University of Iowa

Community, Academic & Cultural Resources and Training

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

This page 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.

Intercultural Training Opportunities with ISSS

ISSS offers several workshops and programs for students, staff, and faculty that help increase intercultural awareness and skill building, improve recognition of the ways in which culture impacts behaviors, values, beliefs, and our interactions in and out of the classroom, and the experiences international students and scholars frequently have while in the U.S.  Custom workshops can also be created for departments and organizations upon request.

Programs and Resources to help adjust to living in the U.S.

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 offers workshops on academics, cultural events, career information, and social events.

Photo of the Mittal family

International Parents of the Year 2017 - Meenu and Suresh Mittal

International Student and Scholar Services is happy to announce the recipients of the 2017 International Parents of the Year award, Meenu and Suresh Mittal of India. The Mittals were nominated by their son, Sanjay, who previously received his Master of Business Administration with distinction in 2015 and is now a graduate student in the Master of Accountancy program in the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa.