The University of Iowa

International Student and Scholar Services

International Student and Scholar Services

The official source of information and support for international students and scholars at the University of Iowa.


Recently, the University of Iowa announced that students with exceptional financial need can apply for financial assistance from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF). While this funding has been available to U.S. citizen students in the past, we’re happy to say that this time it will also be available to international students. That means that any international students who have experienced unanticipated financial hardship will be eligible to apply for this financial assistance to cover either the cost of attending the university or emergency costs related to COVID-19.

International students will be able to apply for this funding through an application which will appear in MyUI in October. We will send another message once the application is ready, but we wanted to send this message now to let international students know that they are eligible. There will also be a second round of funding during the spring semester for students who have a need at that time.

Our mission

International Student and Scholar Services of the University of Iowa provides leadership in international education and intercultural learning through services to international students and scholars, their dependents, the University, and the surrounding community.  We enhance the academic, cultural, and social pursuits of our students and scholars through exceptional immigration and personal advising as well as outstanding cross-cultural programming and training.


ISSS is more than the "immigration" office.  Although helping international students and scholars in F, M, and J status with immigration issues is a significant part of our work, with nearly 9000 in-person visits to advisors each year and thousands of electronic forms processed, we are also heavily involved in intercultural and adjustment programming for students and scholars, providing cultural competency and intercultural awareness training for staff and faculty, and supporting the Iowa City area community to be a welcoming place for international visitors.

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