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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.


Using this Site

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.

Event Calendar

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. 

Dining, Entertainment, and Nightlife

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.


University Resources and More

 

Upcoming Events

Cooking Demonstration

at 7:00pm until 12:00am

Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

Learn easy, tasty, and affordable recipes. This demonstration will feature ideas for fruits, vegetables, and slow cookers. Try some samples!

Faces of Iowa Through the Early Lens

at 10:00am to 5:00pm

Old Capitol Museum

In the mid 1800s Iowa City, along with the rest of the state and nation, saw a boom in commercial studio photography.

National Geographic Photo Ark

at 10:00am to 5:00pm

Old Capitol Museum

The interaction between animals and their environments is the engine that keeps the planet healthy for all of us. But for many species, time is running out.

Diversity Networking Night

at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Petersen Residence Hall

Join us for networking and an opportunity to socialize, connect, and learn more about employers who promote diversity in the workplace. For more information, visit careers.uiowa.edu/diversity-networking-night.

Orchard Green Restaurant and Lounge: Hancher Culinary Arts Experience

at 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Hancher Auditorium

Orchard Green Restaurant and Lounge features gourmet classics and innovative American-Mediterranean cuisine artistically prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

'The Virgin Spring'

at 6:30pm

Becker Communication Studies Building

The Owl of Minerva Theater, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, presents:

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