University of Iowa

Fall 2019 Pre-arrival Webinar Series

The Pre-Arrival Webinar Series is an optional orientation resource. The webinar series is provided to new international students before they arrive on campus in Iowa City. The Pre-arrival Webinar series will help new international students to:

  • Arrange their plan for travel to, and living in Iowa City
  • Understand orientation expectations and responsibilities
  • Transition to student and academic life at the University of Iowa  

How to Join a Webinar

  1. Download the Zoom app here: https://zoom.us/download.
  2. Register for the webinar in advance following the registration links below.
  3. Mark your calendar for the webinar date and start time in YOUR TIME ZONE.
  4. Wait to receive registration confirmation email from ISSS (24-36 hours before the webinar date).** The confirmation message will contain webinar access information so please do not ignore it.
  5. Connect to the webinar 5-10 minutes prior to the webinar start time. We will be testing audio 5 minutes before the start time.
  6. Each webinar is 1 hour long including presentation and 10-15 minutes for live Questions and Answer (Q&A) time. Please plan accordingly.
  7. Ask questions during the webinar using Zoom Q&A function.
  8. We welcome your feedback about the webinar(s) you attended - thank you! The survey link will also be shared at the close of each webinar.
  9. Learn more about how to join a webinar.
  10. Each live webinar will be recorded.  Links to the recordings will be posted next to the broadcast date below, and after the recordings have been edited and captioned (subtitles). This can take approx. two to three weeks after the broadcast date. If you have any questions regarding the webinars, please contact Andrea Siebenmann, ISSS Advisor and webinar coordinator (andrea-siebenmann@uiowa.edu). 

** If we happen to receive no  more than 2 registrations for a particular webinar session, the webinar may be operatively canceled within 15 minutes of the start time to respect presenters' time and effort.  We regret any inconvenience and will refer interested students to the recordings.

 

Schedule and Session Description

Each webinar will be presented live twice a day (8:00 AM and 12:00 PM). Below are examples of times when webinars will be presented in various world time zones. 

  • 08:00 a.m. U.S. Central Daylight savings Time (CDT)

07:00 Mexico, 10:00 Brazil, 13:00 UK, 14:00 Nigeria/Continental Europe, 16:00 Kenya, 18:30 India, 20:00 Vietnam, 
21:00 China/ Malaysia, 22:00 South Korea       
  

  • 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central Daylight savings Time (CDT)

          11:00 Mexico, 14:00 Brazil, 17:00 UK, 18:00 Nigeria/Continental Europe, 20:00 Kenya/Saudi Arabia, 22:30 India/ Sri Lanka

 

1. graduate student professionalization and support

Date of broadcast: Friday, March 29, 2019         

WEBINAR RECORDING:    
YouTube Presentation  |  YouTube Q&A  |  Tencent Presentation  |   Tencent Q&A  |   PDF iconTranscription

Content Experts/Presenters: UI Graduate College

Session Description: In this session, graduate students will learn about campus opportunities for professionalization and support. Presenters will give an overview of how and why to use UI professional development offices and introduce you to specialists that will support your efforts. Highlighted areas will include: writing and speaking about your research, grant writing (including travel grants), teaching support, and career development. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions live at the end of the webinar.

 

2. On-Campus Housing Assignments and Move-In Tips (Undergraduate students)

Date of broadcast: Friday, April 12, 2019                        

WEBINAR RECORDING:    
YouTube Presentation  and  Q&A  |  Tencent Presentation and Q&A  |   PDF iconTranscript

Content Experts/Presenters: University Housing & Dining

Session Description: In this webinar, participants will learn about on-campus housing application deadlines, how housing assignments work, what on-campus housing options there are at UI, and how you can select the housing appropriate for your needs. We will also go over the move-in process and tips applicable to international students. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.

 

3. Getting started and travel tips

Date of broadcast: Friday, April 26, 2019

WEBINAR RECORDING:    
YouTube Presentation  |  YouTube Q&A  |  Tencent Presentation  |   Tencent Q&A  |   PDF iconTranscript

IMPORTANT UPDATE regarding Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) ground transportation options (July 17, 2019):
In this webinar, viewers/ listeners may hear a reference to the Airport Shuttle Service recommended for transportation of students to Iowa City. ISSS recently learned that this specific transportation service is no longer in operation. We urge new students flying in to the Eastern Iowa Airport to explore other transportation options listed on the Eastern Iowa Airport web site. Thank you for your attention to this update!

Content Experts/Presenters:  International Student and Scholar Services

Session Description:  In this webinar, participants will learn about iHawk and MyUI – two systems that international students will use to start preparing for arrival to the University of Iowa. Presenters will also review in detail the Pre-arrival Checklist. The webinar session will also offer some helpful tips and recommendations for preparing for your travel to the United States and the University of Iowa. Participants will have an opportunity to ask live questions.

 

4. Achieving Success: On-Campus Involvement and Cultural Adjustment (Undergraduate students)

Date of broadcast: Friday, May 3, 2019

WEBINAR RECORDING:    
YouTube Presentation  |  YouTube Q&A  |  Tencent Presentation  |   Tencent Q&A  |   PDF iconTranscript

Content Experts/Presenters:  International Student and Scholar Services, Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement

Session Description: In this webinar, participants will learn about the benefits and the opportunities to get involved on campus, and how involvement can help with cultural adjustment. Current international students will share their involvement experience on campus and highlight how this supported their adjustment. Participants will have an opportunity to ask live questions at the end of the webinar.

 

5. Off-campus Living and Support

Date of broadcast:  Friday, May 17, 2019

WEBINAR RECORDING:    
YouTube Presentation  |  YouTube Q&A  |  Tencent Presentation  |   Tencent Q&A PDF iconTranscript

Content Experts/Presenters:  Student Legal Services

Session Description:  In this webinar, participants will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of living in privately-owned housing located off-campus during their time at Iowa.  Presenters will discuss the best practices for obtaining off-campus housing, things to consider before signing a rental agreement, and ways to avoid potential pitfalls in the process. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.
 

6. Money Matters – University Billing & Health Insurance

Date of broadcast: Friday, May 31, 2019

WEBINAR RECORDING:    
YouTube Presentation  |  YouTube Q&A  |  Tencent Presentation  |   Tencent Q&A  |  PDF iconTranscript

Content Experts/Presenters: University Billing Office; University Benefits Office

Session Description: In this webinar, participants will learn about University Bill (U-Bill), payment options, creating a guest account, and international student tax information. Participants will also learn about the requirements and options for health insurance. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.

 

7. Understanding orientation Expectations, Responsibilities, and Placement Tests (Graduate Students)

Date of broadcast: Friday, June 14, 2019

WEBINAR RECORDING:    
YouTube Presentation   |  YouTube Q&A  |  Tencent Presentation  |   Tencent Q&A  |    PDF iconTranscript

Content Experts/Presenters: Graduate College, International Student and Scholar Services, English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Session Description:  In this webinar, participants will learn about how to successfully participate in international student orientation and new graduate student orientation, programs that help students find campus resources, meet other students, and work out the logistics of being international graduate students. Participants will also learn about the English Proficiency Exam (EPE), English Speaking Proficiency Assessment (ESPA), and Teaching Assistant Preparation in English (TAPE). There will be opportunities for questions at the end of the webinar.

 

8. International Student Employment 

Date: Friday, June 28, 2019

WEBINAR RECORDING:    
YouTube Presentation  |  YouTube Q&A  |  Tencent Presentation  |   Tencent Q&A  |    PDF iconTranscript

Content Experts/Presenters:   The Office of Financial Aid (Student Employment), International Student and Scholar Services

Session Description:  In this webinar, we will discuss both how to obtain student employment on campus, and how to stand out once employed at The University of Iowa. Training resources and opportunities related to student employment will also be discussed. Participants will also learn about Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) for off-campus employment options. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.

 

9. Academic Expectations (Undergraduate Students)

Date: Friday, July 12, 2019

WEBINAR RECORDING:    
YouTube Presentation  |  YouTube Q&A  |  Tencent Presentation  |   Tencent Q&A  |    PDF iconTranscript

Content Experts/Presenters: College of Liberal Arts and Academic Advising Center 

Session Description:  In this webinar, participants will learn about academic expectations for studying in the U.S. Participants will learn about behaviors that will help them to be successful students and receive an introduction to academic advising at the University of Iowa. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.

 

10. Understanding orientation Expectations, Responsibilities, and Placement Tests (Undergraduate Students)

Date: Friday, July 26, 2019

WEBINAR RECORDING:    
YouTube Presentation  |  YouTube Q&A  |  Tencent Presentation  |   Tencent Q&A  |   PDF iconTranscript

Content Experts/Presenters: Orientation Services, International Student and Scholar Services, English as a Second Language Program

Session Description:  In this webinar, participants will learn about Success at Iowa, Orientation and On Iowa! During these three orientation programs, students learn about academic expectations and resources, UI traditions, and getting connected to the University. Participants will also learn about the English Proficiency Exam (EPE). There will be opportunities for questions at the end of the webinar.