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SLU-Madrid seeks students who want to learn about the world through their academic coursework and interact with an internationally diverse community. Be a part of a more than 200-year tradition of scholarship and service and apply for admission.

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The admission process at Saint Louis University — Madrid is highly personalized and focused on student success; we look at each applicant to determine their preparation and potential for college-level work.

We're here to help. Contact us at to learn more about the admission process.


Create an account in the SLU-Madrid application portal or use the Common Application.

You can log back into your admissions portal to upload documents and check your status anytime.

The deadlines below are for submitting our online application only; you may upload your academic credentials after application submission via Common App or your application portal.

Deadlines for students who will apply for a Spanish student visa in the U.S.:

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: Aug. 1

Deadlines for applicants outside the U.S. who require a Spanish student visa:

  • Fall: May 1
  • Spring: Sept. 1

Deadlines for applicants who don't require a Spanish student visa:

  • Fall: Aug. 1
  • Spring: Dec. 1

We encourage you to apply sooner to leave ample time to secure a student visa, if needed, and avoid enrollment process delays.

For deadline extension requests, contact the Office of Admissions at

Submit Your Documents

Submit the following supporting documents. Official transcripts and other academic credentials can be uploaded directly to your application via Common App or your SLU application portal.

Documents may also be sent through secure services such as Parchment to

  • Personal Essay: As part of the online application, you will write a 500-word essay on a topic indicated on the online application.
  • Official High School Transcripts or Academic Records: Seniors must submit a current transcript. You must supply your final transcript and proof of graduation if you have finished high school.
  • English Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers who have not studied all four years in a U.S. high school must provide SLU-Madrid evidence of proficiency in academic English. Consult our English language requirements page for more information.
  • Standardized Test Scores: Saint Louis University — Madrid is SAT/ACT test-optional for students studying in the U.S. education system. If you feel that your standardized test results do not represent your abilities and potential for future academic success, you may choose not to submit your SAT and/or ACT scores. You will not be disadvantaged in the admission process if you do not send test scores.
  • Additional Items for Consideration: While not required for admission, you may submit the following items for consideration if you feel they strengthen your application:
    • Letters of recommendation
    • CV/Résumé
    • Admission interview

Submitting Your Standardized Test Scores

If you would like your SAT/ACT scores considered with your application, SLU-Madrid will accept both official and self-reported test scores for admission and merit-scholarship consideration.

Official test scores may be submitted in any of the following ways:

  • Sent directly from the testing agency. SLU-Madrid's school codes are 2586 (SAT), 5291 (ACT) and 7763 (TOEFL).
  • Sent by your high school counselor via email to or via an official school transcript.

Self-reported test scores* may be submitted in any of the following ways:

  • Enter scores in the testing section of the Common Application.
  • Submit screenshots or scanned copies of score reports to

*The Office of Admissions reserves the right to rescind an admissions offer if discrepancies in self-reported scores are found.

Other Test Scores

SLU-Madrid welcomes your application during your final year of secondary school, even if your final grades and/or test scores are unavailable until the summer before enrollment. In this case, we will review the academic materials you send and make an admissions decision, contingent on receiving your final grades and test scores, if applicable.

Country-specific Information

  • Spanish Education System: Applicants from Spanish high schools must submit their secondary school grades (3º ESO, 4º ESO, 1º Bachillerato, 2º Bachillerato) and EVAU results, when available.
  • International Baccalaureate: International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program candidates must submit their high school transcripts (two years prior to IB, IBI and IB2) and IB scores. Predicted scores may be sent if final scores are not yet available.
  • French Education System: Applicants studying in the French system must submit their last three years of Baccalaureate (1º, 2º and Terminale) and the relevé de notes du Bac when available.
  • British Education System: Applicants studying under the British system must submit their A-/AS-level marks and GCSE or IGCSE results. Predicted A-/AS-level marks may be sent if final marks are unavailable during the application period.
  • Other: Applicants studying in other educational systems must present their secondary school transcripts and other documentation (i.e. national entrance exam results or school leaving certificate) that would qualify them to attend university in their country of origin. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions.
Application Review

Your application will be considered complete when the online application and all other required or optional documents have been submitted. The Office of Admissions starts reviewing applications for the subsequent fall semester on Nov. 1. After that date, and once your application is complete, we will notify you about your admission decision by email on a rolling basis. Spring application review will be done as soon as the complete application file is received.

If your final grades or test scores are unavailable until after the application period, we will review your application based on your latest high school transcripts and predicted grades.

If you have additional questions, please reach out to your admissions counselor.