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SLU-Madrid's student life team and campus ambassadors will serve as guides to help you adjust to our campus and city.

Cycling in Madrid Río with Campus Ambassadors and Student Life staff

We’ve designed our "Welcome Weeks" to help you make new friends and learn about our campus, its resources and the city of Madrid.

When you arrive on campus, look for the campus ambassadors in orange! These student leaders are ready to help you adjust to life as a SLU-Madrid student. They can offer advice as you move in and acclimate to your first several days on campus.

Schedule of Events: Fall Welcome 2022

Saturday, Aug. 27: UD World Scholars/NUin Program Arrival and Move-in Day

SLU-Madrid welcomes its new students from the University of Delaware's World Scholars and Northeastern University's NUin program.

Sunday, Aug. 28: New Student/First-Year Move-in Day

SLU-Madrid Host Family Housing opens to new students.

Monday, Aug. 29: New Student Welcome Sessions

Please report to San Ignacio Hall (calle Amapolas, 3) by 10 a.m. to check in and to meet our student campus ambassadors. Staff and faculty are planning informational sessions vital to your success as a university student (and your safety in Madrid). Campus ambassadors will show you around campus and its neighborhood. Come early! From 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. there will be coffee and snacks available at the cafeteria.

Bring your overnight bag with you: we'll be heading out to the Lope de Vega Residence in historic Alcalá de Henares right after lunch.

Note: Your parents and family are welcome, too: we'll have a special orientation session for them as well.

Tuesday, Aug. 30: Study Abroad Student Move-in Day

SLU-Madrid Host Family Housing opens to study abroad students from SLU and other universities.

Wednesday, Aug. 31: Class of 2026 Convocation Ceremony

You will return from Alcalá de Henares in time to attend the official welcome to Saint Louis University's academic community. The event will be held at the Pablo VI Auditorium (Paseo Juan XXIII, 3) at 11 a.m. Family and friends are welcome.

Wednesday, Aug. 31: Welcome Sessions for Study Abroad Students

Please report to Padre Rubio Hall (Avenida del Valle, 28) by 2:15 p.m. to check-in and to meet our student campus ambassadors and learn about your new campus in Spain. Faculty and staff will give you the information you need to ensure that you have a safe and enriching semester here in Spain. 

Thursday, Sept. 1: First Day of Classes/Walking Tour of Old Madrid

And the adventure begins! Join the campus ambassadors after classes to discover the history and culture of Madrid. Meet at 7 p.m. at the front gate of Padre Rubio Hall. Open to all students. Pre-registration required here.

Friday, Sept. 2: Madrid Scavenger Hunt

Start your weekend off by learning everything you need to know to become a madrileño in a fun way. Meet at 2 p.m. at the front gate of Padre Rubio Hall. Open to all students. Pre-registration required here.

Saturday, Sept. 3: Monasterio de Piedra Day Trip

A visit to a twelfth-century monastery and an extraordinary natural park. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the front gate of Padre Rubio Hall. Open to all students. Pre-Registration required. More information here.

Sunday, Sept. 4: Toledo Day Trip

Find out why nearby Toledo is known as the "City of Three Cultures." Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the front gate of Padre Rubio Hall. Open to all students. Pre-registration required. More information here.

Sunday, Sept. 4: First Sunday Mass on Campus

Join SLU-Madrid's Catholic community's worship every Sunday on campus at 6 p.m. in the Student Lounge of San Ignacio Hall. For the first Mass of the semester, there will be free pizza afterward sponsored by SLU-Madrid's Campus Ministry.

Monday, Sept. 5: SLU-Madrid Clubs and Activities Fair

Meet club and activities leader to find out what to do after class on and off campus this semester. The fair is open from 2 to 5 p.m. on the back patio of Padre Rubio Hall.

Wednesday, Sept. 7: Mass of the Holy Spirit

A Jesuit tradition since 1548. The Reverend James O'Leary, S.J. will celebrate this special Mass on the Padre Rubio Hall patio at 12 p.m. (noon). A reception will follow. All classes that meet at 12 p.m. are canceled.

Thursday, Sept. 8: U.S. Embassy in Spain Safety Talks

U.S. Citizen Services representatives from the Embassy will offer special presentation on campus, one at 2 p.m. and one at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of San Ignacio Hall. Open to all students.

Pre-registration Required

Friday, Sept. 9: Sorolla Museum Visit

Visit the extraordinary home of Spain's great impressionist. Meet at 3 p.m. at the front gate of Padre Rubio Hall. Open to all students.

Pre-registration Required

Friday, Sept. 9: Sorolla Museum Visit

Visit the extraordinary home of Spain's great impressionist. Meet at 3 p.m. at the front gate of Padre Rubio Hall. Open to all students.

Pre-registration Required

Saturday, Sept. 10: Salamanca Day Trip

Explore the architectural wonders of one of the oldest college towns in the world. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the front gate of Padre Rubio Hall. Open to all students. Pre-registration is required.

More Information

Sunday, Sept. 11: Segovia Day Trip

A must-see city, from its Roman aqueduct to its astonishing cathedral. Meet at 9 a.m. at the front gate of Padre Rubio Hall. Open to all students. Pre-registration is required.

More Information

This schedule is subject to change.