competitive Resumes & Cover Letters, 1117 UCC, 4:30 pm
Learn what employers look for in a high-quality U.S.-style resume and cover letter. Understand the difference between a resume and CV in the U.S.

2/27 (Monday): Volunteering, 1117 UCC, 6:30pm


3/6 (Monday): Gaining Experience for Graduate School, 1117 UCC, 4:30pm
Learn how academic research, study abroad, experiential learning, and internships can help you gain experience to prepare for graduate school. Hear from staff with the Unviersity Honors Program, ICRU, Pomerantz Career Center, and Study Abroad. 

3/20 (Monday): Interviewing to Impress, 1117 UCC, 4:30pm
Impress the interview and highlight your best qualities - learn how to interview with confidence and ease. Discuss typical questions in U.S.-based interviews and practice your interviewing skills. 

3/29 (Wednesday): Trivia Night, 1117 UCC, 5:00 pm


4/3 (Monday): From First Impression to Full Time, 1117 UCC, 5:30 pm
Come for a discussion on office etiquette and professionalism, including professional correspondence, appropriate attire, and interpersonal communication. 

4/10 (Monday): OPT/CPT, 1117 UCC, 4:30 pm

4/17 (Monday): Egg Coloring, 1117 UCC, 4:00 pm

4/15 (Saturday): Trip to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, 10 am - 6:30 pm
Interested in joining us on the bus? Please log into iHawk; go to Event Sign Up; Fill out the e-form. The deadline to submit the forms is Friday, April 14 at 8 a.m. Limited space available!


5/8 (Monday): Study Lounge, 1117 UCC, 3:00 pm

For more information about these events, email