Articles from 2021

Lauren Smiley in India, where she reported a story

Award-winning freelance journalist on the impact of her study abroad experience

Lauren Smiley (BA journalism and mass communication; Spanish ’05) is an award-winning freelance journalist (https://laurensmiley.contently.com/) based in San Francisco, California. Writing for publications such as WIRED, The Atlantic, and The New York Times, Smiley feels her study abroad experience in Guadalajara, Mexico, as an undergraduate at Iowa helped her build skills that contribute to her success writing in-depth magazine stories—namely navigating the arrival in a new community with grace and resourcefulness. We caught up with Marion, Iowa, native Smiley to learn more about her study abroad experience and how it shaped her personally and professionally.

UI Fulbright recipients to travel abroad for first time since start of pandemic

The University of Iowa U.S. Fulbright Program awardees will travel abroad, after candidates were deferred because of the pandemic last year.

Joining in community at UI-sponsored Thanksgiving meal

Over 170 meals were served to University of Iowa students and members of the surrounding community during a special Thanksgiving meal event on Monday, November 22. 

Donor spotlight: Drs. Joel and Sandra Barkan

The generosity of Drs. Joel and Sandra Barkan led to the creation of a scholarship for undergraduate students to study abroad in non-Western countries. Both Sandra (PhD comparative literature ’84), formerly comparative literature professor and associate dean of the Graduate College, and her late husband, Joel, political science professor, had distinguished careers at Iowa and helped to infuse international education on campus.

Grand Opening Celebration of the UI Passport Office was a success

International Programs was proud to celebrate the Grand Opening Celebration of the University of Iowa Passport Office, Wednesday, November 17, in 1111 University Capitol Centre. 

In the news: UI Graduate Student Government starts international affairs committee

The new International Affairs Committee within the University of Iowa’s Graduate and Professional Student Government received its first Director. The committee was made to provide a platform for international students to voice their unique concerns.

Thanksgiving meal for UI students, scholars, and community members

International Programs, the Center for Diversity and Enrichment, and the Office of the Dean of Students are partnering to host a special Thanksgiving meal for UI students and community members on Monday, November 22. For students who stay on campus during Fall Break week, the meal offers an opportunity for them to celebrate Thanksgiving, eat with other students and community members, and join in community with each other.

Study abroad to host info sessions on humanistic counseling program in Greece Nov. 29

Learn about an amazing opportunity to travel to Greece with Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and Supervision in the Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education Gerta Bardoshi. 

In the news: University of Iowa International Programs adds passport station

The University of Iowa International Programs office is opening a passport acceptance station on campus for students and community members.

2021 International Parent of the Year

International Programs is honored to present the International Parent of the Year award to Itse Ejughemre. Honorable mention goes to Joseph and Florence Harry Mills and to Pallav and Trupti Pandya.