Citizen Diplomacy Network

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University of Iowa, International Programs

Active Areas:

Higher Education, Culture and Arts, Educational Exchanges, International Visitors, Volunteer Service, K-12 Education

Age Groups:

Children (12 years & under), Teens (13-17 years), Young Adults (18 – 24 years), Adults, Seniors, Families, Groups

Countries Served:

Active all over the world: UI-sponsored study abroad programs are available in 47 countries; the UI maintains formal agreements and linkages with institutions in 45 countries worldwide; international students at the UI represent 112 different countries


1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, Iowa, 52242, USA


Phone: (319) 353-2700
[email protected]

At the University of Iowa, International Programs functions as a catalyst for internationalization and a hub for international activities.

  • International Programs at the University of Iowa provides leadership and support for internationally-oriented teaching, research, creative work and community engagement.

    IP administration, faculty and staff have the common objectives of:

    • Internationalizing the undergraduate, graduate and professional curricula across departments and disciplines
    • Promoting international scholarship, educational exchange and linkages with individuals and institutions abroad
    • Enhancing the Iowa experience for international students and scholars
    • Furthering globally-oriented knowledge and activities across the state and in partnership with the state of Iowa
    • Helping create a community and society responsive to the increasingly global needs and obligations of citizenship
  • International Programs offers the following services to the University of Iowa and greater Iowa community:

    • International Student and Scholar Services, including international student orientations, immigration and personal advising, and ongoing assistance to the UI’s international community
    • Study Abroad advising, program development and administration, and services to support UI students before, during and following a study experience abroad
    • Grants and Funding support, to assist UI faculty and students in identifying and applying for available funding opportunities for international research, study, and projects
    • Intercultural Training services, offered in collaboration with the Chief Diversity Office, which prepare UI faculty and staff, students, and the greater community to be effective global citizens through a variety of training programs and assessment tools
    • Classroom and Community Programs, to connect Iowans with the world, including classroom presentations, culture kits, teacher training, and community programs and events, such as WorldCanvass
    • Academic Support for centers and programs in International Programs
    • Communications and Relations services, to promote and share the international research and scholarship of UI faculty, staff and students through various media and public engagement activities
  • In 1997, the Iowa Board of Regents brought international research, instruction and services together under the leadership of an associate provost and dean for International Programs. The associate provost and dean is supported by the assistant provost of International Programs, who provides comprehensive oversight of staff and services. International Programs’ predecessor, the Office of International Education and Services (OIES), began in 1971 with the goal of creating an integrated, multipurpose international education office to help unify Iowa City and the growing international enrollment. Today, International Programs brings together a variety of programs and services as the hub of all international activities at the University of Iowa.

  • Job Announcement

    Assistant Director of Recruitment
    The CIMBA Italy program at the University of Iowa is hiring an Assistant Director of Recruitment. The Assistant Director of Recruitment performs all the operations within the recruiting and marketing functions for both the undergraduate and graduate CIMBA Italy study abroad programs. The activities include, but are not limited to, designing, coordinating, and evaluating recruitment and marketing activities and assisting in the planning and budgeting of such activities. Pre-departure support, advice, and orientations for accepted students are also provided by this position. The position requires travel (about 30% of the time) to consortium schools to execute recruitment events, including presentations, fairs, and meetings with advisors, students, professors, and administrators. As a key part of the team that each student interacts with, this position plays a critical role in every student's experience and supports the CIMBA program's culture of personalized attention. In addition, skills in utilizing social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook for recruitment are needed.

    Other Announcements

    International Accents- Our online journal, International Accents is home to our latest news articles on international happenings on campus, upcoming events, and feature stories. Find it at

    WorldCanvass – International Programs’ radio and television program WorldCanvass brings together a variety of guests for discussion on international topics once a month during the academic year. Joan Kjaer hosts the series, which is recorded for distribution on UITV, YouTube, iTunes, and the Public Radio Exchange. To learn more, visit

    Provost’s Global Forum- The Provost’s Global Forum is the premier annual event at the University of Iowa focused on international and global issues. It brings together experts from a variety of areas to raise awareness about and contribute to debate on the foremost issues in globalization that face us today. The next forum will be held in 2015 on the topic “The Arab Spring in a Global Context.”

    Every September and January, Study Abroad in International Programs holds a fair to introduce UI students to study abroad opportunities around the world.

    International Student and Scholar Services’ ongoing orientation program International at Iowa and the new Global at Iowa program provide international students with the resources they need to succeed in American culture.

    International Programs at the University of Iowa hosts a variety of unique events each week. Learn more here