Office of International Admissions

International Admissions

Additional Resources

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

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



UNI is consistently ranked among the country's "best buys" in higher education.  Kiplinger's Personal Finances ranked UNI among the nation's "Top 100 Values in Public Schools," and as No. 7 in their list of Top 25 Universities and Colleges Under $30,000.  In addition, the cost of living in Iowa is well below the national average (

Expenses for Students With No Dependents Academic year August 2019 to May 2020

  Undergraduate Graduate
Tuition and Fees $19,480 $20,906
Books and Supplies $500 $500
Health Insurance $2,500 $2,500
Campus Housing and meals $9,160 $9,160
Personal & Recreational Expenses $1,500 $1,500
Total cost for 2 Semesters $33,140


Summer Session (May to July) - 6 Academic Hours 

  Undergraduate Graduate
Tuition and Fees $4937.50 $6,929.50
Books and Supplies $300 $300
Health Insurance $500 $500
Housing and meals $2,200 $2,200
Personal & Recreational Expenses $500 $500
Total cost for summer $8,437.50 $10,429.50

Immigration rules do not require foreign students to attend summer school after 9 months of continuous enrollment.

The College of Business Administration has a differential tuition for students who are a declared major in the College of Business Administration and are classified as a junior, senior or graduate student. More information can be found at



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International Excel Award
Applicants with strong academic backgrounds may qualify for this scholarship with awards ranging from $1000-$6000 per year.


  • Equivalent grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Examples of leadership and service
  • Scholarship Application

Enrolled students may apply for scholarships through their academic departments, although many awards are restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are for comparatively small amounts. An online scholarship board can be viewed at

International Scholars Award
Award is automatically awarded based on SAT or ACT exam results. Not additional application needed.

Two Tiers

  • $5,000 - 1130 or higher (SAT) or 23 or higher (ACT)
  • $3,000 - 1020-1120 (SAT) or 19 - 22 (ACT)

Presidential Scholar Award
Award value is up to $4,000 per year for students in the top 10% of their class, a score of 1340 or above on the new SAT (29 on ACT), and extra-curricular activities. Visit to learn more. Deadline January 15th.


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.  

Graduate Assistantships and Graduate College Tuition Scholarships
Graduate assistantships and scholarships are offered by some departments on a competitive basis. Graduate students applying for funding must submit an application before the February 1st deadline.

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There are many job opportunities on the UNI campus for students with student (F) visas or exchange visitor (J) visas to work. The average wages range from $8.00 - $8.50 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 job board can be previewed here.