Life in Iowa

Fall 2016 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 2016, we will provide a monthly update of the events. 

August

8/18 (Thur.): Life in Iowa: Academic Survival Skills for New International Students, W290 CB, 10:00 am

8/19 (Fri.): Life in Iowa Academic Survival Skills for New International Students, W290 CB, 10:00 am

8/29 (Mon.): CPT Session, 1117 UCC, 5:00 pm
Come to learn essential information about CPT work authorization and how you can apply for it.

8/31 (Wed.): Football 101, 1117 UCC, 5:00 pm
Come and learn the basic rules of the American football game!

September

Fall trip to be determined.

9/6 (Tue.): Competitive Resumes & Cover Letters, 2520D UCC, 3:30 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.

9/7 (Wed.): Passport to Fitness Info Meeting, CRWC conference room, 7:00pm
Passport to Fitness is a new fitness program for international students only. The program, led by certified personal trainers, is a 4-weeks series, introducing students to the equipment at the CRWC and learn how to properly perform various exercises. You will utilize the weight room on the first floor, the activity rooms, the tracks, and various pieces of equipment on all floors. The information session is held on Wednesday, September 7 to help you decide whether this program is for you. The program starts on Wednesday, September 13. The program is free to international students, and space is limited. Learn more and register at https://recserv.uiowa.edu/passport-to-fitness.

9/14 (Wed.): Passport to Fitness: Fitness Program for International Students, CRWC, 7:00pm

9/14 (Wed.): Work Visa Options after Graduation, IMU Iowa Theatre, 12:00 pm
Experienced immigration attorney Mark Rhoads will discuss work visa options for international students after graduation, including Optional Practical Training (OPT) and H-1B. He will offer practical advice on job search strategies and how to deal with the H-1B quota, as well as options other than H-1B for those who qualify. 

9/21 (Wed.): Passport to Fitness: Fitness Program for International Students, CRWC, 7:00pm

9/28 (Wed.): Passport to Fitness: Fitness Program for International Students, CRWC, 7:00pm

9/28 (Wed.): OPT Session, 2520D UCC, 5:00 pm
Graduating soon? Come learn about optional practical training (OPT) and get familiar with the application process. 

9/28 (Wed.): Job & Internship Search Strategies, 2520D UCC, 6:00 pm
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. 

October

10/4 (Tue.): Considering & Applying to Grad School, 2520D UCC, 5:30 pm
Find out what questions to ask yourself to make informed decisions as you consider applying to graduate school. Hear from a panel of current international graduate students, and gain tips and insight from their experiences. 

10/5 (Wed.): Passport to Fitness: Fitness Program for International Students, CRWC, 7:00pm

10/12 (Wed.): Interviewing to Impress, 1117 UCC, 5:30 pm
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. 

10/19 (Wed.): Be Better: Strengths, 2520D UCC, 5:30 pm

10/22 (Sat.): Halloween Pumpkin Carving, 1117 UCC, 5:00 pm

November

11/2 (Wed.): CPT Session, 1117 UCC, 5:30 pm
Come and learn essential information about CPT work authorization and how you can apply for it. 

11/16 (Wed.): Trivia Night, 1117 UCC, 5:30 pm

11/30 (Wed.): Gingerbread Decorating, 1117 UCC, 5:30 pm

December

12/7 (Wed.): Study Lounge, 1117 UCC, 5:00 pm

For more information about these events, email isss-peer@uiowa.edu.