Although much in the world has changed this spring, one thing remains consistent at Saint Louis University: We are excited for you to be a Billiken.
We know you might have a lot of questions about this summer and fall at SLU, especially if next year will be your first year of college. We've provided answers to questions we're hearing frequently below. If your question is not addressed, please contact us at email@example.com and visit our admissions and admitted student pages for more information and to connect with other current and future Billikens.
Our campus facilities are closed as per local health directives, but let’s connect virtually! We've updated resources on our Virtual Visit page. Follow and interact with us on social media (@slumadrid on Instagram) to find out about our community and life on campus.
We are going forward with a hybrid fall semester that will include both online components, held at the beginning and end of the semester, as well as in-person classes. If local authorities prohibit in-person classes, we will conduct classes online.
Yes. You can defer your admission and merit scholarship (if applicable) for up to one full year, allowing you to start in either January 2021 or September 2021. Please email the Office of Admissions if you choose to do so.
Yes. See the tuition reimbursement schedule found on our Tuition and Fees page under Class Refund Policy. SLU-Madrid can also defer your confirmation fee and housing fees to a future semester or process a refund.
First-year and transfer applicants for Fall 2020
Yes. Applications continue to be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis for Fall 2020. For students who do not possess a European Union passport, the application deadline is May 31. EU passport holders may apply until August 1.
Admission decisions can be made with the coursework and grades provided on a seven-semester transcript. Final transcripts are due prior to registration for the second semester at SLU.
For Fall 2020 applicants, we will review academic performance of the last three to four years (equivalent to grades 9-12 in the American system) without the university readiness exams/standardized test scores if they are unavailable because of cancellations due to COVID-19. As admission decisions are holistic, we will also review your essay, letters of recommendation and any other supporting documents.
We will use the academic performance average of grades 9-12 (or local equivalent) to make merit scholarship decisions.
No. We will honor AP/IB scores as they have amended their policies due to COVID-19. You can reference our AP/IB credits transfer page to see what credits will be awarded by score.
Yes, as long as they appear on an official transcript from the high school or college.
Generally secondary schools can submit documentation through a digital document system like Parchment. If electronic submission is impossible, we will accept electronic documents directly from a school official, such as a college/career counselor.
Yes. For the Fall 2020 intake we have expanded admission criteria to allow the review of Duolingo scores for all points of entry (Academic English, 1-Semester Bridge Program and direct entry). Students must achieve a composite score of at least 80 for entry into the Academic English Program, at least 100 for the 1-Semester Bridge Program and at least 120 for direct entry to degree programs.
Fall 2020 admitted first-year and transfer students
No. We recognize the significant stresses of this semester, and changes in your GPA after admission to the University will be evaluated in light of the COVID-19 situation.
We have extended our May 1 confirmation deadline to May 31 this year. Students admitted after May 1 will have one month to confirm their admission.
Welcome Days are your introduction to SLU-Madrid and will allow you to meet new students, our current student Campus Ambassadors, faculty and staff. While this event is typically held just before classes begin, we have moved Welcome Days to September 12 and 13, immediately before in-person teaching that begins on September 14. If you are planning to arrive before Welcome Days, our campus will be open for study, group activities and general socializing.
No, it will not affect your aid. The semester will last a full 16 weeks so that the recipients of any federal aid will be able to receive those benefits. If you have additional questions about your specific case, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, your scholarship would move to the deferred semester. If you were to take more than 24 university credits at another institution before coming to SLU, your application for admission would be re-reviewed as a transfer applicant, and you would be considered for transfer scholarships.
We recognize that the current public health crisis may bring unexpected financial hardships to students and their families, and we are committed to supporting students during this challenging time. We encourage students facing financial hardships to contact the Office of Financial Aid at email@example.com.
If you take classes at an accredited institution in the American university system, we can generally review courses for transfer credits. We can assist in identifying the courses you should take to ensure that they would transfer. If you take more than 24 credits at the university level (after graduating from high school), we will review your application again as a transfer student.
The need for a student visa depends largely on your country of citizenship:
- European passport holders may remain in the EU for as long as they wish.
- Passport holders from visa-waiver countries, such as the United States, are allowed to be in the Schengen Zone, of which Spain is a part, for a total of 90 days. This means you cannot travel before or after the in-person sessions.
- Passport holders of countries that do not have a visa waiver program with Spain must enter on a Schengen student visa.
We encourage all students to research the visa process thoroughly and, when possible, obtain a student visa before coming to Spain.
SLU-Madrid provides visa documentation that includes an official letter of invitation and an official document stating specifics of the program of study. Students who do not hold a European Union or U.S. passport will need to make payment for one full semester’s tuition for SLU-Madrid to issue your student visa documentation. If your consulate won’t reopen until September and you need a visa to enter Spain, we suggest deferring your admission until January.
Traveling to Spain as a minor depends on two factors: your nationality and when you turn 18.
The most complete information is available on our Visas for Spain page.
SLU-Madrid staff will be ready to welcome students on August 28. If you plan to use University-sponsored housing, you are welcome to move in August 28, and we will have on-campus facilities open for your use. We will also program activities for students who are able to join us at this time. If you cannot join us until September 11, that’s OK, too.
If you are not a Spanish citizen, you must register your residency within 30 days of arrival. The Office of Student Life will give you additional mentoring help.
We want you to be a Billiken. Starting at the University’s main campus in St. Louis, Missouri, and joining us in the spring is a great option. If you live near St. Louis, write to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can explore this possibility with you.
Visiting (study abroad) students
We have shortened our Fall 2020 on-the-ground time in Spain to 86 days; therefore, U.S. passport holders do not need to apply for a student visa. Non-US passport holders may need to apply for a visa; you should contact your admission counselor to obtain appropriate documentation.
The Schengen Zone rules state that residents of countries that do not adhere to the Schengen agreement can remain for only 90 of every 180 days.
Yes. Students will pay housing fees according to their move-in date; rates are available on our website.
Students should plan to arrive in Madrid on September 11 and depart on December 5. These dates are not flexible.
Mandatory Welcome Sessions for visiting students will be held on September 11. Visiting students should plan to arrive on Friday, September 11.
For graduate students
We will launch the M.A. in Political Science program in the fall according to the academic calendar dates.
Yes. The GRE exam is a requirement for application review. ETS is temporarily offering a GRE General Test at home option. The test is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the GRE General Test taken at a test center. Please see the ETS page for eligibility.