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.

Welcome Back! A Message from Dean Russell Ganim

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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ISSS Announcements

Responding to the 2020 Census will be easier than ever for University of Iowa students and other internet users, who will be able to respond online for the first time in Census history.

Up to five invitations to respond to the 2020 Census will be mailed to all addresses beginning in mid-March. The invitations will include information about the different ways to respond to the census, which include online, by phone, or by mail.

When responding, UI students should be counted where they live and sleep most of the time as of April 1, 2020. For most students, that means in their college town, not their hometown with their parents.

Citizens of foreign countries who are living in the United States, including members of the diplomatic community, should be counted at the U.S. residence where they live and sleep most of time as of April 1, 2020.
For more information, visit the U.S. 2020 Census website.

What happens with your response:

  • Responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law.
  • Answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against a person in any way.
  • No law enforcement agency (including DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use personal information at any time.
  • Answers cannot be used for law enforcement purposes or to determine eligibility for government benefits.
  • By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept confidential.

The Graduate College has received notice that earlier this week numerous provincial governments in China announced a Level One Public Health Emergency Response to the coronavirus, which calls for measures to contain the spread of the virus at all public venues, including test centers.  As a result, all IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, and GMAT exams scheduled for the rest of February and all of March have been cancelled.
All testing organizations will fully refund test-takers; however, in addition to providing you this update, the purpose of this message is to provide you with a campus resource for assisting affected applicants, who may now have trouble meeting your application requirements and deadlines.  The UI Director of International Admissions, Andrew Wade ( is available to respond to departmental inquiries about obtaining test results for applicants and/or other options for individual test takers trying to meet your application deadlines.  We hope that you will reach out to him if you need support assisting applicants during this national health emergency in China. 

Soumya Venkitakrishnan

International student profile: Soumya Venkitakrishnan

Initially enrolled as a PhD student in speech and hearing science, Venkitakrishnan soon added the AUD (clinical doctorate in audiology) program. “There are a lot of challenges that come with being a combined PhD and AUD student, but my department has helped me manage clinical schedules and teaching assignments and my research advisor has been very understanding, “ says Venkitakrishnan. “I love my department. I realize why it is ranked so highly as one of the best programs—my department has been really supportive of everything I have wanted to do.”

In the news: Let Iowa's international students stay here and learn

The COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement reveal cracks in U.S. institutions and a need to refocus our collective energy on human rights — especially when policies target vulnerable community members. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s announcement on July 6 revealed the federal government’s willingness to hurt international students.