University of Dubuque Joins Shorelight

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By Shorelight Team
Published on March 27, 2023

The University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa, offers international students a diverse and vibrant community, customizable learning opportunities, and ongoing career support.

University of Dubuque

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The University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa, is now accepting international student applications through Shorelight! Known as “the city that started Iowa,” Dubuque is situated along the Mississippi River and offers history, outdoor recreation, and a welcoming community. Students are encouraged to pursue academic excellence and uphold the university’s values of stewardship, respect, inclusivity, and zeal for lifelong learning and service.

Why Study at the University of Dubuque?

  1. Learn in a diverse environment — With 22% of its student community coming from underrepresented communities, the University of Dubuque is recognized as one of the most diverse small private colleges in America ( When students come here, they live and study in a welcoming and supportive environment where they’re encouraged to explore their academic interests and learn about different cultures and societies.

  2. Build character and achieve your goals — Cultivating confidence, resilience, and integrity, curriculum at the University of Dubuque emphasizes students’ professional, intellectual, and personal growth. Students can look forward to graduating with well-rounded skills that stand out to employers.

  3. Get a head start in your career — Attend networking events like the Fall Career Fair, get assistance with your resume and cover letters, prepare for upcoming interviews, and access career assessments through Dubuque’s Office of Vocation, Career Services, & Community Engagement. Learn from expert faculty who also become professional mentors.

Accolades for the University of Dubuque

U.S. News & World Report, 2023

  • #66 in Regional Universities Midwest (tie)

  • #33 in Best Value Schools

  • #89 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (tie)

Undergraduate Majors Offered at the University of Dubuque


Explore accounting, finance, marketing, management, human resources, and economics specializations across a variety of industries. Courses include Effective Communication in Business, Principles of Selling, Leadership and Motivation, and more.

Flight Operations

Airplane Track (FLI)

Helicopter Track (FLI)

Learn the fundamentals of airplane and helicopter operations, aerodynamics, and aviation weather. Gain practical training through professional ground school and flight training covering basic private pilot ground school, CRJ 200 simulator jet training, and more.

Computer Information Technology

Explore the world of information technology and understand how it boosts organizational efficiency, effectiveness, and competitive advantage. The program provides computer lab training and promotes student engagement in STEM festivals, contests, and more. Acquire practical training through internships at Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and health care institutions.


As an economics major, you will gain skills to analyze current events, anticipate future trends, and interpret historical data. The program is dedicated to understanding patterns and trends in economic behavior, examining market activity and financial development across global societies, and more.


Dubuque’s nursing curriculum focuses on five core competencies: providing patient-centered care, working in interdisciplinary teams, employing evidence-based practice, applying quality improvement, and utilizing informatics. Students have the opportunity to explore both clinic-based experiences in specialty care and rural health initiatives reaching underserved populations.

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Graduate Majors Offered at the University of Dubuque

Master in Management

Aviation Leadership

Communication Management

Organizational Diversity & Inclusion Leadership

Sport Management

The Master in Management program offers eight-week courses teaching management practices and skills like leadership, strategic thinking, and communication while providing in-depth knowledge in finance, human resources, operations, and strategy. All courses share a common core of business taught by industry professionals with real-world experience.

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The University of Dubuque provides international students with a welcoming and diverse learning environment with real-world experiences, a well-rounded academic program, and ongoing staff and faculty support.

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