International Student and Scholar Services

  • Read a Q&A with Clarisse Chia about her experience as an international student at the University of Iowa
  • Follow along as international student Jiayan Ji chronicles her experience studying abroad in Iceland
  • Photo of Qingyang Su
    Read a Q&A with Qingyang Su about his experience as an international student at the UI

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 with immigration issues is a significant part of our work, with over 10,000 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.

PDF iconLearn more about the programs and services offered to international students and read the latest report by the International Student Committee on PDF iconInitiatives to Support Internationalization and International Student Integration.

Read our annual Statistical Report to find out how many international students and scholars are at the University of Iowa, where they are from, and their areas of study.  Reports from prior years are also available.

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.  Walk-in hours are:

  • Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays, Fridays 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Mondays through Fridays 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

See the ISSS Facebook page for announcements when the office may be closed.

Friday, April 20 - ISSS office closed, no phone/email advising or document processing

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