International Student and Scholar Services


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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.

The iHawk System

iHawk is an online self-service portal for international students, scholars, and UI departments. iHawk enables individuals to access record information and submit e-form requests to International Student and Scholar Services. 

- Admitted, active and former international students and scholars may log in to their iHawk account using their HawkID and password through “Client Services.”

- UI departments should select “Administrative Services for University Departments” and request access.

ISSS Announcements

Beware of EB-5 Green Card Scams!

February 16, 2017 - The University of Iowa learned of a recent court case from January 2017 involving local scams conducted against international students in Iowa City where investment money was taken in promise of helping the students obtain the EB-5 green card.  The case, involving New Asian Food Corporation and defendants Jennifer Xie, Mindy Xie, and Bin Yun Sun, was concluded in early January 2017.  More information may be found on this Chinese news site or in this PDF icontranslated version.  This information has also been verified independently and court details are available on Iowa Courts Online.  ALWAYS be cautious if you are being offered unauthorized employment, or opportunities to give someone "investment" money in promise of getting you a green card.  Consult an ISSS advisor or an immigration attorney before you take any action.

Walk-In Hours

  • Monday: 9:30-11:30 & 1:30-3:30
  • Tuesday: 9:30-11:30 & 1:30- 3:30
  • Wednesday: 1:30-3:30
  • Thursday: 9:30-11:30 & 1:30-3:30
  • Friday: 9:30-11:30 & 1:30-3:30

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

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