The University of Iowa

International Programs to celebrate ribbon-cutting event for UI's first passport office

October 30th, 2021

International Programs is proud to announce the Grand Opening Celebration of the University of Iowa Passport Office, Wednesday, November 17, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in 1111 University Capitol Centre. 

Open to the public, festivities will include remarks from Russ Ganim, associate provost and dean of International Programs, a ribbon-cutting, free UI luggage tags, light refreshments, and a visit from Herky, who will be applying for a passport and posing for selfies.

The UI Passport Office serves the University of Iowa community and the general public. Conveniently located in 1111 University Capitol Centre, the office processes new U.S. passport applications and child/minor renewal applications. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (319) 353-2700.

Reflecting on the significance of a passport office on campus, Ganim commented, “The opening of a U.S. Passport Acceptance Facility on the UI campus demonstrates Iowa’s commitment to international education and Iowa’s openness to the world. The passport office is a resource open not just to the university, but to the community at large. In this day and age, a passport is just as important as a driver’s license. Our goal is to help Iowans learn about the world by giving them the tools to explore it.”

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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Sarolta Petersen in advance at or 319-335-3862.