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Stunning photos capture UI student life, here and abroad

November 8th, 2018

“Be Bold, Wear Gold,” a photo by Trevor Jansma, taken at Roy’s Peak, Wanaka, New Zealand, received the Study Abroad Grand Prize in UI International Programs’ annual International Education Week Photo Contest. Jansma is from Holland, Michigan, and is majoring in finance. “I spent the night on top of a mountain away from any light pollution, witnessed a stunning sunset, a view of the Milky Way, and a sunrise all from the same spot. The sunset brought out an amazing blue hue over the lake and mountains in the distance.” See other prize-winners' work in the accompanying photo gallery. Photo by Trevor Jansma.

By Ben Partridge, IowaNow

A geology field trip to a glacier in South Iceland. An awe-inspiring view from Roy’s Peak in New Zealand. A Hawkeye victory over Iowa State University at an international student’s first football game.

To view a gallery of all semifinalists, visit the IEW 208 Photo Contest Flickr album.

These are just some of the moments captured in photos by University of Iowa students—both students from the United States studying abroad and international students on the UI campus. The photos are among the winning images selected for the 2018 International Programs Annual Photo Contest as part of International Education Week—a way to inspire awareness of the many ways UI students can experience international education.

The UI will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 12–16. This joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education celebrates the ways international education and exchange opportunities prepare citizens for community building in both domestic and international settings, whether it’s helping students develop global perspectives through study abroad or attracting a diverse and vibrant community of students from the around the globe.

In fall 2018, more than 3,600 international students from 115 foreign countries and territories are studying or conducting postgraduate research at the UI. In the 2017–18 academic year, more than 1,500 UI students studied abroad in more than 50 countries.

“International Education Week is a great time to take stock of the transformative dimensions of our connections around the world, and to consider new opportunities to advance the core missions of the University,” says Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of International Programs at the UI.