ISAB reunion over zoom


The International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) seeks to voice international student concerns and to advocate for international student needs in order to improve the international student experience and create a more inclusive campus environment for international students.  


ISAB, established in 2014, is a joint initiative between University of Iowa Student Government, Graduate & Professional Student Government, International Programs, and the Division of Student Life.

Board Functions

To fulfill the mission, ISAB serves the following functions:

Advocacy - ISAB serves to raise concerns from international students collectively and formally, and to educate the campus about issues related to international students. 

Sounding Board - ISAB provides recommendation to assist university departments on improving services or programs to better serve international students. ISAB also gathers feedback from international students formally or informally. 

Relationship Building - ISAB continues to build relationships with individual students, international student organizations, as well as other organizations on campus to hear their stories, needs, and concerns.

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Applying to ISAB

2022-2023 ISAB Commitment

  • Must be available for two full-day retreats (7 hours each). If the pandemic continues and the group cannot gather in person, the Fall 2022 retreat will be held on Zoom.

Retreat dates: Saturday, August 27, 2022, 9:00am-4:00pm / Saturday, January 21, 2023, 9:00am-4:00pm

  • Must attend a full-day NCBI training in the fall semester (7 hours)
  • Must attend 2 joint meeting from 9:00am-10:30am on Saturday, October 7, 2022 and Saturday, April 22, 2023
  • Graduate board members must attend bi-weekly graduate board meeting (1.5 hours)
  • Undergraduate board members must attend weekly undergraduate board meeting on Fridays, 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Members are expected to devote roughly 10 hours per month (for meetings, outreach, projects, email or in person communication, etc.)
  • Maintain communication between board meetings
  • If members are interested in implementing new initiatives, additional meeting will be needed

Application closed, check back in August, 2022.


  • Khyathi, Grad Board Chair
  • Jeff, grad member
  • Manisha, Grad Communication Director
  • Yeji, grad member
  • Sailee, grad member
  • Raaman, grad member
  • Ya'u, Liaison to Graduate and Professional Student Government
  • Ikechukwu, grad member
  • Miguel, grad member
  • Ziyi, grad member
  • Xinyi, Grad Secretary
  • Divija, Undergrad Board Chair
  • Ariadna, Undergrad Secretary
  • Vacant, Undergrad Communication Director
  • Fay, Undergrad Communication Director
  • Vivian, undergrad member
  • Sophia, undergrad member
  • Tejaswini, Liaison to Undergraduate Student Government
  • Nafisa, undergrad member
ISAB members standing outside in a link wearing masks
ISAB members at Fall 2021 retreat

ISAB in the News

iPeer Mentorship Program supports new international students

Friday, February 4, 2022
Suyun Channon
Established in Fall 2020 by the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB), the iPeer Mentorship Program (iPeer) pairs new international students (mentees) with returning international students (mentors). As the only peer-to-peer mentorship program designed for international students on campus, iPeer aims to provide support to new international students for their transition in the first semester and personal development, as well as to empower them to become leaders on campus.

Student spotlight: Ebenezer (“Eben”) Aidoo

Monday, December 13, 2021
IP Staff
Ebenezer (“Eben”) Aidoo, PhD student in the UI Department of Communication Studies, had several admissions offers from other graduate programs, but chose the University of Iowa “…because of the outstanding teaching and learning resources available for graduate students, reasonable cost of living, stellar health insurance package for graduate teaching and research assistants, and the vibrant academic community in Iowa City.”

Student spotlight: Onyeche Oche

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
IP Staff
Onyeche Oche, PhD student in the UI College of Pharmacy, had several admission offers from other pharmacy programs, but chose the University of Iowa after meeting with faculty members, who Oche says, “…saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself.”

Other Resources

What ISAB has done

ISAB Bylaws

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