The University of Iowa attracts the brightest students from across the world. International students entering in the fall (August) 2018 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. International first-year students who will graduate from a United States high school are eligible for non-resident scholarships and not considered for the International Distinction in Education Award.

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

International Distinction in Education Award (IDEA)

International students entering the fall (August) 2018 term will be considered for a limited number of 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.


$500 - $10,000 per year


There is no separate application for scholarship consideration. Students who have submitted ACT or SAT scores and are admitted by February 1 will be among the first group of international students considered.

Scholarship notifications will be released on February 15. Additional scholarships after February 15 will be subject to fund availability.


Renewable for an additional three years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first), provided you continue to pay nonresident tuition, maintain continuous full-time enrollment at the University of Iowa and a 2.5 cumulative UI GPA, reviewed each semester.

Contact: International Undergraduate Admissions

Collegiate and Departmental Scholarships

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.