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.
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.
Students who meet the academic criteria for admission, but lack satisfactory English proficiency, may be offered conditional admission. Additionally, students who score tier one results on the Chinese Gaokao, with an English score minimum of 110/150 or 88/120, will be considered for conditional admission.
You'll begin at the INTERLINK Language Center at St. Ambrose University, and upon receiving a passing grade in the INTERLINK Level 5 course, you may enroll in full-time matriculated studies.
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.
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.
There are so many reasons to choose St. Ambrose University:
Academic Excellence: SAU was Ranked 38th (tie) by US News & World Report (2019) Regional Universities Midwest (out of a region of 12 states). The publication gathers data from each college on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence.
Here are some of the reasons we rank so high:
- 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. These are assets regional and national employers are looking for in new hires, and they tell us that our students excel in those areas.
- High Standards: St. Ambrose University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org, 800-621-7440. In addition, many of our undergraduate and graduate programs are individually accredited. Click here to see a list of all of our programs.
- Success: Nearly 90% of our 2016-17 graduates were employed, attending grad school, or volunteering within 6 months of graduation. Read more about our most recent graduates by clicking here.
Safety/security: Our full-time security staff patrols all areas of campus 24/7 and there are blue light emergency phones in various locations. Security provides a free escort to and from any on-campus location.
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.
Our student organization, Multicultural Affairs Community Action (MACA), promotes cultural, spiritual, educational, and social growth by providing opportunities to develop skills and coordinates campus-wide events and activities.
Our office of Intercultural Life is dedicated to the appreciation and understanding of cultural differences and preparing Ambrosians to be productive citizens in a diverse world.
SAU is a member of Intercultural Allies in Higher Education, a regional consortium of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois institutions of higher education dedicated to advancing diversity and multicultural programming.
Affordability: US News & World Report (2017) Regional Universities Midwest ranked SAU as 34th in Best Value (calculated by 15-16 net cost of attendance) in a region of 12 states.
We offer scholarships to all admitted undergraduate applicants on the basis of their academic and extracurricular achievement, and this includes international students.
Academic scholarships available currently range from $12,000 to $17,000 per year, and there is no need to apply. Admitted international applicants are automatically notified of their academic scholarship amount via email when they receive their acceptance letter.
You can qualify for additional scholarships based on your athletic abilities or talent in art, music, and theatre. Each year, St. Ambrose University awards nearly $30 million in institutional aid and scholarships.
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.
SAU has deep relationships with national, regional and local employers who value an Ambrosian education and actively seek our students and graduates. You can search internship and part- and full-time job opportunities on BEE Careers and the SAU Career Center can help prepare you for interviews.
We offer a free, one-credit elective for students who want to take advantage of a summer internship, and many international students choose to stay on campus to do so.
Location: Davenport is part of a bi-state community known as the Quad Cities. This thriving metropolitan area on the Mississippi River has a population of more than 350,000.
Traveling to and from home is easy from the Quad Cities International Airport, or even Chicago, which is only 2.5 hours away by car. SAU is also within a few hours drive of major metropolitan areas including Des Moines, St. Louis, and Minneapolis. Our Midwest location makes it easy for you to intern with a big-city employer or just explore the U.S. while you are here. Click here to learn more about the Quad Cities.
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.
Learn more by clicking here.
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