Inviting people from around the world to live and learn, The University of Iowa fosters not only physical journeys across national boundaries, but also the intellectual and emotional odysseys that accompany them.
This year alone, the UI community includes nearly 3,000 students and scholars who come from over 100 nations—Albania to Zimbabwe. In turn, more than 1,100 UI students will travel abroad in 2006-2007 for study or research in 80 countries.
One needn’t leave campus to a gain global perspective. World leaders, scholars, and activists regularly offer public lectures, more than 250 UI courses focus on international issues, and a host of campus organizations promote cultural exchange.
At a time when learning about the world is more important than ever, the new international studies major—an interdisciplinary program where students concentrate their studies on world issues or regions—draws nearly 450 undergraduates. Interests in global issues unite faculty, too, as in the interdisciplinary Middle East and Muslim World Studies group or the new Confucius Institute.
This month, UI International Programs celebrates the University's wealth of global connections with International Education Week, Nov. 13-17. Events include a photo exhibit, an essay contest, lectures, panel discussions, a fundraising dinner, and the UI International Classroom Journey, which takes global insights to area K-12 schools.
Bridging nations and cultures can change lives. It may even change the world.