Bridging Our World is a five-day display featuring the flags of the countries represented by international students attending the university during the academic semester. Due to COVID-19, the next display across the Iowa Memorial footbridge is tentatively scheduled for Finals Week of 2021.
When on display, the flags are installed daily starting at 8:00 a.m. by student volunteers and taken down every evening starting at 5:00 p.m. by student volunteers. The United States Flag Code was used to determine proper order and procedures for display of the flags.
The UI's commitment
International students make up an increasingly important part of the University of Iowa, with 2,103 enrolled in the Fall 2020 semester. When on display, the flag-lined footbridge is a symbol recognizing the University of Iowa’s international students and their significant role in the life of the university and community.