The University of Iowa

Spotlight: Outstanding Chinese students make UI their home

June 28th, 2012

In honor of the UI delegation’s visit to Asia, three students from China are profiled below. Each of these students has taken a completely different path at the UI, but all have been successful in their academic and personal endeavors. Half of UI international students are from China and all international students are supported by International Student and Scholar Services in International Programs.

Xuyang Han

Xuyang Han, a native of Shenyang, China, recently graduated from the University of Iowa with degrees in pre-law, international relations and politics, and a minor in German language. He served as president of the Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at the University of Iowa. Han had the fortune of attending a state dinner for Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in February, which was held at the state capitol. Although he didn’t get to meet the vice president, Han made connections with several government and business officials, including Iowa’s governor Terry Branstad.

“The University of Iowa has helped me discover myself in a profound and meaningful way that I never thought before. During my college life here, step by step, I came closer and closer to all my college goals. Even without my realization, I started to achieve all the success that I had dreamed for, including those great experience that I had never expected before. This great university has helped me to become a better person in an impressive and enjoyable way that I had never imagined before.”

Han recently accepted an internship at a law firm in Washington, D.C. for fall 2012.

Wei Du

Wei Du was chosen to represent the University of Iowa study body as the 2011 Homecoming Queen. A native of Jinan, China, Du has been involved with numerous organizations during her time at the UI, including leadership positions in Business Student Ambassadors, Delta Sigma Pi, and Dance Marathon; working as an international student orientation small group leader and a student assistant in the Tippie College of Business’ Undergraduate Program Office; and membership in Tippie’s competitive Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance.

She received her BBA in finance from the Tippie College of Business this spring and plans to start the Master of Accountancy Program at Tippie this fall.

(Video from UI Admissions below)

“It is really exciting to see the UI expand its publicity and presence in China. I personally felt very fortunate to have made the decision to come here, and it would be great to see more outstanding scholars become part of the UI community.”

Qing Jin

Beijing native Qing Jin is majoring in cinema studies and international studies with an emphasis in global artistic change at the University of Iowa.

Jin studied abroad for a summer in Madrid, Spain, during her second year at the university. She speaks Chinese, English and Spanish. She is on the board of directors for the Bijou Cinema at the University of Iowa and serves as the organization’s photographer.

Her favorite thing about the University of Iowa is that Iowa City is so different from where she is from, however, there are a lot of connections between Iowa and China. She notes that many Chinese writers come to the International Writing Program and the Chinese community in Iowa is really nice and helpful, so it has made the transition very easy for Qing.