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International Students

From assisting with immigration paperwork to helping students adjust to life in Iowa, we are proud to be the first and last stop for international students' journeys at the UI.

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Study Abroad

We help students explore a variety of learning abroad options, including UI faculty-led programs, internships abroad, international service programs, and virtual opportunities.

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Faculty Funding

We provide funding to send faculty all over the world to conduct international research. 

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Global Network

From our linkages and partnerships to our connections with international alumni, we are deepening relationships and promoting discovery.

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The University of Iowa has received additional funds through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to distribute to students who are enrolled during the fall 2021 semester and have exceptional financial need.

Applications will be available through MyUI in October.  Read more here.


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Alfredo Vergara
Global Alumni Spotlight Series: Alfredo Vergara

September 23, 2021 | 12:30 p.m.

Join us for the first International Programs Global Alumni Spotlight Series of the fall semester featuring Dr. Alfredo Vergara (PhD '93, MS '90, BSE '86), CDC country director and Division of Global HIV and TB program director for Mozambique.

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Popular Cosmopolitanism: Cinema, Genre and Mediation in Mid-Century Mexico

September 23, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 

This event features Ignacio (Nacho) Sánchez Prado, Jarvis Thurston and Mona Van Duyn Professor in the Humanities at Washington University.

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WorldCanvass - Dostoevsky: From Revolutionary Outcast to Man of God

October 12, 2021 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

WorldCanvass will explore the life, writings, and legacy of a giant in world literature, Fyodor Dostoevsky.  Program features Anna Barker, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures.

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The UI is ranked 12th nationally among research universities, surpassing last year’s ranking of 18th.  And when measuring the ratio of applicants to winners, the UI ranks first in the nation with nearly 50% of its applicants receiving awards.

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International Accents
Pilar Quintana

International Programs to host conversation with National Book Award Finalist Pilar Quintana

Join International Programs for the fourth installment in their Global Alumni Spotlight Series featuring Colombian novelist, writer, and University of Iowa Writing Program alumnae (IWP ‘11). Pilar will talk with UI International Programs Associate Provost and Dean Russ Ganim about her experience at the University of Iowa International Writing Program, her writing projects and awards, thoughts on cultivating a successful writing career, and advice for aspiring writers.

"If International Programs has one purpose, it is to open the minds and hearts of our community to the reality that the world is a stronger and better place when we celebrate the humanity in every individual and in every nation. We cannot learn to live together if we do not live to learn from each other."

~ Dean Russell Ganim

Meet Dean Russell Ganim