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Summer Immersion Practicum in Madrid

The program is open to all students who have completed the junior-year clinical rotations at the Saint Louis University Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing. Preference will be given to those SLU students who have completed a previous clinical rotation in Madrid.

This 3-credit-hour nursing elective course provides Spanish-speaking students with an intensive learning experience in clinical nursing in Madrid. The Madrid SIP allows the student to apply classroom knowledge in clinical settings and to work under the guidance of an experienced nurse preceptor employed by the clinical partner(s). In addition, the student will have the opportunity to increase his/her knowledge about health care delivery and the role of nursing in Spain.


  • Clinicals will occur at recognized Sanitas hospitals in Madrid.
  • Students will experience a total of 126 hours in the clinical facility. The experience may include 8-hour shift rotations. The student will typically work on the same schedule and in the same setting as the RN mentor. SLU-Madrid faculty will be available to students whenever they are in the clinical area.
  • The student will be assigned to one (and no more than two) clinical area(s) during the period of the SIP. Clinical assignments will be determined by the agency representatives and the faculty who will, as much as possible, take into consideration the student’s preference for assignment(s).

Program Duration

Four weeks (Summer Session 1)


Students must register for NURS 3930 Nursing Immersion Program (3 credits).

Nursing fee: 30 euros per credit.

Notes on Dress and Behavior

  • Dress: Students should dress in "business/business casual" attire. This means khakis and a button-down shirt for men; for women, either dress slacks or a skirt that goes at least to the knees and a button-down blouse or nice top. Shoes should be close-toed. Do not wear jeans, flip-flops, open-toe sandals, shorts, low-cut tops, miniskirts, tank tops, camisoles, t-shirts or any clothing with holes. Remove jewelry that pierces anything but the ear.
  • Behavior: Students should treat this as a professional activity. Please call ahead of time and reschedule if you are sick.

ID Badge

Wear your SLU ID badge on the upper part of your body.

Participation Survey

At the end of the shadowing experience, you will be asked to complete a short survey regarding your experience. Return the survey to

Experience Madrid with SLU Madrid

In addition to shadowing experience, students may sign up if they wish for SLU-organized extra-curricular activities throughout the summer, such as:

  • Walking tours of Madrid, museum visits, tapas night, flamenco shows and Spanish cooking classes.
  • Guided day trips to Monasterio de Piedra, Toledo, Segovia, El Escorial and Cuelgamuros Valley.

Selection Criteria and Requirements


  • Interested students need to complete this online form.

  • A maximum of eight students will be allowed to participate. Preference will be given to those students who have completed a previous clinical rotation in Madrid. Students with a proficient level in Spanish and successful completion of junior courses are also welcome to apply.

  • Applications are due by Feb. 15.

  • Selected students will complete an online interview with Dr. Tania de la Fuente to assess their Spanish language proficiency before receiving permission to register for this program.

  • Final selection of students will be made by Dr. de la Fuente and staff from the Office of Pre-Health Studies. Students must have an overall GPA and a math and science GPA of at least 3.2 or higher to be considered; students must also be proficient in Spanish.

Age Requirement

Students need to be at least 18 years of age.

Hospital Confidentiality Agreements

  • The nature of the health care industry requires all employees, volunteers, and students to maintain a high level of confidentiality with respect to all information of a medical and business nature concerning patients, residents, doctors or employees.

  • Under no circumstances will such information be discussed with any unauthorized person outside or inside the health care facility.

  • Students must sign confidentiality agreements.

Health Insurance 

Sanitas will cover students in the program. You can pick up your card during orientation sessions. Once admitted to the course, students will apply through the Study Abroad office (through mySLU). Contact with any questions. A 50-euro non-refundable summer session deposit is required to reserve a spot.

Students must apply for insurance by March 1.

Housing at Host Family (Optional)

See Options With Kitchen Privileges or Half Room and Board

For information, contact the Health Sciences Program Director Tania de la Fuente, Ph.D.,  at