Health Care

Saint Louis University’s campus in Madrid does not have a medical center on campus. SLU-Madrid Student Life staff and counselors may serve as liaisons between students and doctors, even going with them to the hospital or to different practitioners as needed.

Students with pre-existing medical conditions are responsible for following the treatment prescribed by their personal physicians and for seeking the adequate resources to continue any treatment while they study in Madrid. They may use their Sanitas Medical Insurance provided by SLU-Madrid.

For any physical pre-existing conditions, contact Rubén Borrás, M.D., a general practitioner who accepts Sanitas insurance, at dr.rvborras@gmail.com. Borrás will refer you to a specialist within the Sanitas Medical network. If you need treatment for mental illness with a counselor or a psychiatrist while you reside in Spain, contact the SLU-Madrid Counseling Center at counselingcenter-madrid@slu.edu.

For a comprehensive list of medical health professionals who accept Sanitas medical insurance, visit the Sanitas website at sanitas.es.

Student Accommodations

SLU-Madrid will make every effort to support students with severe medical conditions in successfully completing their academic work.

Student Accommodations at the SLU-Madrid Campus

At times, however, medical conditions are so severe that they negatively affect both the student as well as other members of the campus community. Students with such conditions may continue to study at SLU-Madrid and access all of its services, including host family housing, as long as the medical condition does not disturb and disrupt  the SLU-Madrid community.

Examples of  disturbing or disruptive behaviors include, but are not limited to: poor social interaction with professors, University officials, host family and roommates, classmates and other students on and off-campus; social interaction that is aggressive, hostile, threatening or disturbing to others; behavior suggesting the presence of a medical and/or mental illness that is causing significant disruption or distress such as depression (e.g. self-injurious behavior, suicide threats/attempts, isolating oneself in the room while at home, etc.), anxiety disorders (e.g., becoming hostile or excessively anxious when family members/roommates do not follow rigid routines, etc.), eating disorders (e.g. excessive weight loss, binge eating, vomiting frequently or unusual requests regarding food and menus, etc.) and substance abuse.

When such behaviors are detected, the Department of Student Life, in coordination with the University Counseling Center and the Dean's Office, will make a decision regarding the appropriate action required, including but not limited to: continuing academic studies while receiving appropriate treatment for the medical condition; leaving the home stay; taking a leave of absence or withdrawing from SLU-Madrid.

Contact SLU-Madrid Counseling Services in the event that you think you need a counselor for your medical condition, for more information about recovery time and more.