Beyond the classroom

The ideas you'll explore in your UI classes will inspire and excite you. But you'll also be able to personalize your education by moving "beyond the classroom." Here are just a few examples of the kinds of college experiences that will make you stand out among your peers on the job market, and broaden your understanding of the world:

Undergraduate Research

The University of Iowa is one of the top public research universities in the country. Our professors aren't just teaching about their fields—they're the ones making the latest discoveries. You'll have the chance to work closely with your professors on research and to present your findings in professional settings. Learn about the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates.


Internships and externships will allow you to complement your academic work with real-world professional experience that will stand out on your resumé. Learn more about internships through the UI's Pomerantz Career Center.

Study Abroad

Spending a semester studying in another country can add an incredible and fulfilling experience to your college education. Our world is increasingly connected across borders and cultures, and first-hand knowledge of how our global society works will help you stand out—and bring you once-in-a-lifetime memories and new perspectives on the world. Learn how you can study abroad at Iowa.

Honors at Iowa

You can enhance your college experience and increase your value on the job market by being a part of Honors at Iowa, a community of students from throughout the UI who care about and excel in their studies.