University of Iowa

Our Mission and Services

At the University of Iowa, International Programs functions as a catalyst for internationalization and a hub for international activities.  In 1997, the Iowa Board of Regents brought international research, instruction and services together under the leadership of an associate provost and dean for International Programs. The associate provost and dean is supported by the assistant provost of International Programs, who provides comprehensive oversight of staff and services.


International Programs at the University of Iowa provides leadership and support for internationally-oriented teaching, research, creative work and community engagement.

IP administration, faculty and staff have the common objectives of:

  • Internationalizing the undergraduate, graduate and professional curricula across departments and disciplines
  • Promoting international scholarship, educational exchange and linkages with individuals and institutions abroad
  • Enhancing the Iowa experience for international students and scholars
  • Furthering globally-oriented knowledge and activities across the state and in partnership with the state of Iowa
  • Helping create a community and society responsive to the increasingly global needs and obligations of citizenship

Services offered by International Programs

  • International Student and Scholar Services, including international student orientations, immigration and personal advising, and ongoing assistance to the UI’s international community
  • Study Abroad advising, program development and administration, and services to support UI students before, during and following a study experience abroad
  • Grants and Funding support, to assist UI faculty and students in identifying and applying for available funding opportunities for international research, study, and projects
  • Intercultural Training services, offered in collaboration with the Chief Diversity Office, which prepare UI faculty and staff, students, and the greater community to be effective global citizens through a variety of training programs and assessment tools
  • Classroom and Community Programs, to connect Iowans with the world, including classroom presentations, culture kits, teacher training, and community programs and events, such as WorldCanvass
  • Academic Support for centers and programs (see below) in International Programs
  • Communications and Relations services, to promote and share the international research and scholarship of UI faculty, staff and students through various media and public engagement activities

IP Academic Centers and Programs

African Studies Program
Caribbean, Diaspora, and Atlantic Studies
Center for Asian and Pacific Studies
Confucius Institute
European Studies Group
Global Health Studies Program
King Sejong Institute
Latin American Studies Program
South Asian Studies Program

In Fall 2014, International Programs conducted a review of the structure and activities of its eight faculty-led programs and centers. The report was published in April 2015. Read the strategic assessment and the results of the review and recommendations.