Articles from January 2021

Fond memories of a study abroad experience in Milan, Italy, from Will Sobecki (BBA finance ’20)

Bitten by the travel bug at a young age after a European trip with his family, Will Sobecki (BBA finance ‘20) set his sights on study abroad during college. After exploring his options with Cory Petersen, senior advisor and program coordinator in the UI Study Abroad office, Sobecki settled on a semester-long study abroad program through IES in Milan, Italy. “Milan blew my expectations away,” said Sobecki.

February 24 WorldCanvass to feature authors Yaa Gyasi and D.K. Nnuro

Renowned author Yaa Gyasi, whose novel Homegoing won the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for best first book and the Pen/Hemingway Award among others, will be our guest for “The Ghanaian-American Experience in Literature and Art” on the first WorldCanvass of 2021. Joining her will be fellow author and graduate of the UI Writers’ Workshop D.K. Nnuro and Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs Russ Ganim. Nnuro will engage with Gyasi writer-to-writer in a special interview segment introduced by Ganim. The one-hour program, hosted by Joan Kjaer, begins at 7 p.m. on February 24. WorldCanvass is free and open to all. Register here.

Virtual study abroad in Italy receives positive response and unexpected benefits

Nearly two dozen University of Iowa students had the opportunity to travel virtually to Italy over the winter term, thanks to the Virtual International Business in Italy course offering through the Tippie College of Business.

ESL and International Programs to host virtual symposium on language learning Feb. 26

Please join University of Iowa ESL Programs and UI International Programs for a virtual symposium "Language Lessons Near and Far: Students and Teachers Adapt to a Changing World."

UI to host Lunar New Year Celebration Feb. 11

Join the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies and International Programs for a joint Chinese-Korean-Japanese-Southeast Asian “Lunar New Year Celebration” on Thursday, February 11, 2021.

Study Abroad staff member reflects on her semester in Italy as an undergraduate

The following is a reflection from Emily A. Brown, senior advisor and program coordinator for Study Abroad in International Programs at the University of Iowa.

University of Iowa to host virtual study abroad fair Feb. 9-10, 2021

Learn about study abroad programs and internships around the world, hear how study abroad fits with your major, discover how scholarships and grants are applicable, as well as some unique virtual ways students can connect with the world right here in Iowa.  

Statement from the Dean: Study Abroad Summer 2021

Due to the prevalence of COVID-19 in the United States and abroad, the Board of Regents has determined there will be no study abroad or university-sponsored student travel departures outside the U.S. through August 1, 2021.

Phi Beta Delta Honors Society reactivated on UI campus

Phi Beta Delta, an academic and professional society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in global education has a renewed presence on the University of Iowa campus.

Donor spotlight: Michael Snodgrass

A generous gift from Michael Snodgrass (BA '87) established a scholarship fund to support undergraduate students studying abroad in Spain and Latin America.