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!


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.

Upcoming Events

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Life in Iowa: Museum Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, August 17, 2024 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Old Capitol Museum
Join Life in Iowa for a scavenger hunt at the Old Capitol Museum to explore Iowa's history, win prizes, and connect with fellow UI students!

Multicultural Showcase

Friday, November 15, 2024 7:00pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
All are welcome to attend the University of Iowa 2024 Multicultural Showcase, part of the University of Iowa’s (UI) annual celebration of International Education Week (Nov. 18–22).
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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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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

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