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Student Reflections on First-Generation Abroad: Dual-citizen in Spain

Being the first one in my family to attend an American university, I had no idea of the true benefits that studying in other countries can have. I studied in Madrid, Spain, on the Iowa International Summer Institute program, and I learned so much, in the classroom and out. In the four weeks I spent in Spain, I was able to learn so much more then I ever though I would. Being in another part of the world exposes you to another way of life. Study abroad is great for learning about language, other methods of business, politics, and whatever your area of study.

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: Learning language in Spain and Iceland

My name is Soley Thorsteinsdottir and I am studying civil engineering. I spent my junior year abroad in Spain and then in Iceland. I spent 4 months in each place trying to learn their respective languages. I only completed one engineering class while abroad so the year felt academically easy, but I found the challenge of learning a language and all its cultural cues very difficult. The most difficult part was getting over the embarrassment of thinking my language skill were inadequate. I found that the only times I practiced was when I was better at Spanish or Icelandic than my acquaintance was at English.

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: Iowa Regents Hispanic Institute

I knew I had to make studying abroad a reality even though I had the obstacle of being a first generation and underrepresented student on campus. The major worry I had was being able to afford the program. With the help of the Diversity Ambassador Scholarship and others I was able to make this dream a reality. While I was going through the process of ensuring the details of the trip I still could not believe I was actually flying out of North America. It actually did not hit me I was going to Spain until I had arrived to my host mother’s apartment and not my own in Iowa.
Iowa Literaria

UI launches new online journal for MFA in Spanish Creative Writing program

Iowa Literaria, the electronic journal of the Master of Fine Arts in Spanish Creative Writing program at the University of Iowa, is online as of Tuesday, Feb. 26. Created with the support of the UI’s Digital Studio for Public Humanities, it has been designed as a space to reflect on the art of creativity, to approach the complexities and challenges of creative writing, and to publish a variety of literary pieces. The inaugural issue contains a dossier on the great Chilean poet Óscar Hahn, who just received the National Prize on Literature of Chile, the most prestigious literary award in that country. Hahn was professor of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese here at the university for more than 30 years. He is now retired.

Student Reflections on First-Generation Abroad: Fast-paced learning

As an only child, getting my mother to be okay with my going to school at the University of Iowa which is only three and a half hours away was a task itself. So when I first told my mom I was thinking about studying abroad in Europe, a completely different continent, she wasn’t so happy with the idea. It took a lot of convincing but eventually she came around to the idea that this would be an amazing experience that I would be able to talk about for a lifetime.
Cat Gaa in Spain

Former UI student reflects on 5 years of teaching in Spain

My Spain story starts like many others: a stint abroad learning Spanish during college turned must-eat-tortilla-de-patatas-like-my-senora-makes-daily cravings turned boarding a plane exactly four months after graduation, Madrid-bound story. I figured I’d be a better journalist if I had more experience abroad and spoke better Spanish.