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  • The CDC is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States, effective January 26, 2021. 

    Please make sure that international employees/scholars in your ISD teams or departments who will be flying into the U.S. on or after January 26th are aware of this new requirement.

    According to the CDC website:

  • International business travel still prohibited

    Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert noted the university is not yet approving international business travel for employees. This decision also is revisited on a rolling 30-day basis. Employees should not conduct university business, such as delivering a lecture at an institution or conference or conducting research, while traveling internationally for personal purposes.

    Summer study abroad programs cancelled through August 1, 2021

    Summer study abroad programs scheduled to depart between May 2 and Aug. 1 have been canceled, Wickert announced this week. Spring study abroad programs scheduled to depart before May 1 were canceled in October.

  • Sue Finestead Retirement

    Please join us in honoring Sue Finestead who will retire on January 14, 2021 after 42 years (to the day) of service to Iowa State University and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

  • Riley Wilgenbusch

    Our office would like to congratulate graduating seniors Riley Wilgenbusch, Emmaline Putnam, Justin Swanton, Luke Sloterdyk and Heidi Fichter Mandt on being selected for the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences CALS Council Senior Awards. Each recipient participated in an array of international opportunities during their time at Iowa State University.

    Outstanding Senior: Riley Wilgenbusch (agronomy, global resource systems) participated in the Dean’s Global Agriculture and Food Leadership Program in Rome and completed a global resource systems internship in Uganda.

  • Fichters
    2020 Family of the Year Supports Study Abroad

    The Iowa State University Family of the Year is an honor that is given to a family that shows a strong connection and pride for ISU. We are honored to introduce the 2020 Family of the Year, the Fichter's!  Heidi Fichter (2020), Adam Fichter (2015) and Austin Fichter (2015) all studied abroad during their time at Iowa State! More . . .

  • Currently, J-status visitors who maintain their legal immigration status may extend their stay in the U.S. through their host institutions rather than through an application filed with USCIS. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a proposed rule that, if adopted, will reinstate a fixed period of admission to the U.S., remove the host institution’s ability to extend status, and require our F and J students and scholars to apply to USCIS for extensions of stay. 

  • Three Ugandan women

    Join our efforts in helping rural citizens of Uganda who have been intensely affected by the global pandemic and natural disasters that have occurred during 2020. Through the “Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods COVID Relief and Rehabilitation in Uganda” FundISU campaign, your financial contributions will help provide the resilience necessary for individuals and their communities to emerge from this very difficult period. Learn more about how we are meeting the challenges and please consider making a financial donation.

  • Borlaug Dialogue Registration Now Open

    The September-October 2020 edition of the Global Update newsletter

  • Dr. David Acker, Director for the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods, along with Dr. Tom Brumm, Associate Director for the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods and Mary and Charles Sukup Global Professor in Food Security in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, particapted in a Consortium that discussed the deeply integrated partnership between Iowa State University and the communities and institutions in the Kamuli district of Uganda. This partnership has given rise to a host of innovative programs in the Kamuli district (agriculture, health, and education) and it represents a living laboratory for deeply integrated development interventions. The Consortium is directly involved in programs related to nutrition security and post-harvest loss reduction. 

  • Study abroad student with Ugandan kids

    The July-August 2020 edition of the Global Update newsletter

  • The June 22, 2020 Presidential Proclamation suspending entry of aliens who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak DOES NOT affect our exchange visitors in J-1 nonimmigrant status sponsored by Iowa State University (current or future). The Proclamation also DOES NOT impact students in F-1 or J-1 nonimmigrant status (current or future).

  • The Exchange Visitor (EV) Program of the U.S. Department of State (DOS) (J-1 status only) is now saying that all programs funded by the Department of State have been paused “until further notice,” which translates as guidance for other program sponsors such as ISU.
  • Richard Schultz and students ride on camels

    The May-June 2020 edition of the Global Update newsletter

  • Winners of the Team Award

    The Team Award was presented to an interdisciplinary team dedicated to building the College of Agriculture and Life Science’s Service Learning, School Garden Program in Uganda.

  • The U.S. Department of State has temporarily suspended J-1 exchange programs through May 11, 2020. The program focuses on hosting international visitors.

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