For students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

The University of Iowa attracts the brightest students from across the world. International students entering in the fall (August) 2024 term will be considered for a limited number of merit scholarships. Financial assistance in the form of grants, loans, or need-based aid is not available for international students.

Please see the Scholarship and Grant Policies for additional information on awarding.

For incoming first-year international citizens (not U.S. citizens or permanent residents) who are graduates of a high school outside the U.S.

(International first-year students who will graduate from a U.S. high school are eligible for domestic non-resident scholarships.)


$2,000 - $15,000 per year

Minimum Requirements

International students entering the fall (August) 2024 term will be considered for merit scholarships. Scholarship selection is competitive, and is based on holistic review of all application information, high school marks/grades, and ACT or SAT scores.


None. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.


Available for up to eight semesters or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first). You must maintain continuous full-time enrollment (12 semester hours) at the University of Iowa (fall and spring terms), a minimum 2.50 cumulative UI GPA, continue to pay nonresident tuition, and remain in international student status for renewal. Renewal reviews are done at the end of each semester.

In addition to the scholarships above that are awarded by the Office of Admissions, there are a variety of scholarships administered by University of Iowa colleges and departments for the incoming new student as well as the continuing University of Iowa student. Expand your search using the links below.

Iowa Scholarship Portal

Visit the Iowa Scholarship Portal for additional scholarship opportunities. Admitted and currently enrolled students can log in using their HawkID and password to begin the application process.

Learn more about using the Iowa Scholarship Portal.