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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.