Articles from July 2017

Student Reflection on Race and Ethnicity Abroad: Finding Identity Outside the U.S.

My name is Lina Khodor and I am a senior studying International Studies on the Human Rights track and with a minor in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies. I studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic for the spring semester of 2017. In Prague I found myself inspired by the art, architecture, and the sheer amount of beer consumed by the locals.

In the news: Iowa summer writing festival heads overseas

The Iowa Summer Writing Festival expands the City of Literature’s writing skills overseas with international retreats.

In the news: Alumna preps for Taiwan experience

A UI graduate will travel to Taiwan to learn how to better assist international students in the United States.

May in Makuhari-hongo

A few things I’ve learned about Japan and spring:

Japan has a lot of flowers
They bloom beautifully
If you don’t have hay fever when you get to Japan, you might have it when you leave.

The Bekka program bus trip!

I’m sure many of you have heard the saying “April showers bring May flowers,” but in Japan, the rainy season is a bit longer. The name for the rainy, damp season is tsuyu. Fancy.

Classes, clubs, and cherry blossoms!

Hello Iowa! As you guys are finishing up your spring semester, ours is only just beginning! I’ve had some time to adjust to my class schedule and homework load since March, and it’s definitely been an enjoyable journey. Class registration happened earlier this month, so everyone’s schedules have been finalized.

A whole new world inside a dorm: exploring world cultures and language in a foreign country

Hello from Makuhari-hongo International Dormitory in Chiba, Japan! Spring has arrived, marking the start of a new semester at Kanda University of International Studies. When the cherry blossoms opened to welcome the sunshine, they also welcomed planes from all over the world at Narita Airport in Tokyo, dropping off students for the Bekka Program here at KUIS!

Rites of passage

Bray is a quaint, compact town south of Dublin. It has a nice combination of friendly community, a freshness in the air that can only mean you’re a step away from the sea, and a darling view of Bray Head. But it’s also the home of a very special gallery called Signal Arts, where I’m interning this summer.

In the news: a year of 'ambassadorship'

A University of Iowa graduate spent the last 10 months serving as a ‘citizen ambassador’ to Germany.

My experience studying abroad in Hong Kong, narrated (mostly) by my camera

My experience studying abroad in Hong Kong, narrated (mostly) by my camera