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

Release: February 26, 1999

UI students eligible to apply for two free week-long visits to German university

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa has been given two free week-long visits--June 27 to July 3, 1999--to the Renaissance Hotel Summer Academy at Dortmund University (DU) in Germany.

Two UI students will be chosen to receive free round-trip tickets and free hotel accommodations at the Renaissance Hotel. Program costs for this summer academy will also be free. However, each student will need to have spending money in the amount of 400 DM (between $200-$250).

The DU and UI have a two-year-old linkage which has involved the Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, Art and Art History, the departments of American studies, German, chemical engineering, English, urban and regional planning, internal medicine, anthropology, computer science, statistics and actuarial science, and the Colleges of Engineering, Education and Business Administration.

According to Stephen Arum, assistant dean of International Programs, who recently attended Dortmund's 30th anniversary of its founding with Michael McNulty, associate provost and dean, International Programs, "We visited Dortmund with the plan to expand the linkage into other parts of both universities. This offer by the manager of the Renaissance Hotel was a generous surprise to us and all of Dortmund's sister universities."

The central theme of the weeklong visit will be "Dortmund and the Ruhr: A Region in Transition." It will feature lectures, workshops and site visits designed to get to know and understand the post-industrial transformation of Europe's foremost industrial region. Additionally, students will participate in classes together with Dortmund students, will be hosted by the mayor, the rektor, and the hotel, and do some sight-seeing. There will also be time to explore the city and region on their own, together with other members of the group, or with Dortmund hosts.

Applications for this opportunity are available from Stephen Arum, International Programs, 120 IC, (319) 335-0335. Application deadline is March 5.

International Programs consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.