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Iowa State University

Ames / USA
Address: Ames, IA 50011, United States

Description Iowa State University

  • Year of foundation: 1858;
  • Location: Ames, Iowa, USA;
  • Students age: 18+;
  • Number of students: 33,000+;
  • University type: state;
  • Language of instruction: English;
  • Accommodation: residence, apartments;
  • Type of study: mixed.

Iowa State University is the largest public university in Iowa, awarded the status of Land-grant research university. The university has a rich tradition in the study of ecology, agricultural sciences and geology.

List of available faculties:

  • Institute of Agriculture and Life Sciences;
  • School of Business;
  • Faculty of design;
  • College of Engineering Sciences;
  • Institute of Human Sciences;
  • Liberal Arts College;
  • School of Veterinary Medicine.

Iowa State University was founded in 1858 as an agricultural college. Over time, the educational institution expanded to a multidisciplinary one, but a rich tradition in the study of agriculture has survived to this day.

Iowa State University in numbers:

  • 100+ undergraduate programs;
  • 112 master's courses;
  • 83 PhD-directions.

In the national rating from the Forbes publication, Iowa State University takes 211 place, and in the international rating from the ARWU agency - 201-300 position:

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Among the graduates of the university are famous artists, researchers, astronauts and politicians:

  • Dan Shechtman, Nobel Prize Laureate;
  • 33rd Vice President of the United States Henry Egard Wallace;
  • Senator Joni Ernst;
  • Former Senator Tom Harkin;
  • Kim Reynolds, Governor of Iowa.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Iowa State University

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from 12 431 $ / semester

Quick overview:

  • Language of instruction: English;
  • Duration: 4 years;
  • Age: 17+.

List of popular destinations:

  • Accounting;
  • Space engineering;
  • Advertising;
  • Agriculture;
  • Ecology;
  • Anthropology;
  • Architecture;
  • Art and design;
  • Bioinformatics;
  • Biology and medicine;
  • Biophysics;
  • Chemistry.
from 13 176 $ / semester

Quick overview:

  • Language of instruction: English;
  • Duration: 1-2 years;
  • Age: 20+.

List of popular directions:

  • Civil engineering;
  • Communications;
  • Programming;
  • Ecology;
  • Evolutionary biology;
  • Mechanics;
  • English;
  • Business;
  • Finance;
  • Forestry;
  • Graphic design;
  • Gardening;
  • Interior Design.
from 16 983 $ / semester

Brief information:

  • Language of instruction: English;
  • Duration: 1-2 years;
  • Age: 21+.

Executive MBA is a business management program for top managers.

Accommodation, housing and food

The university has 20 student residences on campus.

Events Iowa State University

On the campus of the university, events related to immersion in the profession are regularly held - lectures from invited specialists, master classes and job fairs. In their free time, students take part in sports, creative and professional communities:

  • Professional communities (design, engineering, programming, etc.);
  • Football;
  • Basketball;
  • Volleyball;
  • Wrestling;
  • Music;
  • Dancing;
  • Yoga and others.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The first semester lasts from January 25 to May 11, the second - from August 23 to December 31.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution

Scholarships Iowa State University

International students can apply for scholarships from government and commercial organizations:

  • International Merit Scholarships;
  • Iowa State University Scholarships;
  • Anne Doyle International Student Award;
  • Return to Iowa Generations Scholarship;
  • Abroad Planet Scholarship Resources;
  • American Association of University Women International Fellowships;
  • Education USA;
  • EduPASS;
  • eStudentLoan;
  • FastWeb;
  • Fulbright;
  • Institute of Interational Education Funding US Study;
  • Institute of International Education.

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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