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.

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.

SERVICES AND PROGRAMS TO INTERNATIONALIZE THE CAMPUS

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.

Learn more about the programs and services we offer:

 

"You can literally gain everything from this place: professional development, academic success, lifetime friendships and valuable social connections, leadership improvement, and a better sense of global awareness and civic engagement and so much more." 

- Zhiting "Jack" Feng, double majored in biochemistry and ethics & public policy 

 

Walk-In Hours

ISSS sees students on a walk-in basis in 1111 University Capitol Centre.  Students are not assigned to specific advisors and instead meet with the advisor available at that time.  

 

Mondays: 9:30 am-11:30 am and 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

Tuesdays: 9:30 am-11:30 am and 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

Wednesdays: 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

Thursdays: 9:30 am-11:30 am and 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

Fridays: 9:30 am-11:30 am and 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

Quick Links

ISSS News
Mishma Nixon, international student at the University of Iowa
12/3/2019

International student spotlight: Mishma Nixon

Every year thousands of international students make the fearless decision to advance their education in the United States. With thousands of colleges to choose from, these students qualify for some of the most prestigious programs in the nation. As prospective scholars weed out their options, they soon begin looking for an institution that feels like home. More than 3,100 international students and scholars currently call the University of Iowa home. Beyond their academic programs, the university has proven to be a welcoming, supportive, and integrated space for international applicants. And for a student like Mishma Nixon, current second-year Hawkeye student originally from Sri Lanka, that was all she could ask for.
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Building Our Global Community 15th Anniversary Logo
11/14/2019

Building Our Global Community Celebrates 15 Years

Building Our Global Community is a free program offered to all University of Iowa faculty and staff members interested in gaining insight on the experiences and expectations of international students and scholars. Going on 15 years, the program has transformed the education system and relationships faculty and staff members create with international students and scholars.
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