The University of Iowa

Academics and International Students

This section assists those who work with international students in an academic capacity, including professors, instructors, and academic advisors.

If clarification is needed, or to consult regarding a specific case, please contact International Student and Scholar Services by email or phone at 319-335-0335.  

A special listserv is also available for departments at  This listserv is ideal for those who interact with international students and scholars in F-1 or J-1 status at the University of Iowa.  Reminders of immigration-related regulations and deadlines will be sent throughout the year to enable  academic advisors, faculty, HR staff, and others to help keep track of the legal needs and deadlines of their international students and scholars.


Topics for Academic Advisors and Faculty


Academic Advisors and the iHawk System

To complete many international student requests, ISSS often must get input from academic advisors regarding the student’s new academic plans. This happens through use of our online iHawk program, where students initiate a special e-form based on the action needed.  The student inputs the email address of the academic advisor, who receives an alert via UI email asking them to log in and answer a series of questions regarding the student's academic situation.  You may simply click on the link provided in the email and it will automatically log you in.

Please understand this is supplemental input only.  Any final decision on granting or denying an immigration benefit rests solely with the Designated School Officials (DSOs), i.e. ISSS advisors, who are granted authority from the Department of Homeland Security.