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With more than 65 international students from 30 countries, we have a lot of experience in the international admissions process.

Your St. Ambrose experience starts here!

To apply for admission to St. Ambrose University, first please complete this online application (it's free!).

Scroll down to choose what type of student you are to get started.

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Student Visa Information

If you plan to study in the United States, you will most likely require a student visa, which is either a category "F" visa or a category "J" visa.

You apply for a visa after you're accepted to SAU.

Learn about F-1 and J-1 Visas

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We invite students of all backgrounds and faiths to study at St. Ambrose, and provide an academic experience that helps you enrich your life and the lives of others.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Admission

Important Dates

  • June 1: All admission documents due for August admission.
  • November 1: All admission documents due for January admission.
Step 1

Learn more about us! What do you want to study? Where do you want to live? What excites you about being here? Our website is your window to St. Ambrose, so be sure to learn about academic programshousingstudent life, and our values!

Step 2

Send us your application materials:

  1. Application (no fee, completed online). Please note that if you do not have a Social Security Number, you can leave that field blank.
  2. Evidence of your Grade Point Average equivalent should be sent with your official international transcripts. Admitted students must have at least a 2.5 out of 4.0 CGPA. If we cannot evaluate your transcripts, you may need an external agency to complete the evaluation.
  3. Send us official copies of test scores, showing evidence of proficiency in English.
  4. Send us a scanned copy of your passport including photo page.
  5. Send a Declaration of Finances Form along with proof of funding via email.
Step 3

International Admissions reviews your application and will let you know our admission decision. At this time, we'll also confirm any academic scholarship that you have been awarded. This award is automatic. There is no need to apply for it.

Step 4

Congratulations! You have completed the admission process! New students are sent a welcome email and a packet in the mail that includes the I-20 document.

If you are accepted, visit our Accepted Students site!

Graduate International Admission

At St. Ambrose, we truly value the unique perspectives and new thinking that international students bring to the graduate classroom.

International students in our graduate programs find that small class sizes and a focus on teaching help to foster their academic success. To use that very American phrase, it's a "win-win!"

We invite you to explore our graduate programs and begin the admission process by following the steps below.

Admissions Deadlines

  • For students with a current F-1 visa: Admission deadlines are set by individual graduate departments. If the graduate department does not have an admission deadline, then applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • For students without a current F-1 visa: June 1 for August admission; November 1 for January admission.
Step 1

Learn more about us! International students requiring F-1 visas are eligible to apply for admission (with exceptions notated in italics) to any of our full-time graduate programs:

Step 2

Send us your application materials:

  1. Application for graduate admission. Please note that if you do not have a Social Security Number, you can simply leave that field blank.
  2. Evidence of your Grade Point Average. If you have completed undergraduate coursework in the US, we will need to see official transcripts from these institutions. If any part of your undergraduate education was undertaken outside of the US, then we will also need to see evidence of the Grade Point Average (GPA) equivalent from that coursework. This may need to be evaluated by an external source (see the International Admissions page and scroll to the bottom for the external evaluation contact list). For those who have individual requirements on how the GPA equivalent is obtained, we will work with the graduate programs.
  3. Evidence of English proficiency.
  4. A copy of your passport including photo page.
  5. Complete the Declaration of Finance Form (on the Cost of Attending page) and return it to international@sau.edu with digital forms of proof of funding (e.g. bank statement/bank letter)
  6. Any further requirements of the graduate programs.
Step 3

International Student Services will work with the graduate faculty who will make a decision on your admission.

Both offices may communicate with you to request additional documentation, and both offices can assist with questions you may have.

Step 4

If you are accepted, International Student Services will then send you a personalized Declaration of Finances form.

On this form, confirm how you are able to fund a full academic year here. Then, return this document to us with supporting financial documents, such as bank statements and letters of sponsorship.

Step 5

Congratulations! You have completed the admission process!

If you already have an F-1 visa, you will receive a welcome email which explains how your SEVIS file will transfer to us from your current institution.

If you do not have an F-1 visa, you will receive a welcome packet in the mail that contains your new Form I-20. This will be required for your visa interview.

Step 6

Visit our Accepted Students website! Here you will find information on the visa application and how to prepare for your arrival at St. Ambrose!

Transfer International Admission

If you are looking for a great place to continue your American education, with educators who value student contact and a campus community that is excited to learn from international students, you've found the right place!

Transferring to St. Ambrose is a simple process, either at the undergraduate or graduate levels. Follow these steps to begin your St. Ambrose experience!

Admissions Deadlines

For undergraduate transfer students, admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Of course, the sooner you apply the better so that you can begin to plan your course schedule and your move!

For graduate transfer students, individual graduate programs may set admission deadline dates. If no date is set, then applications are also reviewed on a rolling basis.

Learn more about us! With more than 60 undergraduate majors, chances are you can find your field of study here. We also have first-class student housing and a very active campus life. Check out information on academic programshousing, student life, and our values!

Send us your application materials:

  1. Application, for either undergraduate or graduate students.
  2. A copy of your transcripts from your current college or university. If you are transferring from a college or university outside the United States, you may have to have your transcripts evaluated by an external agency.
  3. TOEFL or IELTS test results. Please visit the English Language Proficiency Requirements page for current test scores.
  4. Copy of your passport including photo page.
  5. Declaration of Finances Form (on the Cost of Attending page) 
  6. Bank Statement (Government-sponsored students should submit a letter of support from their sponsoring agency instead of a bank statement.)
Exchange International Admission

Get ready to change your life! A semester or year at St. Ambrose will open your mind, give you a new community of friends, and fill you with memories for a lifetime.

Be sure to give the exchange opportunity some thought because it's a big commitment. What excites you most about coming here? What are you most uncertain about? Let us know if you have any questions about life in the U.S. before you make your decision.

Follow the steps below to complete the admission process. We're excited to welcome you!

Our exchange partners:

  • Universidad Estadual de Santa Cruz, Ilhéus, Bahia, Brazil
  • Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata City, Japan
  • The Foundation for Liberal and Management Education (FLAME), Pune, India

Important Dates

  • May 1: All admission documents due for August admission.
  • October 1: All admission documents due for January admission.
Step 1

If you're ready to start your journey to St. Ambrose, contact and work with the exchange or international office at your home university to apply for the exchange program.

Step 2

If you are nominated by your home university, send us your application materials by e-mail:

  1. Application for exchange student admission. Please note that if you do not have a Social Security Number, you can leave that field blank.
  2. Letter of nomination from your home institution.
  3. Copy of your home university transcripts.
  4. Evidence of proficiency in English: TOEFL (70) or IELTS (5.5) score report or letter from your home university confirming your academic English ability.
  5. A copy of your passport including photo page.
Step 3

We review your application materials and let you know if your meet our admissions criteria.

If you are accepted, a personalized Declaration of Finance form will be emailed to you. As an exchange student, you will receive a waiver of the cost of tuition. However, you will need to show evidence that you are able to fund your housing, food, books, insurance, and all personal expenses while you are here.

The Declaration of Finances should be returned to us with supporting documentation, such as bank statements.

Step 4

Congratulations! You have completed the admission process. We'll send you a welcome email and an acceptance packet in the mail that includes your DS-2019 Form, which you'll need for your visa interview.

Now visit our accepted student site, and start planning your trip!


International Admissions
Ambrose Hall, first floor
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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