University of Iowa

Spring 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 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.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 including 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). 

** If we happen to receive no  more than 2 registrations for a particular webinar session, the webinar may be operatively canceled 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.

 

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 savings Time (CDT)

07:00 Mexico, 10:00 Brazil, 13:00 UK, 14:00 Nigeria/Continental Europe, 16:00 Kenya, 18:30 India, 20:00 Vietnam, 
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/ Sri Lanka

 

1. On-Campus Housing and off-campus living

Date of broadcast: Friday, September 27, 2019 

Webinar Recording: YouTube Presentation YouTube Q&A  |  Tencent Presentation  |  Tencent Q&A  |  Text transcript

Content Experts/Presenters: University Housing & Dining, Student Legal Services

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.

 

2.  Getting started and making travel arrangements

Date of broadcast: Friday, October 11, 2019                        

Webinar Recording: YouTube Presentation  |  YouTube Q&A  |  Tencent Presentation  |  Tencent Q&A  |  Text transcript

Content Experts/Presenters:  International Student and Scholar Services

UPDATE : Please contact the University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) by DECEMBER 16  at this web site to reserve airport transportation for arrival during December 18 - January 12.  This is only for transportation between the Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) and Iowa City/ the University of Iowa. No other airports are served.

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.

 

3. Money Matters – University Billing & Health Insurance

Date of broadcast: Friday, October 18, 2019

8:00 AM Webinar ID   366 286 476   https://uiowa.zoom.com/webinar/register/WN_QeyUTk_DT-CcNXxBJ23hBg  

12:00 PM Webinar ID  895 131 042  https://uiowa.zoom.com/webinar/register/WN_Kl49J7lZSqiBDfAv3K7gvg

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.

 

4. Understanding orientation Expectations, Responsibilities, and Placement Tests (Graduate and undergraduate Students)

Date of broadcast: Friday, November 15, 2019

8:00 AM Webinar ID  289 492 277   https://uiowa.zoom.com/webinar/register/WN_Nor_8ng9QuaTVY0AfwgQQQ

12:00 PM Webinar ID  100 058 574  https://uiowa.zoom.com/webinar/register/WN_2BPS4L_yRXumaeNxeh6AfQ

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

Session Description:  In this webinar, both graduate and undergraduate participants will learn about how to successfully participate in international student orientation. We will also mention degree-level specific programs that help students find campus resources, meet other students, and work out the logistics of being new international students. Participants will also learn about the English Proficiency Exam (EPE) [both groups], English Speaking Proficiency Assessment (ESPA) and Teaching Assistant Preparation in English (TAPE) [graduate students only]. There will be opportunities for questions at the end of the webinar.


additional WEBINAR RECORDINGS:    

Due to not enough time to include more webinar topics this Fall, please find below recordings of additional topics that you may find useful in your preparation to be a new international student at the University of Iowa. 

Each recording is accompanied by a document with the most frequently asked questions on a given topic. The questions were answered by the presenters at the previous webinars, and complement each presentation with additional information on a given topic. 


5. academic expectations and advising (undergraduate students)

WEBINAR RECORDING (YouTube)  |  RECORDING (Tencent)  |  PDF iconFrequently Asked Questions (text file)

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.

6. international student employment options (both grad and undergrad)

WEBINAR RECORDING (YouTube)  |  RECORDING (Tencent)  |  PDF iconFrequently Asked Questions (text file)

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.

7.  ACHIEVING SUCCESS: ON-CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT AND CULTURAL ADJUSTMENT (UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS)

WEBINAR RECORDING (YouTube)  |  RECORDING (Tencent)  |  Frequently Asked Questions (file)

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

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.