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

Release: August 10, 1999

Orientation helps new international students adjust to campus, community

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Everything from a health care session to a hoe-down will be part of orientation activities designed for new international students arriving at the University of Iowa this fall.

The University of Iowa Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) expects an estimated 375 new international students on campus this August. To help these students adjust to life on an American campus, the OISS has planned a comprehensive orientation program, including a series of informational sessions and social activities.

The orientation runs from Aug. 12 - 25 and begins with a free lunch for all new international students at noon Aug. 12 in the International Center Lounge. Following the lunch, there will be welcoming remarks by UI officials. Gary Althen, OISS director, will continue the afternoon’s presentations with a discussion about adjusting to a new culture.

Other events planned for 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.

The UI enrolls approximately 1,600 international students each year from nearly 100 countries ranging from Brazil to China and 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.

A complete calendar of international student orientation events is available from the Office of International Students and Scholars by calling Mei-Yeh Chang at 335-0348 or Lois Gray with International Programs Media Relations and Publications at 335-2026. If you would like to arrange an interview with new international students, call Gray at 335-2026.

Following is a partial listing of international student orientation events that may be of interest:

Friday, August 13

3:30 to 5 p.m.: Orientation fair in the International Center Lounge. There will be booths and representatives from approximately 30 university and community organizations, including UI recreational services, the Tenant-Landlord Association, Information Technology Services, UI Libraries, Iowa City Public Library, Community Coordinated Child Care (4Cs), and several local banks.

5:00 to 6:30 p.m.: Picnic for new international students.

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Hoe-down in the International Center Lounge. International students will learn a variety of traditional American square dances.

Saturday, Aug. 21

8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.: International Center staff will escort a group of new international students on a bus trip to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.

Wednesday, Aug. 25

4 to 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 photos taken with President Coleman.