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Brazilian International Student Package November 18, 2011

Posted by jordanunderwood in Uncategorized.


Anchor Lead: We may think choosing  a college is easy, but many students from other countries are having to make the decision to come to America for our school everyday. Jordan Underwood talked to one such student



College is no simple task. But what if I had to tell you that you have to learn English, a new culture and meet new people all in the span of a few months? That’s exactly what Fernando Bandiera had to do and he’s not the only one. U of I just celebrated its 40 yr anniversary for its international program and this past year, where they admitted around 500 international students.


I decided to come to the U.S. because the American universities are really good and Iowa has a good program of business.


Fernando tries to cope by doing many things, but playing soccer is one of his favorite activities to remember his home, because in Brazil, it is a very popular way to hang out with friends and meet new people.


It help me remember my home because I used to play all the time in Brazil and like every Brazilian we usually always hang out with our friends and play some soccer.


He notes that he tries to play at least two times a week with the Iowa City Soccerholics at the new rec center on Wednesdays and Fridays as well as trying to play in between his classes. He also tries to continue his passion for DJing which he started at a young age.


I have been DJing since I am like 15 years old and I played a lot in Brazil and I really like playing.


He owns a personal DJ board and equipment and he uses his DJing as a way to relax after a stressful day or just to blow off steam after the rigors of class. On top of all this, he still yearns for home and tries to visit as much as he can.


Yeah every time that I can I always go in January and every break that I have I go back to Brazil.

(Anchor Tag)

Fernando Bandiera isn’t the only international student you will see running around on campus this semester and as the University celebrates its 40 year anniversary of its international program, more international students will continue to fill the University. In the basement of the Papajohn Business Building, this is Jordan Underwood, Daily Iowan TV.




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