Academic advising at Saint Louis University ― Madrid Campus is an important aspect of the educational experience. Students work closely with advisors throughout their time at SLU.
Our advisors are a tool for students when choosing classes, deciding upon a major and transitioning into life after graduation.
Goals of Academic Advising
Academic advisors at SLU-Madrid aim to:
- Assist students in their understanding of academic requirements.
- Nurture intellectual maturation and self-confidence.
- Encourage students to take an active role in the advisement process.
- Foster a positive working relationship between students, advisors and faculty.
- Individualize support for students in degree and course-planning.
- Be consistent in the academic advising experience for all students.
- Provide stronger collaboration and referrals between academic advisors and other offices including Career Services.
Role of Academic Advising
Academic advisors serve students by:
- Aiding in developmental transitions, especially from secondary school to college.
- Planning and approving course registration.
- Clarifying program and curriculum requirements, particularly as they relate to the Jesuit model of education.
- Introducing students to resources for academic and career success.
Components of Our Advising Model
- The First- and Second-Year advisor supports individualized educational planning and encourages strategies for academic and transitional success.
- Faculty advisors (for students who have completed 59 credit hours) help with educational planning and also offer a disciplinary perspective on identifying students' interests and information on specific majors and careers.
- The career counselor helps students to identify career options and to obtain internships and work experience in those fields.
- Students are responsible for active participation in the advising process.
Through collaboration with all aspects of the advising process, students achieve the support needed for successful transition, academic success and choice of major and career.
Academic Advising Staff
Desi Nikolova graduated summa cum laude from SLU-Madrid with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish — participating in the first SLU-Madrid commencement ceremony. She earned a Master of Arts in Spanish Literature and Culture from Ohio State University and spent three years teaching Spanish at Johns Hopkins University. She joined SLU Madrid's advising staff in 2012; her primary responsibilities include advising new students, including transfer students.
Jaime Ortiz earned his licenciatura in English philology from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He also received a double-degree — a Master of Arts in English from Saint Louis University and a Master of Arts in Estudios literarios anglo-norteamericanos from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He has also studied translation and has over 20 years of experience in customer service. He joined the advising staff in 2011 and currently serves as assistant dean for advising. Some of his responsibilities include coordinating the honors program, supporting academic departments, the advising of juniors and seniors, and ensuring students meet all requirements for graduation.