Special Considerations for UI Students

Maintain Your @uiowa.edu Connection

Communication from the UI, including the Study Abroad office, must be sent to your @uiowa.edu email address. If you use another provider, log in to MyUI to make sure that your UI mail is properly routed to that address.

Registration at Iowa & Fees

Don’t forget to register in MyUI for your semester abroad! If you’re participating in a UI program, your study abroad advisor will provide you with the appropriate registration and billing information.

If you’re participating in a program offered by another U.S. or foreign university, you must register for ABRD:3500 Study Abroad. A one-time registration fee (not tuition!) will appear on the first U-bill sent to you during the session you’re abroad (i.e. on Aug. 1, Jan. 1 or June 1).

Housing in the UI Residence Halls

If you're currently living in the residence halls and will be leaving before your contract has finished, be sure to cancel your housing before leaving! Obtain a letter verifying your participation in a study abroad program from the Study Abroad office.

If you wish to live in the residence halls or the International Crossroads Community upon return, make the appropriate arrangements with the Housing Assignment Office (Burge Hall) before you leave campus in order to maintain your priority status for on-campus housing.

Completing Your Graduation Requirements While Abroad

File the "Application for Degree" form on MyUI. Be sure to submit the application by the application deadline. You may still request to participate in the graduation ceremonies if you will be in Iowa City during that time.

For more information about completing graduation requirements while abroad, contact the Registrar's Office.

Deadlines for Financial Aid / Scholarships / Honors

While abroad, you need to stay on top of other application cycles back here in Iowa. In particular, you should be aware of deadlines for applying for federal, state and institutional financial aid for the following year. Scholarship deadlines and application procedures vary considerably. Scholarships that you currently receive may need to be renewed by a specific date. If appropriate, discuss with your academic advisor the procedure/timeline for being considered for membership in your discipline’s honor society. Find out what you need to do before going abroad.

Planning Early Registration For Your Return

In order to participate in early registration for the semester you will be returning to the UI, you will need to make arrangements prior to departure.

  • Consult with your academic advisor to determine the classes you need and the classes you want.

While You Are Abroad

  • First, make sure your U-bill is paid in full. Registration is blocked for students with an outstanding bill.
  • Contact your academic advisor to ask about being cleared to register for the upcoming session.
  • Maintain contact with your academic advisor. Identify the most convenient way to contact your advisor and do so three weeks before early registration begins. Check the Registar's Academic Calendar for details on when the early registration period begins.
  • Your advisor may wish to see a copy of your intended schedule before releasing your registration number.

Note: Some departments (e.g. Communication Studies, Journalism) have an internal registration process prior to the UI’s early registration period. If you are majoring in a department with such a process, start the ball rolling early & stay in touch with the relevant faculty/staff in your department.