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International Student Services


International in the Quad Cities

The Quad Cities is a metropolitan area approximately three hours from Chicago that includes the Iowa cities of Davenport and Bettendorf as well as the Illinois cities of Rock Island, Moline and East Moline.

The Quad Cities area is extremely friendly. You will find many vibrant communities supporting a variety of international businesses and organizations. This page does not list everything offered in the area, but it is meant to represent the variety of what is available to you!


There is nothing like food from home, and the Quad Cities provides some great international cuisine. You can find Chinese, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese, and others. Use some online websites or mobile apps such as Urbanspoon, Yelp, Foodspotting, OpenTable, and more.

Places of Worship

The mission of St. Ambrose University is to assist students in developing intellectually, spiritually, ethically, socially, artistically, and physically. We are happy to help you locate a place of worship for you in the Quad Cities.  Among the diverse faiths in our area are the following:

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Baha'i Center, Grace Korean Church, Hispanic United Methodist Church, Islamic Center of the Quad CitiesJewish Federation, Muslim Community of the Quad Cities, Quad Cities Sikh Religious Society (Gurdwara Sahib), Quam Nam Buddhist Temple, Sacred Heart Cathedral (Vietnamese), St. Mary's Catholic Church (Spanish), Temple Emmanuel

More information on many other churches, including many denominations of Christian churches, can be found at the Quad Cities Church and Temple Guide.

Stores, Festivals and Groups

The International Student Services Office is happy to help you find shops, events, and organizations that help you feel more at home here.  Please feel free to ask us for information on these businesses and groups, or visit their websites:

African Connection, American Scandinavian Association, Celtic Highland Games, Friends of India, German American Heritage Center, Hola America, Namaste Market, Quad Cities Chinese Association, Sons of Norway, St. Patrick Society, Teranga House of Africa, World Affairs Council, Viva Quad Cities