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In This Issue
Herky has his passport; do you?

Herky gets his passport!

World Newspapers
About The Photos
Many of the photos in this newsletter were taken by students just like you and entered in our 2010 Photo Contest. Check out our website for details on how you can enter this year's contest.  The deadline for entries is Oct. 7, and there are cash prizes given for the best photo and the best essay by a study abroad student.
Hawks Abroad 
Summer 2011


Congratulations on your decision to study abroad. More than 350 University of Iowa students are studying or interning abroad this summer, and a similar number of students were abroad last spring. This newsletter is a way to keep in touch with you and bring to your attention a few items of interest.




WorkCome work with us!

The Office for Study Abroad will be hiring 2 outreach assistants to help us during the upcoming year. Primary tasks include giving talks and presentations to student groups, managing our Facebook page and our student blogs, and helping us with our photo and essay contests.


We will also be hiring 2 peer assistants, whose duties include providing help to UI students who visit our resource room looking for a good study abroad program, and also working on projects for study abroad advisors.


The current rate of pay is $8.75 per hour, and most of our assistants work 10-15 hours per week. Applications are available in the Returnees section of our website.

Annah Vollstedt, 1st Prize, 2010 Photo Contest,

Annah Vollstedt, 1st Prize, 2010 Photo Contest, "Porta Negra/Hats" (Brazil)

GlobalWant to be a Global Buddy?

 The Global Buddies program run by the Office for Study Abroad matches returned study abroad students with international exchange students who come to Iowa City from our partner universities abroad.  


There are lots of group activities planned, including weekly gatherings at a local coffee shop, and short trips to places of interest (last year we went to the Kalona Fall Festival, to Dubuque for the Mississippi River Museum and skiing, and to Maquoketa Caves for a picnic, for example). Becoming a Global Buddy is a way to lend a hand to a new international student on campus next year, and have lots of fun. Please consider applying (you'll find the application on our website). 

ClassNew course this fall

A new class of particular interest to returning study abroad students is 008:163 The Pleasure and Pain of Travel, taught by Professor Marie Kruger. Here's a brief overview: 


"In the 21st century everybody travels. Backpacking in Nepal, studying abroad in London or spring break in Cancun are some of the many forms of travel that have become routine in our lives. But not all of us travel with the same light luggage. Journeys across geographical and cultural boundaries take on many different shapes: from the leisure activity of travel to the movements of people escaping from war and poverty and the violent displacement of Africans during slavery."


If you're interested, go to ISIS for a complete course description. 

Austin Dunn, 2nd Prize, 2010 Photo Contest,

Austin Dunn, 2nd Prize, 2010 Photo Contest, "Swazi Maidens" (Swaziland)


The Office for Study Abroad offers a re-entry reunion at the beginning of every semester to welcome back returning study abroad students and give information about keeping international experiences alive back on campus as well as advice about cultural adjustment back to life in Iowa.


We will send you an email announcement about the event in mid-August, at about the time the fall semester begins. All students returning from a study abroad experience are encouraged to attend.


You also may want to check out our web pages for returnees from abroad

You can help the Office for Study Abroad improve its programs and services for students by completing a program evaluation when your study abroad program has ended. It only takes a few minutes, and you will be doing us - and future study abroad students - a favor. Thanks!

Amanda Adams, 3rd prize, 2010 Photo Contest,

Amanda Adams, 3rd prize, 2010 Photo Contest, "Unperturbed" (China)

FacebookUI Abroad Facebook page

Here's a way to connect with other UI students overseas and again when you are back on campus. Please have a look at our page and join us, or search Facebook for "University of Iowa Study Abroad".

NewsBack on the Farm:
Local and National News


Euforquestra performs in concert

Euforquestra in concert  


Iowa City Area News


Put on your dancing shoes. The City of Iowa City's "Summer of the Arts" has been offering free Friday night concerts near the Ped Mall fountain since late May. When you return to campus this August, you can see some of the hottest bands of the summer perform: Orquesta Alto Maiz on August 19, Bermuda Road + OSG on August 26, and Euforquestra on September 2.

 Economic gloom. Whirlpool Corporation announced plans to lay off 350 employees at its refrigerator plant in the Amanas. The same day, Roberts Dairy announced plans to close its Iowa City milk production facility. About 50 employees will be affected.


Hoops heartbreak. Junior College All-American Anthony Hubbard, who transferred to Iowa this summer and was expected to play an important rôle in rebuilding the UI basketball team, has left the Hawkeyes, explaining he wants to be "closer to home." 



National News

Debt Ceiling Debate. The United States government faces default on its debt if the President and Congress cannot reach a compromise agreement on raising the debt ceiling by the beginning of August. The debate is highly politicized because of the upcoming presidential elections in 2012, and neither party wishes to appear weak by surrendering their core positions. Economists warn that a default on the U.S. debt could have a very negative economic impact around the world and especially in the U.S.
Newspaper misdeeds. The scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch's media empire and cell-phone hacking in the United Kingdom has reached U.S. shores with the resignation of Les Hinton, CEO of Dow Jones & Company and publisher of the Wall Street Journal. Hinton was chairman of Murdoch's British newspaper enterprise when the phone hacking took place.
Hawks Abroad is sporadically published by the Office for Study Abroad at the University of Iowa and sent to UI students overseas.

Comments and suggestions about Hawks Abroad are welcome. Please contact the Office for Study Abroad by e-mail or phone +319-335-0353.