The University of Iowa

Fall 2021 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 Zoom from the download center web page.
    Users in the mainland China need to use a client version available at https://zoom.com.cn/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 during this particular serier - 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 2021 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 Standard Time (CST)

08:00 Mexico, 11:00 Brazil, 14:00 UK, 15:00 Nigeria/Continental Europe, 17:00 Kenya, 19:30 India (New Delhi), 21:00 Vietnam, 22:00 China/ Malaysia, 23:00 South Korea       
  

  • 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central Standard Time (CST)

         12:00 Mexico, 15:00 Brazil, 18:00 UK, 19:00 Nigeria/Continental Europe, 21:00 Kenya/Saudi Arabia

 

1. GETTING STARTED AND MAKING TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

Date of broadcast: Friday, March 12, 2021 

8:00AM   Webinar ID:  999 1617 6491
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QhvJmuq-QAWBGWWSPNysJw
12:00PM  Webinar ID:  944 9560 2959
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vxCw5QYbSsiEwBJMkS8TMA

Content Experts/Presenters:  International Student and Scholar Services

Session Description:  In this live 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.  ACHIEVING SUCCESS: ON-CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT AND CULTURAL ADJUSTMENT (UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS)

Date of broadcast: Friday, March 19, 2021

8:00AM   Webinar ID:  976 1006 6875
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_b3tj4yVpSE2drZDm6RuwpQ
12:00PM  Webinar ID:  994 9444 1670
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_73K-6lQOQ3mtymeNi5NJgQ

Content Experts/Presenters:  MISSE & ISSS

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.

 

3. GRADUATE STUDENT PROFESSIONALIZATION AND SUPPORT

Date of broadcast: Friday, April 2, 2021

8:00AM   Webinar ID:  979 8095 2984
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7cOKzSEgRfecFDjr2tRuwQ
12:00PM  Webinar ID:  918 1171 8680
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1uz2DSz3QYqYBGTCi4mxfg

Content Experts/Presenters:  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.

 

4. UNDERSTANDING ORIENTATION EXPECTATIONS, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND PLACEMENT TESTS (GRADUATE STUDENTS) 

Date of broadcast: Friday, April 16, 2021

8:00AM   Webinar ID:  963 3332 5337
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DGr8AYQkTz-UcnJhwQLZnA
12:00PM  Webinar ID:  946 4535 4977
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-16sonJySD26dm7lfLxiAw

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

Session Description: In this live webinar, participants will learn about how to successfully participate in international graduate 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 graduate students. Participants will also hear 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.

 

5. OFF-CAMPUS LIVING AND SUPPORT

Date of broadcast: Friday, April 30, 2021

8:00AM   Webinar ID:  931 9475 8088
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KfJtaBtQT7CcL-VngPL2TA
12:00PM  Webinar ID:  993 6018 7658
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_E6ExYuKjT4C7XPmf7jsoRg

Content Experts/Presenters: Student Legal Services (SLS)

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 AND HEALTH INSURANCE

Date of broadcast: Friday, May 7, 2021

8:00AM   Webinar ID:  964 9972 5412
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lUvhKs3FQ8q9XQoS3zVyLw
12:00PM  Webinar ID:  940 2358 9015
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BxsbgV1uRimVeUkEmk4wwA

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. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EMPLOYMENT

Date of broadcast: Friday, May 21, 2021

8:00AM   Webinar ID:  943 9271 0740
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ls5tDTM6QmulyjZBsZLWGw
12:00PM  Webinar ID:  989 3968 2606
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PanWrlF3TT6Q69hT9nGwLA

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

Session Description:  Presenters in this webinar discussed 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 were covered.  Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) as off-campus employment options were covered in detail. 

 

8. ON-CAMPUS HOUSING ASSIGNMENTS AND MOVE-IN TIPS (UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS)

Date of broadcast: Friday, June 4, 2021

8:00AM   Webinar ID:  971 7499 3984
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fhTfAdaPQHuOQYaz8KIQOg
12:00PM  Webinar ID:  919 7375 5357
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hjuRqDoQTPaSOJ-oVY5mCA

Content Experts/Presenters: University Housing & Dining

Session Description:  In this webinar, participants will learn about on-campus housing application deadlines, how housing assignments work, about on-campus housing options 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.

 

9. STUDENT PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH, WELLNESS AND SAFETY

Date of broadcast: Friday, June 11, 2021

8:00AM   Webinar ID:  950 5463 8425
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fMBjYu0dRxqQY60EFTI6mg
12:00PM  Webinar ID:  933 7059 1719
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IeG1689bQ8S6qod8TFSOoA

Content Experts/Presenters: Student Health, Student Counseling Service, Student Wellness, Public Safety

Session Description:  In this webinar, participants will learn about how four University departments assist students in their health, mental health, wellness and safety concerns. Representative from each department will outline common student issues as well as provide helpful resources and contact information. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.

10. ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS (UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS)

Date of broadcast: Friday, June 18, 2021

8:00AM   Webinar ID:  993 8197 0713
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wOQIpW6EStmjdanFXJqMsQ
12:00PM  Webinar ID:  958 1904 9153
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aEtgwt0ITt6vmJx8IujQDw

Content Experts/Presenters: College of Liberal Arts Advising Department, 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.

 

11. UNDERSTANDING ORIENTATION EXPECTATIONS, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND PLACEMENT TESTS (UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS)

Date of broadcast: Friday, July 2, 2021

8:00AM   Webinar ID:  988 1896 5099
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wsaV4KnyQjO2O0UV1iaKgg
12:00PM  Webinar ID:  972 4252 5375
https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TQFrAVFeS2SFlacu2BTxYg

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 course, on-site international student orientation, and On Iowa! University-wide orientation program. During these three orientation programs, students learn about academic expectations and resources, Hawkeye traditions, and getting connected to the University. Participants will also learn about the English Proficiency Exam (EPE) for undergraduate students. There will be opportunities for 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!"