St. Louis for International Students

Saint Louis University is in St. Louis, Missouri, in the middle of the United States.

Attractions: St. Louis is home to landmarks and traditions you will want to experience.

  • The Arch, known as the gateway to the American West and the tallest monument in the United States (192 meters)
  • Forest Park, larger than Central Park in New York City and home to several outstanding museums, all of which are free  
  • Professional sports games, including baseball with the 10-time World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, football with the St. Louis Rams, hockey with the St. Louis Blues and more

Careers: There are great opportunities in the St. Louis region.

  • Internships and job prospects, including at the headquarters of Fortune 500 companies such as Anheuser-Busch, Monsanto and Express Scripts
  • A vast network of Saint Louis University alumni working in St. Louis -- and all over the world

Population: The St. Louis metropolitan region has nearly 3 million people, with more than 350,000 residents in the city itself.

Weather: St. Louis has four distinct seasons. In the summer, it's hot enough to go swimming, and in the winter, you might see snow.

Location: Because St. Louis is centrally located, when you are studying here, you will be close to any place you want to visit in America. By airplane, it's three hours to Los Angeles, two hours to New York and less than an hour to Chicago.

Saint Louis University's location in St. Louis, Missouri puts you close to anything and everything you like to do.

SLU Students at the St. Louis ArchThe St. Louis Gateway Arch. If you only have time to visit one attraction, do the Arch. Built in 1965, the Arch stands 630 tall, and the top is accessible by tram. Hint: Get your tram tickets in advance; they tend to sell out early in the day. Visit: www.gatewayarch.org

The Mississippi Riverfront. A touristy area where you can bike, dine, shop, take old-time riverboat cruises down the Mississippi River, visit the National Video Game and Co-op Museum (ever heard of Pac Man?), the Museum of Westward Expansion and the Laclede's Landing Wax Museum.

Forest Park. These beautiful 1,371 acres house the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis History Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, The Muny Amphitheatre and the Jewel Box greenhouse -- not to mention a golf course, tennis courts, a skating rink, and trails for biking, rollerblading and more. Visit: explorestlouis.com/visit-explore/discover/neighborhoods/forest-park/

Students at the Fox Theater in Grand CenterGrand Center. The art district of St. Louis, Grand Center is home to an array of theatres, museums, restaurants, coffee shops and more. Watch a touring Broadway musical. Listen to the world-class St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy a contemporary art exhibit. A cultural playground — just steps away from the Saint Louis University campus. Visit: www.grandcenter.org

Busch Stadium, the Edward Jones Dome and the Scottrade Center. These venues provide homes to the Cardinals, Rams, Blues respectively.

The City Museum. Located downtown St. Louis, The City Museum is an interactive museum appealing to "children of all ages." Featuring kinetic exhibits -- like MonstroCity, a "montage of monkey bars," Slinkies, a five-story climb through transparent tubes, the City Museum Caves -- this is one museum you'll never forget. Visit: www.citymuseum.org

Missouri Botanical Gardens. The 79 acres of the Missouri Botanical Gardens provide wonderful opportunities for leisurely strolls through rose gardens, the Japanese Garden and more. Visit: www.mobot.org

Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Tour the historic building where Adolphus Busch manufactured the "King of Beers." Visit: www.budweisertours.com

Old Courthouse. The Greek Revival-style courthouse now serves as the home to historic exhibits and the film, The Gateway to the West. The Courthouse is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Visit: www.nps.gov/jeff/planyourvisit/och.htm

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The "New Cathedral" is about a mile from the Saint Louis University campus and contains the largest collection of mosaics in the world, some 83,000 square feet of encrusted domes, ceilings, arches and walls. Take a tour. Or attend Mass. Visit: www.cathedralstl.org

Union Station. On the National Landmark of Historic Places, St. Louis Union Station was once one of the largest and busiest train stations in the world. Today it houses the Hyatt Regency hotel, and restaurants such as the Hard Rock Cafe. Visit: www.stlouisunionstation.com

Great neighborhoods for dining, shopping and people-watching that include The Hill, the Central West End, the University City Loop, where you'll find the St. Louis Walk of Fame, and the historic Soulard neighborhood -- home to the country's second largest Mardi Gras celebration and an open-air farmer's market.

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