The University of Iowa offers countless opportunities for students to engage in international activity. International Programs (IP) can connect you to those experiences, groups and organizations, events, and academic endeavors, both on campus and abroad, to enrich your global citizenship.
Our Study Abroad staff can connect you to study abroad programs in virtually any country in the world, as well as work, intern, and volunteer opportunities abroad, including Peace Corps. Check out the Study Abroad section of our website or visit the office to start your journey.
Funding is also available to undergraduates and graduate students wishing to conduct research abroad. See our Funding section for information on numerous fellowships, scholarships, and grants to get you started.
Academics on Campus
Students wishing to pursue an international education on campus may consider a B.A. or minor in International Studies, offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In addition, students can earn a Latin American Studies certificate, a Certificate in Human Rights, or a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition through the Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education program.
The Division of World Languages Literature and Cultures offers 15 foreign languages to UI students. IP’s Confucius Institute also offers courses in Chinese language and culture, which are open to UI students and community members.
IP is the home of 14 Academic Programs and Centers, from the South Asian Studies Program, the Center for Human Rights, the African Studies Program, and more. Students can interact with the centers and programs through degree emphasis areas or by attending one of the hundreds of events organized by faculty in the centers and programs. Check out our Events Calendar to learn more about these and many other exciting international events on campus.
The Global Village, located in Mayflower Residence Hall, is a unique living/learning community for both international and U.S. students interested in foreign cultures, languages, and international issues. Another way to engage with your peers, both from the U.S. and all over the world, is through Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity program, a semester-long cultural training program for 20-25 student leaders.
Through the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, you can learn about other cultures by joining one of the dozens of multicultural student organizations on campus.
Students may wish to keep up with IP through social media. We have a YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter, free podcasts of WorldCanvass programs on iTunes, and many other ways to Stay Connected to our programs and activities.