Community, Academic & Cultural Resources

  • ali and kawther at a football game
    International students explore a local tradition: Hawkeye Football!
  • international women's club at diversity festival
    International Women’s Club connects women from all cultures
  • pumpking carving at a Life in Iowa event
    Pumpkin carving is a popular Life in Iowa event for Halloween
  • International students in front of old capitol
    Students pose with Herky on the Pentacrest of the UI campus
  • Friends of international students fall 2014 picnic
    Friends of International Students hosts an annual picnic

This section of our website is meant to serve as a reference guide for international students and scholars at the University of Iowa.

Student Life and Activities includes information on how to make connections with campus and community groups such as Friends of International Students, the International Women's Club (also available to J-1 scholars and their spouses), join ISSS programs such as Friends Without Borders or the Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity leadership program, learn about numerous student organizations and ways to get involved both on and off campus.

The Guide to Living in Iowa City covers more detailed but often confusing information on topics such as banking, driver's license, transportation systems, communication services, housing, safety, information for families, and Iowa weather to name a few.

Our page on Cultural Adjustment includes useful information on American values, dealing with culture shock, nonverbal communication, relationships with Americans, religion, and communication suggestions.

The Life in Iowa program is an extended "orientation" series throughout the year that provides workshops on academics, cultural events, career information, social events, and other useful topics.