The LAS International Student Network provides programming to develop connections with both international and domestic LAS students. Each semester, we typically offer programs including:

  • Welcome Event
  • Mock Interviews and Career Fair preparation
  • Faculty lunches
  • Shopping trips to Des Moines
  • Midterm and finals relaxation nights
  • Cultural events at Stephens Auditorium

International Leadership Learning Community (ILLC)

Are you a new student interested in getting involved on campus?

The International Leadership Learning Community (ILLC) is for both international and domestic students who want to meet new people from different backgrounds, develop professional skills for the future, and make more connections on campus and in the Ames community.

You will earn one credit from our class, Leadership Studies 121: Leading with purpose, which includes an interactive classroom environment, peer mentors who help guide and support you, and field trips to enhance your leadership experiences and get to know the Ames community.

This is also a great way to learn how to use your campus involvement during your future internship or job search.

What students are saying:

Photo of   Derick David

With Leadership Studies 122, I learned three main things: how to identify your own leadership style, how to actively listen to people and improve your degree of empathy, and how to utilize constructive criticism in your own leadership style.”

  Derick David
  ’22 computer science

Photo of   Brenda

Leadership Studies 122 helped me to hold myself accountable for my values, beliefs and goals and has made me more confident in the person I am today. In addition, from all the reflections and mini presentations that we did during class, I was able to establish a steady goal for myself post-graduation.”

  ’21 political science and psychology

For more information about the ILLC, please contact Suzanne Härle at

Other Opportunities

Experiences outside the classroom will help you grow, meet new people, and pursue your career goals. Many Iowa State students conduct research in faculty labs, intern with top companies, study abroad, or join student organizations.

“I find myself constantly exploring my interests and meeting new people through the different clubs and organizations on campus. The clubs and organizations have also been a strong source of support for my life in college and a strong representation of my identity and what I am passionate about.” — Brenda

“My favorite extracurricular experience was research. As an undergraduate research assistant working in a research lab, I could learn deeply about the research process, methods, and analysis. I also gained the knowledge of the research that I want to conduct one day. The experience prepared me to become an independent researcher. Another favorite experience was to be involved as an executive member of the psychology club. I contributed to making a better environment in my department. It was also a great chance to interact with other major students and faculty members.”  Ye-Lim