Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautics, with a Concentration in Flight Science [Global Aviation option] - Professional Pilot

1 year in Madrid + 3 years in St. Louis, MO, USA


SLU's Global Aviation Option in Aeronautics with a Concentration in Flight Science degree - Professional Pilot blends flight training with rigorous academic study in preparation for a leadership career in the aviation industry, including airlines, corporate and commercial aviation. This approach to aviation education gives the student added value compared to traditional flight-training programs by focusing on the skills and knowledge required in today's industry. The curriculum includes mathematics, physics, communications, business and aeronautics, as well as FAA certification as a multi-engine instrument-rated commercial pilot.

One Degree on Two Campuses

All courses in Madrid are completely integrated with those offered in St. Louis. The program includes the first year in Madrid followed by three years of undergraduate education and flight training in St. Louis, Missouri at the SLU Midtown campus. By studying for one year in Spain, students stand out in their profession because they have a global perspective and have developed Spanish language skills, which are increasingly in demand in the industrial field in the United States and elsewhere.

The program enables students to earn a bachelor's degree while training to become professional pilots. SLU's Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology and the SLU-Madrid Campus in Spain are the first to offer an international aviation program of this kind. Our graduates are prepared for flight careers across the globe.

Unique Features of the Program

The Global Aviation Option in Aeronautics with a Concentration in Flight Science - Professional Pilot is based in Madrid, Spain and St. Louis, Missouri in the United States. The first of its kind, this program is structured to educate and train pilots to be qualified for minimal transition between any certification standards in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This new initiative combines the best of U.S. and European training and a U.S. bachelor's degree — in effect, providing the experience that allows for global certification.

  • SLU students earn more than 200 hours of flight training, including more than 100 hours of solo flight time. Students also gain the flight and ground experience necessary to conduct the transition to the European ATPL theory and CPL-IR licenses, enabling graduates to qualify for worldwide certification with minimal transitional training.
  • Students complete the FAA Instrument and Commercial, Single and Multi-Engine ratings in tandem with Air Transport Pilots License (ATPL) theory courses at the level required by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
  • Small class sizes, personal attention to students by the faculty and staff.
  • Hands-on experience to complement lectures throughout the curriculum.
  • Excellent flight training facilities in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Students will receive a quality education in aviation science, as well as the added value of international exposure.

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