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Our catholic schools are F1 certified schools and any student can transfer to higher education from us. We are accredited non-public schools in the State of Iowa.
St. Ambrose - Home of the Fighting Bees
St. Ambrose University as a Catholic institution believes in the inherent God-given dignity and worth of every individual.
As stated in our Mission and Core Values, we affirm that St. Ambrose University seeks to enable all of its students to develop intellectually, spiritually, ethically, socially, artistically and physically to enrich their own lives and the lives of others.
We believe that in order to achieve the fullest measure of human potential, the University needs to develop a broad awareness of human cultures, achievements, capabilities and limitations, and to learn specific skills so that we might use our talents in the service of other people and the world in which we live. We believe that a diverse university community broadens and promotes the value of higher education at St. Ambrose University.
At St. Ambrose University, diversity means honoring and celebrating a multiplicity of voices along with a thoughtful exploration of different perspectives and ideas. Diversity generates multiple viewpoints that lead to creativity and effective problem solving, thus recognizing the contributions of a variety of individuals and groups. Further, exposure to diversity at St. Ambrose will enable members of the campus community to work and live successfully in our evolving, diverse world.
Our commitment to diversity is intentional; it is embodied in the ongoing development of a campus community that reflects the reality of a global society. Diversity further calls for the fair and equitable treatment of students, staff, faculty, and other constituents.
Toward these ends, St. Ambrose University embraces diversity in all aspects of its educational programming and organizing structures.
International Student Services
International students at St. Ambrose come from every corner of the globe and choose St. Ambrose for many reasons: our well-regarded programs, our beautiful campus, our convenient location and our focus on teaching. But what international students remember most about their Ambrose experience is the friendly, welcoming community of students, faculty, and staff. It's uniquely "Ambrosian!"
If you require a student visa, the International Admissions Office is your main contact with St. Ambrose and also will guide you through orientation. Once you arrive here, the ISS Office is here to support you. It is our goal to make your Ambrose experience a positive one, whether that means helping with your course schedule, answering a question about housing, or just sharing stories over a cup of coffee.
Be sure to contact us with any questions you have!
Welcome to the international student admissions page for St. Ambrose University, a dynamic, growing community located in Davenport, Iowa.
We are home to over 3,500 students, including international students and scholars from more than 30 countries. We welcome your questions and those of your friends, family and counselors.
International Student Admissions will make your application process an easy and efficient one. We've worked with students from more than 30 countries and are looking forward to helping you with your decision of where to attend school.
Your application will be considered at any time of the year, and we will do our best to give you an admissions decision within two weeks of receiving your completed application.
In order to apply for admission to St. Ambrose University, all students must first complete an online application (it's free!).
Now, choose what type of student you are, and visit that page for specific details.
All St. Ambrose international students are required to have health insurance. If you are a J-1 visa holder, immigration law requires that you have a minimum level of health insurance coverage during your entire stay in the US.
Important note: Health insurance plans in the U.S. vary greatly. Generally, plans that cost less provide you with less coverage, and plans that cost more provide you with better coverage. Student health insurance plans are often designed to cover emergency medical expenses for a low price, and these plans often do not cover all possible medical costs. Many plans do not cover your costs if your illness existed before you purchased the plan (these are called "pre-existing conditions"). Therefore it is very important that you understand what your insurance policy covers.
You have a couple of options regarding health insurance, and you must choose one before arriving at St. Ambrose:
St. Ambrose Health Form
The Health Form provides our on-campus nurse with the information necessary to understand your medical needs while you are here. You should complete pages 2 and 3 of this form to the best of your ability and bring it with you when you come to campus. During orientation, you will meet with our on-campus nurse, who will collect this from you. If you have any questions on health insurance or the health form, please contact us!
The next step in preparing to arrive is deciding on your housing! St. Ambrose is known for having some of the best on-campus accommodation in our region.
For upperclassmen (those in their third or fourth year or in graduate studies), much of our housing is "suite-style," with shared kitchens and living areas, or in houses adjacent to campus. First and second year students are provided shared rooms, many of which have adjacent bathrooms and shared lounge areas on each floor.
For all students, living on campus is the best way to have a real "American" university experience, with lots of opportunities to become part of the St. Ambrose community. Upperclassmen and graduate students may also choose to live off campus. Our Residence Life Office can provide you with information on rental opportunities in the area.
If you will be living on campus, the link to our housing contract will be sent to you in an email shortly after you have been admitted. Housing is assigned by priority, based upon receipt of deposit. A $250 damage deposit must be submitted with your contract.
Deadlines for returning the Housing Contract
On-campus housing is guaranteed for new international students until the housing contract deadlines:
After the deadline, housing is offered based on availability. Please note that housing is often very full in the Fall semester. If you plan to start in the fall (August), please submit the housing contract and $250 damage deposit as soon as possible.
International students are allowed to remain on campus for the summer break, if they do not intend to travel home. Please contact Residence Life regarding housing and roommates during the summer.
St. Ambrose does not provide family housing, but there are numerous housing options close to campus. Please contact Residence Life for more information on your options for living off campus.
Traveling to Campus
Now that you are accepted and have a visa, it is time to make travel arrangements! You should plan to arrive on campus to attend International Student Orientation, settle into your new environment, and recover from jet lag.
Travel Arrival Information
Once travel arrangements are made, please email International Student Services with these details.
We will arrange for free airport pick-up if you fly into the Quad Cities. The Quad City International Airport (airport code MLI) is located in Moline, Illinois, approximately 20 minutes from campus. Send us the details of your arrival two weeks before you arrive so there is time to arrange pick up at the Quad City airport.
If you prefer to fly into Chicago, there is a shuttle service that will bring you directly to campus, but this cost will need to be covered by you. Contact ACT II to make Chicago airport shuttle arrangements. Please be sure to mention that you need to be dropped off at St. Ambrose University.
Driving and Parking on Campus
Davenport is located south of Interstate 80, on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River. Driving to campus is quite straightforward. Our campus is located on Locust Street, which is the main east-west street crossing the city.
If you are able to drive to campus, you are welcome to park in any campus parking lot until classes begin. After the start of classes, you will need to purchase a student parking permit to park your car on campus. You will also be restricted to parking in student lots.
What to Expect
As an international student, you will arrive on campus a few days before other students, to get to know the campus, your new classmates, and the many services available to you at St. Ambrose.
International Student Orientation is mandatory for all students coming to St. Ambrose on F-1 and J-1 visas. It's also lots of fun and is by far the best way to feel ready for your first semester here!
Past students tell us that they enjoyed International Student Orientation for these reasons:
This is also an important time to learn more about the regulations governing your visa status, including your work entitlements, travel entitlements, and what do to if you need help.