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E.g., Sunday, March 26, 2017
E.g., Sunday, March 26, 2017

Overall, undergraduate international applications at the UI are experiencing a dip because of a multitude of potential factors.

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Cooking with firewood and other biofuels is one of the most urgent problems in the world today. It affects the health and wellbeing of those inhaling the fumes at close range, relies on increasingly scarce sources of firewood, and contributes over 20% of global black carbon emissions. The harm to individuals and the environment cannot be denied, and yet there’s little awareness of the issue among the general public. WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer and a panel of experts drawn from multiple fields including engineering, urban and regional planning, public health, anthropology, and geography will discuss the use of traditional wood-burning cookstoves and the complex social and cultural underpinnings of the practice on the April 12 WorldCanvass, a highlight of the UI’s yearly Provost’s Global Forum. The public is invited to attend the April 12 discussion at the Voxman Music Building Recital Hall from 7:30-9:30 p.m. There will be a pre-show catered reception from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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José Diaz, an undergraduate student in the Tippie College of Business, studied abroad in London through the Undergraduate International Business study abroad program. To help fund his study abroad experience, Diaz applied for and received several scholarships, including the Diversity Ambassador Scholarship. A fourth-year student, Diaz is looking forward to working as a corporate analyst at JP Morgan Chase in Chicago following graduation – a job he feels his study abroad experience helped him land. Diaz currently works as a student assistant in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

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The UI South Asian Studies Program (SASP) will host an evening of Kabir songs by the award-winning Prahlad Singh Tipanya group. This event is free and open to the public and will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Voxman Music Building. 

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While immigrants have long fueled the American experiment, passionate debate about the pros and cons of immigration are nothing new. The rhetoric of recent national and local elections highlights tensions around changing demographics, inspiring debate about the impact of immigration on employment, on crime, and on community identity, while challenging the citizenry to examine their values and notions of what it means to be an American. WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer and a diverse panel of guests discussed the history of immigration in the Midwest over the past century and a half, as well as current questions about bilingualism, multiculturalism, and belonging and exclusion in times of international and domestic conflict.

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Join us for a week of events to help you learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program! Each session will provide different information and will have a Q & A period, so please attend as many as you can. All levels of undergraduate and graduate students welcome!

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UI International Programs and the African Studies Program invite you to attend an upcoming event titled “Privilege, Self-Respect and Integrity.” Featuring guest speaker Samantha Vice is Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), this event will take place on Monday, April 3, 2017, from 3:30-5 p.m. in 304 EPB (Gerber Lounge). 

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UI International Programs and the African Studies Program invite you to attend an upcoming event titled "Vandalism: On the Limits of Free Jazz." Featuring guest speaker Michael Titlestad, professor in the Department of English, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, this event will take place on Friday, March 31, 2017, from 3:30-5 p.m. in 304 EPB (Gerber Lounge). 

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Learn about amazing study abroad opportunities in Spanish-speaking countries!

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My name is Henry Hartzler and I decided to study abroad in Costa Rica in order to complete my student teaching because my certification is in Elementary Education (K-6) with an added endorsement in English as a Second Language (K-12).

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Things won’t always go according to plan. In fact, they almost never do when you’re traveling. So, it’s better to remind yourself off the bat.

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A thirst for international education may be a passion learned from one’s parents. University of Iowa student Wen Ying Lee from Singapore described her parents not as celebrities, but as superheroes who gave her a passion to study what she loves across the globe. She wrote that her parents have studied in four countries, and have open minds when it comes to supporting their daughter’s dreams.

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On an average weekday at 7:30 in the morning, most high school students are just waking up and getting ready for their upcoming classes. Others, like Nina Elkadi, are already at their desks, pencils poised over their papers, learning a brand new language.

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The monthly ‘WordCanvass’ hosted a discussion on immigration Wednesday evening in the Voxman Music Building.

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The University of Iowa is one of only four schools in the United States to receive the prestigious 2017 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Named for the late U.S. senator from Illinois Paul Simon, a champion of international education and cultural exchange, NAFSA’s Simon awards recognize colleges and universities that are making significant, well-planned, well-executed, and well-documented progress toward comprehensive internationalization—especially those using innovative and creative approaches.

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It’s no big secret that study abroad experiences put relationships to a test. Especially when you’re in college. You’re one tribal tattoo and a cute accent away from giving up your life to carry salt across the Sahara on a camel and live your life sipping mint tea and enlightening yourself with the herbs of the gods. Tempting.

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Presented by Gautam Yadama, assistant vice chancellor for international affairs and dean of the Boston College School of Social Work, the Joel Barkan Memorial Lecture will take place on Wednesday April 12, at 11:00 a.m. in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The lecture will kick off the 2017 Provost's Global Forum, Women’s Health & the Environment: Going Up in Smoke.

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The name of Iceland is really confusing. Before I left, my mom and all my friends had asked me to bring winter clothes as much as I can. However, guys who have experienced Iowa winter, you don't need to worry about the winter temperature in Iceland.

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To mark the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the First World War, WorldCanvass will host a program called “Immigration Then and Now,” which will explore the relevance of history for current debates on immigration.

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Bruce Harreld shares his thoughts on increasing our investment in public higher education.

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Midterms week can be stressful, but for some international students it may just be a small part of a larger problem.

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President Trump signed an executive order Monday, March 6, that will impact visa processing abroad for international students and scholars, and will also impact some faculty, staff, and students traveling abroad. View the latest information on the impact of the executive order in our "ISSS Announcements" pane on our ISSS home page.

On Monday, March 6, the University of Iowa released this official statement:

"Each of you, regardless of your background or country of origin, is welcome in our community. You bring perspectives and experiences that, taken together, enrich the educational experience, advance research and discovery, and prepare UI students to thrive in their lives and careers. The University of Iowa will continue to support the values that underpin our core missions as a public institution of higher education." - Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of International Programs

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Last month, as part of an effort to make study abroad more accessible to U.S. students, the University of Iowa provided 120 UI students with free passports, thanks to Passport Caravan, a program facilitated by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).

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Students, adults, and children of any language level are invited to sign up for a variety of community classes with the UI King Sejong Institute during the spring 2017 semester.

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Professor of religious-studies Raymond Mentzer will be knighted by France's Ministry of Education

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