• The European campus of St. Louis University, Missouri, USA – a private Jesuit research institution (founded 1818)
  • Madrid campus founded in 1967
  • Undergraduate and graduate degrees can be completed fully in Spain or combined with studies at the US campus
  • US accredited degrees
  • Instruction is in English
  • 1000+ students from 65+ nationalities (around 50% US, 15% Spain, 35% ROW)
  • Student to faculty ratio = 12:1


  • Small enclosed campus in the north west part of Madrid – close to downtown
  • Quiet neighbourhood
  • Madrid is fairly safe and very affordable overall with good public transport – there are two metro stops near campus
  • City is centrally located for travel around Spain – and wider Europe
  • Lots of museums and cultural events


  • Offers 17 fully accredited 4 year undergraduate degrees and two graduate programmes to be completed fully in Spain
  • Full degree programmes in Madrid: Art History, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, History, International Business, International Studies, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Psychology, Spanish and Theology.
  • The above can be combined with a Minor or a range of special programmes. For example, Fine and Performing Arts, an Honours Programme, Middle East Studies, Studio Art, Woman and Gender Studies, and more.
  • Many students double major or take a major + a minor.
  • The NEW Core programme aims to inspire critical, out-of-the-box thinking to approach the problems of the future. Staff are seen as facilitators to encourage new ways of thinking and promote learning outside the classroom. Students gain practice solving real world problems and a significant amount of self reflection is required.
  • Or choose from 40 degree programmes to start in Spain and then complete at the US campus – including nursing, accounting, chemistry, physics, engineering, public health, and mathematics.
  • On the US campus, International Business, Finance and Entrepreneurship are top UG programmes
  • SLU-Madrid also offers extensive study abroad programmes for students from other US and global universities
  • Students can study abroad – many choose to go to the US campus for one semester and pay the same tuition fee as in Madrid or students can study with a range of other partner universities.
  • Average class size is 16
  • Professors teach classes – no teaching assistants
  • Comprehensive careers support: career classes and workshops, alumni forums, professional speakers, internship experiences are all offered.
  • 96% are working, volunteering or in graduate school within 6 months


  • SLU Madrid application or Common App
  • Holistic and personalised application process
  • Required documents: personal essay, academic transcripts, proof of English proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL)
  • Recommendation letters and CV are optional but encouraged
  • Optional interview
  • SAT/ACT – test optional for US students
  • Students can start in the Fall or Spring Semesters
  • Deadlines for Fall = May 1st (if visa required) or August 1st (no visa)
  • Deadlines for Spring = Sept 1st (if visa required) or Dec 1st (no visa)


  • Tuition is ½ the cost of the US campus
  • Tuition = 24,440 Euro per year (2023)
  • Merit based scholarships – 1,500 to 9,200 Euro per year. Automatic consideration.
  • Director’s Scholarship – Full Tuition. GPA 3.85 required. Deadline 1st March.
  • 83% of students were awarded a merit-based scholarship (Fall ‘22)
  • US Federal Aid available for US students


  • No housing requirement – students can live where they want
  • In the first year students are encouraged to live in one of the SLU sponsored residence halls or with a host family
  • Students can then find an apartment from the 2nd year onwards
  • Residence = 13,000 Euro per year, includes meals (2023)
  • Host family = 8,000 per year


  • 30+ student-led clubs (sports, service, cultural, social justice, gardening, entrepreneurship, nationality focused, etc)
  • Activities Fair at the start of every semester
  • Many opportunities to volunteer and to serve/engage with the Madrid community


  • Offers very personalised attention from the start – close knit, ‘family feel’ to the university community
  • Students are exposed to many different perspectives both through fellow students and also the international faculty
  • All faiths are welcome and a diverse range of religions are represented on campus – there is an interfaith chapel and, although students are required to take a theology course, it takes a very holistic cultural and historic approach to religion
  • Education of the whole person is greatly emphasised through academic excellence, service to the community and self reflection (required as part of the Core)
  • There is an option for a one semester ‘bridge’ programme – still graduate in 4 years. Includes English-language support classes alongside academic courses.
  • SLU-Madrid functions like a US university in terms of student support: tutoring, academic advisors, English-speaking doctor, wellness centre and counselling, 24 hr counselling phone, 24 hr emergency phone.

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