A letter from Ecuador

In a matter of minutes, I’ve been in Ecuador for two months. In my last – and only letter, so far – I left off with the news that I would be in the Upper Amazon by the end of that week. For a few days, we stayed outside of the provincial capital of Puyo, visiting the organization Sacha Warmi (literally: “Forest Woman” in Quechua) led by Rosa, an indigenous woman of the Canelos nation, and her French husband Didier.

Meet our Spring 2022 study abroad correspondents

We're excited to announce our Study Abroad Correspondents for the Spring 2022 semester!
Elisha Smiley, lecturing instructor of baking and pastry arts at the Culinary Institute of America

‘Culinary spark’ from study abroad experience inspired UI alum Elisha Smiley to pursue career as pastry chef and instructor

As an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa, Elisha Smiley (BBA accounting ’01; MAc accounting ’02) studied abroad in Dijon, France. It was a semester filled with learning to adapt, meeting new friends, and expanding her worldview, but perhaps most impactful was the connection she made to food. This connection helped to spark a career change from accounting to that of pastry chef and instructor.

Virtual Gilman scholarship info sessions to be held for Academic year 2022-23 - Feb. 15-25

Please join International Programs for one of several information sessions to discuss the process of applying for a Gilman Scholarship. Applications are now being accepted for summer and fall 2022.

UI Special Collections to host exhibit on Spanish and South American Indigenous Language books

The UI Center for the Book is honored to welcome renowned design binder Sol Rébora to Iowa City.

Lecture to discuss Israel's 'start-up' business culture, Feb. 8

International Programs and the Tippie College of Business are pleased to present a lecture by Dr. Daniel Aschheim entitled, "Recipe for a Start-Up Nation: 'Chutzpah', Innovation, Academia and Everything in Between," which will take place Tuesday, February 8, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in S401 Pappajohn Business Building. 

In the news: Iowa City group creates series highlighting refugee and immigrant experiences in Iowa

If the Iowa City Foreign Relation Council’s latest program, "Refugees and Immigrants in Iowa," creates a more “empathetic populace,” project director Peter Gerlach would take that as a success.

Teaching Anne Frank topic of February 28 WorldCanvass

WorldCanvass will kick off the 2022 University of Iowa Provost’s Global Forum “Teaching Anne Frank” with an expert panel discussing Anne’s life before and during captivity, the experience of the Jewish community living in The Netherlands under Nazi occupation, the impact her private diary has had on subsequent generations, and her place in both public history and the struggle for human rights.

Study Abroad advisor selected as a Gilman Advisor Ambassador

Monica Ernberger, senior study abroad advisor and program coordinator at the University of Iowa, has been selected by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to serve as an inaugural Gilman Advisor Ambassador. Over the next two years, she will serve as a voice for higher education to inform and advise colleagues at diverse U.S. colleges and universities about the Benjamin A. Gilman Program International Scholarship Program.  They will share their expertise and best practices for promoting the Gilman Program and guiding students in the application process, as well as provide input to program administrators on program policies and implementation.  

In the news: Iowa-Italy Scholar Exchange Program

Already-existing connections between the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Milan, Italy (UNIMI), have gotten a $10,000 shot in the arm from International Programs at the UI.