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A conversation with Iowa alumnus and Rhodes Scholar Jeffrey Ding on his global career

Monday, June 24, 2024
International Programs (IP) staff met with Jeffrey Ding (BA Chinese, BBA economics, BS political science ’16) where he talked about his journey towards a global career. Starting at the University of Iowa (UI), where he seized international opportunities, Ding's path led him to graduate studies at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Now an assistant professor of political science at George Washington University, Ding offered valuable advice for Iowa students with global aspirations and reflected on how IP supported him along the way.
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Fulbright recipient Dawn Thomas reflects on her impactful work teaching English and art in Spain

Thursday, June 13, 2024
Dawn Thomas (MAT secondary English education ‘23) was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for 2023-24. Originally set to embark on her teaching journey in Israel, unforeseen circumstances led to the cancellation of her assignment. She is now serving as an English language assistant and English art assistant for students ranging from 3 years old through those in sixth grade, who speak Spanish and Gallego, in Galicia, Spain.
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How studying abroad opens doors to international careers

Friday, March 29, 2024
The value of studying abroad while at college extends beyond the classroom and has the potential to pave the way for an exciting international career.
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International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) turns 10

Thursday, March 28, 2024
About 100 people gathered to celebrate the International Student Advisory Board and express gratitude to outstanding individuals and teams whose hard work and efforts have enhanced the experiences of international students at Iowa.
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Alumna Shuhita Bhattacharjee: How Iowa helped her develop innovative, inclusive, and ethical pedagogy

Thursday, February 29, 2024
Shuhita Bhattacharjee received her PhD in English from the University of Iowa in 2015. Now working as an assistant professor of English literature & gender studies in India, she reflects on her time at Iowa and working in higher education.
Walid Rachedi

A transatlantic collaboration in creative writing leads to bilingual podcast

Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Walid Rachedi initiated a collaboration between Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program and Paris 8 University’s MFA Program in creative writing, which went from virtual exchange to nonfiction podcast in English and French.
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Global Alumni Spotlight Series features global public relations leader Erik Snider

Wednesday, January 3, 2024
Erik Snider (MA sports, health, leisure, and physical studies ‘96; BA journalism and religious studies ‘94), a leader in global public relations, will join International Programs on January 24 in this virtual talk as part of our Global Alumni Spotlight Series.
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From language learner to language educator: how study abroad ignited a global career spanning three decades

Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Three decades ago, Melissa Ferrin (BA political science and Spanish ’95) participated in a study abroad program in Chile as a language learner. She currently teaches English at a small engineering school in Mexico called Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca (UTM).
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Friend of International Programs Richard J. Tyner keeps giving, ensuring more Hawkeyes go abroad

Thursday, December 7, 2023
Richard “Dick” J. Tyner (BA French, political science ’70) established the Richard J. Tyner Scholarship to support undergraduate study abroad students in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in a world language, political science, international relations, or international studies.
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Decades-long friendship with Chinese President Xi Jinping powered by citizen diplomacy

Wednesday, December 6, 2023
University of Iowa alumna and recipient of the UI International Impact Award in 2020, Sarah Lande (BA and MBA) is a true global Hawkeye. She shared details of her reunion with Mr. Xi during his recent visit to the U.S.
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First-generation graduate reflects on two decades of living overseas

Thursday, September 7, 2023
Since graduating from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 2002, Jason Lammer, an Iowa City native, has been living and working abroad for almost two decades as an English language educator and business owner.
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Former dentist transitioned into a well-rounded researcher at Iowa, leads to position at NIH

Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Azeez Alade, a native of Nigeria, received a PhD in epidemiology from Iowa. He will soon start a clinical fellowship at the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.