The University of Iowa

Spring 2021 Pre-arrival Webinar Recordings

Spring 2021 Webinar recordings

1. Getting Started and Making Travel Arrangements

Date of broadcast: Friday, October 9, 2020 

Recording:  Presentation YouTube/ Tencent     Q&A YouTubeTencent    PDF iconTranscript

Content Experts/Presenters:  International Student and Scholar Services


2.  Money Matters – University Billing & Health Insurance

Date of broadcast: Friday, October 23, 2020

Recording:  Presentation YouTube/ Tencent     Q&A YouTubeTencent    PDF iconTranscript

Content Experts/Presenters:  University Billing and the Benefits Offices


3. On-Campus Housing and Off-Campus Living 

Date of broadcast: Friday, November 6, 2020

Recording:  Presentation YouTube/ Tencent     Q&A YouTubeTencent    PDF iconTranscript

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


4. Understanding Orientation Expectations, Responsibilities, and Placement Tests 

Date of broadcast: Friday, December 4, 2020

Recording:    Presentation YouTube/ Tencent   |  Q&A YouTubeTencent    |    PDF iconTranscript

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


5. COVID-19: Campus Safety and University Resources

Date of broadcast: Friday, January 8, 2021

Recording:   PDF icon Presentation PowerPoint |   PDF iconTranscript

Additional short videos associated with this topic, created for all students and campus community by the University of Iowa:
What to Expect When You Return to the Classroom
What to Do When You Get Sick
COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Reporting
Custodial Cleaning Practices

Content Experts/Presenters: Student Health Services, University Counseling Services, Housing and Dining, Academic Advising Center, ISSS 

Session Description: In this webinar, participants will learn about the measures that the University of Iowa has taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus and to protect students, faculty and employees. Panelists from different campus departments will share resources that will help new international students prepare for class attendance and living in the community. There will be opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.

Pre-recorded Presentations

The following presentations were recorded during the preceding pre-arrival webinar series for students beginning their program in the Fall 2020. You may hear a handful fo references to that semester. While we regret the inconvenience, the content itself is of most importance and benefit for those starting their program in the Spring 2021. We hope you find these recordings useful as well.

Achieving Success: On-campus Engagement and Cultural Adjustment (Undergraduates)

Recordings:  YouTube (presentation); YouTube (student experiences)

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

Session Description:  The webinar discusses the benefits and the opportunities to get involved on campus, and how involvement can help with cultural adjustment. Current international students shared their involvement experience on campus and highlighted how this supported their adjustment. 

Academic Expectations and Advising (Undergraduates)

Recording:  YoutTube (presentation)

Content Experts/Presenters: Academic Advising Center, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Department

Session Description:  This webinar covered academic expectations for studying in the U.S. and at the University of Iowa specifically. It highlighted the behaviors that help students to be successful and offered an introduction to academic advising at the University of Iowa. 

International Student Employment Options 

Recording:  YouTube (presentation)

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.