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Semester in South India (video)
Semester in South India: Immersion in Gender, Health, Environment and Development 
Semester in South India: Immersion in Gender,
Health, Environment and Development
This fall, a group of adventurous students will leave the familiar surroundings of the University of Iowa for the bustling city of Mysore in South India, where they will explore India's rich classical heritage and the contemporary forces that are rapidly reshaping this powerful nation today. In this video, past University of Iowa participants share their experiences studying, traveling and participating in service learning on the Semester in South India program. Applications for fall 2013 are due April 15. Learn more. 

UICHR hosts Refugees in the Heartland Conference

 

refugees in the heartlandMark your calendars! April 4-7 the UI Center for Human Rights and International Programs will host the Provost's Global Forum Refugees in the Heartland. This exciting event will provide the public with an opportunity to learn about the unique experiences of refugees in the Midwest and be part of a conversation among leaders and policymakers to improve the resettlement process. The conference will kick off Thursday night with a cultural fair and keynote address by former U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Quinn in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. Visit here for information on registration and the full schedule of events.

On Integrating International Students

 
UI Global Buddies pairs international and domestic students 
In the fall of 2007, around 400international students came to the UI campus from their home countries to study. This fall, we welcomed almost 2,000. With this dramatic increase have come a number of challenges in successfully integrating international students into American college life. In his latest Dean's Blog, Downing Thomas explores some of the issues associated with facilitating meaningful domestic-international student interaction and a few of the new programs being developed here at Iowa. Thomas recently attended a conference session on the subject of international student integration, and this article by Inside Higher Ed discusses the root causes of this disconnect and offers some insight into the steps being taken by universities around the country (including the UI!) 
New online journal for MFA in Spanish Creative Writing Program
Iowa Literaria, the new electronic journal of the Master of Fine Arts in Spanish Creative Writing program launched Feb 26. The journal is designed to provide a space for articles on the creative writing process and literary pieces, as well as serving as a link between Iowa and the Spanish literary world for our state's growing Hispanic audience. Read more in this article by Iowa Now or check out the inaugural issue for yourself!
Dept. of Asian and Slavic Languages
receives prestigious grant

Congratulations to the faculty team in the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages at the University of Iowa on securing a $90,000 grant from STARTALK for their program "Bridging the Gap through Standards and Technology: STARTALK for Teachers." The program provides unique professional training for teachers of Russian as a foreign language in the United States. Read more about their project here.  

Tippie hosts workshop on
pronouncing Chinese names  
 
The Tippie College of Business is organizing several programs to help bridge the cultural gaps between faculty, staff, and international students, including a recent workshop on how to pronounce Chinese names. With 412 of their 497 international students hailing from China, Tippie recognized the need to specifically develop a better understanding of the Chinese language and culture. At the workshop, held in early February and drawing over 50 participants, presenter Xi Ma explained how to pronounce many common Chinese names and outlined the basic rules for pronouncing pinyin, the common method of representing Chinese characters in English. Read more. 
Upcoming program:
 
April 5, 2013, 5 p.m.
Old Capitol Senate Chamber 
 
Listen online to past programs or download programs for free on iTunes
 
IP Dean Downing Thomas awarded 
The Chinese Association of Iowa recently selected International Programs Dean Downing Thomas as an honoree of the International Education Leadership Award for his exemplary contribution to building global partnerships and international education. Read more.
UICHR finds new home in College of Law

After a semester of discussions, negotiations, and student-led protests against the closing of the UI Center for Human Rights, the university announced that the center will be preserved and moved to a new administrative home in the College of Law. It will maintain its current location in the Old Capitol Centre. Adrien Wing, a UI law professor with a focus in international human rights law, will take over as director in July. Read more.
2013 Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival moved to fall
 
This year, the annual UI Cultural Diversity Fest, normally a spring semester event, will be held Sun, Sept. 29, as a kick-off to homecoming week festivities. Read more. 
Who We Are

International Programs provides leadership and support for internationally-oriented teaching, research, creative work and community engagement. 
 
International Programs 
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