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

Release: Oct. 21, 2002

International Programs hosts seminar Oct. 24 on adjusting to life in the U.S.

University of Iowa international students will receive tips on U.S. culture during an interactive discussion session entitled, "Adjusting to Life in the USA" Thursday, Oct. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Buchanan Auditorium (W10) in the Pappajohn Business Building.

This session is a part of "Life in Iowa: An On-Going Orientation Series of Activities for New International Students," sponsored by the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) in collaboration with UI International Programs.

During the session, international students will receive tips on maintaining their own cultural values while adapting to the academic and professional environment in America. Students will also view an hour-long video, "Cold Water," developed by Boston University staff, featuring cultural adjustments made by international students during their stay in the U.S.

"This is an effort to give practical advice to international students so that they can make the most out of their stay in Iowa City, both academically and socially," said Helen Jameson, coordinator of the series.

Jameson will lead the session with Rashmi Gupta, a graduate assistant at International Programs. Discussion topics will include individualism, networking, equality, materialism and choices. Students will also be encouraged to participate by asking questions and raising issues.

For a complete schedule of fall events during the series, contact Jameson, International Student Program Coordinator, at (319) 335-3584 or helen-jameson@uiowa.edu.

OISS is part of International Programs, which is organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of International Programs (IP). IP is comprised of a number offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. These units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and to promote global scholarship, research and teaching.