International students at St. Ambrose come from every corner of the globe and choose SAU for many reasons: our well-regarded programs, our beautiful and safe campus, our convenient location to major cities, and our focus on teaching.
But what international students like best about their Ambrose experience is our friendly, welcoming community of students, faculty, and staff. It's uniquely Ambrosian!
In fact, our International Student Services staff are dedicated to making sure you have a positive experience, whether that means helping with your course schedule, answering a question about housing, or just sharing stories over a cup of coffee. They are ready and available to help and guide you, from the minute you become an Ambrosian to the day you graduate.
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How to Apply
Our International Admissions staff make your application process easy and efficient. We've worked with students from more than 30 countries and we are ready to help you apply.
Your application will be considered at any time of the year, and we do our best to give you an admissions decision within two weeks of receiving your completed application.
Play Esports for SAU
If you enjoy the strategy and challenge of competitive esports, consider joining our team. At SAU, players can qualify for scholarships, which are based on ability and performance. Interested? Learn more.
So many choices!
College is a great time for exploration, and we have dozens of majors and programs from which to choose!
Cost of Attending
In order to receive an I-20 from SAU, an international applicant must show proof of funds that exceed the cost of attending the university for an academic year.
Safety and Security
Our full-time security staff patrols all areas of campus 24/7, and we've placed blue-light emergency phones in various locations. SAU Security and local law enforcement are just a phone call away.
Why Choose SAU?
There are so many reasons to choose St. Ambrose University.
- Attention: Our student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1, so you get one-on-one guidance from professors (not teaching assistants) who know you on a personal level and support your academic goals. Ninety percent of our professors have PhDs.
- Unique Opportunities: As early as your first year, you can participate in research and present your findings; get hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art kinesiology facilities and engineering labs; perform in theatre productions or a vocal ensemble; and more.
- Expansive Education: Our liberal arts focus helps you learn to think critically, how to communicate, work in teams, and gain the ability to see how and where you fit into the greater world. This includes the learning you do in helping others.
- High Standards and Ambrosian Values: St. Ambrose University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, many of our undergraduate and graduate programs are individually accredited. Click here to see a list of all of our programs.
- Success: We understand the unique journey of a college student, and we pride ourselves in helping you succeed and exceed your expectations during your time here.
Diversity: The SAU community is diverse, welcoming, and committed to learning from each other. Our student body includes 130 international students from 25 countries, and 17.7% of our undergraduates and 13.3% of our graduate students identify themselves as belonging to a minority group. Learn about Intercultural Life at SAU
Affordability: We offer scholarships to all admitted undergraduate applicants on the basis of their academic and extracurricular achievement, and this includes international students.
Internships: A majority of our students complete at least one internship before graduation, and they agree it is a great way to apply what they've learned in the classroom. Internships expand your professional skills, job readiness, and helps you build a network of contacts within your chosen field.
At St. Ambrose, we have an entire department dedicated to helping our international students be successful. Their job is to make sure your SAU experience is positive and rewarding. Our International Student Services staff and International Ambassadors (who are students, just like you) will help you register for classes, get familiar with campus and the Quad-Cities, meet the people who'll help you while you are at SAU, and more.
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Convert Your Credits
Some students will need to complete an external evaluation in order to convert previous university credits to the U.S. system.
You can use any of the following credential evaluation services:
SpanTran: The Evaluation Company
2400 Augusta Drive, Suite 451
Houston, TX 77057
SAU Application for Evaluation
Discount Code: IASTSAU15
World Education Services
P.O. Box 11623
Chicago, IL 60611-0623
Phone: (800) 937-3898
Phone: (312) 222-0882
Fax: (312) 222-1217
Foundation for International Services
505 - 5th Avenue South, Suite 101
Edmonds, WA 98020
Phone: (425) 248-2255
Fax: (425) 248-2262
International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
Credentials Evaluation Service
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231
Phone: (310) 258-9451
Fax: (310) 342-7086
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
Phone: (414) 289-3400
Fax: (414) 289-3411
Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc.
P.O. Box 6908
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: (310) 275-3530
Fax: (310) 275-3528
Educational Records Evaluation Service
601 University Avenue, Suite 127
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: (916) 921-0790
Fax: (916) 921-0793
About the Quad Cities
Our metro area population is more than 400,000 people strong, now ranking second only to Chicago in the 2-state area of Iowa and Illinois.
Whether it's a concert downtown, watching our minor league Champions – the Quad Cities River Bandits – score another win at picturesque Modern Woodman Park, or enjoying the bike trail along the Mississippi River, there is something to capture your interest.
The River Music Experience, Rust Belt, Adler Theatre, and the TaxSlayer Center offer a variety of concerts and performances featuring musical acts; comedy shows; traveling productions such as monster truck rallies, Disney on Ice, and .
There are also several smaller venues such as Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel, RIBCO, and Rozz Tox.
Just down the road in Maquoketa you'll find Codfish Hollow Barnstormers, where you can relax in an idyllic setting and enjoy performances by up and coming artists. We're also just under an hour away from the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium.
In the realm of music festivals, we've got it covered from jazz and blues to alternative and zydeco. Check out these annual fests happening in the Quad Cities: Alternating Currents; Bix Jazz Fest; GAS Feed and Seed Festival; Mississippi Valley Blues Fest; Gumbo Ya Ya, and others.
As for theatre, the Quad Cities is home to an impressive number of stages for acting and performance: Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, The Establishment Theatre, and Speakeasy (Rock Island); Bucktown Revue (Davenport); Black Box Theatre, The Spotlight Theatre, and Quad City Music Guild (Moline); and many more.
Many sport events are held throughout the year, the most famous of which are the Bix 7 Race (running), Criterium (bicycle), Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Tour, and Quad Cities Marathon.
PDGA disc golf tournaments, including the Disc Golf World Championship in 2017, choose the Quad Cities as hosts because of our premier disc golf courses. There's more than 20 courses in and around the area!
The Quad Cities also is home to these semi-professional sport teams:
For nightlife, look no further than downtown Davenport, the District of Rock Island, the Village of East Davenport, downtown Moline, or the new Rust Belt in East Moline.
In each, you'll find restaurants of every kind, art galleries and studios, brew pubs, coffee shops, nightclubs, and unique shops.
It's the Quad Cities because there's quadruple the entertainment!
If you like to shop, we're the city for you. From vibrant downtown scenes to large shopping corridors, there's no shortage of places to browse for treasures.
The Quad Cities is the headquarters of Isabel Bloom, John Deere, Whitey's Ice Cream, Rudy's Tacos, Happy Joe's, and just up the road in LeClaire is Antique Archaeology (home base for The History Channel's American Pickers).
The Village of East Davenport is a favorite with parents featuring dozens of specialty stores and eateries including Lagomarcino's, an old-fashioned ice cream and candy shop.
Just a few miles away is Downtown Davenport where you can shop and eat from morning until night at various restaurants, brewpubs, antique shops, and craft stores. The Hilltop Campus Village near campus also offers quaint shops and eateries.
The Quad Cities is just a few hours away from major metropolitan areas such as Des Moines, Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis.
Major airlines serve the Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois.
And the Quad Cities is right on Interstate 80, one of the nation's major interstates as well as being served by interstates 280, 88, and 74.