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It’s midnight in the north of Sweden, just below the Arctic Circle, and I can’t fall asleep. It’s not because I’m anxious or had one too many cups of coffee (which is often the case) but because the sun never sets! Most homes and hotels have blackout blinds or curtains, but my current home, a tent, doesn’t. I decided, after a few restless nights, that I should buy a sleep mask. In the end, I have to admit, camping in the beautiful nature that surrounds me is well worth the lackluster quality of sleep I’ve had.

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Cocktail dresses, traditional Swedish drinking songs, and four course dinners are three things I didn’t expect to experience during my semester abroad, but ended up being a highlight of my time in Sweden. Through the thirteen student nations of Uppsala University, I was able to attend Gasques, hang out in pubs with fellow students, and grab lunch at a student discount in one of two universities in all of Sweden that offer these activities and events through student run nations.

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Several UI students have received funding to study or conduct research abroad in 2014. In addition to the Fulbright U.S. Student Award winners, UI students have received Critical Language Scholarships, Boren Fellowships, and a DAAD Study Scholarship. See below for this year’s winners.

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Fulbright
Eight University of Iowa students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to conduct research, undertake creative projects, or serve as English teaching assistants abroad in 2014-15.

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Thanks to the support of generous private donors, these UI students were able to study or conduct research abroad in the past year, gaining invaluable experiences and memories that enhanced their education and lives.

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For most students, summers are filled with bikinis and beach balls. However, for one Iowa student, her beach gear consisted of safety gloves and sanitary bags. Blake Rupe, a University of Iowa graduate student from Ottumwa, Iowa, conducted research on the garbage presence in Veracruz, Mexico, specifically concentrating on the beaches near the city.

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Are you thinking about international research, study, or teaching? Please join us for our upcoming international and Fulbright-related events coming up after spring break!

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Would you like to teach English, study, or do research abroad for an academic year at no cost? Join International Programs for the second-annual intensive Fulbright U.S. Student Program Workshop on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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