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E.g., Friday, February 24, 2017
E.g., Friday, February 24, 2017

Universities try to reassure international students they are welcome here

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President Trump signed an executive order Friday, January 27, that will impact visa processing abroad for international students and scholars, and will also impact some faculty, staff, and students traveling abroad. For the latest information on the impact of the executive order, visit our ISSS resource page.

On Sunday, January 29, the University of Iowa released this official statement:

"The University of Iowa has long recognized that a diverse and inclusive community is the foundation of a strong education. Each of you, regardless of your background or country of origin, is welcome in our community. You bring perspectives and experiences that, taken together, enrich the educational experience and prepare UI students to thrive in their lives and careers." - Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of International Programs

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The European Studies Group will present a guest lecture by Professor Jenny Anger of Grinnell College on "The Exhibition of Modern Art in Berlin (1913): Using 3D Simulation to Explore the Past" at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, February 24 in 315 Phillips Hall.  The event is free and open to the public.

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According to the fall 2016 International Student & Scholar Services enrollment statistics, 86 students registered at the UI hail from the banned countries.

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It isn’t being taught how to study that’s important, it’s being directed to understand why. This is a virtue that goes undiscovered by many, but it’s apparent in University of Iowa international student Hyun Jin Ko of South Korea. Ko describes the many virtues of her parents and they are quite impressive. Ko’s father, Jeongsik Ko, is a professor at Pai Chai University in South Korea and a former visiting research scientist at the University of Iowa. Her mother, Soon Dohkgoh, is a senior research engineer for the Korean Institute of Defense Analysis (KIDA).

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This country is definitely not in the “most popular study abroad countries” list in our study abroad office, and the last student who adventured in Iceland has already graduated. But, if you are a Geoscience student or a music lover, Iceland can be ranked No.1 in your own list.

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Study Abroad will host an information session for LGBTQ students on Tuesday, February 28, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the LGBTQ Resource Center, 125 Grand Ave. Court. 

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UI students who are interested in studying abroad in Germany for the summer, fall, or academic year are invited to attend an information session on the Dortmund Exchange program in Germany on Friday, February 3, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall. 

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Study Abroad will host an information session on its summer program Cultures of Spain, on Wednesday, February 15, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in 217 Macbride Hall.

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Welcome to my first blog! Hopefully that doesn’t scare you away -- we are, after all, just amateurs. As far as I’m concerned, we shouldn’t be concerned about it. If being an amateur, poet, singer, songwriter, actress, writer, and human has taught me anything, it’s that we must all go through this stage on our path to greatness. Or, in my case, heightened mediocrity.

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Study Abroad will host an information session on its popular summer Iowa Hispanic Institute program in Valladolid, Spain, on Wednesday, February 15, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in 217 Macbride Hall. 

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The University of Iowa is encouraging students from certain countries to avoid traveling outside of the U.S. in response to an executive order by President Donald Trump.

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New restaurants, stores draw Asian customers, those looking to explore other cultures

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The focus of the UI Theme Semester in spring 2017 is the internet, the global system of connectedness that has literally made the world smaller. It enables the efficient processing of complex information, the transfer of knowledge and ideas beyond the borders of language and geography, technological advances few would have dared imagine possible mere decades ago, and rapid communication that can save lives, start a revolution, crowdfund research, and play to both our better and worse natures in interpersonal exchange. WorldCanvass guests talked with host Joan Kjaer about "Our Lives Online."

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Amin Bagheri is a current UI student majoring in history and philosophy. Amin’s parents are also alumni of Iowa. Jamshid Bagheri (father) received his MA in aesthetic dentistry and Afsaneh Ghavamnasiri (mother) studied linguistics. Mr. Bagheri was awarded best dentist in Mashhad, Iran and Mrs. Ghavamnasiri takes time to care for at least one orphan in her hometown.

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International Programs and Study Abroad invite you to attend "Hawks Like Me," a study abroad information session sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Enrichment. This event will take place on Wednesday, February 5, 2017 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in UCC 1117 International Commons.

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For Dr. Kendra Strand, one of the best things about living in Iowa City is being able to walk to and from her classes on a nice day, taking in the scenery. But it’s not just the daily strolls she loves the most—rather, it’s being able to take a different street each day and discover new places, views, and perspectives wherever she goes.

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As this is my first blog post, I will tell everyone a little about myself. My name is Quinn Terrill; I’m a senior at the University of Iowa studying Human Physiology and planning on a very epic victory lap after this semester is over.

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Each morning when I wake up in my French apartment, I feel a tiny flicker of panic. Where am I? What am I doing? How could I possibly have packed up and left my entire life behind in the States? Each morning, I make myself a cup of chocolate-pear tea (weird, I know, but I’m making my way through the entire tea section of Carrefour), look out the window at my new city, and reacquaint myself with my new life. Each morning, it gets a little easier.

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On the next WorldCanvass, we investigate adverse childhood experiences and the negative physical and mental health consequences children and adults with these experiences may face. If left unaddressed and untreated, the toxic stress of childhood adversity can have serious health repercussions throughout a lifetime. But important advances are being made in the recognition and treatment of health issues related to adverse childhood experiences, many of them led by physicians and researchers at the University of Iowa. WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer will speak with experts from a wide range of health disciplines as well as child advocates from the Iowa City Community School District and Johnson County on February 20, from 7:30-9:00 p.m., when the topic is “Resilience Over Trauma.” The free event will be held in the Recital Hall of the Voxman Music Building. No tickets are required.

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Happy New Year, Hawkeyes! We're excited to announce our Study Abroad Bloggers for the spring 2017 semester. These unique individuals were selected from a competitive pool of writers to tell the story of their destination and represent the voice of University of Iowa students while abroad. Throughout the semester, these students will share their experiences through writing and photography to be published weekly here on International Accents. 

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Emotional maturity is listed as a pre-req for my Rwanda-based program and, considering I’ll be studying the aftermath of a genocide that took 800,000 victims in 100 days, it isn’t hard to see why.

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Fatehiya Mohammed and Azeez Al-Jumaili are the parents of Ali-Azeez Ali Al Jumaili, a student from Iraq currently pursuing his doctorate in pharmaceutical socioeconomics.

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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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Start planning your study abroad experience and learn about available scholarships at Study Abroad's Open Advising event being held Tuesday, February 7, from 10am-2pm in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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