The University of Iowa

International Student Advisory Board


The International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) seeks to voice international student concerns and to advocate for international student needs in order to improve 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.

What's New

ISAB members

ISAB Received Diversity Catalyst Award 

ISAB is one of the recipients for the Diversity Catalyst Award in Spring 2021. See all the Diversity Catalyst Award winners, including ISAB here

See more news about ISAB's Diversity Catalyst Award here

iPeer Mentorship Program for International Students

In Fall 2020, a project group was formed within the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB), including two undergraduate members (Yangyi “Edward” Luo and Zephyr Xiao) and two graduate members (Jeff Lai and Alaa Albashayreh), to discuss the development of a peer mentorship program. Some of the initial goals of the program included connecting a new student with an experienced international student prior to their arrival to help answer questions related to arrival, provide informal advice on academic, career exploration, and connect the new students to campus resources and opportunities once the new students arrive on campus. Additional feedback was gathered from all 2020–2021 ISAB members. In Spring 2021, a pilot program was run by the project group members. By the end of Spring 2021, the mentorship program was officially named iPeer Mentorship Program, and the operation of the program was transitioned out of ISAB. 

Learn more about IPeer Mentorship Program

International Student Experience During Pandemic Fall 2020 Survey

This survey is created in collaboration between the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) and the Undergraduate Student Government (USG). The purpose of this survey is to better understand your experience as an international student in areas such as academics, off-campus housing, health and wellbeing, employment, and others. USG and ISAB plan to use experiences that you provide to advocate on actions and resources to improve international student experience. 

See the full report of the survey here

Advocacy On Behalf of International Students

See Dean Ganim's statement responding to ISAB's outreach regarding summer 2020 SEVP guidance. 

Applying to ISAB

2021-2022 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 2021 retreat will be held on Zoom for two half days instead.

Retreat dates:

  1. Saturday, August 28, 2021, 9:00am-4:00pm  (or two alternate half-days on Saturday, August 28, 2021, 9:00am-12:00 and Saturday, September 4, 2021, 9:00am-12:00pm)
  2. Saturday, January 22, 2022, 9:00am-4:00pm 
  • Must attend a full-day NCBI training in the fall semester (7 hours)  
  • Must attend a monthly joint meeting from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. on October 2, November 6, February 25, March 26, April 23 
  • Graduate board members must attend bi-weekly graduate board meeting (1.5 hours) 
  • Undergraduate board members must attend weekly undergraduate board meeting on Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. or 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   


ISAB members on Zoom for reunion

What ISAB has done

ISAB Bylaws

Connect with isab


Ebenezer, Grad Board Chair
Jeff, grad member
Frankline, Grad Communication Director
Yeji, grad member
Onyeche Oche, Grad Board Secretary

Simal, grad member

Byeolbee, grad member

Ya'u, grad member

Myhao, grad member

Hao, grad member
Mishma, undergrad member
Ayushi, Undergrad Board Chair
Divija, Undergrad Board Secretary
Tong, undergrad member
Mallika, undergrad member

Yujun, undergrad member

Seongsu, undergrad member
Tejaswini, Communication Director

Khaled, grad member

Rajiv, grad member

Xinyu, grad member

Ify, grad member

Fay, undergrad member

Anthony, undergrad member

Ariadna, undergrad member