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E.g., Monday, June 18, 2018
Photo of the Mittal family
International Student and Scholar Services is happy to announce the recipients of the 2017 International Parents of the Year award, Meenu and Suresh Mittal of India.  The Mittals were nominated by their son, Sanjay, who previously received his Master of Business Administration with distinction in 2015 and is now a graduate student in the Master of Accountancy program in the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa.

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Author G. Willow Wilson will kick off the Embracing Complexity project with an Oct. 8 lecture at Hancher. Throughout the 2017/18 academic year, Hancher's Embracing Complexity programming will take a collaborative approach toward creating an understanding
Programming to focus on arts and culture from Muslim-majority countries

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Lilian Sanchez
University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) Vice President Lilian Sanchez was originally drawn to UISG after realizing the potential for positive change to improve lives for students on campus. “I love living in Iowa City and attending the university because of its wide range of programming, both on and off campus,” she said. “A sense of community is very important to me and I find that here. My love for the University of Iowa community led me to want to give back in any way.”

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Being 9 days, 19 hours, and 57 minutes out from my departure for Greece, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on my preparation. I have been talking about my Greece adventure since last January! This preparation process has been quite different than what I expected. But, I can honestly say that I learned more about myself, my plans, and my priorities. Here I have compiled 10 tips that I would give to someone who is starting to prepare to go abroad

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Students converse during the UISG Asian American Discussion Circle at the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. The event served as an outlet for Asian UI students to explore identity and express issues related to Asian student
At an Asian Discussion Circle, the UI Student Government hopes to build bridges between Asian-American students and Asian students.

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Benjamin Gilman Scholarship applications are now being accepted for spring and summer 2018

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Learn about New Zealand’s beautiful culture and academic offerings at Victoria University of Wellington. Meet a local representative from Victoria and learn how you can make your dream of studying in New Zealand a reality at an upcoming info session Thursday, September 28 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in room 1124 University Capitol Centre. 

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Here are 3 tips to start narrowing down your study abroad destination!

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Study Abroad Fair is another event for all freshmen to check out.

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WorldCanvass starts its ninth season by teaming up with Hancher and its Embracing Complexity project for a multi-layered program exploring the beauty of Islamic art and the diversity within Islamic cultures. Joan Kjaer hosts the program, which moves to a new location in the heart of downtown Iowa City—MERGE, at 136 South Dubuque Street. The live show takes place from 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, September 29, and is free and open to the public. We invite you to come at 5 and join us for a pre-show catered reception!

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Every time I go to downtown, getting in and out of underground metro stations, I know this is Paris. Paris was once a name of romance in my mind. I got that stereotype from movies, music, and fashion, like everybody else. However, the opportunity of studying abroad here gave me the chance to learn about Paris. In Marais, the downtown district consisted of Center Pompidou, numerous gay and lesbian bars and boutiques, I saw individuals, who wear their own hair, their own clothing, especially females. Young girls, a black woman with a huge hat and a colorful long tight dress, madams with gray hair but exquisite make-ups. I would follow them and I can’t move my eyes off from them. I feel touched.

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Are you fighting wanderlust after your study abroad experience? Looking for other international opportunities to go abroad after graduation? We hear you!

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One of the several courtyards and three of the many tourists at the beautiful monastery in Melk.
Hello all! For those of whom may be reading this and have not yet had the pleasure of making my acquaintance, my name is Bailie and I’ll be writing to you from Vienna, Austria for the duration of this semester! I’ll be studying alongside hundreds of exchange students from across the globe at the Vienna University of Business and Economics, better known as WU.

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José Diaz (B.B.A. finance '17) studied abroad in London through the Undergraduate International Business study abroad program. To help fund his study abroad experience, Diaz applied for and received several scholarships, including the Diversity Ambassador Scholarship. After graduating from the University of Iowa, Diaz started his dream job at JP Morgan Chase in Chicago as a corporate analyst – a job he feels his study abroad experience helped him land.

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I read Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “One Art” in my freshman gen-ed literature class at the University of Iowa. The refrain in this poem has since resurfaced in my life, culminating in my plans to study in China for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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My name is Mary Harkleroad and I am an undergraduate biomedical engineering student here at the University of Iowa. I participated in the CIMBA program located in Northern Italy at the Istituto Filippin. I was the first person in my family to study abroad as well as being the first to attend college. Needless to say, my family and myself were very skeptical about studying abroad at first. College alone provides many financial and personal challenges but applying the same concepts and adding in a whole new country is difficult to wrap your mind around. But it doesn’t have to be.

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Diversity Ambassador Faradis Lindblom
With my tan skin, Arabic first name and Finnish last name, I get asked a lot of questions about my identity in the U.S. Almost every time I am introduced to someone new, I can guarantee I will be asked “What is your nationality?” or “Where are your parents from?” And although I understand that most people mean well and are just curious, there are times that I can’t help but feel out of place in my home country and even home state of Iowa.

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Diversity Ambassador Taylor Limas
During my study abroad experience in Madrid, I was thankful for the sights I saw, the people I met, and the journeys I went on. But one of the most gratifying experiences was being able to find myself and identify with my Hispanic background. I felt as though a part of me that was empty for so long was finally filled.

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Associate Professor Victoria Rovine will deliver a lecture at Art Building West to address the innovations and history of African fashion design.

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Are you interested in the possibility of international study, research, or teaching? Please join International Programs for our International Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships Open House to learn how you can apply for different types of merit-based awards. The event will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the International Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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Do you want to try cooking Korean food? Learn about Korean culture while making Korean food at one of several cooking classes offered by the King Sejong Institute at the University of Iowa.

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Though it is the first week of the 2017-18 academic year, International Programs and many others around campus have been working hard over most of August to prepare a new group of international first-year graduates and undergraduates, transfer students, and visiting scholars to hit the ground running this fall semester.  We will have a smaller incoming cohort of international undergraduates this fall. While we will not know the full story until we have final data and are able to compare it with our peers, most likely this change is attributable to factors that are out of our control, such as the current political climate in the U.S., fierce competition from other English-speaking countries, and the shifting winds of global demographics and sources of educational funding. The University of Iowa, likewise, reported a slightly smaller freshman class at 5,029 -- making it the third-largest class in UI history after two record-setting years. Our total enrollment remains up slightly -- at 33,564 from 33,334 last fall.

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Ugandan writer Dilman Dila converses with an attendee at the 50th Anniversary of the International Writing Program on Monday. The welcome event was held at the Park Lodge in the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area. (Paxton Corey/The Daily Iowan)
The International Writing Program’s Opening Party encapsulates the program’s storied 50-year history.

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Alison Schafer
UI undergraduate Allison Schafer has been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to intern abroad this semester.

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india winterim info session
Study Abroad and International Programs will host an information session on its winter program India Winterim, on Wednesday, September 6 at 10:30 a.m. and September 7 at 2:00 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. 

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