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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.

See how we serve our international students

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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.

Start planning your international experience

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.

Learn more about our global network


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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Shirley Shao
Global Alumni Spotlight Series: Shirley Shao

October 27, 2021 | 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a conversation with Shirley Shao to learn more about her experience at the University of Iowa, thoughts on cultivating a successful career spanning the globe, and advice for current students/young professionals.

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Pilar Quintana
Global Alumni Spotlight Series: Pilar Quintana

November 10, 2021 | 6:00 p.m.

Join International Programs for a discussion with Colombian novelist, writer, and University of Iowa Writing Program alumnae (IWP ‘11) Pilar Quintana

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International Education Week

November 15-19, 2021

Celebrate the many ways international education and exchange opportunities prepare citizens for community building in both national and international settings.  Multiple events take place during this week.

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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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Divija Sharma on the University of Iowa campus

Student spotlight: Divija Sharma

Divija Sharma, University of Iowa psychology major, spent the first year of her academic experience in India due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She made the most of her remote learning experience and is thrilled to be on campus this year, involved with student organizations, research, and learning about American football.

"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