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Saint Louis University is ranked among the top five Jesuit universities in the United States (out of 28) 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 1967.

Religious Affiliation

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 Education Ministry of the Madrid Regional Government) in Spain to deliver U.S. degree programs.


Forbes identified SLU as a "rising star," including it among "the top 10 colleges to watch." SLU was ranked 94th among national research universities by U.S. News, which also ranked its international business program 12th in the nation. The University ranks 4th in Washington Monthly's list of universities that participate in the most community service.


The primary language of instruction is English with selected courses taught in Spanish.


110 (97 percent of full-time faculty hold terminal degrees; 70 percent of all teaching faculty hold terminal degrees.)

Student to Faculty Ratio


Average Class Size



Approximately 800 students who come from the United States (70 percent), Spain (15 percent) and more than 65 other countries (15 percent). Female: 55 percent. Male: 45 percent.


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In the historically protected neighborhood of Metropolitano in Madrid, readily accessible by metro (closest metro station: Guzmán el Bueno) and bus from anywhere in the city.

Map of campus in context of Madrid City



At SLU-Madrid, you can complete requirements toward all of Saint Louis University's nearly 90 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:

Scholarships and Financial Aid

More than 50 percent of all students are offered some form of financial aid, such as merit-based scholarships or Departmental Support Scholarships. 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 labs. Padre Rubio Hall, the main academic building, features additional classrooms, the Office of Student Life, student lounges, the bookstore and St. Timothy's Chapel. San Ignacio Hall, acquired in 2011, is home to an auditorium, art, dance and music studios, additional classrooms, a full-service cafeteria and dining room, the library, faculty residences and offices and a rooftop terrace.


Students at SLU-Madrid have access to the vast collection of electronic resources and databases owned by Saint Louis University. SLU-Madrid's library collection holds more than 10,000 volumes that support specific course and research needs in Madrid.

Career Services

SLU-Madrid offers career counseling, an internship program, workshops on writing résumés and cover letters, interviewing for jobs, applying to graduate school, creating LinkedIn profiles and networking,and alumni roundtables. and workshops/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.


The University has over 120,000 alumni who live in all 50 U.S. states and 146 countries. There are nearly 1,800 SLU alumni living in Spain.

Application Deadlines

  • 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

Application Requirements

Secondary-school transcript and one of the following:

  • SAT / ACT score report
  • 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.