USA: Iowa State University

ISU is located in Ames, Iowa, in the middle of the United States. Ames is a residentional small town with many parks, a strong University connection, and has been designated an All-American City. The motto of the city is, "Ames, where the world meets” and is popular amongst international students for its "small town" college feeling. The students and local residents participate in campus activities together and hold nationwide attendance records at ISU events. Iowa State is also well-known for a large number of national renowned Engineering labratories in aerospace, energy, biorenewable chemicals, and more.


University in brief

Language of instruction: English
Academic calendar: August - December, January - May (mandatory orientation in early January)
Credit system: Undergraduate; 15 credits is equivalent to 30 ECTS. Graduate; 9 credits is full time studies.
Note: Application fee of USD 40 must be covered by student. Students may take courses at Liberal Arts College (LAS), but majority must be at Engineering. Students only have access to graduate courses if apply to graduate level. Students may apply to graduate level if completed BSc studies at KTH and have BSc diploma.

Important information for students planning to apply for exchange studies in the USA

Language requirements
Due to new regulations in the USA, the language requirements for all international students, including exchange students, have become stricter. You are responsible for looking into the host university's (for the moment only applicable for application to University of Michigan) language requirements and necessary tests (e.g. TOEFL , IELTS ). Please note that you have to show your test result to the international coordinator at your school, at the latest when the priority of your choices is fixed, during an interview, in an email message or in discussion with the coordinator.

Insurance requirements
Due to new regulations in the USA, there is no guarantee that the insurance (Student UT which normally covers all outgoing exchange students from KTH) meets the host universities insurance requirements. In this case you are responsible for all insurance costs required by the host university.

International students, needing a residence permit for their studies in Sweden, can be denied a student visa to the United States. KTH therefore advise international students to carefully consider making an application for exchange studies in the country.

The university may require that the student have undergone certain vaccination before the stay. Read the application requirements for more information from the specific university.

Orientation Week

The university may have a mandatory Orientation Week/Day. During the spring term, the Orientation Week may begin in early January which can clash with the KTH exam period. It is the students responsibility to check when their courses would start and if their KTH professor would allow their exams to be proctored at the partner university if needed.

Exchange opportunities

Number of spots: 1 autumn and 1 spring semester spot.
Grade requirements: No
Previous Nominations: 4,45 (Fall16), 4,27 (Spring17); 3,5 (Fall17), 2,7386 (Spring18) ; 4,18 (Fall18), 3,96 (Spring19). . More Information on Selection