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This section of our website is meant to serve as a reference guide for international students and scholars at the University of Iowa.


Student Life and Activities

Make connections with campus and community groups such as Friends of International Students, the International Women's Club (also available to J-1 scholars and their spouses) or join ISSS programs such as Friends Without Borders or the Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity leadership program.

Guide to Living in Iowa City

The Guide to Living in Iowa City covers more detailed, but often confusing, information on topics such as banking, obtaining a driver's license, transportation systems, communication services, housing, safety, families, and more.

Academic Resources

Goals of the academic system, keys to academic success, and study skills are some of the topics covered in this section.

Intercultural Training

ISSS offers several workshops and programs for students, staff, and faculty that help increase intercultural awareness and skill building, improve recognition of the ways in which culture impacts behaviors, values, beliefs, and our interactions in and out of the classroom, and the experiences international students and scholars frequently have while in the U.S.  Custom workshops can also be created for departments and organizations upon request.

Cultural Adjustment

Find useful information on American values, dealing with culture shock, nonverbal communication, relationships with Americans, religion, and communication suggestions.

Life in Iowa

The Life in Iowa program is an extended orientation series throughout the year that offers workshops on academics, cultural events, career information, and social events.

Volunteer with International Scholar Council

The International Scholar Council is a group of University of Iowa staff and faculty members and individuals from the greater Iowa City community who meet once a month to plan events organized for J1 cross-cultural exchange visitors and their families.