What's New?

Our Staff

  • Scholarships at University of Iowa!​

  • President Xi's Visit to Iowa Highlights Citizen Diplomacy

Several Articles have appeared in the news talking about President Xi's visit to the United States. His visit brings back memories of his first visit to Iowa in 1985. He was part of people to people exchanges with Iowa Sister States and this continues to make an impact. Here are some articles that highlight President Xi's visit and citizen diplomacy. 

The University of Iowa is now offering scholarships of up to $4,000 to first year international students from any of our sister states! For more details check out 

What we do

Iowa Sister States (ISS) manages Iowa's official relationships with its 9 international partners. One of  the roles of ISS is to promote programs between our sister states and Iowa. These are a wide variety of programs, which can includes topics such as economic trade, professional development, agriculture, education, and many more. We host  a wide variety of delegations and groups from our sister states throughout the year. For more ISS and community events click below!

Support us

First and foremost, THANK YOU to the volunteers and financial supporters who have contributed to ISS programs over the years! We could not do what we do without your generous support of our international programs.

How to Donate

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Who we are

Iowa Sister States is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization based in Des Moines, Iowa. We strive to build sustainable international partnerships that connect Iowans to the world community. Iowa has a powerful history of citizen diplomacy, and our dedicated volunteers and staff are proud to continue this legacy.

"If only people will get together, then so eventually will nations."

-- President Dwight D. Eisenhower