Get Involved

Study abroad is an experience you’ll never forget. It changes you forever, making you a more self-confident individual and a better world citizen. So, what are you going to make of your experience overseas when you get back to the States?

Are you going to make a photo album, put it on your shelf, and take it down from time to time to reminisce about that special time in your life? Or are you going to use that experience, and translate it into the new person you’ve become? If you want to get involved when you get back to town, there are lots of ways to do it. Here’s a list of suggestions:

Re-work your academic focus

  • Did you know you can major in International Studies at the UI? Consider applying some of the course work you took abroad to a new major, minor or certificate at the UI. Review the list of possibilities and consult your academic adviser.
  • Have you ever thought of adding the International Business Certificate to you repertoire? Your overseas credit might get you started. Contact the UG Program office in the Tippee College of Business for more details.

Help us promote study abroad

  • Apply to work as a peer assistant or outreach assistant for Study Abroad, 335-0353, 1111 University Capitol Center in the Old Capitol Mall.
  • Volunteer to be a source of information to students considering going overseas to the place you studied. Please send an e-mail to for details and notify your adviser.
  • Submit photos and videos to the International Education Week Contest. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place!

Get involved in local international activities

  • Get involved in OASIS, (Organization for the Active Support of International Students). Make a difference here at the UI! Email for more information. 
  • Join the International Classroom Journey and give talks at local schools and community centers about your experience. Contact or 319-335-1433.
  • Most UI language departments sponsor a weekly conversation hour or a weekly meal where you can keep your newly-acquired language skills honed and polished. Contact the respective language departments for further information.
  • Participate in the student-driven, reciprocal language exchange program: The Language Connection,
  • Join one of several local community organizations that have an international focus, including the Friends of International Students, Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, the UI Center for Human Rights, and Amnesty International.
  • Come to any of the educational and cultural activities sponsored by International Programs.

Help new international students who come to the UI

  • Join Global Buddies, a group that matches new international students with returned study abroad students.
  • Volunteer to help during new international student orientation at the beginning of fall and spring semesters. Contact International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS), 335-0335.
  • Join the Friends of International Students community group, and get matched with an international student to do things together. Send inquiries to

Is there life after graduation?

  • Consider applying for a Fulbright Scholarship for graduating seniors and get back overseas! To learn more, contact the UI Honors Program, 319-335-1874.
  • Consider a stint in the Peace Corps, the toughest job you’ll ever love. Contact the UI campus representative,