UI programs helping cultivate cross-cultural connections

From Iowa Now

As the number of international students at the University of Iowa continues to rise, the campus remains committed to providing opportunities to promote interaction with domestic students.

A new endeavor for the 2014-2015 academic year is the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB). The 12-student committee will serve as a channel for increasing domestic-international student interactions and improving international students' experiences at the University of Iowa, while functioning as a joint committee of both the graduate and undergraduate student governments.

Another new program is Friends Without Borders. Sponsored by International Programs, it pairs returning domestic students with first-year international students, regardless of major.

“Friends Without Borders is designed to help make international students feel more welcome,” says Kevin Roiseland, international student and scholar advisor for UI International Programs. “It’s a great program because it offers personal enrichment for everyone involved while also helping to create a more dynamic and integrated campus.”

UI students also have the opportunity to become involved with the Global Buddies program, which matches new international exchange students with American students who have been on campus for at least one year and are often past study abroad participants.

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