This study explored factors that affect international students’ motivations to study in the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies at Iowa State University. Data collected from four international graduate students from China, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia. Researchers used open-ended questions regarding motivational factors for studying in the United States. The findings indicate that the quality of education, adequate living environment, institutional support, and self-determination for personal advancement motivate international graduate students. Study results show that all international students positively perceived the quality of education at Iowa State University as their motivation to continue attending; therefore, educators must continue maintaining a positive learning environment for international graduate students. Moreover, university administrators, policy makers and educators should continue enhancing international students’ living conditions and retain financial aid for them. Educators and policy makers can utilize these findings to help recruit and retain international students within the department and university. The researchers recommend future research in other disciplines and colleges.