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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Housing Options: Host Family
Class Eligibility: Junior, Second Semester Sophomore, Senior Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Internship: No Service Learning: No
Program Type: Semester, Year Academic Areas: Accounting, Art, Art History, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Chinese, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Decision & System Sciences, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Finance, French, Gender Studies, German, History, Interdisciplinary Health Services, International Business, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Leadership, Ethics and Organizational Sustainability, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, Theology
Scholarships: Center for International Programs, Program Scholarships Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Visa Required for U.S. Citizens: Yes
Program Description:
Program Overview
Established in the late 1960s, St. Louis University's campus in Madrid (commonly referred to as "SLU Madrid") is the oldest U.S. University in Spain and the first U.S.-based University to have its own freestanding campus in Europe. As the Madrid campus is fully dependent on the home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, the same academic goals and values - with a distinctive international dimension - apply there as in St. Louis. The undergraduate enrollment is around 675: 40% from the U.S., 25% from Spain, and 35% from other countries.
Madrid is an exciting European capital city and this program offers students in a variety of majors the opportunity to live and study in this splendid city. The Madrid campus is located in an ideal setting. It is in the university quadrant of Madrid, located on the northwest side of the city, with open views of the mountains to the north and west. On a winter's day, you can see the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra de Guadarrama from the library. The campus has superb metro (subway) and bus access.
SLU Madrid offers a wide range of undergraduate courses in business, the humanities and the sciences.  The majority of courses are offered in English and are taught with other American study abroad students. While prior knowledge of Spanish is not a requirement of the program, we encourage students to enroll in at least one Spanish language course while at SLU-Madrid to help them communicate and interact with locals.

To review the list of pre-approved courses for this program, please click "Pre-Approved Courses" at the top of this page.  You should also visit the SLU-Madrid website to view the list of courses on offer for the semester you wish to study abroad.  The preliminary Fall 2018 course list can be found HERE.
Housing and Meals
SLU Madrid facilitates the placement of students in carefully selected Spanish households.  One of the most rewarding and culturally integrating experiences a student can have is to be part of a Spanish family where they have the opportunity to learn and experience day-to-day life in urban Madrid.  All Host Family placements include wireless DSL internet access, bed linens, and laundry services (the señora will do two loads of laundry per student per week).  Most Host Family assignments entail living with other students and are located within a reasonable commute to the SLU Madrid campus.  

There are two meal options within the Host Family placement experience.  The majority of students choose the "Half Room and Board" option, which includes breakfast and dinner with the host family.  Lunch is not provided with this option because students are typically on campus (during the week) or traveling (weekends).  The other meal option is called "Kitchen Privileges."  Host Families with kitchen privileges are limited and strongly recommended to students who have specific dietary needs prescribed by a doctor. In this option, the Host Family does not provide any meals, nor any food to the students. You purchase your own food, use the host family's kitchen facilities, cook all your meals and clean up after yourself. While you may not spend as much time with your host señora as those who choose the half room and board option, you will still have the convenience of having a native Spaniard close by who can help you settle in and learn the ropes. Host Families with kitchen privileges are limited. If this is your first option, we encourage you to submit your housing application early.

Independents students with extensive language background can opt out of SLU-facilitated housing and find their own accommodations in Madrid.  However, this can be a difficult undertaking (particularly for someone who will be in Madrid for less than a full year) and is not typically recommended.  It's also important to note that students who choose to find their own housing in Madrid will not have the assistance or support of SLU or Saint Joseph's University staff should a housing-related issue arise.

SLU Hostfamilies
Student Life/Cultural Engagement
SLU Madrid also offers students a full range of extracurricular activities from clubs and sports teams to volunteer opportunities, which students will learn about during orientation. Information can also be found on SLU Madrid's website here. View volunteer opportunities in Madrid here
Students should consult the Budget Sheets at the top of this page for estimated program costs. For the most up-to-date cost information, please visit the SLU Madrid website. In addition, before choosing to study abroad in another country for anywhere from three to six months, you should consider the exchange rate of your host country as well as the cost of living in the city where you will be.
Related Scholarships

Center for International Programs Study Abroad Grant 
Please apply for this program before applying for the CIP Study Abroad Grant (due October 15th or March 15th).  Use the 'Featured Program' Search to apply to this grant.   
Things to Remember Before Applying
  • You must meet with a CIP advisor before submitting your application. 
  • A limited number of completed applications will be approved on a first-come, first serve basis, per the Semester Abroad Policy.
  • This program does not require a separate application.  SJU students who are approved through the CIP process and automatically accepted by SLU Madrid.
  • If approved by the CIP, you will be required to submit a non-refundable $300 confirmation deposit WITHIN 10 BUSINESS DAYS of receiving your approval notice. 

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Program Reviews:
Spring 2015 Participant
Studying abroad through this program was an amazing experience! The University provides many opportunities to get involved on campus and with the Madrid community. They event provide trips to explore other cities in Spain! I found the difficulty of the courses to be very similar to those at St. Joe's, meaning that you can't slack off and expect to receive an "A".

Karina A. Gonzalez, Spring 2016 Participant
I wasn't sure what to expect from the program but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that SLU had many similarities to SJU and I was able to feel right at home and made the transition process easier.

Joseph F. Huber, Fall 2015 Participant
Studying abroad in Madrid, Spain was easily one of the best decisions that I have made during my collegiate career. I was able to improve my spanish more than I was able to since I started studying it in 8th grade. I made incredible connections with my host parents whom I hope to stay in touch with. I met people from all around the world let along all around the U.S., and even became friends with some hawks! The places that you can travel are phenomenal, but Madrid was enough for me to be happy abroad. Would definitely recommend studying abroad!

Fall 2015 Participant
Saint Louis University, Madrid offers a really good study abroad program. The program has challenging academics at an institution that has students from all over the world. The student population is very diverse and has a mix of "permanent students" and "semester students". The program has a ton of wonderful host families and the program works to make sure all the students are happy with their living situation. Many classes have "class trips" to different places throughout Madrid; including museums, parks, a temple. Overall, Saint Louis University, Madrid is a very good program.

Spring 2015 Participant
SLU Madrid has a wide range of classes that you will not be able to find at SJU. It's a wonderful program with some accomplished professors who can help you, as they are successful in their field. The one good thing I loved about SLU was that there is no end to the diversity you will there, almost everyone is from a different country and you will learn so much about their different cultures. In addition, you also get to have fun in Madrid and experience the Madrid culture. Other cities are only a bus ride away. I really recommend this city for any fun-loving college student.

Dates / Deadlines:

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