CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Orientation helps new international students prepare for life at
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Several hundred incoming University of Iowa students
will not only be new to the university and to the state of Iowa, but will
also be new to the United States. The UI Office of International Students
and Scholars (OISS) expects about 325 new international students to arrive
on campus this week and has planned a series of informational programs
and social activities designed to help them adjust to life on an American
The orientation runs from Thursday, August 13 through Wednesday, August
26 and begins with a free lunch for all new international students at noon
on August 13 in the International Center courtyard. Following the lunch,
Gary Fethke, dean of the College of Business, will give a brief welcome
address in which he will offer his thoughts on how to have a successful
academic career at the UI. Gary Althen, OISS director, will continue the
afternoon's presentations with a discussion about adjusting to a new culture.
Other events planned for the orientation include an "Iowa City
Food Sampler"; an orientation fair with information and representatives
from a variety of university and community organizations; a picnic; a hoe-down;
a bus trip to the Iowa State Fair; information sessions on immigration
regulations and health care and insurance in the U.S.; an immunization
clinic; tours of the Main Library and Weeg computing center; and a reception
with UI President Mary Sue Coleman.
"Our goal is to give new international students the information
and support they need to feel comfortable in this new environment,"
said John Rogers, OISS international student adviser. "We try to teach
some 'survival skills' for the first weeks of classes and inform students
about services available on campus as well as in the Iowa City community.
We also try to provide opportunities for new students to mingle with other
students and members of the community so they can begin to develop a network
The UI enrolls approximately 1,600 international students each year
from nearly 100 countries ranging from Brazil to China to Romania. An additional
400 international scholars annually conduct research or teach at the UI.
OISS 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.
Following is a partial listing of international student orientation
events that may be of interest:
Thursday, August 13
12-1:30 p.m.: Free lunch hosted by First National Bank in the International
5:30-7 p.m.: "An Iowa City Food Sampler" hosted by Iowa State
Bank with a variety of foods available from local restaurants.
Friday, August 14
3:30-5 p.m.: Orientation Fair, with booths and representatives from
23 university and community organizations including Community Coordinated
Child Care, Iowa City Public Library, Iowa City Recreation Center, Crisis
Center, Student Legal Services, Hancher Auditorium, Office of Student Life,
and Student Health Service.
5-6:30 p.m.: Picnic in the International Center courtyard, hosted by
6:30-9:30 p.m.: Hoe-down in the International Center Lounge. International
students will learn a variety of traditional American square dances.
Sunday, August 16
8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.: International Programs staff will escort a group of
new international students on a bus trip to the Iowa State Fair in Des
Wednesday, August 26
4-5:30 p.m.: President's Reception in the South Room of the Iowa Memorial
Union. UI President Mary Sue Coleman hosts a reception to officially welcome
new international students. Students are invited to bring their cameras
and have their pictures taken with President Coleman.
A complete calendar of events is available from the Office of International
Students and Scholars, (319) 335-0335.