For students considering exchange to Iowa State



Iowa State University is located on a lush, sprawling 2,000 acre campus in Ames, Iowa, a college town of 60,000 and Midwest cultural center. The park-like campus is ranked as one of the most beautiful throughout the four seasons with an extensive public art collection. It is home to the Iowa State Center, an entertainment and sports complex that attracts internationally known performers and touring events. Ames is near Des Moines, the state capital and a center for insurance, finance, and communications. Ames is a quick flight or drive from most major Midwest cities.

The University

An AAU, Carnegie Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, and the nation's first land-grant school, Iowa State offers nationally recognized programs among 112 majors in the sciences and humanities in six undergraduate colleges. Students work alongside faculty on research and utilize the Parks Library (over 2.9 million volumes). The university's extensive computer system offers wireless service throughout campus. Classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Noted for an exceptional extracurricular environment, the campus is home to 800 clubs and organizations, world-class recreation centers, and extensive intramural programs. Iowa State is a Big 12 school, and the Cyclone athletic program is immensely popular with students and the community.

English Proficiency

For the purpose of applying for NSE with Iowa State, English may be considered your native language if you have been raised in an environment where English is the only official language of your locality and nation, and English has been the primary language used in your home. Applicants whose native language is not English must meet an English proficiency requirement. They may do so in one of the following ways:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 71 on the Internet-Based Test (IBT) or 530 on the Paper-Based Test (PBT) is required. Official scores should be reported directly to Iowa State University by the testing agency. Iowa State's reporting code is 6306. (Scanned copies and photocopies are not accepted.)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): An overall band score of 6.0 with no sub score below 5.5 is required. Scores should be sent directly to the Iowa State Office of Admissions by the testing center where you took the IELTS. (Scanned copies and photocopies are not accepted.)
  • SAT Critical Reading: A minimum score of 420 on the Critical Reading Section of the SAT. Scores should be reported directly to Iowa State University by the testing agency. (Scanned copies and photocopies are not accepted.)

Students who have taken English courses at a US institution are not exempt from submitting the required proficiency exam scores. Proficiency must be demonstrated prior to admission. 


Engineering majors must have a 3.00 GPA. Enrollment in Journalism and Mass Communication is limited. 

Closed Programs

College of Business and College of Design studio courses.