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

Release: Immediate

UI welcomes new international students to campus, community

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Vice Provost Joe Knight will officially welcome an estimated 70 new international students coming to the UI for the spring semester Monday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge.

This welcome is the beginning of a week-long orientation program Jan. 12-16 for new international students, organized by the University of Iowa Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).

During his welcoming remarks Knight will give advice to new international students on how to successfully adapt to life at the University of Iowa and in the local community. OISS Director Gary Althen will also welcome the new students and offer suggestions for adjusting to a new culture.

Prior to the welcoming address, new students will receive a free lunch, thanks to donations from the following: Cancun Mexican Restaurant, China Garden, Cub Foods, Domino's Pizza, Easy Place, Econofoods, Hunan, IMU Food Service, India Cafe, Masala, Perkins, Pizza Pit, Taste of China and Yen Ching.

The welcoming address is just one of many orientation activities planned for the new students. Other activities include information sessions on immigration regulations, computers and health care, a library tour and an Iowa City bus tour.

Approximately 22 international students and community members volunteer to help with international orientation week at the UI.

"The object is to make the adjustment to U.S. culture and the U.S. academic system as smooth as possible," says John Rogers, OISS international student adviser. "In order to do that, we offer what we think are critical topics of information for new people. We want to convey the idea to new students that if they encounter problems or have questions about anything, the OISS is the place to start to solve those problems or answer those questions."

OISS provides information, services and programs that help international students and scholars benefit from their stays in Iowa. The office also seeks to foster constructive relationships among international and other members of the university community. Student advisers provide orientation for international students and scholars, immigration advising, financial counseling, conflict resolution and crisis intervention.

OISS is part of UI International Programs, which consist 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.

The OISS is located in the International Center on the UI campus. The International Center is located at the end of Ferson Avenue in Iowa City, off of Park Road.

For a complete schedule of events or more information, call Lois Gray, International Programs, at 335-2026 or Mei-yeh Chang, OISS Orientation Coordinator, at 335-0335.

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