Incoming Exchange Students


We are very pleased that you have decided to spend your exchange period in the U.S. at Iowa State University (ISU).  You will find us to be a welcoming and safe community in the heartland of America. 

"ISU is located in Ames, a city of population 50,000. Ames is situated in the state of Iowa in the middle of the United States. Ames is fifty kilometers from Des Moines, a city of 200,000. Visitors land at the international airport in Des Moines and travel the short distance to Ames. Ames is a beautiful city with many parks, excellent public schools, and a very low crime rate. The long history of cooperation between ISU and Ames has helped maintain a very high quality of life for those in both communities. Ames has been designated an All-American City and was recently named the second best small city in America. These awards recognize Ames as one of the most livable, well-run, safe cities in the United States. The motto of the city is, 'Ames, where the world meets.'"

–From the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) Website

You are welcome here!

Are you ready to begin you adventure at ISU?

Click here to start your application: ISU Exchange Student Application

Why ISU?

In these links you will find information on Iowa State University and Ames, Iowa, the city voted one of the best college towns in the USA:

What classes can you take?

At ISU the terms class and course are interchangable. You might know them as papers, or modules.

Campus life

Wondering where you can live, while at ISU?

Who can help me during my exchange?

Contact Information for:

College of Argriculture and Life Sciences
Study Abroad

College of Business
International Programs
Student Resources Tools

College of Design
Global Design Connection
International Experiences

College of Engineering
Study Abroad

College of Human Sciences
Student Services Staff Directory

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Study Abroad

IMPORTANT:  Please indicate on all correspondence with Iowa State offices (the Department of Residence, the ISSO, etc.) that you are an Exchange Student.

For questions, contact the Study Abroad Center, the Incoming Exchange coordinator (incomingexchange@iastate.eduor the International Programs Office of your college on campus (see list above). We look forward to seeing you soon.

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