International Accents

E.g., Tuesday, August 30, 2016
E.g., Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Bijou Horizons, FilmScene, and UI International Programs offer a $1,500 scholarship to students who attend five free films in a semester.

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Food is life. Food is culture. Food is home. It’s not until we’re away from home that we realize how important food is to our well-being. But not just any food. The food we know. Being in a foreign country brings a great deal of excitement when it comes to trying new foods and discovering the culture behind them. But it’s not long until we may start to miss the foods we know and love. Food has the power to cure us, and longing for your favorite treats can actually make some homesick.

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Building Our Global Community is a certificate program offered by International Programs in collaboration with UI Learning & Development that educates University of Iowa faculty and staff about the experiences of international students and scholars, and methods in which they can foster our increasingly intercultural campus community. Participants who complete the series of sessions (one “core” course and four electives) earn a certificate that demonstrates their commitment to supporting international students and scholars in the classroom and workplace.

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Bolivia is not even close to being a popular study abroad location for American students. You will seldom see it advertised at study abroad fairs (although the number of programs for American students recently increased from one to two). Rarer yet will you hear from actual alumni of such a program.

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Are you interested in the possibility of international study, research, or teaching? Please join International Programs for our International Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships Open House to learn how you can apply for different types of merit-based awards.

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Thirty-five writers from 30 countries now call Iowa City home (temporarily) after being selected to be members of the International Writing Program’s 2016 fall residency.

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University of Iowa Fulbright recipient Laura Wang has landed in Taiwan this month, with Hawkeye spirit in her heart and the desire to be immersed in Asian languages and culture on her mind.

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Unfortunately, my first blog will not be a very happy one.  A strong message presented itself on August 4th and I felt compelled to share it with all of you.

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On October 13 - 15, 2016, the University of Iowa will host scholars, experts, and researchers from around the world as part of the 2016 Provost’s Global Forum, “The Nation, the State, and the Global Redefinition of Self-Determination.” Organizers Adrien Wing, associate dean for the International and Comparative Law Programs and the Bessie Dutton Murray professor, College of Law, and Nathan Miller, assistant director of the UI Center for Human Rights and director of the International Legal Clinic at the College of Law, will host a three-day academic conference comprised of lectures, presentations, and panel discussions to help raise awareness about concepts concerning contemporary self-determination and statehood.

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We're excited to announce our Study Abroad Bloggers for the fall 2016 semester! These unique individuals were selected from a competitive pool of writers to tell the story of their destination and represent the voice of University of Iowa students while abroad. Throughout the semester, these students will share their experiences through writing and photography to be published weekly here on International Accents. 

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Steve Liu (M.B.A, accounting ’02, M.Ac. accounting ‘04) and four other alumni - Yichen Wang (B.B.A. finance, B.S. mathematics ‘14) Jinn Li (M.S. actuarial science ‘12), Joy Chen (B.B.A. finance ‘14) and Ruihao Min (B.B.A. marketing and economics ‘13) - are trying to bring the Hawkeye spirit back to China with the newly-founded Beijing IOWA Club.

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Interdisciplinary BA or BS major examines global health and healthcare and their social determinants on an international scale

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UI graduate Dong Mao (B.A. accounting and finance ’13) recognized the need for a Shanghai IOWA Club when he attended a Big Ten alumni event earlier this year. He found that many other Big Ten schools had dynamic alumni networks that strengthened alumni connections. “I thought it would be a great idea if Iowa alumni in Shanghai could form their own community and help each other,” the Zhengzhou, China, native said. And so, Mao set his sights on making a Shanghai IOWA Club a reality.

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Have you considered studying abroad but aren’t sure where to begin? Stop by the study abroad spring fair and start your journey!

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Royal Academy of Arts brings together paintings of abstract expressionism’s leading light, including works lent by Australian and US galleries

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Do you want to try cooking Korean food? Learn about Korean culture while making Korean food at one of several cooking classes offered by the King Sejong Institute at the University of Iowa.

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Have you ever wanted to learn Korean? Now's your chance! 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 fall 2016 semester.

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Kristofer May has long had a passion for learning, and that drove him to the opportunity to teach English in Russia through a Fulbright grant.

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New time, new location!

Season eight of the television, radio, and internet program WorldCanvass will begin on Tuesday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m., in the newly-opened Voxman Music Building in downtown Iowa City. WorldCanvass guests will join host Joan Kjaer to discuss the controversial method of energy production known as fracking and its impact on the environment, social dynamics, and the economy. We’ll also explore through music, photography, and literature ways in which artists have documented transitions and grappled with the drumbeat of change. The public is invited to attend and no tickets are required. 

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Starting this year, international students will go through campus tours as part of their Orientation, and domestic students will volunteer as tour guides.

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Lauren Darby has long had a deep passion for helping others, which led to her love of teaching. Now, she has the opportunity of a lifetime — to teach English to students in Germany as a Fulbright scholar.

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It is no secret that many Fulbright scholars have an impressive track record. They excel in their fields and, to many, seem to be natural-born leaders among their peers. University of Iowa graduate and Fulbright recipient Destinee Gwee is no exception.

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Leaders from Academic Studies Abroad Global met with leaders from the Iowa City area on Monday afternoon to discuss business opportunities and to sign a “memoranda of understanding.”

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A new student-run group aims to break down border barriers on campus.

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African entrepreneurs learn about business in the US during six-week State Department program at the UI

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