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Spanish, B.A. (Madrid)

Saint Louis University offers a singular opportunity for you to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish in Madrid where you’ll be totally immersed in the language, culture and literature of Spain.

Spanish at SLU-Madrid

Major in Spanish

The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at SLU-Madrid focuses on advanced language training, culture and literary studies. Because of the need to compete successfully in our increasingly global environment, a double major or a minor in Spanish is a popular choice for students considering careers in law, science, political science, international business, economics, history or education, areas in which language proficiency is highly valued.

Highlighted Courses

The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish requires 120 credit hours, which includes 33 credit hours of Spanish coursework. You’ll be required to complete 18 credit hours of literature or advanced Spanish language study. Other required courses include:

  • SPAN 3010: Written Communication
  • SPAN 3020: Oral Communication
  • SPAN 3030: Advanced Written Communication
  • SPAN 3040: Advanced Oral Communication
  • SPAN 4200: Introduction to Hispanic Literature

These courses serve as the prerequisites for all upper-division courses. The upper-division courses also require language competency equivalent to SPAN 3040.

SPAN 4200: Introduction to Hispanic Literature must be taken before any other literature course, however concurrent registration is allowed.

Internships and Careers

Students who study Spanish language and literature receive a solid foundation of excellent analytical and language skills, and strong intercultural knowledge. Our alumni have enrolled in graduate programs to continue their Spanish studies. Many students combine Spanish studies with other majors and minors, and find employment in education, business, government and nonprofit agencies. Some students choose to pursue service upon graduation through organizations such as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps or the U.S. Peace Corps.


Our Spanish faculty hold doctoral degrees from leading European and American universities, offering the program a wealth of knowledge and research across a diverse range of literary movements in Spain and Latin America, as well as in applied linguistics.

Tuition and Fees

SLU-Madrid is committed to providing quality Jesuit education at an affordable price. Tuition rates at the Madrid Campus are approximately 40 percent lower than comparable private universities in the U.S.

If you have questions or would like to speak with a financial aid officer, email us at

2018-2019 Tuition and Fees
Scholarships and Financial Aid


In order to be admitted to the Spanish program, you must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA, have received a “C” or better on all your Spanish courses and complete a declaration of major form with the Office of the Registrar. Your application and academic record are then submitted to the department and, upon acceptance, you’ll be assigned a departmental advisor.

Minor in Spanish

SLU-Madrid’s minor in Spanish is an 18-credit-hour program, which consists of 12 credit hours of required language coursework and six credit hours of advanced 4000-level electives. All Spanish courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better and students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

Immersive LEarning

Practice In and Out of the Classroom

From the very first day of classes at SLU-Madrid, instruction is in Spanish. Students may also choose to take core requirements for the degree — such as psychology, history and theology — in Spanish. SLU-Madrid students experience Spanish life and culture first-hand and put their language skills to practice outside the classroom, while taking advantage of the benefits and opportunities that come with an American university education.