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8/26/2014

Portuguese sentiment 'saudade' is central element to creation of a play

I began my trip in Lisbon physically and geographically lost in the streets of Mouraria, a neighborhood of Lisbon not only known for its deep history of fado performance, but as a melting pot of cultures – close to thirty nationalities represented in its winding streets and alleys alone. Little did I know that the sensation of being lost without landmarks would contribute a great deal in researching saudade as performance and even place.
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Moscow, Russia
8/25/2014

Students embark on adventures abroad

"Being exposed to other beliefs and ways of living and working is an intense experience unlike most others that forces students to reflect, to adapt, and to learn new skill sets. Even a simple request in a foreign language can be tough, so consider the learning that occurs when students are challenged with expressing themselves, negotiating, or handling an abstract conversation.”
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8/22/2014

The Story of Cilinaya: Translating a children’s folktale in Indonesia

Before arriving in Indonesia, I initially planned to stay with a family. However, I underestimated how rewarding and positive such an experience would be. In addition to a great friendship, they helped with everyday tasks and guided me in understanding the culture. Moreover, this family and their connections with the local community became key to my integration in the community and success of the project.
girl sitting on a reindeer calf
7/14/2014

Reindeer husbandry in the land of Sámi

“I wonder if U.S. customs will let me bring one back?” This was the question that kept running through my mind as I stared with awe and googly eyes at the reindeer and their calves all morning. It was finally the moment I had been waiting for, to conduct research in Northern Sweden in a Sámi, reindeer herding community. When I received my first call to attend the tagging of the reindeer calves, I was both nervous and excited. My thoughts were racing. Would they accept me?
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Deanna Fei
7/14/2014

UI alum reflects on Fulbright experience, offers advice to students applying

As I now prepare for the launch of my debut novel, A Thread of Sky, it’s a bit unnerving to remember that if I hadn’t received a Fulbright grant, my novel might not exist today. Seven years ago, I was facing my last months as an MFA student and struggling to write a story set in China from my sunlit desk in Iowa. When a friend suggested that I apply for a Fulbright, it seemed a far-fetched notion...
girl by troll statue
7/9/2014

Nature, summer sun, and fun in Scandinavia

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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7/1/2014

Gasques, Singing, and Nations, Oh My!

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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A UI student holds a young girl in Botswana
4/30/2014

Phil's Day 2014

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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