International students have holds on their registration which blocks them from registering until certain requirements
have been met. For new students this includes the international hold which requires them to check-in and provide hard copies of all of their immigration documents. Check-in can be satisfied by attending International Student Orientation or by coming directly to the International Programs department to clear that registration hold. Another hold for new students is the Health Hold. All new international students are required to take a TB (tuberculosis) test and/or show proof of the TB testing to clear this hold. This hold can be cleared by visiting the Campus Nurse. During check-in at International Programs, a staff member will sit down with each new student and give them a checklist of registration requirements so all their requirements to register can be met.
Kirkwood's international student advisor is available to assist students with any questions they may have regarding their legal status in the United States. Read more about items to remember regarding your immigration status requirements.
All F1 visa students are required to have health insurance coverage. If you already have coverage, which is comparable to what is provided by Kirkwood Community College, please submit a copy of your policy to the International Programs office.
Students without health insurance will be billed for Kirkwood’s health insurance. Read more about your health insurance benefits.
Stop by the International Programs office to pick up your health insurance packet or call 319-398-5579, after paying for insurance. Failure to comply with the health insurance requirement can result in the loss of your status. Please call with questions.
Kirkwood Community College has many options for students to live near campus. There are several affordable and comfortable private living options within walking distance. The apartments range from one to five bedrooms, furnished and unfurnished. Nearly 4,000 students have a home away from home in the Kirkwood neighborhood and we look forward to you joining our community.
You will receive information about international student housing options at Kirkwood with your admission letter.
If you'd like, you can receive personalized assistance from Kirkwood’s international student advisor to help you secure a housing space prior to your arrival. You can also wait until your arrival to choose housing; however, you may face limited options if you wait. Fill out an application form today!
Airport Pickup and Arrival Assistance
If you will be arriving in Cedar Rapids and need assistance, please contact the International Programs office. Use this checklist to help you on your journey.
The nearest airport to Kirkwood is the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids. If you book your flight direct to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, then your flight to the Eastern Iowa Airport will be the final flight of your trip. When you book for a motel or hotel, remember to book yourself in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
International Student Orientation is mandatory for all new international students. If you are a new international student, complete the orientation registration form in your welcome packet and be sure to attend the session.
Kirkwood's vision is to provide accessible education to everyone. Part of making education accessible is making
it affordable, although international students do not qualify for U.S. government financial aid, there are scholarships available!
International students obtain a wide array of support services through the International Programs office in
1154 Linn Hall. International advisors can provide referrals to Tutoring Services and the Writing Center for more specialized assistance.
Cultural Adjustment Advising
International students may face challenges while adjusting to a new culture. International advisors can help you adjust as well as provide tips on how to find success as an international student.
The International Programs office works with other departments on campus to provide social and educational activities for international and domestic students on campus. Find out what events are going on around campus!