Saint Louis University is ranked among the top five Jesuit universities in the United States (out of 27) and is considered one of the nation's best values in higher education.
Foundation and Charter
Saint Louis University was founded in 1818 and the Madrid campus was established in 1968.
Catholic, Jesuit and welcoming individuals of all faiths and backgrounds.
Fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in the United States and authorized by the Consejería de Educación de la Comunidad de Madrid (the provincial higher education authorities in Madrid) to deliver U.S. degree programs.
SLU is ranked among the top 100 national universities by U.S. News (at 97), with the international business program ranked at No. 13. The Princeton Review ranked SLU No. 2 in “Community Service,” and included SLU on the list of “Best Value Colleges,” which recognizes schools that combine strong academics, affordability and employability for graduates; The Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education ranked SLU at No. 7 among Catholic universities in the U.S.
The primary language of instruction is English with selected courses taught in Spanish.
115 (89 percent of full-time faculty hold terminal degrees; 76 percent of all teaching faculty hold terminal degrees.)
Student to Faculty Ratio
Average Class Size
SLU-Madrid enrolls approximately 900 students who come from the United States (60 percent), Spain (10 percent) and more than 50 other countries (30 percent). Female: 65 percent. Male: 35 percent.
The student body is roughly 50 percent visiting students and 50 percent permanent (degree-seeking) students. Permanent students come from the United States (45 percent), Spain (25 percent) and more than 50 other countries (30 percent). Female: 55 percent Male: 45 percent.
In the historically protected neighborhood of Metropolitano in Madrid, readily accessible by metro (closest metro stations: Guzmán el Bueno and Vicente Aleixandre) and bus from anywhere in the city.
At SLU-Madrid, you can complete requirements toward nearly all of Saint Louis University's undergraduate degree programs.
Academic programs offered entirely at SLU-Madrid:
If you pursue a science degree such as biology, engineering or nursing, you can begin your studies in Madrid and then transfer to St. Louis to complete your degree.
Special program offerings:
- Health science and nursing programs
- Study abroad at SLU-Madrid
- Summer programs
- English language preparation for university study
- Pre-University engineering preparation
- University Honors Program
Scholarships and Financial Aid
More than 50 percent of all students benefit from some sort of financial aid, such as merit scholarships, awards, grants and U.S. federal aid.
All new degree-seeking applicants are considered for Madrid merit-based scholarships. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for U.S. federal financial aid through FAFSA.
Placement in selected host families; residence halls and shared apartments available through outside providers.
Padre Arrupe Hall houses the Office of Admissions, Registrar's Office, IT Support, administrative and
faculty offices, classrooms, and biology, chemistry, computer, nursing and physics
Padre Rubio Hall is the main academic building, with high-tech classrooms as well as the Office of Student Life, student lounges, the bookstore and St. Timothy's Chapel.
San Ignacio Hall is home to the auditorium, student lounges, computer labs, art, dance and music studios, a full-service cafeteria and dining room, the library, additional classrooms, faculty and administrative offices, including that of the Dean, and a rooftop terrace.
Students at SLU-Madrid have access to the University’s vast collection of electronic resources and databases. SLU-Madrid's library collection holds more than 10,000 volumes that support specific course and research needs in Madrid.
SLU-Madrid offers career counseling, internships, job search workshops and networking events on campus.
Graduate School Placement
SLU-Madrid offers numerous graduate school information sessions each year, hosted by recruiters and SLU-Madrid alumni; recent graduates are currently pursuing advanced degrees at prestigious institutions around the world.
Since 2003, SLU-Madrid has honored its degree candidates each spring through its annual commencement ceremony, held most recently at the Museo Reina Sofía, Spain’s internationally renowned museum of contemporary art.
The University has 131,059 alumni who live in all 50 U.S. states and 154 countries. There are 871 alumni who have earned their bachelor's or master's degrees from SLU-Madrid.
- Fall: May 31 (Aug. 1 for Spanish and other EU students)
- Spring: Oct. 15 (Dec. 15 for Spanish and other EU students)
- Summer Session I: April 1
- Summer Session II: May 31
Secondary-school transcript and one of the following:
- SAT / ACT score report (optional through 2022)
- IB diploma
- A-level grades
- University entrance exam
- Advanced Placement. Credits toward degrees are awarded for demonstrated achievement on select AP, SAT II, CLEP and IB exams.