Office of International Admissions

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Additional Resources

002 Gilchrist Hall
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018

Phone: (319) 273-2281
Fax: (319) 273-2885


Financial Resources

Attending University does require a financial commitment. But over a lifetime, it's one of the best investments you can make. UNI is consistently ranked among the country's "best buys" in higher education and was recently ranked No. 13 in affordability, accessibility, and academic quality on the Midwest Regional A-List by

International Student Scholar Award - Applicants with strong academic backgrounds may qualify for this scholarship with awards ranging from $1000-$6000 per year. International Student Scholar recipients will be asked to participate in campus cultural awareness activities and specified recruiting efforts.


  • Equivalent grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Examples of leadership and service
  • Admission application and secondary school transcripts must be on a file with Admissions by May 1, 2019
  • Scholarship Application

Out-of-State Scholar Award - Award is based on SAT exam results.

Three Tiers:

  • $3,000 - 1200 or higher SAT result
  • $2,000 - 1130-1190 SAT result
  • $1,000 - 1030-1120 SAT result

UNI Sister States ScholarshipThe value is in the amount of $4000 per year and is available to all new incoming degree-seeking students including freshman and transfer.  Students will be eligible upon proving resident status in one of the sister state regions and by meeting the UNI international admission requirements.  The Iowa Sister States include: Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan; Yucatan, Mexico; Hebei Province, China; Terengganu, Malaysia; Stavropol Krai, Russia; Taiwan; Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine; Veneto Region, Italy; and Kosovo.  

Presidential Scholar Award - Award value is $8000 per year for students in top 10% of their class, a score of 1340 or above on the SAT exam, and extra-curricular activities. Visit: to learn more.

University Scholarships - Enrolled students may also apply for scholarships through their academic departments, though many awards are restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are for comparatively small amounts. An on-line scholarship directory can be viewed at
Other non-UNI resources for scholarships, grants and loans is available for your information.


There are many job opportunities on the UNI campus for students with student (F) visas or exchange visitors (J) visas to work. The pay is usually in the range of $7.25 - $9.25 per hour. F and J visa holders are not authorized to work off campus as a means of support except under extraordinary circumstances. An online UNI job board can be viewed at