Pre-Arrival Webinar Series

The Pre-Arrival Webinar Series is an optional webinar series provided to incoming international students before they arrive in Iowa City. The Pre-arrival Webinar series will prepare incoming international students to:

  • Arrange arrival plan for traveling 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

To get started, you'll want to download the Zoom app here: https://zoom.us/download. It is recommended you try to connect 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the webinar in case you have any issues connecting. Learn more about how to join a webinar.

2018 -2019 Pre-Arrival Webinar Series schedule

There are 11 topics in total. Each webinar will be presented live twice a day (8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.). Click here to find out the current time in Iowa City. Below are some comparisons to find out what time webinars are presented in your time zone. 

  • - 08:00 a.m. Central Standard Time = 21:00 China, 14:00 Western Europe, 22:00 South Korea
  • - 12:00 pm Central Standard time = 18:00 London, 18:00 Western Europe, 18:30 Indian Standard Time

The live webinars will also be recorded and posted on our website after captioned.If you have any questions regarding the webinars, please contact Shuhui Lin (shuhui-lin@uiowa.edu). 

Graduate Student Professionalization and Support

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Session Description: In this session, graduate students will learn about campus opportunities for professionalization and support. Dr. Jennifer Teitle will give an overview of how and why to use Iowa’s 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 at the end of the webinar.


Undergraduate Student On Campus Involvement

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


International Student Employment

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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.


Getting Started

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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, and have an opportunity to ask questions about the Pre-arrival Checklist, iHawk, and MyUI.


On Campus Housing

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Session Description: In this webinar, participants will learn about housing assignments, as well as the move-in process for international students. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.


Off-campus Living and Student Support

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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.


Making Travel Arrangements

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Session Description: This webinar session will offer some helpful tips and recommendations for preparing for your travel to the United States and the University of Iowa. Specifically, we will discuss packing, airport and airport transportation. Current UI students will join us to offer their observations and experience. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.


Money Matters – University Billing & Health Insurance

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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.


Understanding Orientation Expectations, Responsibilities, and Placement Tests – Graduate Students

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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.


Understanding Orientation Expectations, Responsibilities, and Placement Tests – Undergraduate Students

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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.


Academic Expectations – Undergraduate Students

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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.