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.
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 equivalent to 30 ECTS. Website:www.studyabroad.iastate.edu/preparing/incomingEX Note: An application fee of USD 55 must be covered by the student. Mandatory orientation week. Students only have access to graduate courses if applying to the graduate level. Students may apply to the graduate level if having a completed BSc from KTH, as well as a BSc diploma. Students have previously not been required to buy insurance through Iowa State University. The insurance Student Out, provided by Kammarkollegiet, has been enough during previous academic years. A fee of approximately 200 USD is required, including a health fee (which is not health insurance). For the latest information about insurance and fees, visit the university website.
Visa and vaccine in the USA
The processing time for a visa to study in the USA can take a long time, therefore, you should start the application as soon as you have been accepted for exchange studies at a university in the USA. The same goes for arranging the necessary vaccines you need to start your studies in the US.
For exchange studies in the US, a J-1 visa is required (DS-2019 form):
I-901 SEVIS Fee | ICE
. J-1 students may enter the USA up to 30 days prior to the start date on the DS2019.
Cost for visa: approximately $220 (as of 2023).
Keep the following documents with you in your hand luggage:
I-20 or DS-2019
I-901 SEVIS fee payment receipt
Proof of financial resources
Acceptance letter from Exchange University
When applying for a US visa, you are required to provide financial evidence to show that you can afford your stay in the US. You can, for example, use a bank statement in this matter.
You can find more information about the visa requirements on the US embassy website:
Immunization requirements are based on state law, you may need the following vaccines to start your studies in the USA.
Rubeola (Measles, MMR)
Tetanus Diphtheria (Td or Tdap)
Meningitis (Men Quad/Conjugate, MCV4)
Meningococcal B (Separate from Meningitis)
You may also need a Tuberculosis screening (most often done upon arrival in the US).