The 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


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) or 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.


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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.


Learn more about intercultural training opportunities


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Living in Iowa City

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

Learn more about Living in Iowa City

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Cultural Adjustment

Find useful information on American values, dealing with culture shock, nonverbal communication, relationships with Americans, religion, and communication suggestions.

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Life in Iowa

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.

Learn more about Life in Iowa