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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


Discover Study Abroad

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location icon 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...

Miró Quartet and Kiera Duffy

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location icon Dey House

A collaboration with the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program

The Miró Quartet and soprano Kiera Duffy will explore the revolutionary music of one of Beethoven’s middle quartets—as well as...

Engineering in Italy: CIMBA Open House

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location icon Seamans Center

Wondering how you can study abroad as an engineer? Drop in to this fun, informal event to learn more about your options with the summer CIMBA Italy program.

Italy Info Session - Study Abroad with CIMBA

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location icon Pappajohn Business Building

Come by for a short and sweet introduction to all things CIMBA Italy! From our proximity to Venice and the Dolomite Mountains to our small classes (taught in English!) and...

Cafe CIMBA: Informal Italy Info Sessions

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location icon Pappajohn Business Building

Cafe CIMBA is back for Spring 2020! Stop by for a casual coffee or ciocolata calda with one of our study abroad ambassadors! They're on hand to discuss finances, academics,...

Body Fat Testing

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location icon Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

Free, walk-in body fat testing for UI students. Located in the Wellness Services Suite (left of the main entrance, in the glass enclosed office).

WOCN Spring Mixer

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location icon Women's Resource and Action Center

Kick off the year with Womxn of Colour! We want to welcome womxn from all over the University of Iowa (students, grad students, staff & faculty) to build relationships and...