University of Iowa


This section of our website is for parents of students who are considering (or planning to) study abroad.

Paris? Accra? Shanghai? Santiago? As it turns out, coming to Iowa City is only the first step in a long educational journey!

Last year more than 1,300 UI students studied abroad in 75 different countries. While this means that about 20% of our students have a significant international experience before graduating, the UI wants many more students to take advantage of the opportunity.

Why? Studying abroad is an eye-opening, transformative experience. We encourage students to step through doors opened by the university to the larger world, to test classroom theories against practical realities, to use language skills 24/7 rather than an hour every other day, to experience other cultures directly. Students return more independent, self-confident, flexible and tolerant. It’s a great opportunity to enhance critical thinking skills through problem solving in a cross-cultural context.

The UI offers summer, semester and academic year programs in 50 countries on 6 continents. We also allow UI students to participate in programs offered by other U.S. or foreign universities, multiplying the possibilities a hundredfold. We want students to choose programs that are appropriate for them given their own academic and personal objectives.

Your student will need your support before, during, and after their study abroad experience. This section of our website is designed to address some of the questions you may have. We also recommend reading “A Parent Guide to Study Abroad” by Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, Allan Goodman and William Gertz. You can order your copy of this 58-page booklet free from our office by filling out this form. This booklet is written specifically for parents and contains critical and practical information about studying abroad.

If there are any other questions you think we should address, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Study Abroad staff
University of Iowa