Admissions Requirements and Application Procedures


Your complete application must include:

  • On-line Application Form
  • Original academic transcripts (undergraduate and graduate.) Candidates should hold an undergraduate degree in Spanish or equivalent.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic and professional experience and potential (letters from former university professors are highly considered.)
  • Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test Scores
  • A Statement of Purpose of 500 words that addresses your intellectual and professional goals
  • A CV
  • An academic writing sample in Spanish (5-8 pages; should include citations and references. You may want to use a good paper from your undergraduate courses)
  • U.S. $55 Application Fee, payable online. Make sure you select the "SLU Madrid" program at the top of the page.

All application materials (with the exception of transcripts and GRE scores) can be uploaded to the system following the instructions in the online application form. The transcripts must be sent to the following address:

Saint Louis University
Graduate Admission
221 N. Grand Blvd., Suite 150
St. Louis, MO 63103

For more information, please consult Admissions at SLU Madrid:

Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus
Avenida del Valle, 34
28003 Madrid Spain
Fax: +34 91 554 62 02
E-mail: graduate-admissions-madrid@slu.edu

Master’s application deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: rolling admissions until May 31; priority deadline for assistantship and scholarship applications: March 1
  • Spring Semester: rolling admissions until October 31; priority deadline for assistantship and scholarship applications: September 1
  • Summer Session
         - April 30 if you plan to stay on for the Fall Semester
         - May 31 for strictly summer applicants 

Once the application is complete, a committee of faculty members reviews it for evidence of preparation for advanced study of literature and the likelihood of academic success. One member of the committee will interview the candidate by telephone to assess the candidate's oral proficiency.

Non-European Union students who wish to join the program in consecutive semesters (not only in the summer) should keep in mind that acquiring a student visa can take 2 to 3 months and the process can only begin after you have been admitted and have confirmed your acceptance. Student Visa Information.

U.S. students applying for long-stay visas may be asked to present an FBI background check. Students will be responsible for obtaining this background check. Make sure you order it at least 4 months before you plan to arrive to Madrid or you will not get your visa in time. For more information, click here.

Please note US Visiting students who plan to be in Madrid for only one semester do not need long stay visas and therefore do not need the FBI background check.

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