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Spring 2021 Welcome Sessions

Saint Louis University — Madrid Spring 2021 Welcome Sessions will be unlike any other, as the COVID-19 pandemic offers us new ways to connect through virtual or remote experiences.

Cycling in Madrid Río with Campus Ambassadors and Student Life staff

Our Student Life team and Campus Ambassadors will serve as guides to help new students adjust to Madrid and the campus. Many Spring Welcome activities will be delivered in modified formats or will occur in very small groups of 6. This hybrid programming model allows both on-campus and remote students to connect as One SLU.

The Welcome Sessions are full of activities planned to help you meet new friends and connect with campus resources and the city of Madrid. 

Look for the students in orange! These Campus Ambassadors are student leaders who are here to help you move in and acclimate to your first several days on campus by answering questions and helping you get involved. 

Please check the Welcome Sessions schedule.

Spring Welcome 2021: Schedule of Events

Madrid-Based and Remote Students

Wednesday, January 13 · Pre-Departure Zoom Session

5 p.m. (Madrid Time) Zoom Pre-Departure

Basic information from student life and the dean prior to your arrival in Madrid. The Zoom meeting number is: https://slu.zoom.us/j/99624419796

Monday, January 18 · Arrival Day

3-5 p.m.: On-going Campus and Neighborhood Tours
Meeting Point: Entrance of Padre Rubio Hall (Avenida del Valle, 28) 

5 p.m.: Shopping Essentials
Meeting Point for New/Visiting Students: Entrance of Padre Rubio Hall (Avenida del Valle, 28) 
Meeting Point for El Faro Residents: El Faro's Lobby

Tuesday, January 19 · Mandatory Welcome Sessions

10:30 a.m.: Check-in opens. Students will be assigned to sessions by emails sent prior to arrival.
Meeting Point: Entrance of Padre Rubio Hall (Avenida del Valle, 28) 

11 a.m.: Student Life Welcome and Safety Session

12 noon: Faculty Welcome

1-3 p.m.: Lunch and Activities Fair 

Wednesday, January 20 · First Day of Classes

10 a.m.-12 noon: Free Chocolate con churros
Sodexo Cafeteria, San Ignacio Hall
Sign up here

Thursday, January 21 · Residency Cards and Applications Mandatory Meeting for Non-EU Students 

1 p.m.: Mandatory Workshop on TIE Application and Residency Requirements
Mandatory for all non-EU students.
Zoom meeting number: https://slu.zoom.us/j/96967160657

Saturday, January 23 · Visits to Platform 0, Sorolla Museum and Prado Museum

12 noon: Platform 0, Chamberí Metro Station (remains the same since 1966)
Sign up here

2 p.m.: Sorolla Museum 
Open to all SLU Madrid students
Sign up here

3-5 p.m.: Visit the Museo del Prado for free
Sign up here

Sunday, January 24 · Activities and Sunday Mass

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Old Madrid Walking Tour: Rastro and Mercado de San Miguel
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6 p.m.: Prayer Service with Choir on Campus · SIH Student Lounge

7 p.m.: Sunday Mass at a nearby local parish · San Juan Crisóstomo · All Students
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Monday, January 25 · Virtual Event in the evening

8 p.m.: Virtual Event with Campus Ambassadors
Netflix party, House party or Zoom Session: Meeting Number Forthcoming
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Tuesday, January 26 · Volunteer Opportunities Meeting

1:30 p.m.: Volunteer Opportunities Informational Meeting
Room TBA
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Wednesday, January 27 · Trivia Game with SGA

1-3 p.m.: Trivia Game During Lunch at the Cafeteria
Led by the SLU-Madrid SGA
Sign up here

Thursday, January 28 · Campus Ministry Information Session and Museum Visit

1:30 p.m.: Campus Ministry Opportunities Informational Meeting
Room TBA
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5-7 p.m.: Visit the Museo Reina Sofía for free
Sign up here

Friday, January 29 · Scavenger Hunt

3-6 p.m.: Scavenger Hunt with Campus Ambassadors and Student Life Staff
Open to all SLU Madrid students.
Meeting Point: PRH · Avenida del Valle 28 · Madrid 28003
Sign up here.

Saturday, January 30 · Day Trip to El Escorial

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Day Trip to El Escorial
The trip will be by bus, following COVID safeguards and Spanish authorities' recommendations and movement restrictions on the date.
Open to all SLU Madrid students. Sign up and pay 45 euros at the Finance Office (Avenida del Valle 34). 
Sign up here. You will be sent an email to sign up and make the payment online.
Departure: PRH · Avenida del Valle 28 · Madrid 28003

Sunday, January 31 · Day Trip to Aranjuez & Sunday Mass

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: Day Trip to Aranjuez
The trip will be by bus, following COVID safeguards and Spanish authorities' recommendations and movement restrictions on the date. 
Open to all SLU Madrid students.
Sign up and pay 45 euros at the Finance Office (Avenida del Valle 34)
Sign up here. You will be sent an email to sign up and make the payment online.
Departure: PRH · Avenida del Valle 28 · Madrid 28003

6 p.m.: SLU-Madrid Sunday Mass
Celebrated by Fr. James O'Leary, S.J., Campus Minister. Join us in the San Ignacio Hall Student Lounge to celebrate Mass in English every Sunday at 6 p.m. 

Tuesday, February 2 (and every following Tuesday) · Personal Development & Cookie Time

11:30-12:30 p.m.: Personal Development & Cookie Time
Sponsored by Campus Ministry & the Wellness Center. 
Meeting Point: PRH Student Lounge
Sign up here

Friday, February 5 · “Landing Retreat” 

3-5 p.m.: “Landing Retreat”
Sponsored by Campus Ministry.
Room TBA
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Wednesday, February 17 · Ash Wednesday Mass

Time TBA: Ash Wednesday Mass and Distribution of Ashes 
Room TBA
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Last update: January 20, 2021
This schedule is subject to change.