Find the support and guidance you need

Whether you’re new to Iowa or nearing graduation, our staff are dedicated to enhancing the academic, cultural, and social pursuits of our students through exceptional immigration and personal advising. Learn how we can help support your success both inside and outside the classroom.

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F-1 Students

As an international student pursuing a full course of study at the University of Iowa, there are a lot of resources available to help you navigate your way through academic pursuits and living in Iowa. In our F-1 student section, you’ll find information related to academic and cultural resources, employment options, maintaining your status, and more. We are so happy to have you here!

J-1 Students

As a student participating in an exchange or sponsored program, you no doubt want to make the most of your experience here at Iowa. In our J-1 student section, you’ll find information on adjusting to life in Iowa, academic resources, maintaining your status, and more. Welcome!

Appointments

Meet with an ISSS adviser during our virtual and walk-in advising hours.

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Life in Iowa

This program is designed to assist you in adjusting to life and the academic system here at Iowa. Don't miss these cultural events, academic sessions, and career series.

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iPeer Network

The iPeer Mentorship Program pairs new international students (mentees) with returning international students (mentor) to provide support to new international students for their transition and personal development, as well as to empower them to become leaders on campus. 

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Guide to Living in Iowa City

This guide is packed full of good advice and recommendations for living in IC. 

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Intercultural Training

International Student and Scholar Services hosts a number of intercultural training programs, many of which are geared toward undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

Learn about the programs

Upcoming Events

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EAC: Story Stitch

Friday, February 23, 2024 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Virtual
In this interactive session, we will engage in the Story Stitch activity to learn about each other through the stories shared and conversations ignited. This activity involves splitting into groups with each member introducing themselves, and then the group taking turns answering story card questions with members having the opportunity to build on each other’s answers using the stitch cards. By engaging in this activity, we will learn more about the unique backgrounds of the group and become more connected.
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ISSE Jeopardy Event

Friday, February 23, 2024 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
You think you know your geography? Do you want to compete for a chance to win some prizes? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then we invite you to partake in ISSE’s Jeopardy event. If you think you’ve got what it takes, then come on down and test your knowledge. The winning team will be getting prizes as well.
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Life in Iowa and ISSE Weekly Coffee Hour

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 11:30am to 12:30pm
University Capitol Centre
Starting Jan. 23, 2024, Life in Iowa and International Student Support and Engagement invite international students and scholars at the University of Iowa to join them for a weekly coffee hour.
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BGC: Navigating Intercultural Conflicts

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Virtual
In this two-part interactive session, you will learn about the four intercultural conflict styles. You will discover your preferred cultural approach for resolving conflict and that of others by completing the Intercultural Conflict Style (ICS) inventory developed by Dr. Mitchell Hammer. In addition, there will be opportunities to apply ICS concepts in practice through discussion and case studies.
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Employment Tips for International Students

The Pomerantz Career Center has a special page dedicated to international students. 

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COVID-19 FAQs

Get answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19, specifically as it relates to international students and scholars.

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Mental Health Resources for International Students

Access information specific to your needs

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