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Your Journey to SLU-Madrid as a Degree-Seeking Student

No matter where you are in the admissions process, we want to be sure you're on the right track.

Below is the schedule for what's happening in the months leading up to enrollment in the fall. You can find relevant dates for deadlines, notification periods and Madrid Campus closures. Don't forget to reference previous months to ensure you haven't missed any important steps. 

Fall 2021 applicants

September Application opens for fall
October Apply for FAFSA (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) using SLU's FAFSA code of 002506 
November Application review begins - admission decisions sent on a rolling basis once all application materials have been received

December 1 - Priority deadline for FAFSA 

Christmas week - Madrid Campus closed 

January First week of January - Madrid Campus closed; reopens on Jan. 11

February 1 - SLU's priority deadline for FAFSA 

February 6 - Attend Virtual Open Campus in English or in Spanish 

Research the Spanish student visa process at your nearest consulate and get an appointment (for June or early July) 


March 1 - Director's Scholarship application deadline 

Financial aid packages begin to load into MySLU (U.S. citizens and residents only) 

March 29-April 2 - Easter Week - Madrid Campus closed  


April 10 - Attend Virtual Open Campus in English or in Spanish

Begin collecting visa documentation and book a visa appointment for June or early July (if your consulate has an appointment stipulation)

Apply for first-year housing (first-year students only; you must pay your confirmation fee prior to accessing the database) 


May 1 - Accept our offer of admission by paying your confirmation fee. After May 1, confirmation is on a rolling basis 

May 3 - Local holiday - Madrid Campus closed 

May 31 - Application deadline for students who need a student visa for Spain 


Attend your visa appointment 

Send final transcripts and official test scores 

Class registration begins for first-year and transfer students 

Math placement test (if necessary, confirmed students only) 


July 1 - Priority deadline to accept financial aid via MySLU (non-merit scholarships only) 

Attend your visa appointment (early July) 

Fill out the Arrival Form when you have your travel plans 

Send final transcripts and official test scores 

Class registration continues for first-year and transfer students 

Math placement test (if necessary, confirmed students only) 


August 1 - Application deadline for European Union passport holders 

Send final transcripts and official test scores 

August 29 - Fall 2021 First year and transfer arrival date and housing move-in 

August 30-31 - Fall 2021 Welcome Days for first-year and transfer students

August 31 - Fall 2021 Convocation Ceremony

September 1 - First day of class 

Ready to Apply? 

The first step to becoming a SLU-Madrid student is submitting an application for admission. We're on the Common App, or you can submit an application via SLU's online portal. 

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student

SLU-Madrid is proud to be SAT/ACT test optional for students applying for Fall 2021 and beyond. If you choose not to send SAT/ACT scores, you will not be disadvantaged in any way in the admission process. 

Already been admitted? 

¡Bienvenidos! We're thrilled that you've been admitted and hope you'll choose to embark on an adventure that will allow you to deepen your understanding of the world and your place within it. 

Our Information for Admitted Student page lists everything you need to know to help you in the enrollment process: how and when to confirm your attendance by paying the confirmation fee, how to apply for housing if you're a first-year student and important information about applying for a study visa for Spain. 

Visit the Admitted Student Page

Do you see yourself at SLU? 

Deciding where to go to college is a big choice, and we're here to help! We offer a number of different ways to learn more about campus. If you're in Madrid, email us at to schedule an in-person visit! 

Visit us virtually

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