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Argentina sees slow revival of study abroad

September 3, 2003

Looted businesses, smashed windows, police-protester confrontations and other images of chaos were commonplace in international news about Argentina in December 2001. Despite political unrest, two University...

U merges international study and travel centers

May 9, 2003

The University's Global Campus and International Service and Travel Center will merge this summer, integrating study, work, volunteer, internship and travel opportunities. The new Learning Abroad Center...

Cyprus’ ambassador visits University

May 5, 2003

Cyprus' ambassador to the United States visited the University on Friday amid recent news that the divided Greek and Turkish island will likely reunite and join the European Union next year. Since 1974,...

Argentines search for a leader in tough times

April 29, 2003

As Dante Marino counted potato seeds in a St. Paul campus greenhouse, election officials in his home country of Argentina counted votes for the next president. Though voting is obligatory for Argentines,...

National foreign student enrollment climbs despite local ’02-’03 drop

April 28, 2003

International student enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities is steady or increasing, according to recent survey results from the Institute of International Education. The institute - which administers...

States’ bills could threaten foreign students’ aid, enrollment

April 24, 2003

International students from certain countries might not receive financial aid at Florida's public universities if a bill introduced in the state Senate is passed. Also, international enrollment would be...

Foreign graduate applicants decrease

April 23, 2003

International graduate student applications are down 24 percent from one year ago, prompting University admissions officials to brainstorm recruitment options. The approximately one-quarter drop is concerning,...

Foreign student researchers face hindrances

April 22, 2003

University admissions officials said they are searching for reasons why international graduate student enrollment and applications decreased sharply for 2002-03. While they cannot entirely explain the...

Minneapolis hosts women’s rights activist from Mexico

April 18, 2003

Esther Chavez Cano stood in front of a couple dozen women, looking out at the skyscrapers on a gray day in downtown Minneapolis. In a calm yet firm voice, Chavez Cano asked the group's assistance for a...

U geography professor offers reform proposal for United Nations

April 11, 2003

The image of Saddam Hussein's statue falling to the ground Wednesday in Baghdad triggered questions about what is next for Iraq. Though President George W. Bush has emphasized the United Nations' humanitarian...

SEVIS tracking system burdens foreign students’ advising office

April 7, 2003

At 1:15 p.m. Friday, seven international students were already lined up for walk-in advising sessions starting at 1:30. Things have been busy around the office that advises all University international...

25 protesters plead not guilty

April 4, 2003

Twenty-five of the 67 antiwar protesters arrested last week at the federal courthouse in downtown Minneapolis pleaded innocent Thursday to petty misdemeanor trespassing charges. "It wasn't a reasonable...

Chinese leader encourages exchanges

April 3, 2003

A high-ranking member of the National People's Congress of China visited the University on Wednesday, urging continued U.S.-Chinese academic and economic relations. Jiang Zhenghua, the National People's...

Local Somali activist arrested on charges of immigration fraud

April 2, 2003

One of the Twin Cities' most outspoken Somali advocates was still in jail Tuesday afternoon on charges of immigration fraud. Omar Jamal, executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center, was arrested...

Proposed House bill requires foreign language teachers to study abroad

April 1, 2003

A House bill requiring potential high school foreign language instructors to study abroad for one year has drawn criticism from several people familiar with foreign language teacher requirements. The House...

U hosts conference on Turk, Armenian violence

March 31, 2003

Turkish, Armenian and U.S. scholars gathered at the University's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to present research concerning the Armenians' fate at the end of the...

Students, professors among 67 arrested protesters

March 26, 2003

Police arrested 67 antiwar protesters Tuesday, including at least 15 University students and two professors. Demonstrators blocked entrances to the federal courthouse in downtown Minneapolis. The protest...

Campus Briefing

March 24, 2003

War protesters schedule walkout for noon today Students Against War and other campus groups that had planned a walkout the day of an attack on Iraq will leave classes at noon today to protest on Northrop...

Court rules state agency acted improperly on driver’s license rules

March 13, 2003

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety plans to challenge a court ruling that invalidated new rules for driver's license applicants. The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday the department did not...

FBI’s Rowley addresses supportive crowd

March 10, 2003

Community members showed support for Coleen Rowley at Hamline University on Friday, days after the FBI whistleblower warned that the bureau was unprepared for the terrorist attacks that could come after...

U.S.-French relations complicated by history, culture and stereotypes

March 10, 2003

The stereotype goes like this: The French artist dines on wine and cheese and talks diplomatically about war, while the self-reliant American cowboy cleans his gun, indifferent to a world of opposition...

McCollum lambasts Bush policies toward women

March 10, 2003

Democrat U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum told International Women's Day attendees Saturday that the George W. Bush administration's policies are detrimental to women's rights here and around the world. McCollum...

Former Iraqi citizen seeks freedom for Iraqis, makes plea for war

March 7, 2003

An Iraqi dissident asked the University's College Republicans on Wednesday to help him build support for a U.S.-led war against Iraq. "The people want to be free," said Yacoub al Jaffery, now a U.S. citizen...

Some U students snub FBI, CIA job offers for translation work

March 5, 2003

Despite U.S. government efforts to recruit speakers of Arabic and other Middle Eastern languages, University students and professors said they do not know of individuals who would take the jobs. U.S. government...

Immigration agency extends deadline

March 4, 2003

The Department of Homeland Security's immigration agency extended the deadline for certain males with temporary visas to get interviewed, fingerprinted and photographed. Attorney General John Ashcroft...

Nobel Peace Prize winner Tutu visits U as part of ‘Great Coversations’ series

February 26, 2003

Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited the University on Tuesday South African apartheid and receive an honorary degree, attracting more than 3,000 people to Northrop Auditorium. Tutu...

Nuclear threat remains real

February 26, 2003

Americans haven't yet resorted to building bomb shelters as they did in the 1950s, but the threat of nuclear disaster is today as real as it was during the height of the Cold War. As the world's attention...

Warnings jeopardize Middle East programs

February 20, 2003

University students looking for study abroad programs in the Middle East won't have much luck if the U.S. State Department issues more travel warnings, study abroad representatives said Wednesday at the...

A people without a country, Kurds face uncertain future

February 19, 2003

Bayram Yenikaya and Burhan Biner's village is five hours from the Iraqi border in the Kurdish region of Turkey. Though the University math doctoral students said a war in Iraq probably would not threaten...

Visa problems still prevent some from attending U

February 12, 2003

International students who were forced to defer their admission to the University because of visa delays last fall did not have much more luck this spring. Several professors and department heads said...

U.S makes its case

February 10, 2003

After presenting its case to the U.N. Security Council last week, the United States continues to face opposition at home and abroad in its desire to forcefully disarm Iraq. But even as inspectors return,...

New visa regulations prohibit coursework for some

February 6, 2003

New visa regulations designed to clarify what and how much international students' children and spouses can study is forcing universities across the country to interpret whether classes such as physics...

Israeli election winnersseek majority coalition

January 30, 2003

After winning parliamentary elections Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Likud party must form a new majority coalition after its previous coalition dissolved in November. Many - including...

Drivers license ‘status check’ gains support despite critics

January 29, 2003

Yahya Al-Harthi's Minnesota driver's license has a date in the corner labeled "status check," which alerts law enforcement that he is a foreign national with a temporary visa. The University electrical...

INS requires more students to report

January 28, 2003

Attorney General John Ashcroft recently announced a fourth group of countries affected by special registration rules - bringing the total of countries involved to 25 - requiring an additional 119 University...

INS bumps up deadline for schools to register international students

December 13, 2002

The Immigration and Naturalization Service on Wednesday announced a deadline for universities to comply with an Internet-based international student tracking system. The Aug. 1, 2003 deadline was set for...

Approaching INS deadlines worry immigrant advocates

December 11, 2002

As deadlines approach for nonimmigrant males from 18 countries to report for special registration, Justice Department officials say additions to the list of countries could be announced as soon as the...

International students’ credit card use tracked by INS

December 3, 2002

The federal government now has Ali Nasiri-Amini's credit card number. "Do you want to charge me for this service?" he said he asked a government official jokingly during his special registration interview...

Foreign students face new INS deadlines and monitoring

November 27, 2002

New federal regulations announced Friday added 13 countries to a list the U.S. government will use to monitor foreigners living in the United States, causing many concerns for international students and...

Student soldiers reflect on mandatory military service

November 27, 2002

Berk Yesin spent one month in a military training program in Turkey where push-ups were optional and running wasn't recommended. Three years of Koby Nahmias' life were spent in the Israeli army, where...

Iceland’s president urges continued relations with U

November 25, 2002

The president of Iceland met and exchanged business cards with University faculty members and administrators Friday, expressing his goal of continued relations between the University and Iceland. President...

Humphrey dean: international students vital to U.S. security

November 22, 2002

International student exchange is an essential part of U.S. national security, the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs' new dean said Thursday. "If we continue to throw road blocks in the way of international...

Iran death sentence concerns some University students

November 21, 2002

Ali Nasiri-Amini stood among thousands of students two years ago in Iran, denouncing the government shutdown of a newspaper and alleged police killing of a student. The recent death sentence handed to...

SEVIS creates confusion

November 19, 2002

Information sessions on the new international student tracking system have so far resulted in more questions than answers. University International Student and Scholar Services set up the sessions about...

Minnesota judges travel to Kosovo for U.N. mission

November 14, 2002

Judges in the United States enjoy the help of secretaries, computer access to court files and hour-long lunch breaks. Four Minnesota District Court judges will forgo those privileges - along with more...

Yitzhak Rabin memorial shows hope for Israeli peace

November 7, 2002

Scented candles and poster-sized pictures of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin lined the west end of the Washington Avenue Bridge on Monday. Under increasing political uncertainty in Israel,...

Foreign students could be barred from some science research

November 4, 2002

International students wanting to study science or engineering face tough scrutiny to get into the United States and could be barred from researching certain areas when they arrive. President George W....

DFL’s Kahn runs unopposed after redistricting snafu derails opponent

November 4, 2002

Democratic State Rep. Phyllis Kahn represents the University's Minneapolis campus area and faces no opposition in Tuesday's election after the state Supreme Court ruled that her opponent's name be taken...

Jordanian ambassador warns against U.S. invasion of Iraq

October 30, 2002

A war in Iraq would be a blow to peace and stability in the Middle East, Jordan's ambassador to the United States said Tuesday. Karim Kawar described Jordan's reasons for opposing a U.S.-led war on Iraq...

Bill creating new student visa helps part-time international commuters

October 25, 2002

Mexican and Canadian commuter students who study part time at U.S. colleges will be able to do so legally with a new student visa. Congress passed a bill last week that would create two new classes of...

USA Patriot Act causes concern for international students

October 24, 2002

The USA Patriot Act might deter international students from studying in the United States, say foreign students and an immigration attorney at the University. Part of the legislation - which Congress passed...

Journalism fellows discuss media, foreign policy

October 21, 2002

A group of foreigners noticed that cows in the United States are milked by machines, demolition derbies involve "guys running their cars into other cars on purpose" and everything is big in Texas. Journalists...

International travel center helps students find jobs abroad

October 17, 2002

When Martha Johnson spent time in Ireland, she didn't meet anyone who hadn't worked, studied or traveled abroad. "It's not as much a part of our student culture," said Johnson, director of the International...

Fulbright scholar program enhances international research

October 16, 2002

Alan Ek's experience as a Fulbright scholar in Finland enhanced research between the countries and at the University's department of forest resources. Ek explained to approximately 40 faculty members at...

Incoming foreign students dropped 21 percent this fall

October 15, 2002

The number of incoming international students declined this year, raising more questions about whether increased scrutiny delays or prevents students from arriving in the United States. There are 830 new...

Middle East tensions spread to University students

October 3, 2002

It's the 1930s, and Sari Nusseibeh's grandfather is working in his field when a parachuter drops onto him. The man in the parachute could be Ami Ayalon's father, who is fleeing Europe in search of a safe...

Faculty inks anti-war petition

September 30, 2002

In an effort to show disapproval of President George W. Bush's plan to attack Iraq, a group of University faculty presented a petition to Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone's office Friday denouncing an Iraqi...

University will refund ticketholders

September 25, 2002

The University will refund football tickets for those who can't attend the rescheduled game against Illinois and the Homecoming game against Northwestern. Ticket holders should send tickets to the Athletics...

U students travel to Mideast, return with different views

September 23, 2002

Two University students traveled to Israel and the Palestinian territories this summer, bringing back distinct perspectives of the conflicts between the areas. University seniors Katie Bonn and Stephanie...

MLB playoffs force Gophers to reschedulefootball games

September 20, 2002

The Gophers' homecoming football game and another home game have been rescheduled to accommodate the Twins' schedule in the upcoming Major League Baseball playoffs. The Gophers were scheduled to play Illinois...

Interest in foreign study climbs

September 19, 2002

Interest in international study has increased at the University and across the country, but not everyone agrees on the reason why. Students attending Wednesday's Global Campus Study Abroad Fair on the...

Getting visas present foreign students with hardships

September 16, 2002

International students who wish to study at the University must follow three steps: be admitted to a program, get a student visa and arrive in the United States. But this year, many are still stuck on...

INS student tracking deadline approaches

September 13, 2002

University officials here and across the country are struggling to meet a federal deadline for implementing software that tracks international students. The University will use the Student and Exchange...

A look in the tunnels tells a tale of past domestic threats

September 6, 2002

Nothing seems out of the ordinary about the tin candy canisters on retired veterinarian Walter Mackey’s desk until its packaging, age and source are revealed. Along with a 1950s survival plan measuring...