international alumni


2024 International Student Graduation Celebration recognizes student achievements

Tuesday, May 14, 2024
To honor international graduates from fall 2023, spring 2024, and summer 2024, the University of Iowa (UI) held the 2024 International Student Graduation Celebration on Wednesday, May 8, in the International Ballroom at the Iowa Memorial Union. Over 170 people attended the event, which was hosted by Nandita Nair, a graduate student in mathematics, and Nico Sheck, a graduate student in education.
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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.
Erik Snider

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.
Karen Bjøro

Global Alumni Spotlight Series features global nursing leader Dr. Karen Bjøro 

Monday, September 18, 2023
Dr. Karen Bjøro (PhD gerontological nursing ‘08), a leader in global nursing and health policy, will join International Programs on October 30 in this virtual talk as part of our Global Alumni Spotlight Series.
Jason Lammer with family

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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Academic & Scholarly Achievement Award winner Bhavya Vats reflects on college experience

Monday, June 5, 2023
Bhavya Vats, a recent recipient of a BSE in biomedical engineering (BME) from the University of Iowa, was awarded an Academic & Scholarly Achievement Award at the 2023 International Student Graduation Celebration. Learn more about Vats through this Q&A piece.  
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NPR “Artist to Watch” Jichen Zhang pursued musical excellence at Iowa

Friday, May 26, 2023
Jichen Zhang, from Weihai, China, earned a doctoral degree from the University of Iowa (UI) in 2023 and was named one of Slingshot's 2023 Artists to Watch by National Public Radio (NPR).  
Qianyi He

Qianyi He, speech & hearing science grad, reflects on experience as an international student at Iowa

Thursday, May 25, 2023
Qianyi He, from Suzhou, China, recently received her BA in speech & hearing science and psychology from the University of Iowa (UI). She reflects on how the UI prepared her to pursue a clinical doctorate in audiology.
Sawsan Daws

UI encouraged alumna Sawsan Daws to continue leading in STEM

Monday, February 20, 2023
Originally from Saudi Arabia, Daws chose to pursue her undergraduate studies in STEM at the UI because she was intrigued by the research facilities and resources the UI offered to its students. 

How Iowa prepared Olivier Munyeshyaka to become an African investor

Monday, January 30, 2023
Olivier Munyeshyaka obtained a master’s degree in accountancy at the UI and currently works at the Rwanda Innovation Fund, a government-funded investment firm which invests in technology startups across Africa.