Before You Apply


You have decided to expand your Iowa State adventure even further by going abroad. So, what’s the next step?

You can start by searching ISUAbroad for programs you might be interested in. Whether you would like to do a short-term program, a semester or year abroad, intensive language study, or find an internship, you can find it through ISUAbroad. Study Abroad Center programs are open to any student in any major. Each ISU college has additional programs available. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences allows any student in any major to participate on their programs. Each of ISU’s other colleges (Agriculture and Life Sciences, Business, Design, Engineering, Human Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine) have programs primarily for students who have majors within that College. You can apply for any ISU program as well as Study Abroad scholarships directly through ISUAbroad.

If you would like help with any part of the process, we encourage you to come to our office (3226 Memorial Union) to chat with a Peer Advisor. Every Peer Advisor has already studied abroad and is here to help with any question you may have including the general application process, finding courses at an institution, and how to make housing and travel arrangements. We also provide assistance with how to get a U.S. passport or visa in order to study abroad. Peer Advisors can share their own experiences and help you narrow down which program you would like to do. Appointments are not necessary, and Peer Advisors are available for walk-in consultations any time during normal business hours (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday during the academic year; 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday during the summer). They can also schedule a follow-up meeting with one of our Program Coordinators if you have more specific questions about a particular program.

If you are unable to come to the office, you can call (515) 294-6792 with general questions during business hours or email

You should also come to the Study Abroad Fair toward the beginning of each semester (mid-September and mid-January) in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. This is a great opportunity to interact with staff and students who have already studied abroad. They can give you a better idea of which program is best for you.