International Admissions

International students from every corner of the globe choose St. Ambrose for our challenging academic programs, safe campus, location to major cities, and our focus on teaching.

They also choose SAU because we are a welcoming, inclusive, and active community. Our International Student Services staff can help with your course schedule, answer questions about housing, and share stories over a cup of coffee. They guide you from the minute you become an Ambrosian to the day you graduate.

Chat with us on WhatsApp at +1-571-789-1596.

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How to Apply

We've worked with students from more than 30 countries and can help you apply. Your application will be considered at any time of the year, and we do our best to give you a decision within two weeks.

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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.

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Academic Programs

By offering dozens of majors and minors, students can dive into their academic goals or discover their passion. Grow as an academic in our Honors Program. Challenge yourself in ways you never imagined in our Undergraduate Research Institute. Make a social and intellectual connection through service learning.

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Cost of Attending

To receive an I-20 from SAU, international applicants must show proof of funds that exceed the cost of attending the university for an academic year.

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Fly along and check out the beauty of our campus during the fall! This could be your new home!

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Why Choose SAU?

There are so many reasons...

There are so many reasons to choose St. Ambrose University.

  • Attention: With a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio you get one-on-one guidance from professors (not teaching assistants) who know and support your academic goals. Ninety percent of our professors have PhDs.
  • Unique Opportunities: Participate in research as early as your first year; 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 focus on the liberal arts teaches you to think critically and discover where you fit into the greater world. This includes 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.

Diversity: We are a community committed to learning from each other. About 130 international students from 25 countries attend SAU and 17.7% of our undergraduates and 13.3% of our graduate students identify as a minority. Learn about Intercultural Life at SAU

Internships: We have deep relationships with local, regional and international companies. Accept an internship and apply what you've learned in the classroom. You'll expand your skills and network in your field. 

International Student Services

We have an entire department dedicated to international students. 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, and more.

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Convert Your Credits

External Evaluation Contact List

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
Phone: 713-266-8805
SAU Application for Evaluation

World Education Services
P.O. Box 11623
Chicago, IL  60611-0623
(800) 937-3898
(312) 222-0882
Fax: (312) 222-1217

Foundation for International Services
505 - 5th Avenue South, Suite 101
Edmonds, WA 98020
(425) 248-2255
Fax: (425) 248-2262

International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
Credentials Evaluation Service
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA  90231
(310) 258-9451
Fax: (310) 342-7086

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI  53203-3470
(414) 289-3400
Fax: (414) 289-3411

Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc.
P.O. Box 6908
Beverly Hills, CA  90212
(310) 275-3530
Fax: (310) 275-3528

Educational Records Evaluation Service
601 University Avenue, Suite 127
Sacramento, CA  95825
(916) 921-0790
Fax: (916) 921-0793

About the Quad Cities

Something for Everyone

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.

Concerts and Theatre

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.

Sport Events

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.

Nearby Metro Areas

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.


International Admissions
Admissions and Welcome Center
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
WhatsApp: +1-571-789-1596

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