Bridging Our World

Bridging Our World, is a five-day display featuring the flags of the countries represented by international students attending the university during the fall semester. The flags will be displayed across The Iowa Memorial footbridge Monday, October 15 to Friday, October 19.

A dedication ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, October 15, at the IMU River Terrace, north end (rain location: Black Box Theatre, 2nd floor IMU).

The United States Flag Code was used to determine proper order and procedures for display of the flags. The flags will be installed daily starting at 7:00 a.m. by faculty and student members of the UI Army ROTC, and taken down every evening starting at 5:00 p.m. by members of the Veteran Student Association, assisted by students from other groups. 

The flags will be displayed again for five days in May to recognize the international students who are on campus during the spring semester.

The UI's commitment

International students make up an increasingly important part of the University of Iowa, with 4,011 enrolled in the 2017-18 academic year. The flag-lined footbridge will become a symbol recognizing the University of Iowa’s international students and their significant role in the life of the university and community.


“The diversity of our campus community is an asset that we must cultivate because it enriches the educational experience students have while at Iowa. By deliberately engaging students who come from different walks of life, different cultural backgrounds, and different parts of the globe, students have opportunities to learn to function successfully and with ease in global environments.”

-Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of international programs

To learn more about the UI’s commitment to become a leading international institution, visit A Shared Vision for a Global University of Iowa.

International Flag Placement

Please click here to locate featured flags and their placement on the bridge.