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Students building a house for Habitat for Humanity

In keeping with SAU's mission and Catholic heritage, several departments provide students with service opportunities at the local, national, and international level.

Service is a core value at St. Ambrose University, and students are presented many opportunities to grow and develop a life of service through various activities - local service projects, service trips over breaks to various locations, volunteering with a wide variety of community organizations, and many more. Forming a firm foundation of moral values within our students, so they may live out lives dedicated to service for others and for the world, is an integral part of the SAU experience.

Service Learning is a specific type of experiential learning that provides students opportunities to use the skills and knowledge they acquire in the classroom in real-life settings while contributing to relevant community needs and issues.

Students who engage in service learning as part of their academic career develop their ability to apply academic theories and concepts to real-world contexts, tackle complex issues from multiple perspectives and reflecting on their role in their local communities and beyond.

Faculty who integrate service learning into their courses partner with relevant community agencies with identified needs that their specific coursework can address and design projects and assignments that give students the opportunity to apply course concepts in the community setting.