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.

Program Facilitation - ISAB will facilitate programs to connect international student groups with domestic student groups to increase engage and cross-cultural interaction on campus.

What's New

Mentorship Program for International Students

The international student mentorship pilot program in Spring 2021 is focusing on improving the personal development of international students by pairing a mentor with a new student, both are international students. Mentors will provide advice and share their own experience in academic experience, career exploration, cultural adjustment and connect mentees with resources on campus.

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   

How to Apply

Deadline: March 21, 2021, at 11:59 pm

Apply now


What ISAB has done

ISAB Bylaws

Connect with isab


Alaa Albashayreh
Redwan Bin Abdul Baten, Grad Board Chair
Jeff Lai
Gordon Louie
Frankline Matanji
Yeji Son
Soumya Venkitakrishnan, Grad Board Secretary
Nafisa Kamal Ayntee
Mary Hartel, Get To Know Us Director
Mishma Nixon, Undergrad Board Chair
Ayushi Sood, Undergrad Board Secretary
Krystal Wu
Edward Luo
Zephyr Xiao
Tejaswini Kannan, Communication Director