University of Iowa

Spring 2019 Pre-Arrival Webinar Series

The Pre-Arrival Webinar Series is an optional webinar series provided to new international students before they arrive 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 life and academics at the University of Iowa  

How to Join a Webinar

  1. Download the Zoom app here: https://zoom.us/download.
  2. Connect to the webinar 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the webinar. This is mostly in case you have any issues connecting. 
  3. Learn more about how to join a webinar.

Schedule and Session Description

There are 5 topics in the Spring 2019 webinar series. Each webinar will be presented live twice a day (8:00am and 12:00pm). Below are samples of times when webinars will be presented in various world time zones. 

  • 08:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time

           08:00 El Salvador, 10:00 Bolivia, 17:00 Kenya, 19:30 India, 22:00 China/ Malaysia, 23:00 South Korea
         

  • 12:00 pm U.S. Central Standard Time

           12:00 AM El Salvador, 14:00 Bolivia, 18:00 UK/ Nigeria, 19:00 Continental Europe, 21:00 Kenya/Saudi Arabia, 23:30 India

 

The live webinars will also be recorded and posted on our website after captioned (with subtitles). If you have any questions regarding the webinars, please contact Andrea Siebenmann, ISSS Advisor and webinar coordinator (andrea-siebenmann@uiowa.edu). 
 

1. On-campus Housing and Off-campus Living

Date: Friday, September 21, 2018         

WEBINAR RECORDING:    YouTube (full recording incl. Q&A) |  Tencent Presentation  |   Tencent Q&As   |   PDF iconTranscription

Content Experts/Presenters: University Housing; Off-campus Student Support Committee
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. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.

 

2. Getting Started and Making Travel Arrangements

Date: Friday, October 5, 2018                           

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

Content Experts/Presenters: International Student and Scholar Services
Session Description: In this webinar, participants will learn about iHawk and MyUI – two systems that students will use to start preparing for coming to the University of Iowa. Participants will also learn about the Pre-arrival Checklist. We 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 questions at the end of the webinar.

 

3. Understanding Orientation Expectations, Responsibilities, and Placement Tests

Date: Friday, November 2, 2018

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

Content Experts/Presenters: Orientation Services; International Student and Scholar Services; Graduate College; English as a Second Language Program
Session Description:  In this webinar, participants will learn about how to successfully participate in international student orientation and university-wide new student orientation programs that help students find campus resources, meet other students, and work out the logistics of being international students. Participants will also hear about placement tests, the English Proficiency Exam (EPE) for undergraduate students, and English Speaking Proficiency Assessment (ESPA) and Teaching Assistant Preparation in English (TAPE) for graduate students. There will be opportunities for questions at the end of the webinar. 

 

4. Money Matters – University Billing & Health Insurance

Date: Friday, November 16, 2018

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

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.

 

5. Academic Expectations

Date: Friday, November 30, 2018

WEBINAR RECORDING:  YouTube Presentation  |  YouTube Q&A  |  Tencent Presentation  |  Tencent Q&A  | Transcription

Content Experts/Presenters: Academic Advising Center; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Curriculum & Academic Policy
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.