Heidi Buffington

Director of Admissions

E-mail: heidi.buffington@slu.edu

Phone: +34 91 554 58 58 - Ext.: 206 
Fax: +34 91 554 62 02
Office location: Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus. Avenida del Valle, 34

Heidi grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania. She studied abroad in Spain when she was a junior at the College of Wooster. After graduating with a degree in Biology and Spanish, she returned to Spain to pursue a Master's degree in International Studies. Heidi joined the SLU-Madrid staff in 2004 as U.S. Visiting Student Coordinator. She later served as International Admissions Counselor and Graduate Admissions Coordinator, recruiting first-year, transfer and graduate students from the U.S. and Western Europe. Heidi was appointed Director of Admissions in 2016.

Degrees
M.A. International Studies, Escuela Diplomática de Madrid, Spain
B.A. Biology and Spanish, The College of Wooster, OH


Q & A with Heidi

  • What advice would you offer students during their college search and application processes?
    Listen to your heart. Even if this sounds cliché, I believe it's true. Explore many options (large universities, small ones, urban and rural campuses, in the U.S. and outside) and try to see where you feel the most comfortable and at home.

  • What do you enjoy most about your work as an admissions counselor at Saint Louis University?
    I love learning from the students and having really interesting conversations about where they've lived, what languages they speak and their cultural and religious backgrounds. The melting pot here on campus is amazing!

  • How did you end up living and working in Madrid?
    I studied abroad in Córdoba, Spain and loved the experience, partly because of my wonderful host family, but also because of the language learning. I came to Spain twice after my semester abroad and the second time was for a master's program. Shortly after I finished my master's, I began working or SLU-Madrid and have been in Madrid ever since.

  • Where is your favorite spot on or near SLU-Madrid's Campus?
    Retiro Park. Similar to Central Park in New York, it's an oasis of green in the middle of the city. People picnic, rent row boats, jog and do yoga. A 25 minute metro-ride from campus.

  • What is one thing that you always recommend to students and families that they do (entertainment, restaurant, etc.) when they visit Madrid?
    No visit to Madrid would be complete without seeing the Old Town part of the city. Near the Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral and the Opera building, cars can barely drive through the narrow cobblestone streets. It really feels like the quintessential European experience.
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