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International Education Week at UIU

Upper Iowa University’s Center for International Education invites the entire Peacock community to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange programs worldwide as part of International Education Week from Monday, November 14 through Friday, November 18. A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, the annual event promotes programs that attract future leaders from the United States and abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences.

Enjoy one of the many events taking place over the week. In addition, dining services on the Fayette campus will spotlight a dish from a different region of the world each day.

Scheduled Events (All Times CST)

Meals Each Day of the Week: Student Center

Each day over the lunch hour dining services will spotlight a dish from a different region of the world. Below are the regions from which we will enjoy special dishes each day of the week.

Monday – Europe

Tuesday – South America

Wednesday – Asia

Thursday – North America

Friday – Africa

Monday, November 14 at 1:30pm: Free Yoga with Kristina

Join MBA student and graduate assistant for women’s basketball, Kristina Karp, in the Rec Center at 1:30pm for gentle flow yoga. Kristina is from the Ukraine and has found yoga very balancing during this tumultuous time back home.

Monday, November 14 at 2:30pm: ISEP Study Abroad Session via zoom

Learn more about some exciting Study Abroad opportunities. Year-long, semester, summer? There is an opportunity for you.

ISEP Study Abroad offers affordable opportunities to study abroad (often for the same cost or less than a semester at UIU!) With options for every major, in more than 50 countries, ISEP opens the way for you to have an affordable, accessible, and immersive experience of a lifetime. Join us for a quick virtual info session and Q&A to learn more about how you can study abroad and live like a local with ISEP as a UIU student!

Join via Zoom:

Tuesday through Friday from12:00pm-1:00pm: Study Abroad Table in the Student Center Commons

Stop by the Study Abroad table in the Student Center Commons to learn about this year’s faculty led study abroad trips.

UIU Students are invited to participate in a short 8-10-day study abroad program where they will be led by UIU Faculty and join a UIU course focusing on various programs of study. Education, Communication, Psychology, Art and Architecture, and Nursing are the various programs being focused on. Major, Minor, Gen Ed, or Elective Courses are covered by these programs! Payment plans for participants are available through the UIU Student Financial Services office and students have been pleasantly surprised how affordable it makes it.

Not a student? Want to bring your spouse/partner? Join us! Upper Iowa University has now opened up this wonderful opportunity to join a Faculty-Led Study Abroad program to UIU Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Friends of the University!

Please contact Laura Gleissner, Chair of the Faculty-Led Study Abroad Committee, at [email protected] for more information on any of the wonderful courses going abroad this year!


Led by: Dr. Gina Kuker, Professor of Education and Laura Gleissner, Associate Professor of Art

Dates: March 2-11, 2023 (UIU Spring Break)


Psychology and Culture in Ireland

Led by: Dr. Melinda Heinz, Professor of Psychology

Dates: May 14-24, 2023


Intercultural Studies in Greece

Led by: NiCole Dennler, Assistant Professor of Communication

Dates: May 15 – 23, 2023


Art & Architecture Study Tour of Spain

Led by: Laura Gleissner, Associate Professor of Art

Dates: May 14-24, 2023


Culture and Nursing in BELIZE

(UIU Nursing Students Only due to the service nature of the course)

Led by: Dr. Stephanie Tippin, Associate Professor of Nursing

Dates: August 5-12, 2023


If any of these programs interest you or for more information on how they might fit into your course requirements, please email [email protected] or [email protected]

Tuesday, November 15 at 12:00pm: Share your Travel Experiences with Career Development

Your study abroad and travel experiences can provide a unique talking point and can contribute to the skills and strengths you can provide an employer. Join Career Development in the Student Life Conference Room for an informal discussion on how your travel opportunities can be a resume builder and provide a doorway to opportunities.  Feel free to bring your lunch.

Wednesday, November 16 at 12:00pm: Henna & Chinese Calligraphy

Join us in the Student Center Commons to get your name written in Chinese calligraphy and/or have beautiful designs painted on your hand or arm with Henna.

Wednesday, November 16 at 7:00pm: Karaoke

Karaoke is popular around the world! Come to the ballrooms, enjoy some popcorn and belt out your favorite tunes from around the globe. This event is sponsored by the International Student Association (ISA).

Thursday, November 17 at 3:00pm: International Coffee Hour

Enjoy some treats from the Ukraine during international coffee hour at the Student Center Commons. This recipe was provided by UIU MBA student and women’s basketball graduate assistant, Kristina Karp.

Thursday, November 17 at 2:00pm: OPT Session at 2:00pm

Are you an international student interested in working in the US after graduation? Come to the Student Life conference room to learn about the Optional Practical Training (OPT) process for students on an F-1 visa.

Friday, November 18 at 5:30pm: Trivia Night

Join the FYI Guy, trivia extraordinaire, Pat Lynch, in the Student Center Commons at 5:30pm for some international trivia.

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