Programs and Activities

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Programs and Activities Offered by ISSO:

Day Trips - One day trips open to all international students.  Destinations are around the Midwest.  Schedule is available at  Watch ISSO electronic newsletter for sign up and details.   

Graduation & Farewell Receptions - Celebration of successful end of the semester.  Graduating students receive a small gift and departing exchange studentsreceive an exchange certificate. Schedule is available at  Watch ISSO electronic newsletter for details.   

Ethnic Food Celebrations - International students are given an opportunity to team up with other students from the same country or region and create an authentic meal from their home country.  Cooking facilities and ingredients are provided by ISSO.  Schedule is available at  Watch ISSO electronic newsletter for details.  If interested in cooking, apply at

International Friendship Program - International students who would like an opportunity to get to know an American family may participate in this community based program which matches them with volunteer community families. This is an AAUW (American Association of University Women) program supported by the Office of International Programs.  Students may apply at, and families may apply at

Local Community Schools Cultural Exchange Program - International students can play games, create arts and crafts, play a national sport, make ethnic food, present a slideshow about their home country or anything else they can think of once a semester, once a month, once a week - whatever works for them!  Open to all academic international students.  If interested in volunteering, apply at

Lunch & Learn Workshops - One hour sessions held over the lunch period.  Each session features a different topic relevant to international students.  Lunch is provided to all who attend at no cost and one lucky attendee will leave with a prize!  Schedule is available at  Watch ISSO electronic newsletter for details.  

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Selected International Student Clubs and Organizations:

Chinese Student and Scholars Association

International Student Association

International Student Promoters

Saudi Students Club

Taiwanese Student Association

Turkish Student Association

UNI African Union

University of Northern Iowa Tibetan Students

Click here to view a full list of UNI's Student Organizations