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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 16, 2003

Students To Explore Global Opportunities At Study Abroad Fair Sept. 23

University of Iowa students can explore educational opportunities around the globe at the Study Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the second floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. The fair, organized by the Office for Study Abroad, will provide both graduate and undergraduate students information on study abroad programs in a wide variety of disciplines.

Study abroad officials were concerned that students would be apprehensive about studying abroad given recent world events. But Elizabeth Wildenberg, study abroad adviser and program coordinator, said the office has seen an increase in student interest in gaining more insight about other cultures and world events.

"Although some students were apprehensive about going abroad with the war in Iraq, those who did so found an even richer experience watching the U.S. from abroad," she said. "We have more students than ever walking through the door, and it seems as though our students have turned the events in Iraq and other recent conflicts into a keener interest in international issues."

The most recent study abroad statistics available show that 857 UI students studied, conducted research or worked abroad in 2001-2002, up 11 percent from the previous academic year. "The number of students going abroad has been steady, and it appears they will go up for spring 2004," said Wildenberg.

In conjunction with the Study Abroad Fair, the Office for Study Abroad, along with Universities Study Abroad Consortium and UI International Programs, is sponsoring a weeklong screening of "L'Auberge Espagnole" or "Euro Pudding," a French film about a student from Paris who studies in Barcelona and lives in a house with people from various different countries such as Spain, Germany and Italy. The film will be shown at the Bijou from Sept. 18 to 24.

"The film will be both entertaining and insightful for American students who are thinking about studying abroad," Wildenberg said. "It explores cultural interactions between students of different countries."

The film will be shown on the following dates and times: Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 21, at 9:30 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 22, at 9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the IMU Box Office the day of the show or can also can be charged to a student's U-Bill.

Students can also get information at the fair on the new international studies major launched this fall.

"We encourage international studies majors to study abroad by allowing them to apply credits earned during study abroad toward their major and by offering a $1,000 scholarship for study abroad after they have 12 semester hours toward their major" said Blythe Burkhardt, academic programs coordinator at International Programs.

A new program is also being offered this year to undergraduate students by The Iowa Regents Semester in Australia. Students can study a wide array of courses in the arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences, business and engineering for a semester at the University of Newcastle or the University of Tasmania.

Students will have an opportunity to interact with international visitors from Wales, Ireland and Tasmania to learn about some of the 70 study abroad programs sponsored by the University of Iowa. These tables will also be staffed with students who have returned from programs abroad, program directors and study abroad advisers to help answer students' questions. There will also be representatives from some of the 33 external institutions sponsoring programs for study abroad this year.

For more information about study abroad opportunities or to make an appointment with a study abroad advisor, contact the Office for Study Abroad, 120 International Center, 319-335-0353. Or visit its web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiabroad/.

More information on specific programs or countries is available in the Study Abroad Resource Room, 126 International Center, which is staffed by peer advisors on weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

The UI Office for Study Abroad is part of the UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree and academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and training.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Program: Elizabeth Wildenberg, 319-335-0353, elizabeth-wildenberg@uiowa.edu; Writer: Mansi Bhatia