Articles from July 2020

Student Spotlight: Aasthika Das

Growing up in Kolkata, India, Aasthika Das had always assumed she would attend a university in India. That is until her sister, who is five years older, returned from her higher education studies in the U.S. and shared the style of education she received, how different it was from India, and the many opportunities that were available.

Student Spotlight: Soumya Venkitakrishnan

Initially enrolled as a PhD student in speech and hearing science, Venkitakrishnan soon added the AUD (clinical doctorate in audiology) program. “There are a lot of challenges that come with being a combined PhD and AUD student, but my department has helped me manage clinical schedules and teaching assignments and my research advisor has been very understanding, “ says Venkitakrishnan. “I love my department. I realize why it is ranked so highly as one of the best programs—my department has been really supportive of everything I have wanted to do.”

In the news: What we can do about the devastation COVID-19 could wreak in low-income and developing countries

Half a billion people in low-income countries could be pushed into poverty, according to the charity organization Oxfam.

Dean's Message: Necessity is the mother of invention

Dean Ganim addresses some of the innovative ways International Programs has continued to promote international education.

UI Statement to the International Student Advisory Board in Support of International Students

UI administrators respond to a letter from the International Student Advisory Board, expressing support for international students.

In the news: Let Iowa's international students stay here and learn

The COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement reveal cracks in U.S. institutions and a need to refocus our collective energy on human rights — especially when policies target vulnerable community members. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s announcement on July 6 revealed the federal government’s willingness to hurt international students.

In the news: Iowa universities condemn deportation threat to online-only international students

Administrators object to 'harsh and unnecessary guidelines'

UI student Cameron Keomanivong awarded Fulbright to Laos

Cameron Keomanivong, who received a BS in neuroscience from the University of Iowa in May 2020, is the winner of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Award to Laos for 2020-21

Statement from the Dean: Response to Fall 2020 SEVP Guidelines

On Monday of this week (July 6), the Department of Homeland Security issued updated guidelines regarding the visa status of international students enrolled at U.S. institutions of higher learning for the fall 2020 term. Dean Ganim responds to these new guidelines.