CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Reunion to help UI study abroad students readjust to campus life
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The UI Office for Study Abroad will host a "Re-entry
Reunion" for the approximately 350 UI undergraduates who studied in more
than 40 countriesduring the last academic year.
The "Re-entry Reunion," which will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday,
Aug. 27,in the International Center Lounge, will give students the opportunity
to share their study abroad experiences and their thoughts upon returning.
"Re-entry into your home culture is not necessarily a straightforward,
easy process," said Phil Carls, study abroad adviser. "Students
discover that they've changed a great deal while they were abroad, and time
hasn't stood still here, either. The dissonance between what they expect and
what they find can be disconcerting. The re-entry reunion gives us a chance
to thrash out some of these issues together."
In addition, Laurie Dufoe, associate director of placement for the UI Business
and Liberal Arts Placement Office, will talk about international career opportunities
and the presentation of an overseas experience to prospective employers.
The UI Office for Study Abroad administers study abroad programs and exchanges
for the UI; and provides advising services for students interested in an international
educational experience. The office also administers several scholarship competitions
for international study and research. The office is located at 28 International
Center and is open to students from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday
The UI Office for Study Abroad is located at 28 International Center on the
UI campus. The International Center is located at the end of Ferson Avenue
in Iowa City, off of Park Road or by foot up the stairway from Riverside Drive.
The UI Office for Study Abroad 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.
For more information on the "Re-entry Reunion," call the Office
for StudyAbroad at (319) 335-0353. If you would like to interview a student
who has studied abroad as a feature, call Lois Gray, International Programs
media relations specialist, at 335-2026.