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About SLU-Madrid

Educating the Whole Person

Saint Louis University's Madrid campus — called "SLU-Madrid" by our community — is an internationally diverse academic community that brings together faculty, staff and students from all over the world.

SLU-Madrid is the European campus of Saint Louis University, the oldest university west of the Mississippi River and the second-oldest Jesuit university in the United States. The Madrid campus is in the same country where the Jesuit founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola, was born.

Saint Louis University — both in St. Louis and Madrid — is recognized for its world-class academics, commitment to healthcare and tradition of service to the greater community

Saint Louis University is ranked among the top Jesuit universities in the U.S., and has received honors for its academic excellence, efforts to serve others and commitment to making a high-quality education attainable.

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Internationalize your college education. With Madrid as your campus, you can:

  • Earn your entire U.S. degree in Spain, choosing from 20 fully accredited undergraduate majors and two graduate degrees.

  • Begin your U.S. degree in Spain and then transfer to the United States to complete it. Choose from more than 50 Madrid and St. Louis majors.

  • Transfer from another university to complete your U.S. degree in Spain.

  • Study abroad in Spain for a summer, a semester or a full academic year, enrolled in accredited courses that keep you on track to graduate. More than 200 courses are offered each semester that fulfill degree requirements for SLU's undergraduate majors.

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One University, Two Continents 

An innovator in international education, SLU's Madrid campus is widely recognized for its highly rigorous and transformative American educational programs. The campus is home to more than 1,200 students from the United States, Spain and more than 65 other countries.


All degrees are processed through SLU-St. Louis, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In 1996, SLU-Madrid became the first foreign educational institution recognized 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. Learn more about accreditation.


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

Scholarships and Financial Aid

More than 50% of all students benefit from a wide range of scholarships and financial aid opportunities, including merit and non-merit scholarships, U.S. federal financial aid and veteran benefits. 


Students live in nearby college dorms shared with local Spanish students or live with selected host families

About Campus Facilities 

The campus consists of three buildings and an office space near Madrid's well-known Ciudad Universitaria area.

These are:

SLU-Madrid campus map

Why SLU-Madrid?

  • Live in a vibrant, European capital.

  • Earn a fully accredited U.S. bachelor's degree.

  • Be a member of our dynamic, multicultural community.

  • Learn from internationally recognized researchers and scholars.

  • Prepare for life through the University's liberal arts core.

  • Invest in an affordable U.S. degree: our tuition rates are about 40% lower than comparable private universities in the U.S.

  • Become fluent in English and Spanish.

  • Transform yourself and the world you live in.

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