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USAC Virtual Global Courses

USAC Virtual Global Courses

Through the wide variety of USAC Virtual Global Courses available, you can select courses that apply a global lens to your chosen field of study or opt for courses that allow you to explore new subjects. In this online learning environment, you will connect regularly with the USAC professor, often based in another country, as well as other university students from across the U.S.

USAC utilizes learning management systems that allow you to access course materials, assignments, and other course components at your convenience. The methods of instruction may include both synchronous and asynchronous elements. Synchronous elements include interactive discussion sessions, online chat sessions, and virtual office hours. Asynchronous elements include pre-recorded lectures, videos, PowerPoint presentations, handouts, quizzes, and more. 

Want to apply? Call our front desk 319-335-0353 to make an appointment with Ryan Ourada (

Application Deadline

August 10, 2020

Course Dates

August 31 - December 11, 2020



  • 2.0 GPA or higher 
  • In good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa
  • Meet the academic pre-requisites (if any) of the course(s)
  • 18 years old at the time of application

Note: Students need a computer with speakers, a microphone, and a camera as well as access to reliable internet serve. Access to Microsoft Teams for Education and Office 365 will be provided for the duration of the semester. 


You will receive transfer credit which will be calculated into your transfer GPA and therefore will affect your overall University of Iowa GPA.

USAC Virtual Global Courses

Courses are taught in English unless otherwise listed.  If you have additional questions about fulfilling requirements towards a major, minor, certificate or general education requirements, please email Ryan Ourada ( 

View USAC virtual course listing



USAC course fees*: $985 per course (3 s.h.)

*USAC is waiving the application fee for 2020-21 to allow you to apply to virtual courses at no financial risk.

University of Iowa fees: $400 Study Abroad Administrative Fee

Textbooks: Estimated at $75 - $150 per course

Billing: You will pay USAC directly for their course fee(s), and the University of Iowa fees will be assessed through the U-Bill.

Scholarships: You can apply for the Need Based Grants through the Study Abroad office. 

Application Process

  1. Call 319-335-0353 to schedule a Zoom meeting with UI Sr. Study Abroad Advisor Ryan Ourada. Full application instructions will be provided during this meeting.
  2. You will receive an email from Ryan Ourada with link to complete UI Study Abroad program application. 
  3. Complete the USAC program application. 
  4. Monitor email for acceptance decision from USAC. 
  5. Confirmation of participation in online courses will be required.

 USAC Virtual Global Courses Application