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Arriving in Madrid

Welcome to Saint Louis University. We're looking forward to meeting you in Madrid.

Students on SLU-Madrid campus.

The fall 2020 semester calendar has been adjusted to open instruction to all students, including those who enter Spain on a 90-day tourist visa. The remote instruction periods at the beginning and the end of the semester will be asynchronous (as opposed to live streamed) to accommodate students in different time zones.

Prepare for your arrival in Madrid by completing the items below:

  • Book your flight: If you come from a country that requires a visa on your passport, please book your flights within that 90-day period.

    If you come from a country where you do not need a visa on your passport to be in Spain for 90 days as a tourist (for example, USA), then book a return ticket within the dates of the face-to-face classes period. Note that you will not be able to arrive earlier, nor depart later than within that 90-day period. All your travel around Europe should take place during the 90 days instruction period.

    All students must arrive in Madrid no later than the morning of September 11 to settle into host family and student residences and to participate in the mandatory Welcome Sessions.
  • Complete arrival form: If you change your travel plans after you have entered your arrival information, please e-mail Student Life at studentlife-madrid@slu.edu with the updates.
  • Read arrival materialsAntes de venir
  • Get finances in order: Exchange currency so you have at least 50 euros in cash before coming to Spain to cover immediate costs, such as taxi fare and other incidentals. Bring more than one card, preferably a Visa or Mastercard, in case you encounter a problem with one of your cards. American Express is not widely accepted in Spain. You may also need to activate your debit and credit cards before you leave for Spain in order to be able to withdraw cash from ATMs.
  • Find your way home: All students are responsible for making their own way to their housing assignment on move-in day. We recommend taking a taxi to your destination, as the Madrid Metro can be complicated to navigate transporting luggage in the escalators. The taxi fare from Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport to any location in Madrid is fixed at 30 euros. Taxis cannot charge an extra fee for luggage. Be sure to carry on you the complete address of your destination. Ask the taxi driver for a receipt ("Necesito un recibo, por favor") before getting out of the taxi. The taxi driver's license number appears on the receipt, which allows you to make contact in case you leave anything in the vehicle or you wish to file a complaint. Tipping taxi drivers is optional in Spain. If you choose to do it, one or two euros is more than enough.

Important dates

Summer 2020

Summer classes will be delivered online. You may take advantage of our campus resources, visit Madrid and meet with professors if you decide to come to Madrid for this session.

You may not move in with your host family prior to 8 a.m. on move-in day. If you arrive early, you are responsible for your own accommodations. If you need to store your belongings while you travel, you may use a storage company. Students in the past have had positive experiences with Bluespace.

Housing placement is currently underway. If you have not received the contact information for your university-arranged housing assignment one week before the official move-in day, contact housing-madrid@slu.edu.

Fall 2020

First-Year and Transfer Students

The fall 2020 semester calendar has been adjusted to open instruction to all students, including those who enter Spain on a 90-day tourist visa. The remote instruction periods at the beginning and the end of the semester will be asynchronous (as opposed to live streamed) to accommodate students in different time zones.

If you are a Spanish citizen, or resident, you may move into the student residence starting September 1.

If you come from a country that requires a visa on your passport, please apply for a long term visa (90-days). Within the first 30 days you must come to the Office of Student Life with your passport to start the process of applying for residence in Spain as a student. You may also move into the residence according to the dates on your visa but not before September 1.

If you come from a country where you do not need a visa on your passport to be in Spain 90 days as a tourist (for example, USA), then book a return ticket within the dates of the face-to-face classes period. Note that you will not be able to arrive earlier nor depart later than within that 90-day period. All your travel around Europe should take place during the 90 days instruction period. You will need to apply for a long-term visa (90 days) at the Spanish consulate closer to your home before coming back in January. 

New and transfer students must attend the mandatory welcome days on September 12 and 13 as well as Convocation on Sunday, September 13.

Your parents are invited to a few events during the Welcome Days including Class of 2024 Convocation on September 13. Please check the Welcome Sessions schedule.

Study Abroad Students

The Fall 2020 semester calendar has been adjusted to open instruction to all students, including those who enter Spain on a 90-day tourist visa. The remote instruction periods at the beginning and the end of the semester will be asynchronous (as opposed to live streamed) to accommodate students in different time zones.

Students in host family housing may not move in with their host families prior to 8 a.m. on host family move-in day, September 11. If you arrive early, you are responsible for your own accommodations. If you need to store your belongings while you travel, you may use a storage company. Students in the past have had positive experiences with Bluespace.

Housing placement is currently underway. If you have not received the contact information for your university-arranged housing assignment one week before the official move-in day, contact housing-madrid@slu.edu.

Spring 2021

Make your flight arrangements so that you can be at SLU-Madrid on Monday, Jan. 11. All the mandatory welcome sessions will be on Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Spring semester homestay move-out day is Thursday, May 13. If you would like to stay longer, you need to make your own accommodation arrangements.

You may not move in with your host family prior to 8 a.m. on move-in day. If you arrive early, you are responsible for your own accommodations. If you need to store your belongings while you travel, you may use a storage company. Students in the past have had positive experiences with Bluespace.

Housing placement is currently underway. If you have not received the contact information for your university-arranged housing assignment one week before the official move-in day, contact housing-madrid@slu.edu.