This section of our website is for parents of students who are considering (or planning to) study abroad.

Paris? Accra? Shanghai? Santiago? As it turns out, coming to Iowa City is only the first step in a long educational journey!

Last year more than 1,300 UI students studied abroad in 75 different countries. While this means that about 20% of our students have a significant international experience before graduating, the UI wants many more students to take advantage of the opportunity.

Why? Studying abroad is an eye-opening, transformative experience. We encourage students to step through doors opened by the university to the larger world, to test classroom theories against practical realities, to use language skills 24/7 rather than an hour every other day, to experience other cultures directly. Students invariably return more independent, self-confident, flexible and tolerant. It’s a great learning experience.

The UI offers summer, semester and academic year programs in 50 countries on 6 continents. We also allow UI students to participate in programs offered by other U.S. or foreign universities, multiplying the possibilities a hundredfold. We want students to choose programs that are appropriate for them given their own academic and personal objectives.

We trust you will be supportive of your son/daughter’s plans to study abroad (and they will need your support, before, during and after). This section of our website is designed to address some of the questions you may have. If there are other questions you think we should address, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Study Abroad staff
University of Iowa