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Sept. 12, 2006

'Life In Iowa' Teaches International Students How To Succeed In Class

University of Iowa international students can learn more about succeeding in the classroom from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the University Commons of the University Capitol Centre (UCC) as part of the Life in Iowa series organized by the UI Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).

The series of workshops and social opportunities are specifically designed for first year and new international students. "It gives students opportunities to develop a support system here on campus," said Helen Jameson, OISS assistant director for programming.

"This workshop was designed for international students to acclimate themselves with American culture and the academic system so that they can be successful as soon as possible," Jameson said.

The series will continue until December with various student panels and guest speakers being invited to participate in events like Dating and Friendship: American Style, The English You Don't Learn in the Classroom (Parts I and II), and Thinking about Final Exams? Strategies for Success.

There will also be several Café Central events, a social gathering for international students, domestic students, faculty, staff, friends and family. Café Central events for the fall include a Halloween party and an ice skating party.

For a complete schedule of fall events, contact Helen Jameson at 319-335-0335 or, or visit the OISS Web site at and click on the Life in Iowa Series.

OISS is part of UI International Programs, which enables University of Iowa students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

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,; Program: Helen Jameson 319-335-0335,; Writer: Aris Dravillas

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