International Students

Welcome to your new home away from home. International students from countries all over the world — including Brazil, Ghana, Korea, India, China, Rwanda, and Japan — enroll at BVU. What you create here are the things the world needs to thrive and change. BVU is your destination for an excellent, affordable education, hands-on experience, and personal growth.

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Storm Lake, Iowa

Buena Vista University’s campus is located in the heart of the Midwestern United States. Within driving distance from our campus are several metro areas including Des Moines, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Omaha, and Kansas City. A 3,200-acre natural lake directly adjacent to campus is the centerpiece of the community and provides a scenic setting for a service-oriented education and purposeful experiences year-round.

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With a 11:1 student-faculty ratio, you will receive the attention you need to be successful in college and in serving your community after graduation.

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Highly Ranked

In 2022, BVU was named on three lists for Best Regional, Best Value, and Social Mobility by U.S. News and World Report.

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Healthcare Excellence

Between biology, chemistry, and biomedical sciences, BVU’s majors in healthcare will help you make a life of purpose and a world of difference.

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We Want to Talk to You!

We understand that the idea of attending college internationally can be overwhelming at first, but our admissions staff is ready to answer your questions and make your transition as smooth as possible. We can assist you with any concerns you may have and provide you with resources that allow you to make your college decision easily.

Call +001-712-749-2821 or email

Buena Vista University
610 W. Fourth Street
Storm Lake, IA 50588 USA

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