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UI welcomes new international students for spring semester

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An estimated 75 new international students will be welcomed to the University of Iowa during a week of orientation events Jan. 11-15, organized by the UI Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS).

The week begins with a required check-in from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11 in the International Center Lounge. A free lunch will be served at noon, sponsored by Iowa State Bank and Trust.

Donald Yarbrough, associate dean of the College of Education, will deliver a welcoming address at 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge. Following the speech OISS director

Gary Althen will lead students through orientation programming.

The week-long orientation programming is designed to help new international students adjust as smoothly as possible to U.S. culture and the U.S. academic system.

Other activities during the week include sessions on health insurance and immigration as well as tours of the library and the computer center.

For more information or a complete schedule of events, call Lois Gray at 335-2026 or Mei-Yeh Chang, OISS orientation coordinator, at 335-0335.

OISS provides information, services and programs that help international students and scholars benefit from their stays in Iowa. The office also seeks to foster constructive relationships among international and other members of the university community. Student advisers provide orientation for international students and scholars, immigration advising, financial counseling, conflict resolution and crisis intervention.

OISS is part of UI International Programs, which consist 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.

The OISS is located in the International Center on the UI campus. The International Center is located at the end of Ferson Avenue in Iowa City, off of Park Road.