International Accents

E.g., Wednesday, February 21, 2018
E.g., Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Welcome to Kanda! (featuring me, Mette, Nerissa, Karina, and Lorena)
Hello from Makuhari-hongo International Dormitory in Chiba, Japan! Spring has arrived, marking the start of a new semester at Kanda University of International Studies. When the cherry blossoms opened to welcome the sunshine, they also welcomed planes from all over the world at Narita Airport in Tokyo, dropping off students for the Bekka Program here at KUIS!

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On the beach in front of Bray Head
Bray is a quaint, compact town south of Dublin. It has a nice combination of friendly community, a freshness in the air that can only mean you’re a step away from the sea, and a darling view of Bray Head. But it’s also the home of a very special gallery called Signal Arts, where I’m interning this summer.

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Lauren Darby
A University of Iowa graduate spent the last 10 months serving as a ‘citizen ambassador’ to Germany.

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Matt and Stephon are a lot taller than me.
My experience studying abroad in Hong Kong, narrated (mostly) by my camera

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Samantha Korns poses for a portrait in the second floor of the IMU on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (Joseph Cress/The Daily Iowan)
A UI alumna sets her sights on Russia, U.S. State Department, and beyond.

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Hodna Nuernberg, recipient of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award, poses for a portrait inside the Daily Iowan TV studio on Tuesday, June 20. Nuernberg drew parallels between her work and the work of Junot Diaz, a Dominican American writer whos
A Fulbright winner will take her husband and cat along to Morocco.

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Diversity Ambassador Sydney Alexander
As a student with learning disabilities, routine and structure is something that I not only need, but that I like to change as little as possible. So as you can imagine, choosing to study abroad was one of the most adventurous, risky, and nerve-wracking decisions I’ve ever made. Flash forward to now: if you would have told me I would come back after just twelve weeks abroad a fearless, tenacious, culturally competent problem solver with a newly acquired travel addiction, I would have made the choice a long time ago.

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University of Iowa junior Monzer Shakally meets with attorney Christopher Malloy at the Student Legal Services office in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.
Monday’s Supreme Court decision largely permitting President Donald Trump’s travel ban is unlikely to affect international students at Iowa’s universities any more than the issue already has, according to officials and attorneys. The court signaled it will this fall take up the broader issue of the president’s authority in immigration matters. And around the nation, universities were reviewing Monday’s ruling that appears to exempt college students, faculty and lectures from the ban.

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Katherine Will
UI graduate Katherine Will is headed to Argentina thanks to a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. Only three UI students have received the awards to go to Argentina.

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Lee Seedorf and Amanda McFadden
Navigating the employment rules and challenges faced by international students can be a considerably complicated affair for students, employers, and university staff. 

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Congolese women gather for a meeting at IC Compassion.
For nearly two decades, conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo has caused hundreds of thousands of people to seek refuge in other countries. Within the last year alone, an estimated 239 Congolese refugees have settled in Johnson County, Iowa. A project to improve health care access for this population is now underway thanks to generous public support provided through a new crowdfunding venture.

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silence is complicity
After a particularly contentious election cycle in 2016, the University of Iowa community is turning to visual aides to push for a truly inclusive campus.

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The inside of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
London is amazing place for anyone to experience theatre in a variety of ways that make it accessible for people from all different backgrounds and walks of life. Whether you enjoy classical plays, entertaining musicals, or cutting edge shows, there is something to see. Going on the London Performance Study was a unique experience that allowed me to be immersed in a new culture of theatre and begin to understand how drama can affect personal life.

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Two University of Iowa faculty members recently spent time in Ethiopia and Kenya helping entrepreneurs who participated in last year’s Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) develop their businesses. One such entrepreneur is David Okech, who operates
Two University of Iowa faculty members recently spent time in Ethiopia and Kenya helping entrepreneurs who participated in last year’s Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) develop their businesses.

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niko
UI graduate Nicholas McCarty is set to pursue a master’s degree at Imperial College in Kensington, London. With a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry, McCarty hopes to continue his studies in synthetic biology.

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Early morning in Stratford-upon-Avon
When abroad, your time in a new country should be organic and personalized, not warped by the consequences of violent and irregular events. It may give you some heightened anxiety, but you can't let it ruin your trip. No one can expand their perspective of the world if they are afraid to explore. Going abroad is about accepting and interacting with a different culture. And that should be the main goal of your experience no matter the circumstances.

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Have you considered studying abroad but aren’t sure where to begin? Study Abroad in International Programs invites all UI students to discover global education opportunities during the annual study abroad fair Tuesday, September 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second floor of the University Capitol Centre.

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Ambassador in Residence Ron McMullen sits in at his office in Schaeffer Hall on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City on Thursday, June 8, 2017 surrounded by mementos of his over-30-year career as a diplomat. McMullen was the ambassador to the Africa
As someone who spent 30 years trying to build bridges between the United States and developing countries that included Sudan, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Fiji and the Dominican Republic, Ron McMullen thinks President Donald Trump’s plans to ban travel from several Muslim-majority countries and wall off Mexico are shortsighted and dangerous.

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Samantha Westphal
Argentina calls grad

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Sporting the Tiger Hawk around central campus of UCD.
What would we Iowa students do without our precious syllabus week? It is the only week out of the semester where we are nurtured back into the swing of attending classes. For those students who choose to take classes during a winter or summer term, syllabus week is a false promised land. My first week at University College Dublin was still nurturing even without a full syllabus week. Here are some of the biggest lessons I learned coming into a summer program abroad without having a full week to adjust.

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Taking a "sheltered" approach to exploring Dublin before I go at it alone. (picture of me in the gazebo)
It hasn’t even been a week here in Dublin and I already feel… to be honest I don’t know how I feel. Contempt, scared, badass? Does the feeling really matter though? Everyone who goes abroad for the first time goes through a mixture of emotions that has us all reeling on our heels, grasping for holding points. For me, this trip is about pushing against the boundaries of my comfort zone, which are about as widespread as jail cell bars. This is the point in the trip where orientation has happened, I’ve explored the city with my 16 great new classmates, and I’ve gotten my bearings.

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I believe this was hour six of the eight we were on the flight.
There are firsts for everything. Whether that's a first day of college, of being away from home, of feeling at home, there's always a time you can pinpoint these moments in your life that change you. Over the next six weeks or so, I'll be experiencing an entire novella of these kinds of moments.

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So many socks, so little matches...
My adrenaline is spiking as I make final decisions on what to take across the world. Is it weird if I still want to bring my blankie? How many pairs of jeans do I pack? Why do all of my socks not have matches?

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I’ve loved studying in Chambéry and I can’t wait to return to France.
Staring blankly up at the ceiling of a French hospital, I distantly understood that I was in trouble, but could find no words to explain how I felt. Speaking in French to explain my situation to the doctor was impossible, as I was no longer sure that I could speak any language. Time moved differently, jumping back and forth between clear memories of before the accident and the fuzzy, confused reality of after. My head felt eerily empty, quieter than I had ever experienced it. I had a vague sense of who I was- I knew my name, at least- but could not understand how I had gotten to be in this state.

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Showing some Hawkeye pride at the top of a cloud forest mountain with a furry friend.
I just left my home away from home. I woke up the last day of my program. I admittedly had been pretending this morning would never have to come. I had 24 hours to submerge myself as far as I can in the beauty of what is San Ramon Costa Rica.

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