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 expereince, 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.
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.
A Global Perspective
More than 130 international students study, and thrive, at SAU. You'll become immersed in a welcoming community that supports your academic success and personal growth.
First and Best
Offering the very first MS in Information Technology Management program in the Midwest, St. Ambrose prepares IT professionals to advance into corporate management and business professionals looking to move into IT.
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.
International applicants who meet our academic standards for admittance, but may need to improve their English language proficiency, are encouraged to apply to INTERLINK Language Center, which offers its program on campus.
INTERLINK provides a rigorous curriculum that includes group discussions, interviews, research, community involvement, writing projects, and presentations.
After completing INTERLINK, you'll be able to:
- Speak English more fluently and write effective essays
- Understand spoken and written English and conduct research and report findings in English
- Understand different cultures and be able to apply critical thinking skills
- Engage in group work and team activities
- Use the Internet, email, and computer technology
Interested in a master's program?
INTERLINK and our graduate programs in Organizational Leadership, Information Technology Management, and Business Administration have partnered to create a Pre-Master's Business Pathway Program for students who also need to improve their English skills.
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.
Our Campus Is Diverse & Welcoming
As an international student from Somalia, Aweys wasn't sure how he would be received at a Catholic university. He needn't have worried. He quickly learned Catholicity at St. Ambrose 'calls for respect for other religions.'
You Are Welcome Here
We invite students of all backgrounds and faiths to study at St. Ambrose, and provide an academic experience that helps you develop intellectually, spiritually, ethically, socially, artistically, and physically to enrich your life and the lives of others.
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
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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