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Bank staff to teach banking basics to UI foreign students

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Connie Anderson, Iowa State Bank and Trust Company second vice president for marketing and community development, will lead a session on "Banking and Monthly Budgets" for foreign students at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 in the International Center Lounge.

The program is free and open to all foreign students and scholars, who will learn everything from banking to budgeting in the United States. Topics will include an explanation of basic banking services, the differences between checking and savings accounts, how to set up a monthly budget and how to balance checkbooks.

"The U.S. banking system can be confusing to foreign students and scholars," says Liz Pearce-Burton, assistant director for the UI Office of International Education and Services (OIES) Cross Cultural Education and Training Program. "This program will help answer a lot of their basic questions about how banks operate, what services they offer and how to plan monthly budgets."

The session is coordinated by OIES as part of its Iowa Insights program, which is designed to offer foreign students insights into various aspects of Iowan and U.S. culture.

OIES provides foreign student advising and educational and study abroad programming and works to increase the cross-cultural understanding and skills of UI students, faculty and community members. Approximately 2,000 students and scholars representing an estimated 100 countries study and work at the UI, and each year more than 400 UI students study abroad in programs and exchanges in more than 30 countries.

OIES is located in the UI International Center, which can be reached by car at the end of Ferson Ave. off Park Road in Iowa City, or by foot up the stairway from Riverside Drive.

For more information, call Pearce-Burton or Lois Gray, OIES international media coordinator, at (319)335-0335.