Honors Major

"Honors at Iowa supports in students in challenging themselves educationally; one of the best educational challenges for an undergraduate student is study abroad."

- Robert Kirby, Associate Director, University of Iowa Honors Program

As the world becomes increasingly globalized, study abroad is evermore advantageous for students wishing to excel in all areas of study. The University of Iowa Honors Program is a small community of outstanding students within the larger University setting designed to provide support for those who stand to benefit. It is the goal of the program to aid students in getting the most out of their education.

In order to further this mission, honors students are very much encouraged to pursue study afar experiences. In fact, the U of I Honors program will confer honors commendations to any honors student who completes a semester of conventional study abroad, with no additional requirements (commendations are usually given for 12 s.h. of honors level coursework).

With a particular eye towards research abroad and service with academic dimensions, it is the hope of the Univeristy of Iowa Honors Program that all students who would like to participate in learning afar, do so. When you study abroad, you have the opportunity to turn every minute of every day in to a learning experience.

For information regarding programs that are most suitable to your particular area of study, please see the Major Advising Page created for your academic department.

It is the opinion of the University of Iowa Honors Program that study afar experiences are best undertaken earlier in one's academic career. You will find that having participated in study abroad makes you a more appealing candidate for graduate and professional schools. Furthermore, if you are planning on applying to advanced degree programs, you may find it necessary to be present on the U Iowa campus during your junior and senior years, when much of the academic preparation takes place. Additionally, chances of winning scholarship competitions are increased by study abroad.

Please speak with the Honors Program Experiential Learning director, Andrew Willard, in order to discover what time frame is best for you.


The University of Iowa Honors Program is committed to working with students on an individual basis to help them plan a course of study that is most exciting and valuable. The best way to take advantage of all the opportunities offered by the honors program is to become a member early and speak directly to honors staff about your particular educational needs.

As an Honors Student at The University of Iowa, there are study abroad programs available to you all over the world.

Studying overseas lets you take classes you would probably never be able to take here at home.

The programs listed below are either led by UI Faculty or highly recommended by staff in the Study Abroad office. While we suggest you look at these highlighted programs first, feel free to browse the programs section of the Study Abroad website, explore an online directory of study abroad programs, and consult materials in the Study Abroad Resource Room.


Iowa in Tianjin


Exploring Health Care in the Land of Contrasts

This Summer Program


Irish Writing Program


Printmaking and Drawing in Venice


Environment Development and Culture in Oaxaca


Archaeological Field Work Nijmegen


Global Nursing Practicum

Sports and Globalization


Business Internship Abroad – Madrid

South America

Language and Culture - Brazil

United Kingdom

Business Internship Abroad – London