International Distinction in Education Award (IDEA)

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.

Value

$500 - $10,000 per year

Minimum Requirements

International students entering the fall (August) 2023 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.

Application

None. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission beginning December 15.

Renewal

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.