Welcome to the Guide to Graduate and Professional Student Life at the University of Iowa! This guide is written, edited, and maintained by current students working with Graduate and Professional Student Government, and is intended to provide prospective, incoming, and current UI students with resources to help manage their professional and personal lives. Pursuing an advanced degree can be as intellectually invigorating and challenging as it is stressful and intimidating. We recognize that graduate and professional students are integral to UI's research and teaching missions, and that they are a unique population with specific needs. It is our sincere hope that the UI Grad Guide will answer many questions you may have about living and working in the Iowa City area.
Further down this page (under University Resources and More) you will find official University of Iowa resources relating to your studies and employment, including course registration, parking, campus groups, health services and benefits, professional development opportunities, and much more. (**Note that these are all University-level resources. Individual departments and programs may have more specific information about required courses and professional organizations.)
You will also find guides for Housing, Health and Wellness, Transportation, Shopping, Athletics, Community Resources, local services, and other topics related to living in and transitioning to the Iowa City Area.
The Event Calendar updates regularly with links to academic events as well as local venues and Iowa City-sponsored events. If you're looking for upcoming speakers, conferences, or festivals, this is a great starting point.
Here you will find a catalogue of the most popular places graduate students frequent. Whether you're interested in trying the local cuisine, need a coffee shop to work in, or want to explore the entertainment and nightlife of the Iowa City area, you can easily find venues here! Use the categories navigator (right margin) to search by genre. Clicking on an individual entry will yield a map and links to external websites.
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Old Capitol Museum
In conjunction with the University of Iowa Theme Semester: The American Dream, Humanize My Hoodie brings insight into the lives and experiences of black people and the societal biases they...
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University of Iowa Main Library
The exhibit “Walt Whitman: A Bicentennial Celebration” will celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of one of the most significant and influential writers in the United States, Walt Whitman (1819-1892), and highlight the University of Iowa’s...
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University Capitol Centre
Would you like to study abroad during your time at the University of Iowa, but don't know where to start? Attend one of our weekly Discover Study Abroad info sessions...
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Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Supporting Students Desiring a Change
Success, Not Excess provides a small, safe and supportive space for UI students wanting to make or considering changes in their alcohol or other drug use....
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Old Capitol Museum
Red Barn Chamber Music is a non-profit organization that aims to bring the best musicians from across the country to play in historic venues in Iowa.
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Join Ballet Club for their weekly ballet classes! Everyone will meet in the Grey Studio of Halsey Hall.