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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 12, 2003

'Life In Iowa' Series Features Success In Classroom For International Students

University of Iowa international students can learn more about success in the classroom on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in River Room 1 of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) as part of the "Life in Iowa" series organized by the UI Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).

This interactive session is just one in a series of educational and recreational events sponsored by OISS in collaboration with UI International Programs to help international students adjust to a culture and community different than their own, said Helen Jameson, OISS assistant director for programming.

Featuring a faculty-student panel, Success in the Classroom will focus on helping international students excel academically by increasing their comfort level in classroom interactions.

"We will talk about differences in classroom environments in the U.S. and other countries especially in terms of formality, frequency of testing methods and the degree of emphasis on classroom participation," Jameson said.

The student panel will provide tips on integrating social and academic life and fostering healthy relationships with colleagues and faculty. "The earlier international students can develop strategies to be successful, the better off they are going to be, and that's what we, at OISS, are here to help them with," added Jameson.

Cold Water, a video showcasing some Boston University students' interviews, will be shown, and light refreshments will be served.

The series will continue until December with various student panels and guest speakers being invited to participate in events like English: American Style, Managing your Money, Nutrition in the Land of Fast Food and Relationships: American Style. There will also be an opportunity to learn how to ice skate at Coral Ridge Ice Arena.

For a complete schedule of fall events, contact Jameson at 319-335-3584 or

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 for academic programs and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Helen Jameson 319-335-3584,; Writer: Mansi Bhatia