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Transfer Students

If you have attempted at least 24 U.S. college credits or have completed one academic year (two semesters) as a full-time student prior to your solicited entry term at Saint Louis University, you should apply as a transfer student.

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Transfer students typically declare a major in an undergraduate degree program that can be completed at SLU-Madrid. Nevertheless, transfer students can also select a major that must be completed at the St. Louis campus.

Transfer students who have completed more than two years of university-level coursework should be aware that they must complete their final 30 credit hours at Saint Louis University  and that some majors may have additional requirements for graduation.

SLU-Madrid may award transfer credits for courses taken at the university level in other accredited institutions. Once you have been admitted, you will need to provide the University detailed syllabi and course descriptions so that all course work  can be accurately evaluated for transfer credit.

Learn more about transferring previously earned credits to SLU

1. Apply

You can apply either through our free online application or the Common Application. The deadlines listed below are for the submission of our online application only. 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 academic transcripts

You must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended.

Proof of high school graduation

You must send a copy of your final high school transcript, diploma or secondary school leaving certificate.

English language requirements

Non-native English speakers should send a TOEFL or IELTS score in order to be placed into the appropriate course. Please consult our English language requirements page for more information.

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.

Official transcripts and other academic credentials can be sent by email to or by mail to the Madrid or St. Louis campus. Documents may also be sent through secure services such as Parchment or Naviance. Essays, CVs, résumé and letters of recommendation can be uploaded to the online application or sent by mail.

Applicants from outside the U.S.

Office of Admission
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 will review your completed application and notify you about your admission decision by email within a week to 10 days.