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 (closer to the webinar date or on the date).
  5. Connect to the webinar 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the webinar. This is mostly in case you have any issues connecting. 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.
  7. Ask questions during the webinar using Q&A function.
  8. Give us your feedback at the end of the webinar - thank you!
  9. Learn more about how to join a webinar.

Schedule and Session Description

Each webinar will be presented live twice a day (8:00am and 12:00pm). 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, 16:00 Kenya, 18:30 India, 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

 

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. graduate student professionalization and support

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019         

8:00 AM  Webinar ID: 359-521-070   https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_unUr-EqkSsWftASHklo8Eg

12:00 PM Webinar ID: 363-156-684   https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LVNFDLsMT62Ub82N-q2NbQ

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: Friday, April 12, 2019                        

8:00 AM  Webinar ID:  114-973-696   https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DO55qgUNRNGJa1m_jh6g2A

12:00 PM  Webinar ID: 232-593-281   https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9dRP0jIxSDinSal67YZ6tg

Content Experts/Presenters: University Housing & Dining

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.

 

3. Getting started and travel tips

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019

8:00 AM Webinar ID: 524-367-242  https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_65_BnJaVREOpAy2ns16DOg

12:00 PM Webinar ID: 650-422-500 https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MlHesQHOQpCDEUCWdk-lsg

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: May 3, 2019

8:00 AM Webinar ID:  419-245-166  https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bl_B1BxbTOKONWFjmHTYJA

12:00 PM Webinar ID:  686-378-547 https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wlx0KJn0R1K4rDPxfRvWNQ

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: May 17, 2019

8:00 AM Webinar ID:  585-735-340   https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UM-DRfM1TF21ESIl2YU08Q

12:00 PM Webinar ID:  315-714-394   https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9JY8ezajTQeZ9Hk_JnR0_g

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: Friday, May 31, 2019

8:00 AM  Webinar ID:  806-688-919  https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_prtL-aiXQkWuN3TvQMWZhw

12:00 PM Webinar ID:  777-784-380  https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2sJQ4155RoeOG07yP9g9-A

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: Friday, June 14, 2019

8:00 AM  Webinar ID:  757-221-542  https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yMFPyR_RSsmWgU5YQlkUHA

12:00 PM Webinar ID:  626-315-521  https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ApDk-o1RQEqECrQQHHEndA

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

8:00 AM  Webinar ID:  435-119-695   https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4rj6YpciTsqUZy1NOLBUEA

12:00 PM Webinar ID:  154-156-401   https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_efdFL-Q5QFqLh0BzWQK8Rg

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

8:00 AM Webinar ID:  856-525-708   https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6Qyw_cvXR1-DHbwJ1pZanw

12:00 PM Webinar ID:  919-456-737   https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_01xuhx5UTMeM_oV4w4JZAQ

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

8:00 AM   Webinar ID: 840-375-324  https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Iwz2YVFEQkSyvHDox2_Dxw

12:00 pm  Webinar ID: 320-316-083   https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YNYeu8XOTu-w9sc_aVCBzQ

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.