Summer at SAU


Summer is never boring at St. Ambrose, so why not stay?

The university makes it easy for students to build on, or meet, their educational goals with a free academic internship credit and a special tuition rate for in-person and online summer classes.

And, the university offers summer housing to all SAU students – even if they're not taking summer classes – as well as non-SAU students with an internship in the Quad Cities.

SAU students who stay and work 30 or more hours a week for the university will get free housing, and any students who fully complete an internship approved by the Career Center will pay half-price for housing.

"As an institution, we want to incentivize and encourage the high-impact experiential learning students get from doing an internship," said Matt Hansen, Director of Residence Life and Assistant Dean of Students. 

In fact, the university is now offering Experiential Learning 202, a free, one-credit elective course for students who can't otherwise afford to pay for summer academic internship credit. 

Students can earn the free credit while working closely with the Career Center to make sure the internship is successful, said Kim Matteson, Career Center Director. 

"Many students take part in summer internships and don't take advantage of the opportunity to get college credit. When you take an internship for credit, you are automatically signed up for a university advocate that will help you navigate through the challenges that may occur as part of the internship," she said. 

Students who want to get ahead on classes or retake one for a better grade can do so and enjoy a special summer tuition rate.

A total of 35 courses will be offered on campus or online this summer, including courses in ethics, comparative religions, statistics, kinesiology research methods, sports nutrition, management, and chemistry. 

Summer sessions are May 14-June 25 and June 25-Aug. 3, and enrollment is underway. Click here to search for courses. 

Hansen said interns from across the country working for Quad Cities businesses also will be staying on Residence Row. He expects 200 or more students will live on campus this summer and experience the vibrancy of the campus and community.

"We want students here, whether it is to take summer courses to stay on track or to take part in an internship," he said. "It is always great to walk by the sand volleyball court in the summer and see a couple of dozen students playing and a dozen sitting nearby listening to music.

"We are happy to have them here and be part of our community," he said.

Students walking on campus

Internship credit: Students who want to enroll in the free, one-credit elective course, Experiential Learning 202, and earn a free academic credit for a summer internship must attend one of the following orientation sessions:

  • 1-2 p.m., April 5
  • 11 a.m. - noon, April 18 
  • 3-4 p.m., May 9 

The orientation sessions will be held in the Gottlieb Conference Room in the Rogalski Center. Students are asked to bring a laptop. Go to BeeCAREERS to see a list of summer internships, full-time, part-time and work-study jobs.

Summer Course enrollment is now open for in-person and online classes. Summer sessions are May 14-June 25 and June 25-Aug. 3. Click here to search for courses. 

Summer Housing will be available in Hagen, McCarthy, and Tiedmann Residence Halls. Residence Life will do its best to coordinate a student's current, or fall 2018, room assignment with a summer housing assignment. Applications are available now and are due May 1. However, Residence Life will be accepting applications throughout the summer. Click here to learn more. 

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