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General Information for Study Abroad Students

Find adventure: Study abroad at SLU-Madrid and have the adventure of a lifetime. 

Founded more than 50 years ago, Saint Louis University's Madrid Campus has been educating global Billikens since 1967. We welcome study abroad students from around the globe. 




nationalities represented


courses offered each semester


unforgettable experience

Apply now to study abroad at SLU-Madrid!

Advantages to Studying Abroad at SLU-Madrid


SLU-Madrid is a free-standing institution, which means you can stay for a summer, semester or even academic year. We are one of the few institutions that offers fully accredited U.S. courses that fulfill requirements for non-traditional majors, such as engineering, natural sciences, business, public health and nursing. What's more, you'll have more than 200 courses to choose from! 


Stroll through the leafy Buen Retiro park or catch a theatre production on Gran Vía. Whatever your interests, Madrid offers something for you. Take advantage of Madrid's world-class museums, street festivals and athletic offerings and immerse yourself in Spain's lively culture. 


You're in the center of Spain and just a short trip away from some of the most emblematic cities in Europe. Take the high-speed train to Barcelona and stand in awe at the Sagrada Familia church in just three hours or catch a plane and be in Paris in just two. Spain is the gateway to both Europe and Northern Africa. 


Service is a core value at Saint Louis University. If you'd like your experience to leave a lasting impact on the community, we have staff who will help identify organizations that match your passions. You'll leave Madrid changed in countless ways. 


There are moments of uncertainty and fear but those moments are miniscule next to the amount of happiness and beauty experienced in each new adventure.

Flannery Harman – Saint Louis University, Class of 2022


Requirements to Apply

The requirements for application consideration for the SLU-Madrid Campus are a 2.5 GPA and a positive academic track, being in good standing with your home institution, and submitting a thoughtful study abroad reflection essay. 

Apply now as a study abroad (visiting) student

Courses & Syllabi

SLU-Madrid offers the same caliber of classes as its U.S. campus, and all classes are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC); we also have accreditation via the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for business courses, and engineering courses are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commissions of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). 

Choose from more than 200 courses – some of which are offered in Spanish – each semester. Our distinguished faculty hail from dozens of countries, so you'll have an added global perspective in the classroom.  

View course list

Academic Calendar

Our academic calendar follows the American model of two 16-week semesters, and we also offer two intensive summer courses of four weeks each.  

Visit the Academic Calendar


SLU-Madrid students who are not legal residents of the European Union must apply for a visa to enter Spain and study at Saint Louis University's Madrid Campus for a semester or an academic year. Be sure to leave enough time for the complete visa application process. 

SLU-Madrid requires students to provide evidence of their legal residency in Spain. Failure to present the appropriate student visa upon arrival or to maintain legal residency as a student will result in immediate withdrawal from classes and expulsion from university housing. 

Read more about visas


SLU-Madrid does not have a housing requirement, so you are free to choose the living arrangement that best fits your needs, unless your university requires you to fulfill a housing requirement. The University arranges accommodation with host families. If you choose to live on your own, there are a lot of student accommodation options in Madrid including apartments and residence halls. 

Housing options for study abroad students


Information about billing and tuition payment depends on your home university. For more specific information, please contact your SLU-Madrid Study Abroad Counselor. 

Tuition and Fees

Before Arrival

Attend a predeparture session, visit our Arrival Information page and pay attention to your email. As your arrival approaches, the Office of Student Life will be sending information about important dates and news related to campus. Once in Madrid the team will help you get acclimated, learn about University systems and find ways to get involved on and off campus. 

Plan your travel according to the housing arrival date if you'll be in SLU-sponsored housing and let us know how and when you plan to arrive via the Arrival Form. That way, if there is inclement weather that prohibits you from catching a plane or your visa appointment is close to the arrival date, we'll be sure to get you caught up.  

Arrival Information

Fill out the Arrival Form

Welcome Days

Start your adventure in Spain with our mandatory Welcome Session for all study abroad students. The Office of Student Life team, along with our orange-clad campus ambassadors, will lead you in activities that will enrich your first few weeks, as well as give you a crash-course in Madrid and the University. 

Welcome Sessions

Living in Madrid

Your education goes outside of the classroom at SLU-Madrid. Take advantage of everything that the Spanish capital has to offer, from culture to gastronomy to sports, or use your weekends to explore Spain and Europe. 

Living in Madrid

Trips with SLU-Madrid

Madrid offers you a home base to explore the best that the Spanish capital has to offer, but its location makes it irresistible for academic and non-academic travel, too. Some courses have a mandatory travel component (check your syllabi) or sign up for a trip for your own enrichment! 

Please note that academic travel has been suspended for the Spring 2021 semester due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Trips with SLU-Madrid

Sending Transcripts back to Your Home Institution 

Once you finish your coursework at SLU-Madrid and you have received your final grades, you must request a copy of your transcript to be sent to your home institution. This does not happen automatically. 

Please check with your home institution to see which office should receive the transcript (i.e., study abroad office, academic department or directly to the registrar's office). Each university works differently. 

Do not request your transcript to be sent before your final grades are posted! 

Read how to submit a Transcript Request