International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) provides leadership in international education and intercultural learning through services to international students and scholars, their dependents, the University, and the surrounding community. 

ISSS is more than the "immigration" office.  Although helping international students and scholars with immigration issues is a significant part of our work, with nearly 9,000 in-person visits to advisors each year and thousands of electronic forms processed, we are also heavily involved in intercultural and adjustment programming for students and scholars, providing cultural competency and intercultural awareness training for staff and faculty, and supporting the Iowa City area community to be a welcoming place for international visitors.


Meet with an ISSS adviser during our virtual and walk-in advising hours.

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Current Students (F-1)

Stay informed on current policies and procedures related to maintaining status, travel, inviting family to the U .S., and more.

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Scholars (J-1)

Find information to make it easier for you to focus on your intellectual pursuits.

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Exchange Students (J-1)

If you are participating in an exchange or sponsored program, check out this information specific to your needs.

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New to University of Iowa?

Find information that is geared towards you.  View pre-departure webinars for new international students, learn how to get here, and discover the many academic and cultural resources available to you.  

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CPT and job search workshop to be offered to international students

Thursday, February 22, 2024
Attend this workshop to learn more about curricular practical training (CPT) and receive job search guidance with ISSS, the Grad Success Center, and the Pomerantz Career Center.
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Personal safety and self-defense training event to be held for international students and scholars 

Thursday, February 1, 2024
Join International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and Campus Safety to be trained in self-defense.
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International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) to host 2024 spring recruitment events 

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
ISAB advocates for improving the international student experience and creating a campus environment more inclusive to international students.


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How to Set a Boundary

Thursday, February 29, 2024 6:00pm to 7:30pm
University Capitol Centre
Come and join us for an in-depth workshop designed to provide college students with the abilities and information required to set and uphold healthy boundaries. Have a deeper understanding of healthy boundaries from ISSE and the Violence Prevention team from RVAP and WRAC. Dinner will be provided. In collaboration with: International Student Support and Engagement (ISSE), Women’s Resource and Action Center (WRAC), and the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP). For more information, follow ISSE on...
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BGC: Engaging ESL Learners Across Disciplines

Monday, March 4, 2024 2:00pm to 3:30pm
This class will focus on how to consider and include the perspective of students with English as an additional language in all classrooms. We will invite participants to reflect on their own experiences to inform our conversation and discuss how to accommodate the needs of diverse learner backgrounds.
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Life in Iowa and ISSE Weekly Coffee Hour

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 11:30am to 12:30pm
University Capitol Centre
Starting Jan. 23, 2024, Life in Iowa and International Student Support and Engagement invite international students and scholars at the University of Iowa to join them for a weekly coffee hour.
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