Saint Louis University, a private university under Catholic and Jesuit auspices, traces its history to 1818; it received its charter as Saint Louis University in 1832, becoming the first university established west of the Mississippi River in the United States of America.
The Madrid Campus dates from a modest study abroad program launched by Raymond L. Sullivant, S.J. in the 1960s. Its success led Father Sullivant to offer classes in conjunction with the University of Comillas and then to establish an independent, permanent program, with its administrative offices and classrooms located between Madrid’s Complutense University and the city center in 1967. Shortly thereafter, a number of Spanish students, attracted to the University’s liberal arts curriculum, enrolled in classes, and within a decade the university was home to hundreds of students. Its program expanded, providing a full range of courses and a library, which permitted Spanish and European students to complete the first two years of their undergraduate studies in Madrid.
Its distinct position, as the American Jesuit University in Spain, prompted Saint Louis University to build a campus. In 1990, it purchased what now stand as Padre Rubio and Padre Arrupe Halls, and in 2011 it purchased San Ignacio Hall, which was open during the summer of 2013. In 1996, it was the first U.S. university to receive official recognition from the Consejería de Educación y Cultura, Madrid’s higher education authority.
While continuing to host study abroad students and to provide opportunities for students from around the world to begin their studies in Madrid, the campus was accredited to offer degree programs that reflect its international profile, including international business, communication, political science, economics, art history, English and Spanish. Today, Saint Louis University is recognized as a center of international education in Spain, committed to the ideals of service and leadership that the University, its students, faculty and staff have upheld since 1818.
Offering over 200 courses, students can select classes to complete core, major or elective requirements. Classes are offered in English or in Spanish for the student to choose. Students and advisors can view the course offerings directly online at
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The Madrid Campus of Saint Louis University is a unique study abroad experience. Any given semester there are students on campus from around 65 countries, speaking more than 50 languages. Not only will you get to know Spain and the Spanish culture, but you’ll be able to learn about other cultures as well. We´re looking for individuals who are curious to meet new people, travel to new places and contemplate new ideas and ways of viewing the world and themselves.
Saint Louis University-St. Louis Campus students are requested to adhere to the standard Saint Louis University study abroad deadlines:
Spring Semester: October 1 Prefered Spring deadline: September 11**
Fall Semester: March 1
Summer I Session: March 1
Summer II Session: March 1
If you are not able to complete your application by the recommended deadline, please contact Diana Hidalgo for additional information, firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-977-3445.
If you do not currently attend Saint Louis University you will have to complete the online application available on the Saint Louis University-Madrid website. Please click here for the application process and instructions. Within that link you will find the actual online application you will need to complete.
If you currently attend Saint Louis University you can apply to the program by selecting the "Apply now" option at the bottom of this site.
Notes on application deadlines:
Non-European Union students should keep in mind that acquiring a student visa can take 2 to 3 months and the process can begin only after you have been admitted and have confirmed your acceptance. Student Visa Information. More information about student visa.
Non-European Union students applying for more than one semester (i.e., Fall and Spring) will now be asked to present a FBI background check or state background check authenticated by the Apostille of Hague when applying for a student visa. 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 on time. For more information, click here
Saint Louis University Madrid offers students housing via Host Families. The perfect way to immerse the student into the Spanish culture and Language. Students will go through a selection process allowing the university to find the perfect fit for the student. Our host families are located throughout the entire city in Madrid and will provide students with an inside glimpse of the day to day lives of Spanish natives! http://www.slu.edu/madrid/campus-life/student-services/housing/host-family-experience
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.