Saint Louis University Menu Search

First-Year Students

The admission process at Saint Louis University is highly personalized, and we’re here to help. We look at each applicant to determine their preparation and potential for college-level work.

Student working on laptop.


At SLU-Madrid, we are looking for students who wish to learn about the world around them through their academic coursework, as well as through interaction with an internationally diverse community.

1. Apply

You can apply either through our free online application or the Common Application.

Application deadlines are for the submission of our online application only; additional admission documents can be sent in after these deadlines. We encourage you to apply sooner to increase your chances of getting greater financial aid packages and scholarships, and to leave ample time to secure a student visa (if needed).

For deadline extension requests, contact the Office of Admissions at

Deadlines for applicants who require a Spanish student visa:

  • Fall: May 31
  • Spring: Oct. 15

Deadlines for applicants who don’t require a Spanish student visa:

  • Fall: Aug. 1
  • Spring: Dec. 15

2. Submit Your Documents

Applicants are required to submit the following documents:

Personal essay

As part of the online application, you will be asked to write a 500-word essay. The topic is indicated on the online application.

Official high school transcripts or academic records

Seniors must submit a sixth- or seventh-semester transcript. If you have already finished high school, you must supply your final transcript.

ACT/SAT scores: Applies to U.S. high school applicants only. Order test scores from the testing service by using the specific codes:

  • ACT: 5291
  • SAT/AP: 2586

Other test scores

Spanish Education System: Applicants from Spanish high schools must submit their bachillerato grades and Selectividad or PAU results when available.
International Baccalaureate: International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program candidates must submit their high school transcripts and IB scores. Predicted scores may be sent if final scores are not yet available.

French Education System: Applicants studying in the French system must submit their last three years of Baccalaureate (1º, 2º and Terminale) and the relevé de notes du Bac when available.

British Education System: Applicants studying under the British system must submit their A-/AS-level marks and GCSE or IGCSE results. Predicted A-/AS-level marks may be sent if final marks are not available during the application period.

Other: Applicants studying in other educational systems from those mentioned above must present their secondary school transcripts and other documentation (i.e. national entrance exam results or school leaving certificate) that would qualify them to attend to university in their country of origin. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions.

Optional admission documents

  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV/Résumé

Although these documents are not required, should you wish to submit one or two letters of recommendation and a CV of your extracurricular activities, they will serve to strengthen your application.

Non-native English speakers should consult our English language requirements for admission.

Official high school transcripts and test scores (with the exception of the ACT and SAT) can be sent by email to or by mail to the Madrid or St. Louis campus. You can also have your high school counselor email transcripts or have them sent through Parchment or Naviance. Essays, CVs, résumés and letters of recommendation can be uploaded to the online application or sent by mail.

Applicants from outside the U.S.

Office of Admissions
Avenida del Valle, 34
Madrid 28003, Spain

Applicants from U.S. institutions

Attn: Kaylyn Stoll
DuBourg Hall, Room 149
One North Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103-2097

3. Application Review

Your application will be considered complete when the online application and all other required or optional documents have been submitted. The Office of Admissions starts reviewing applications on Nov. 1. After that date and once your application is complete, we will notify you about your admission decision by email within seven to 10 days.

If your final grades or test scores won't be made available until after the application period, we will review your application on the basis of your latest high school transcripts and predicted grades.