USA, Iowa, Davenport

St. Ambrose University Davenport

Bachelor, MBA

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St. Ambrose University – independent, diocesan and Catholic – enables its students to develop intellectually, spiritually, ethically, socially, artistically and physically to enrich their own lives and the lives of others.

St. Ambrose University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. The university enrolls 3,607 students, as of Fall 2013. 2,743 of these students were undergraduates and 864 were graduate students. The student body is approximately 60 percent female, and 78 percent are full-time students. Over 13 percent of students identify themselves as belonging to a minority group. The university employs 350 faculty members and 314 staff. The student-faculty ratio is approximately 11 to 1 with an average class size of 20 students. There are 12 master’s degree programs and two doctoral programs, physical therapy and business administration.

The Country

The United States of America consisting of 50 states and a federal district. At 9.83 million km2 in total and with around 317 million people, the United States is the third or fourth-largest country by total area and third largest by population. The United States is a developed country and has the world’s largest national economy, with an estimated GDP in 2013 of $16.8 trillion—23% of global nominal GDP. Iowa is a U.S. state in the Midwestern United States, a region sometimes called the “American Heartland”. Iowa is bordered by the Mississippi River on the east and the Missouri River and the Big Sioux River on the west.

The City

Davenport is a city located along the Mississippi River in Scott County, Iowa, United States. Davenport is the county seat of and largest city in Scott County; it is also the largest of the Quad Cities, a metropolitan area with a population estimate of 382,630. Several annual music festivals take place in Davenport, including the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, The Mississippi Valley Fair, and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival. An internationally known 11 km foot race called the Bix 7 is run during the festival. The city has a Class A minor league baseball team, the Quad Cities River Bandits. Davenport has 27 parks and over 19 km of recreational paths for biking or walking.

Student Life

Among the most important things you’ll explore at Ambrose is your own spirituality–whatever that means for you. Through retreats, interfaith celebrations and service learning activities, you’ll have ample opportunity to examine what your faith means to you, and how the values that are important to you can be lived out every day. A Catholic Mass is offered daily in Christ the King Chapel. And when the weather cooperates, a Wednesday night “prime time” Mass is held in the university’s beautiful outside grotto.

Estimated Expenses

Rough Expense Comparison

Semester at ZSEM

Semester at St. Ambrose University

Health Insurance



287 EUR

319 EUR


28 EUR

38 EUR


177 EUR

254 EUR





16 EUR

26 EUR


121 EUR

*per month


On-campus housing is guaranteed for new international students until the housing contract deadlines: 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. 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.

Travel Opportunities

Visit this beautiful river town flanking the Mississippi River with Davenport and Bettendorf on the Iowa side. Visit world- class museums and historic sites. Enjoy riverboat cruises, bike trails, casinos, John Deere attractions and shopping in quaint villages. Celebrate with hundreds of festivals and special events throughout the year. Experience theater, arts, music, dining and fun-filled nightlife. Do so in every Quad city around.