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Virtual Study Abroad Fair

Virtual Study Abroad fair banner, Feb 9-10

Welcome to the University of Iowa Virtual Study Abroad Spring Fair!

February 9-10, 2021

Paige Grissinger in Denmark

We are all itching to travel again. The virtual study abroad fair can help you plan for your study abroad experience. You'll learn more about Study Abroad at the University of Iowa through the following interactive webinars.

Virtual Fair Archive

Did you miss the fair?  The spring fair was not recorded, but if the presentation is available, it will be located with the session in the main Sessions list below.

Also check out the archived presentations from last fall's virtual fair - much of the content covered during the spring fair is available in the archived fall fair presentations (plus you'll find additional presentations held only in the fall). 

Access the Africa and Middle East presentation here.

Access the Australia and New Zealand presentation here.

Access the China, India, Japan & South Korea presentation here

Access the Eastern Europe presentation here

Access the France presentation here

Access the Germany, Austria & Netherlands presentation here

Access the Italy & Greece presentation here

Access the Latin America presentation here.

Access the Scandinavia presentation here.

Access the Spain & Portugal presentation here

Access the United Kingdom & Ireland presentation here 

PDF iconAccess the CIMBA presentation here 

PDF iconAccess the College of Engineering presentation here 

PDF iconAccess the College of Public Health presentation here

Access the Phi Beta Delta Honors Society presentation here. 

PDF iconAccess the Tippie College of Business presentation here 

PDF iconAccess the Archaeological Field Work Abroad: Sicily presentation here 

PDF iconAccess the City of Athens and Ancient Perspectives, Modern Eyes presentation here 

PDF iconAccess the Cultures of Spain presentation here 

PDF iconAccess the Iowa Hispanic Institute presentation here 

PDF iconAccess the Iowa in Tianjin presentation here 

PDF iconAccess the Irish Writing Program presentation here 

PDF iconAccess the Travel Writing from Home presentation here 

PDF iconAccess the Virtual International Medicine presentation here

Access the Global Internships presentation here

Access the IES Internships presentation here 

PDF iconAccess the ACT: American College of Thessaloniki presentation here

Access the CEA presentation here. 

PDF iconAccess the CIEE presentation here 

PDF iconAccess the IES Study Abroad presentation here 

PDF iconAccess the ISEP presentation here

PDF iconAccess the SIT presentation here 

PDF iconAccess the University of Minnesota presentation here

PDF iconAccess the USAC presentation here

Access the SACI: Studio Arts College International presentation here

Access the Scholarships & Financial Aid presentation here.

PDF iconAccess the Stanley & Fulbright presentation here

Sessions

Sessions are listed by topic. Some sessions occur on multiple days and at various times. 

Regions
UI Faculty-Led Programs
Internships
Finances

Regions

Nazira Coury in Morocco

Africa and Middle East 

Study abroad programs in Africa and the Middle East primarily focus on a global issues or language and cultural studies. These programs explore subjects such as global health, peace building, biodiversity, Arabic language, engineering, French, and development issues. You will learn about the organizations that offer these programs, the program locations, and the unique types of courses rarely taught in U.S. universities. 

 

Australia & New Zealand

This session will cover the various programs available in Australia and New Zealand for the fall, spring, academic year, or summer. You will learn about different locations and types of study abroad experiences in these countries in order to find the best option to meet your academic and personal goals. Study and intern abroad programs in Australia and New Zealand are open to all majors since all courses (except language classes) are taught in English. You can also fulfill general education requirements or earn certificate credit on these programs. 

 

China, India, Japan & South Korea

This session will cover the various programs available in China, Japan, and South Korea for fall, spring, and summer. You will learn about different locations and the different types of study abroad programs available in these countries in order to find the best option to meet your academic goals. Study abroad programs in China, Japan, and South Korea are open to all majors and minors but are a particularly good fit for Asian languages and literature, Korean studies, business, international relations, political science, English and creative writing, history, communications, and global health. 

 

Mikkia Graves in India at Taj Mahal

Eastern Europe 

Czech Republic, Estonia, and Russia all offer distinctive study abroad opportunities. Programs in these countries are in the historic cities of Prague, Tartu, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. In most programs, students enroll directly in the local universities and take their English-taught courses with both local students and other international students. Study abroad programs in Eastern Europe are a good fit almost any major but are particularly well suited for majors of art, art history, business, computer science, communication studies, education, history, international relations, music, and Russian language. 

 

France 

This session will cover programs available in France during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Many programs are focused on French language and culture; however, there are diverse course options and various programs open to all majors. Programs in France are a good fit for students completing language requirements in French; general education requirements; major or minor requirements in business, art history, psychology, communications, or international relations; and electives. 

 

Germany, Austria & Netherlands

This session will cover the various programs available in Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands for the fall, spring, academic year, and summer sessions. You will learn about the study abroad experiences available in these countries in order to find the best option to meet your academic and personal goals. Study abroad programs in Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands are an excellent match for all majors but are particularly good for business majors; and German majors/minors. All programs offer extensive coursework in English, though some German-language experience may be required for programs in Germany and Austria. 

 

Italy & Greece

This session will cover the various programs available in Italy and Greece for the fall, spring, and summer. Students learned about different locations and the different types of study abroad experiences in these countries in order to find the best option to meet your academic and personal goals. Study abroad programs in Italy and Greece are open to all majors but are a particularly good fit for business, communications, engineering, classics, art history, and studio art majors. 

 

CIMBA

CIMBA staff will provide details about their program located in Paderno del Grappa in the Veneto region of Italy. This program is a great fit for business and engineering students looking to earn University of Iowa academic credit while abroad. In this session you will learn about course offerings, the CIMBA campus and housing, the leadership institute, excursions, and scholarships.

 

Felicia Piper in Peru

Latin America

This session will cover study abroad programs from the Yucatan Peninsula south to Tierra del Fuego. The University of Iowa has a unique set of programs offered during the fall, winter, spring, and summer sessions with English- and Spanish-taught courses. Programs in Latin America align well with many programs of study but are a particularly good fit for Spanish majors and minors, business students, health studies majors, science majors, and environmental science and sustainability majors. 

 

Scandinavia 

Known as the land of the midnight sun, the countries of Scandinavia offer unique programs for University of Iowa students. All courses are taught in English. Programs in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden are appropriate for any major but align particularly well with business, education, English, environmental science, math, and psychology majors. 

 

Spain & Portugal

This session introduces you to the programs available in sunny Spain and Portugal during the fall, spring, and summer. With locations in bustling capital cities and coastal towns, these study abroad programs enable you to pursue a wide variety of courses, become involved in local communities, and interact with supportive onsite staff. Study abroad programs in Spain and Portugal align particularly well with majors in business, communications, engineering, journalism, psychology, and Spanish.

 

United Kingdom & Ireland

This session covers the various programs available in the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland for the fall, spring, academic year, and summer sessions. You will learn about the study abroad experiences available in these countries in order to find the best option to meet your academic and personal goals. Study abroad programs in the UK and Ireland are an excellent match for all majors but are particularly good for students majoring in business, communications, English and creative writing, engineering, history, and the sciences. Several programs also offer internship opportunities suitable for almost any major. 

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UI Faculty-Led Programs

A Virtual Literary Tour of Madrid

UI faculty leader Dr. Ana Rodríguez- Rodríguez will introduce A Virtual Literary Tour of Madrid, a Spanish-taught course being offered for the first time in Summer 2021. This course will explore writings produced by Spanish authors during the 20th and 21st centuries, in addition to movies, TV shows, and exhibitions inspired by or based on those writings. The course will focus mainly on books, movies, shows, etc. directly related to the city of Madrid and will include virtual visits to current and recent exhibitions in Madrid. You will have a chance to talk to several writers who will discuss their work and how the city of Madrid and its culture and literature have impacted their writings.

 

Crossroads of the Mediterranean: Exploring the Archaeology of Sicily (Italy)

Join Professor Glenn Storey to learn about the virtual course that will explore the archaeology of Sicily, from the paleolithic to the present. The main focus of the course will be on the Greco-Roman/Medieval archaeological remains of the Abbey of Gangivecchio, which has been the focus of University of Iowa investigations since 2000. It will feature virtual visits (including ongoing excavations directed by Dr. Christie Vogler, Lynchburg University) at Gangivecchio. We will see artifact analysis and curation at the local museum in Gangi, Sicily. Additionally, the course will include virtual visits to other famous archaeological sites in Sicily: Himera, Agrigento, Morgantina, Piazza Armerina, Selinunte and Syracuse.

 

Shakespeare's England (UK)

Join Professor Blaine Greteman and learn how to spend the summer studying abroad in Iowa. During the virtual course, Shakespeare’s England, get to know Shakespeare’s England through performances, readings, and live-streamed interviews and presentations with actors, directors, and scholars in London and Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-Upon-Avon. This course will fulfill the standard requirements for an undergraduate Shakespeare course for the English major. 

 

Virtual Abroad Experience: Cultures of Spain (Spain)

UI faculty leader Dr. Luis Martín-Estudillo will introduce Virtual Abroad Experience: Cultures of Spain, a Spanish-taught course being offered virtually for the first time in Summer 2021. The course will provide an overview of Spain’s cultural diversity through an interdisciplinary approach to the main issues that have defined its history and still shape its present. A substantial portion of the course will involve students’ direct interaction with guest presenters, a representative group of Spaniards who are prominent in fields such as politics, education, and the arts. The course will focus on the conflict between two antagonistic national projects: one that understands Spain as a homogeneous entity and one that advocates for a more pluralistic, inclusive view.

Miguel Cerritos in China

 

The Art of Collaboration

Join Professor John D’Agata to learn more about his unique Summer 2021 course on international collaboration. By examining and discussing some of the best artistic partnerships across a number of media - writing, dance, film, fashion, art, music, and performance – you will gain a better understanding of how collaboration really works. Each UI student in the course will be paired with a student abroad (from another culture) and embark on a four-week artistic collaboration project together. The results of each pairing will be presented at the end of the course in a celebratory showcase. Students from all fields across the University are welcome.

Download presentation from the Art of Collaboration session

 

Virtual Brazilian Carnival: Music and Dance (Brazil)

Professor Armando Duarte will lead this Summer 2021 course exploring samba and carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Through literature, videos, drumming, zoom presentations by experts in Brazil, and practice of the samba, students are exposed to all the dynamic aspects of carnival parades in Rio:  dance, music, historical and social contents, production, critical theories of performance, religious backgrounds, theatre making, and more. Learning both current traditions and centuries-old traditions, students are invited to interact, explore, critique, practice, and share their experiences as “online visitors” to this world-famous city. 

 

Women's Empowerment in the Dominican Republic (Dominican Republic)

The Dominican Republic is a beautiful island country in the Caribbean. However, it has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the region. This virtual course will explore the many existing services provided to women in the cities of Santo Domingo and Boca Chica. You will interact with service providers and recipients of their services. This multidisciplinary elective course is designed to prepare you to understand and address the complex issues associated with women’s empowerment, dealing with cross-culture issues, working with marginalized and at-risk young women. Join Senior Study Abroad Advisor Cory Petersen to learn how to participate in this unique virtual program. 

 

Internships

Global Internships

This session will present the variety of credit-bearing programs available worldwide for global internships. Both onsite and virtual global internships are available through a selection of partners for the fall, spring, or summer.  You will learn about the differences between the various internships programs and how to determine the best fit for your career goals and academic needs. 

 

Finances

Scholarships & Financial Aid

How much does study abroad cost? By participating in this session,you will learn what factors go into determining the cost of studying abroad and what funding is available to you. Teresa Kout, participant services specialist of Study Abroad, and Robert Upmeyer, assistant director of the Office of Student Financial Aid, will discuss how federal financial aid and UI tuition scholarships can be used towards studying abroad. They will also review the various scholarships and grants that are available specifically for UI students studying abroad. 

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Want more info?

Do you have questions about the fair?  Send them to study-abroad@uiowa.edu.  

Have general questions about study abroad?  Check out our Study Abroad FAQs.