The University of Iowa

Fall 2020 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 travel to, and adopt to living in Iowa City
  • Understand and meet orientation expectations and responsibilities
  • Transition successfully to student and academic life at the University of Iowa  

How to Join a Webinar

  1. Download the Zoom app here: https://zoom.com/download.
    Users in the mainland China need to use a client version 4.5.4 available at meetzoom.net/download 
  2. Register for the webinar in advance following the registration links below. 
    NEW: If you use the Webinar ID to access the webinar, please retrieve a password from the confirmation email that will be sent to you. You will have to use this password to enter the webinar along with the Webinar ID. This is not required when web link is used.
  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 which includes 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). 

** Depending on the number of participants who sign into a particular webinar session, ISSS will use its discretion and may operatively cancel the webinar 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.

 

Fall 2020 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 Saving Time (CDT)

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

  • 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central Daylight Saving 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

 

NOTE: Titles that do not mention particular student degree level mean that the presented topic is relevant to both under-graduate and graduate students.

1. Getting Started and Making Travel Arrangements

Date of broadcast: Friday, March 13, 2020 

Recordings: YouTube PresentationYouTube Q&A  |  Tencent Presentation | Tencent Q&A | PDF iconTranscript

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.

 

2.  Graduate Student Professionalization and Support

Date of broadcast: Friday, March 27, 2020

Recordings: YouTube Presentation YouTube Q&A  |  Tencent Presentation | Tencent Q&APDF iconTranscript

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.

 

3. On-Campus Housing Assignments and Moving Tips (Undergraduates)

Date of broadcast: Friday, May 1, 2020  

Recordings: YouTube PresentationYouTube Q&A  |  Tencent Presentation | Tencent Q&A PDF iconTranscript

Content Experts/Presenters:  University Housing & Dining 

Session Description:   In this webinar, participants will learn about on-campus housing deadlines and assignments, as well as the move-in process for international students living on campus. 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.

 

4. Achieving Success: On-campus Engagement and Cultural Adjustment (Undergraduates)

Date of broadcast: Friday, April 17, 2020

Recordings: YouTube PresentationYT Student ExperiencesYouTube Q&A  |  Tencent Presentation |  Tencent Student Experiences  |  Tencent Q&A |   PDF iconTranscript (Present, Q&A) PDF iconTranscript (Stu Exper)

Content Experts/Presenters:  International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement (MISSE)

Session Description:  During the 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.  Understanding Orientation Expectations, Responsibilities, and Placement Tests (graduate  students)

Date of broadcast: Friday, April 24, 2020

Recordings: YouTube Presentation |  YouTube Q&A  |  Tencent PresentationTencent Q&A |   PDF iconTranscript

Content Experts/Presenters: Graduate College, ISSS, 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.

 

6. Off-campus Living and Support

Date of broadcast: Friday, May 8, 2020

Recordings: YouTube Presentation |  YouTube Q&A  |  Tencent PresentationTencent 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.

 

7. Money Matters – University Billing & Health Insurance

Date of broadcast: Friday, May 22, 2020

Recordings: YouTube Presentation |  YouTube Q&A Tencent PresentationTencent Q&APDF icon  Transcript

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.

 

8. Academic Expectations and Advising (undergraduates)

Date of broadcast: Friday, June 12, 2020

Recordings: YouTube Presentation |  YouTube Q&A  |  Tencent Presentation |  Tencent Q&A |  PDF iconTranscript

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

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.


9.  Understanding Orientation Expectations, Responsibilities, and Placement Tests (undergraduates)

Date of broadcast:  !!CHANGE!!  Friday, June 26,  JULY 17, 2020

The University of Iowa recently (June 17) announced plans for the Fall 2020 semester. The three departments, which are part of this webinar presentation, therefore need more time to update their orientation plans and activities to reflect the new information.  We apologize for any inconvenience this rescheduling may cause, and we will look forward to you joining us on July 17!


8:00 am Webinar ID: 438-265-613   https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4VwCI2M8RQO6Sj96CZ-wvw

12:00 pm Webinar ID: 344-137-002  https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__Bcb81DOSHW-6UUlz9Uukw

Content Experts/Presenters: Orientation Services for Undergraduate Students, ISSS,  and English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

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

 

10. International Student Employment Options 

Date of broadcast: !!CHANGE!! Friday, July 10  July 24, 2020

The  ISSS will be conducting an important webinar presentation on July 10.  Webinar will discuss how the University plans for the Fall semester impact international graduate and undergraduate students. The most recent SEVP Guidance about the Fall 2020 semester will be discussed as well.  ISSS sent messages to  new international students  about the webinar.
We apologize for any inconvenience this rescheduling may cause, and we will look forward to you joining us on the employment webinar on July 24!

8:00 am Webinar ID:  779-676-971  https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pxUKFacrQtaibRHX46PaDw

12:00 pm Webinar ID:  763-416-112  https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UKsfL0Y4QXyXYgZLP1BBQA

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.

Student participant Testimonials


"Really appreciate the information that is being put through these webinars series. It has helped me a lot in visualizing my life on campus."
 

"It was very helpful to have people address problems which internationals might have specifically. The Q&A session was a particularly good idea because individual questions were answered too!"
 

"Initial presentation slides explained every aspect in detailed and Q&A session explained most of the questions I had regarding University environment, extra curricular events, certificate courses available etc. Feedback/answers from few people gave more insight and broad explanation."
 

"I really appreciate the fact that the school is putting the time and effort to help students settle in well. It is helpful and thank you a lot!"