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International Students


The College of Design at Iowa State University has over 150 international students from over 20 countries, including: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Iran, South Korea, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and Vietnam. We celebrate all our international students and hope they find their home away from home at the College of Design!


Anne Grevstad-Nordbrock

International Student Adviser
Academic Adviser
292 Design
(515) 294-8634

“My name is Fatemah, and I am a Kuwaiti international student at Iowa State University’s College of Design. This is my first semester as a Pre-Architecture student, and I have been enjoying my explorations in design. I have worked on various fun projects in my core classes. And I find the environment of the College of Design to be very welcoming. There are plenty of opportunities here, and the faculty are very helpful and resourceful.” — Fatemah, Pre-Architecture

“As a first-year international student, I can’t be grateful enough to faculty and staff that take an important part as I am starting my square one and gradually settling at Iowa State University. I had no idea what I was about to cope with before starting my academic journey, but my advisor, peer mentors, and instructors are very welcome in every way I have difficulty with. I have enjoyed my design projects, not only I learn techniques, but I also learn the process and critical thinking with other students. I am looking forward to learning more for the next few years at Iowa State!” — Gabriele, Pre-Graphic Design