The University of Iowa

New Students & Scholars

Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Questions specific to our community of international students and scholars can be found here.

New Students

Welcome to the University of Iowa! You will find important information for incoming F-1/J-1 international students and their parents/family here. If you have any questions about pre-arrival or orientation, please email

(Note: Prospective international students seeking information about being admitted to and attending the UI should visit UI Admissions)

New Scholars

The UI hosts nearly 400 J-1 scholars annually, who come to the university for research, teaching, observation, and other professional activities.

Note that the University’s J-1 program does not allow participants to undertake medical residencies or other advanced formal medical education. Individuals interested in such activities should contact Graduate Medical Education which has responsibility for foreign medical residents and fellows at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Faculty and research professionals who wish to pursue eligibility for longer term temporary worker immigration status should contact Faculty and Staff Immigration Services which processes applications for temporary H-1B, O-1, and TN immigration statuses as well as permanent residence for faculty and professional employees.