Come to the IRHA x ISC Fundraiser Tuesday!

This Tuesday, Apr. 27, is the IRHA x ISC fundraiser at Freddy’s! Enjoy some burgers and shakes while supporting ISC’s scholarship program!

The fundraiser will take place between 4-9 PM. Tell the cashier about the fundraiser, and 15% of the proceed will be donated to ISC!

Upcoming ISSO Events – Week of Apr. 19-25

Community Time

Who: international students, scholars, post-docs, faculty members

Capacity: 24 people

When: Wednesday, April 21st 4-5 PM

Location: Campanile Room, Memorial Union 

** Virtual Option: Thursday, April 22nd, 3-4 PM on Zoom.

Cost: Free!

Register: Here

This year has been tough. Come join us on Wednesday, April 21st at 4PM in the Campanile Room, Memorial Union to hear briefly from campus resources that can help you, and participate in a round-table discussion where you are allowed to share your feelings, voice your opinions, and feel supported by your peers as we navigate the challenges of racism, white supremacy, xenophobia and the impact it has on you. You are valued and loved. Let’s talk, listen, and share space together. 

Put your name down here, so we can save a spot for you.

Face coverings are required to attend to the event.

Unable to attend in-person? We will host a virtual option on April 22nd at 3 PM. Register here to get the zoom link.

ISSO/Student Wellness International Student Social

Who: international students, scholars, postdocs

** mark your calendars! Staff members can attend

When: Friday, April 23rd 4-6 PM

Location: South Campanile Lawn

Cost: Free

Register: Here

Join ISSO and Student Wellness on Friday, April 23rd from 4-6PM on South Campanile Lawn for a fun afternoon of outdoor yard games, music, a chance to win ISU Dining gift cards. Bring your friends and hang out, or meet and socialize with new ones at the International Student Social. Register here today!

Face coverings are required and physical distancing will be in place.

Hike at Brushy Creek State Park

Who: international students, scholars, and postdocs

Capacity: 10 people

When: Sunday, April 25th 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Cost: $21

Register: Here

Deadline: Friday, April 23rd at 11:59 PM

Enjoy the great outdoors by going on a day hike with Outdoor Recreation Programs at Brushy Creek State Park. Students can register online or in-person at Outdoor Recreation Program in State Gym. Covid-19 protocols will be in place with face coverings required at all times. There will be multiple vehicles taken in order to allow for social distancing.

ISSO Graduation Ceremony

Who: graduating students and their family & friends

** mark your calendars! Staff members can attend

Capacity: 250 people 

When: Friday, May 7th 2-3 PM

Location: Great Hall, Memorial Union

Register: Here

Deadline: Sunday, April 25th at 11:59 PM 

The International Students and Scholar’s Office is excited to invite you to ISSO’s Graduation Ceremony. We want to celebrate YOU and your graduation from Iowa State University. To attend, please register for the ceremony by Sunday, April 25th at 11:59PM. During the ceremony, you will receive a graduation certificate and gift. There will be celebratory food to-go after the ceremony. We invite you to also register your friends and family to attend the event! Face coverings are required to attend the event. Physical distancing protocols of at least 6 feet will be in place. 

Unable to attend in-person graduation? Register here to receive a graduation gift from ISSO. You will be able to pick up the gift from the ISSO Office on May 6th and 7th anytime between 8 AM-5 PM in Room 324, Memorial Union, and watch the live stream of the ceremony on ISSO’s Facebook. 

ISC Scholarship Open Now!

International Student Council is giving away scholarships! Make sure to check out the links below and start the application process. Applications are open until Friday, April 23 2021 at 11:59 pm. Good luck!

ISC Scholarship 2021 info here

Upcoming ISSO Events

ISSO Movie Night

Who: international students, scholars, postdocs, and family members

Capacity: 40

When: Thursday, March 18th

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

Location: South Ballroom  

Cost: Free!

Register: Here

Deadline: Tuesday, March 16th by 11:59 p.m. 

We will be playing Parasite for the movie and students will receive a box of popcorn, brownies, and juice (all prepackaged). The room is at 50% capacity and students are required to be socially distant. Everyone must wear a face-covering other when eating at a table by themselves. There will be hand sanitizer throughout the room. 

Virtual International Advisor Town Hall

Who: international undergraduate and graduate students

When: Wednesday, March 31st

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Location: Zoom

Cost: Free

Register: Here

Deadline: Tuesday, March 30th by 11:59 p.m.

This event will involve a 30-minute presentation focused on student’s questions asked during the registration, internships over the summer, OPT, USCIS delays, and international travel during COVID. There will also be a 30 minute Q&A with advisors. 

eSports Day with Recreation Services and ISSO

Who: international students, scholars, and postdocs

Capacity: 21

When: Friday, April 2nd 

Location: ISU eSports Facility

Cost: Free

Register: Here

Deadline: Wednesday, March 31st by 11:59 p.m. 

Individuals will be able to check out Rec. Services new eSports facility while playing video games on consoles or computers. Students will have to bring their ISU Red Card to enter the building and facility. Social distancing protocols will be in place and face coverings will be required at all times. No food or drink is allowed. 

English Together 

Who: International students, scholars, postdocs and their family members

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. English Together will start on Tuesday, February 16th and will end Thursday, April 29th. 

Where: WebEx

Cost: Free 

Register: Here

No Deadline – you can register at any time 

International Student Council Spring Application Open

Hello Cyclone Family!

Apply to be an International Student Council member!

World Cuisine 2019

The International Student Council is now accepting applications for committee members and directors for Spring 2021.
If you’re interested in advocating for the international student population, promoting the diversity represented on campus, and empowering students from different backgrounds, joining the international student council is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

We are a professional organization providing resources to international students and spreading awareness along with educating about the many international communities here at Iowa State. We do so by partnering with Iowa State University, the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO), and a large number of Multicultural Student Organizations on campus and can help connect you with these resources as well.

If you are passionate and enthusiastic to learn about different cultures, work together with students from many different parts of the world, and help become a voice for international students, then this is definitely for YOU!


All Iowa State students in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for undergraduates and 3.0 for graduates students are eligible to apply.
You DO NOT have to be an International Student to join!


This application is for the Spring 2021 Semester. Please complete our online application form by 11:59 pm, Friday, February 5th, 2021. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
The descriptions and responsibilities of each position are listed in our application form on our ISC Webpage under ‘Application for ISC 2021’

For more information please contact the ISC Executive Secretary, Drew Donohue (, or go to our ISC Webpage:

Social Media
Come hang with us on social media!
Twitter: @isc_isu
Instagram: @isc.isu
Facebook: International Student Council

Job and Internship Seeking Tips for International Students

Evaluate your unique experiences as an international student

As you begin your job or internship search, take some time to reflect on the skills and experiences you possess that domestic students may not have. Integrate these skills and experiences into your resume and cover letter when relevant. Consider past experiences you have had that may make strong examples to demonstrate your skills in an interview. Consult the following list for ideas of skills and experiences you may have as an international student that employers are seeking:

  • Flexibility
  • Language Ability
  • Cultural Adaptability
  • Problem Solving
  • Ability to function with high level of ambiguity
  • Listening and observation
  • Awareness of global issues
  • Independence and Confidence
  • Assertiveness
  • Perseverance
  • Organization
  • Communicating across language/cultural barriers

Consider how and when to disclose that you’re an international student

Never lie about your immigration status. U.S. employers value honesty and directness. You can decide when you want to disclose. Many international students choose to disclose immigration status in the first or second interview. This allows you time to ensure the employers views you as a competitive candidate. Understand that some employers have strict policies about hiring international students, but they may be convinced otherwise if educated on the process/requirements. Know your immigration status and discuss this with the ISSO if you have questions.

Familiarize yourself with illegal interview questions

Questions about age, race, religion, place of birth, disability, marital status, and children are illegal in the United States. If you are asked a question by an employer that you believe could be illegal and are uncomfortable answers, you may want to politely ask the employer to rephrase the question or explain why they are asking.

Examples of illegal interview questions:

  • Are you a U.S. citizen?
  • What is your visa type?
  • What is your place of birth?
  • What’s your marital status?
  • What is your native language?
  • What is your religious affiliation?

Be a Proud International Student!

Confidence and a great attitude help employers see your potential. Remember you have skills and experiences that make you unique and set you apart from other candidates. Own your unique background and experiences, as this will help you stand out!

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ISSO Events and Feedback

Hello everyone! We hope your break has been going well thus far, and that the snow wasn’t an unwelcome surprise.

If you’re in Ames, ISSO will be hosting some events for International Students who are stying in the United States over break. Additionally, they would appreciate if any students, scholars, post-docs could fill out this survey. When you fill it out, you will be added to a private Facebook page to connect with other students during the break.

For the upcoming activities, please check out the bullet points below. There is also a PDF included with more detailed information.

o   Thursday, December 17th from 7-8 pm – Among Us Game Night: play as a crewmember or as an imposter and see if you can win the game! ISSO will have a Zoom open so players can talk with one another and join different private games. Have students register by Wednesday, December 16th to register for the event. Staff/faculty are invited to join as well!

o   Week of December 21: 25 Cookie Decorating Kits available for pick up at ISSO. First come, first serve.

o   Week of December 28: Postcards from ISSO sent to students staying on campus over Winter Break.

o   Future Events – details to come later: 

§  Bingo Night (giftcards as a prize!) 

§  Murder Mystery Night 

International Movie Night

Come join us in the Great Hall at 6:30 p.m. on this Thursday, November 5th, for a free showing of Shoplifters! Food will be provided by ISU dinning.

Shoplifters Summary

On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders is united by fierce loyalty and a penchant for petty theft. When the young son is arrested, secrets are exposed that upend their tenuous, below-the-radar existence.

U.S. Election Information for International Students

Election Day is here, and we wanted to share some information that is important to be aware of as we all prepare for the election. While the U.S. is always tense around election time, the circumstances around this election are unique and special considerations regarding the safety of international students should be made. 

We understand that there is a possibility that the results will be questioned and that the final outcome will be decided in court. Local and state law enforcement is preparing for election day tension, and possible civil unrest. While we do not anticipate major problems, it is important to be alert and aware during these unique circumstances. We are not attempting to scare, but to inform international students who may not follow American politics about the events that may be happening across the country during this tense time. We encourage you to follow local and national news to stay informed, and to make sure that you are getting information from a reputable source.

We are here to support you. If you experience discrimination or need support in any way, there are resources for you:
Iowa State PD:
Iowa State Student Counseling Services: 515-294-5056
Iowa State Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

Please reach out to any of the resources listed above with any questions, concerns, or comments. We are here to support you in any way we can.