Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Ben Partridge

UI students studying abroad and international students in Iowa City have had their photos selected for the 2017 International Programs Annual Photo Contest as part of International Education Week. This particular photo, “The Hungry Hungry Caterpillars (or hikers??),” taken by Megan Lough in Torres del Paine, Chile, was awarded Study Abroad First Prize, Student Experiences. Lough is from Eagan, Minnesota, and is majoring in nursing. “After completing the W-trek in Patagonia, we jumped for joy in our cozy little sleeping bags to celebrate the end of our adventure. We joked about whether we hiked or ate more during our time in Patagonia, so it was only fitting that we ended our time looking like little caterpillars.” Photo by Megan Lough.

By Ben Partridge, Iowa Now

A Buddhist mediation class in Chiang Mai, Thailand. A lesson in the artistry and skill of Mayan weaving in Punta Gorda, Belize. A community gathering for a rare viewing of the eclipse on the University of Iowa Pentacrest.

These moments were captured in photos taken by University of Iowa students—both students from the United States studying abroad and international students on the UI campus. They are among the winning images selected for the 2017 International Programs Annual Photo Contest as part of International Education Week—a way to inspire greater awareness of the many ways UI students can experience international education. To view a gallery of all semifinalists, visit the IEW 2017 Photo Contest Flickr album.

The UI will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 13–17. This joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education celebrates the ways international education and exchange opportunities prepare citizens for community building in both domestic and international settings, whether it’s helping students develop global perspectives through study abroad or attracting a diverse and vibrant community of students from the around the globe.

This fall, more than 4,000 international students are studying or conducting postgraduate research at the UI from 118 foreign countries and territories. And students from 65 majors are studying abroad in 75 countries.

In recognition of its institution-wide efforts toward international education, the UI was one of only four schools in the U.S. to receive the prestigious 2017 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

“It is a distinct honor to be recognized by NAFSA,” says Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of International Programs at the UI. “The University of Iowa’s commitment to internationalization has never been more significant, nor more infused throughout the collegiate and departmental missions, than it is today.”

As part of International Education Week, UI President Bruce Harreld and Dean Thomas will travel to Washington, D.C., to accept the award and participate in the 2017 Senator Paul Simon Award Presidential Panel.