Students should select the diploma delivery option that best meets their individual needs and circumstances. As a general rule, students wishing to have a diploma delivered internationally may be best served by using FedEx International Priority, but any of the following options may be used.

You will receive an email reminder from Graduation Analysis to update your Diploma Mailing Address on your degree application on MyUI before the deadline on December 7, 2018.  In addition, the email will provide brief information about Diploma Delivery Options. If you wish to choose FedEx delivery or have your diploma held for you to pick up at a later time, please contact with the required information.

FedEx International Priority

Students listing an international diploma mailing address on their Degree Application on MyUI will be given the option of using FedEx delivery.  If you wish to choose FedEx delivery please contact Your response with the required information is required no later than January 2, 2019

  • Advantages of using FedEx: Faster and more reliable delivery (up to 3 days after FedEx ships) with a tracking number to allow you to track the status of your shipment.
  • Disadvantages of using FedEx: Cost; a $45 FedEx fee will be charged to your U-Bill.

Your email request for FedEx International Priority should include:

  1. Your name.
  2. Your University ID number.
  3. The address - including postal code - where you would like your diploma delivered.
  4. An email address - other than your UI email address - that FedEx can use to contact you with your tracking number after your diploma has been shipped.
  5. An international phone number that FedEx can use to contact you, if necessary.

By requesting FedEx delivery of your diploma, you agree to pay the FedEx fees that will be posted to yout U-Bill.  Once FedEx fees have been billed, U-Bill payments may be made several ways.  International payments may also be made using Flywire.  If customers are unable to pay with Flywire or credit card, please contact Treasury Operations to obtain alternative bank transfer instructions.

It is your responsibility to make sure FedEx can deliver to the address you provide. If your diploma is returned to the UI because it cannot be delivered, the FedEx shipping fees and the return fees will be also charged to your U-Bill.

Ask Diploma Services To Hold Your Diploma

If you will not be leaving Iowa City for 6 weeks or more after graduation and would like to pick up your diploma OR you are unsure what your address will be after graduation and you would like to delay delivery, you may request that Diploma Services hold your diploma for you.

If you wish to pick up your diploma in-person 6 weeks or more after graduation or delay delivery please contact Your response with the required information is required no later than January 2, 2019.  

Your email request to have your diploma held should include:

  1. Your name.
  2. Your University ID number.
  3. The following text: I would like Diploma Services to hold my diploma for in-person pick up. I understand all future correspondence about picking up my diploma must come from my UI email address and I will take the necessary steps to keep my UI email active.

United States Postal Service (USPS) First Class International Mail

This is the default method of diploma delivery for students listing an international diploma mailing address. (Note:  This form of international mail is not reliable and there is no tracking number.)

A mailing label, in English, will be printed using the Diploma Mailing Address entered on your Degree Application on MyUI.  (Deadline to update this address is December 7, 2018.)

  • Advantages of using USPS: Cost; there are no additional fees added to your U-Bill.  However, if you provide an incorrect diploma mailing address and you do not receive your diploma when it is mailed, you will be assessed a $10 reissuing fee on your U-Bill if we have to order a new diploma and mail to you a second time.
  • Disadvantages of of using USPS: 
    • The reliability of the diploma being delivered is inconsistent, diplomas are frequently lost, and may take up to 8-10 weeks to arrive.  You must wait at least 8 weeks before the UI will issue another diploma to you.
    • There is no tracking number or way to determine where your diploma is after it has been mailed. 

Diplomas will not be released to students who have outstanding U-Bill balances.

To learn how to keep your UI Office 365 Email Account active, see Your Office 365 Account after Graduation.

Additional information about IT Services for Graduating Students can be found at Services Impacted by Graduation