CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Aug. 7, 2000
Orientation helps new international students adjust to campus, community
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Everything from a health care session to a hoe-down will
be part of orientation activities designed for new international students
arriving at the University of Iowa this fall.
The UI Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) expects an estimated
375 new international students on campus this August. To help these students
adjust to life on an American campus, the OISS has planned a comprehensive
orientation program, including informational sessions and social activities.
The orientation runs from Aug. 9-18. For the first time, international student
orientation will be part of the official UI Weeks of Welcome (WOW), with many
of the events being held in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. International
students will also be encouraged to participate in the WOW activities.
"This is a great opportunity to help new international students become
more familiar with a central hub of activity on our campus by having some
events in the Iowa Memorial Union as part of WOW," said Anna Stepanova,
international student adviser.
Required check-ins begin on Wednesday, Aug. 9 in the IMU Main Lounge, followed
by an immunization clinic, a bus tour and an Iowa City food sampler that evening.
The main welcoming ceremony will be place Thursday, Aug. 10 from 1 to 2:30
p.m. in the IMU Main Lounge, with remarks from OISS Director Gary Althen.
Althen, a nationally recognized expert on cross-cultural issues, will also
give a presentation on adjusting to a new culture. This will be followed by
an orientation fair from 2:30-4:30 p.m., where more than 30 booths will feature
campus and community resources. A picnic will be from 5-6 p.m. in the International
Center Courtyard, and a hoe-down follows from 6-9 p.m. in the International
Center Lounge where international students can learn how to "do-si-do."
Other orientation events include information sessions on immigration regulations
and health care and insurance in the U.S.; tours of the Main Library and the
Information Technology Services (ITS) computing center; and panel presentations
featuring on-campus and community resources.
The UI enrolls approximately 1,800 international students each year from
nearly 100 countries ranging from Brazil to China and Romania. An additional
400 international scholars annually conduct research or teach at the UI.
OISS 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.
A complete calendar of international student orientation events is available
from Eric Lee in the Office of International Students and Scholars, 335-0348
or Lois Gray with International Programs Media Relations and Publications
at 335-2026. If you would like to arrange an interview with new international
students, call Gray at 335-2026.