New rankings put the University of Iowa in the top-40 American universities for international programs — both in sending students abroad and hosting foreign students. Diana Davies, director of the U-of-I’s International Programs, says last school year, the U-of-I had more than 700 students studying abroad, while nearly 18-hundred international students were enrolled in Iowa City. Davies says American students who tackle the “Study Abroad” program most frequently go to Western Europe. She says they improve their language skills and their “intercultural skills” which helps their careers in the long run.Davies says students from other nations who enroll at the U-of-I are exposed to the “real” culture of America by living in the Midwest. She says it’s often nothing like what they expected from watching American T-V programs.The top five countries to send students to the U-of-I are: China, Korea, India, Japan and Taiwan.
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