Not My Monkey..

“Not my monkey, not my circus.” That’s how a Polish person says that something is not her problem. And when a Swede wants to tell you not to worry, he’ll say, “There’s no cow on the ice.” Different cultures have different idioms–short-hand phrases that carry a meaning different from what the actual words would suggest. […]

Best Thing I Ever Ate: Spain

Submitted by Casey Plach. [My favorite was] Churros con chocolate! This was a favorite while studying abroad in Granada, Spain (Spring 2014). This particular batch of churros was shared with some IWU friends who were studying abroad in Barcelona and visited Granada for the weekend.

Best Thing I Ever Ate: Sweden

Submitted from returned study abroad-er Rachel Wimberly, DIS Fall 2014. [My favorite food would] definitely would be this! This is a veggie/vegan burger that I had when I was in Gothenburg, Sweden. A few of us were pretty sick of eating vegetarian food, me included, and so when we first heard we were getting veggie […]


“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.” —Judith Thurman


IWU recently received a $100,000 grant from the Freeman Asia Foundation to support summer internships in Asia.  One of the available internships includes doing research at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines. Did you know that there are more than 40,000 varieties of rice that grow across every continent except on Antarctica?  […]

Random Acts of Kindness

Need a coffee but haven’t the money? In Naples, you might be in luck. Coffee (*good* coffee) is seen as such an important part of life there that Neapolitans have created a way to help those who can’t afford a still enjoy one. It’s called caffè sospeso, or “suspended coffee”: one person pays for two […]

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2015!  And welcome to the new Global Features blog, where we highlight international activities on campus, celebrate holidays from around the world, and generally explore all things international.