Iowa First Nations Summer Program

A photo of Iowa First Nations staff and participants in front of the Latino Native American Cultural Center, next to the sign.

July 12 - 18, 2020

This program provides Native American students the opportunity to live on campus and experience the university setting, explore majors, and gain an appreciation for the variety of opportunities on the UI campus and higher education in general.

Participants will attend structured classroom seminars and field trips to various campus departments, enjoy hands-on classroom experiences, and have the opportunity to get involved in social and recreational activities on campus and in the community.

Did you know? The University of Iowa invites members of the Tribes/Nations historic to Iowa to attend the university and pay in-state tuition, regardless of where they live. Learn more about the Iowa First Nations Tuition Program here.


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Carlos D. Nelson
2750 University Capitol Centre
200 S Capitol St

Blanca Ramirez
2750 University Capitol Centre
200 S Capitol St

Experiential Learning Proposal

The Iowa First Nations Summer Program hosts 24 students grades 9-12 from all over the nation. Students will have the opportunity to participate in an experiential learning workshop or activity that will allow them to engage with different University of Iowa departments or programs of study and explore academic opportunities at the University of Iowa. We are currently looking for proposals for hands-on activities and workshops. Accepted proposals will be notified by June 1st, 2020.

Experiential Learning Activity/Workshop Requirements

  1. Length of time: 1 hour
  2. Hands-on activity/project: The session could be divided in a brief information session but should be mostly hands-on.
  3. Appropriate accommodations should be provided

Click here to fill out our online application and submit your proposal.


Friday, May 1, 2020


Participants will be high school students in good standing who are entering the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade and who have heritage backgrounds that are based on a Native American culture.

Participants are expected to pay for their own travel costs to and from the program. Other expenses like lodging, meals, and camp activities are at no cost to the student upon admission into the program.

How to Apply/Enroll

The application process is now open.

Click here to be directed to the online application.

Participants will be notified by June 1, 2020 regarding selection into the program.