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CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Reunion to help UI study abroad students readjust to campus life

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The UI Office for Study Abroad will host a "Re-entry Reunion" for the approximately 350 UI undergraduates who studied in more than 40 countriesduring the last academic year.

The "Re-entry Reunion," which will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27,in the International Center Lounge, will give students the opportunity to share their study abroad experiences and their thoughts upon returning.

"Re-entry into your home culture is not necessarily a straightforward, easy process," said Phil Carls, study abroad adviser. "Students discover that they've changed a great deal while they were abroad, and time hasn't stood still here, either. The dissonance between what they expect and what they find can be disconcerting. The re-entry reunion gives us a chance to thrash out some of these issues together."

In addition, Laurie Dufoe, associate director of placement for the UI Business and Liberal Arts Placement Office, will talk about international career opportunities and the presentation of an overseas experience to prospective employers.

The UI Office for Study Abroad administers study abroad programs and exchanges for the UI; and provides advising services for students interested in an international educational experience. The office also administers several scholarship competitions for international study and research. The office is located at 28 International Center and is open to students from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The UI Office for Study Abroad is located at 28 International Center on the UI campus. The International Center is located at the end of Ferson Avenue in Iowa City, off of Park Road or by foot up the stairway from Riverside Drive.

The UI Office for Study Abroad is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

For more information on the "Re-entry Reunion," call the Office for StudyAbroad at (319) 335-0353. If you would like to interview a student who has studied abroad as a feature, call Lois Gray, International Programs media relations specialist, at 335-2026.

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