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International Programs to host conversation with UI alumna Meembo Changula - Sept. 15

Join us for the sixth installment in our Global Alumni Spotlight Series featuring alumna Meembo Changula (MS urban and regional planning '10).
Chelsea and Inés, Glasgow, 2016

Lifelong friendships and career success attributed to study abroad experience

Chelsea Prestien, an alum who earned a BA in journalism and mass communication in 2013, took a chance to study abroad which has made a lasting impact on her ever since.
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Global Alumni Spotlight series to discuss Ukrainian experience - June 22

Join International Programs for the fifth installment in their Global Alumni Spotlight Series featuring alumnus Geoffrey D'Souza (BS political science ‘01). D'Souza will talk with UI International Programs Associate Provost and Dean Russ Ganim about his experiences living and working in Ukraine and how the country has changed over the course of the past 20 years.
Briana in Berlin during the final months of her two-year research stay in Berlin, funded with external grants from the DAAD and Free University of Berlin, April 2015.

Donor-funded UI research experiences lead to Harvard and book deal

The recipient of multiple student funding research awards while at Iowa, Briana Smith attributes many of her successes to her time at Iowa and the support she received from faculty and staff mentors.
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International students celebrate accomplishments at affinity graduation ceremony

In a celebration of perseverance, accomplishment, and their collective experiences, international students at the University of Iowa held an affinity graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 12.
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UI alumna Megan Lederman awarded Fulbright to Vietnam

Megan Lederman, who received a BA with a double major in English and creative writing (emphasis in Native American literature) and French from the University of Iowa in May 2019, is the winner of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Award to Vietnam for 2022-23.
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From the farms of Iowa to the farms of India

Trained as a chemical engineer both in India and in the United States, A. K. Parameswaran (MBA ‘89) entered the University of Iowa MBA program in 1987 with a prestigious scholarship. Currently holding an executive management position in India’s agricultural industry, Parameswaran says he has used what he learned from the Iowa MBA almost every day in his career over the past three decades.
Elisha Smiley, lecturing instructor of baking and pastry arts at the Culinary Institute of America

‘Culinary spark’ from study abroad experience inspired UI alum Elisha Smiley to pursue career as pastry chef and instructor

As an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa, Elisha Smiley (BBA accounting ’01; MAc accounting ’02) studied abroad in Dijon, France. It was a semester filled with learning to adapt, meeting new friends, and expanding her worldview, but perhaps most impactful was the connection she made to food. This connection helped to spark a career change from accounting to that of pastry chef and instructor.
Lauren Smiley in India, where she reported a story

Award-winning freelance journalist on the impact of her study abroad experience

Lauren Smiley (BA journalism and mass communication; Spanish ’05) is an award-winning freelance journalist (https://laurensmiley.contently.com/) based in San Francisco, California. Writing for publications such as WIRED, The Atlantic, and The New York Times, Smiley feels her study abroad experience in Guadalajara, Mexico, as an undergraduate at Iowa helped her build skills that contribute to her success writing in-depth magazine stories—namely navigating the arrival in a new community with grace and resourcefulness. We caught up with Marion, Iowa, native Smiley to learn more about her study abroad experience and how it shaped her personally and professionally.

Donor spotlight: Drs. Joel and Sandra Barkan

The generosity of Drs. Joel and Sandra Barkan led to the creation of a scholarship for undergraduate students to study abroad in non-Western countries. Both Sandra (PhD comparative literature ’84), formerly comparative literature professor and associate dean of the Graduate College, and her late husband, Joel, political science professor, had distinguished careers at Iowa and helped to infuse international education on campus.

New doors to professional opportunities due to study abroad experience

Deja Williams (BA journalism and mass communication ’20) reflects on the importance of her global internship in London—an experience that expanded her worldview and opened new doors to professional opportunities, including her current role as public relations coordinator at Cashmere Agency.

Virtual Homecoming 2021 announcement

Virtual Homecoming is a chance to keep the Hawkeye spirit alive by sharing a "homecoming message" with the UI community, regardless of where you are in the world.