Welcome to Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Located in northwest Iowa within convenient driving distance of several metropolitan cities, such as Minneapolis/St. Paul, Kansas City, Omaha and Des Moines, Storm Lake is a vibrant community that is home to more than 10,000 people. A 3,200-acre natural lake adjacent to the BVU campus is the centerpiece of the community, and provides a scenic setting and an abundance of recreational opportunities.
BVU has a proud history and commitment to educating international students for over 50 years. Students from around the globe have found a home away from home on our campus. Nearly 50 international students from nine countries – including Brazil, Ghana, Korea, India, China, Rwanda and Japan – were enrolled at the university for the 2016-2017 academic year. International students thrive at BVU.
There are also a variety of scholarships available to qualified international students working toward their college degree, as well as campus employment.
Buena Vista has been consistently ranked as one of the top Midwestern regional colleges in U.S. News & World Report’s annual publication of “America’s Best Colleges,” most recently as 11th. The 9:1 student-faculty ratio allows you to have the opportunity to learn alongside committed faculty members who inspire you to realize your full potential.
The BVU experience enables you to explore endless opportunities to help shape your future. With over 80 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs, dozens of student organizations, and exceptional internship and travel opportunities, BVU is sure to provide you a diverse and unique educational experience.