Articles from December 2018

Up and running

Anyone who goes on an exchange can tell you the last few months of exchange are hectic. The further into an exchange a student gets, the more they understand and navigate the city, make close friends, and start exploring deeper into the city. For me, my favorite part of the exchange is always the end because it’s the part where most people form the strongest bonds and students usually feel very connected and comfortable with the city. It’s so difficult to sum up all the wonderful experiences that I had throughout this last month and a half so I will just mention some highlights.

In the news: Undergrads go to 'rocket school'

University of Iowa undergraduates Hannah Gulick and Josh Larson took part in an intensive, international science program to design, build, and fly a sounding rocket.

First-year student Emily Gumal on her experience as an international student at the UI

Emily Gumal, international student from Malaysia, talks about her experiences at the University of Iowa.

In the news: Worldwide Wave

From Las Vegas to London, IOWA Clubs send their love to patients at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital.

In the news: International Development

A winter study abroad program takes students to India for an immersive learning experience.

In the news: Trump trade policies a serious threat to Iowa economy

Iowa is on the front lines of the Trump administration’s burgeoning trade wars. What’s at stake? Last year Iowa sold agricultural products, advanced manufactured products, and other goods worth over $13.3 billion to international buyers. Canada, Mexico, Japan, and China were our largest customers. 

Two undergraduates awarded a Gilman International Scholarship

Two University of Iowa undergraduates have been awarded the competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to study abroad this spring. 

WorldCanvass ReCap: U.S. Foreign Policy, Geopolitical Realignment, and Global Stability

The last WorldCanvass program of 2018 featured historians, political scientists, and a former U.S. ambassador. Together with host Joan Kjaer, they examined the last century through the prism of foreign policy to explore the interwar period (1918-1939), follow the rise of the post-WWII Western alliance, and assess U.S. foreign policy in a new time of global realignment and instability.

In the news: Iowa City grows after 10 years as City of Literature

In its 10th year as a City of Literature, Iowa City continues to be a hub for literary lovers.

A language tour of Japan, Wenfang Tang 

In late July and early August of 2017, we took a 10-day trip to Japan, sponsored by the Japan Foundation. Our group consisted of 6 faculty members from the University of Iowa. The purpose of the trip was to make us more aware of Japanese culture so we can include Japanese elements in our future teaching and research. My expectation wasn’t high. Until the trip ended, I didn’t expect to learn anything to fundamentally change my view of Japan in 10 days.