Saint Louis University
is an American, Jesuit university ranked among the top 100 research and teaching institutions in the United States. Distributed over two campuses: St. Louis campus in the United States and Madrid campus in Spain, the University enrolls more than 11,000 students, over 650 of whom pursue their studies in Madrid. While originally established in the 1960s as a study abroad program for US college students, the Madrid Campus is now a free-standing campus of Saint Louis University where students from more than 65 countries study undergraduate and graduate courses to obtain either U.S. 4-year undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees or, in the case of study abroad students, credits towards their degrees on their home campuses.
Students will receive a quality education, as well as the added value of international exposure, providing them a competitive edge over their peers upon graduation. Service-learning opportunities, athletic facilities and student organizations offer students the opportunities to get involved while attending SLU-Madrid.
Maggie, a program alum, lists ten things all students should know about SLU Madrid:
#2 The homestay was a wonderful experience. You will make great friends through roommates and your host parents. Great food, too!
#5 Explore Spain! There are so many wonderful cities and places to see. Ask professors and permanent students what their favorite places are.
#9 Take time to reflect on your experiences, whether that is at mass in prayer, in writing, or talking to your friends and family.
Check out all ten of Maggie's suggestions here: 10 Things to Know About SLU.docx
and another ten suggestions from Aditi here: 10 Things for SLU.docx
Each semester begins with Welcome Sessions, which bring together all new students. You will learn about Spain, the city of Madrid and the SLU-Madrid campus. Additionally, SLU-Madrid organizes cultural day trips at the beginning of each session exploring the history and culture of Spain, including cities such as Segovia, Toledo and Salamanca.
A Jesuit university, SLU-Madrid offers a wide variety of coursework. Programs include:
Political Science: International Relations
And more…Visit SLU-Madrid's website for a complete list of programs. A complete course listing is also available online. In addition to classroom-based courses, SLU-Madrid also offers service-learning opportunities in Madrid. These opportunities vary widely. To visit their website, please click here.
Visit SLU-Madrid's PDF file of specific course offerings for Spring 2016.
Students have the opportunity to live with a host family and be immersed in the Spanish language and culture on a daily basis. This is often one of the most rewarding experiences students have. It is encouraged that students stay with host families because it's a great way to learn the language and experience Spanish culture. Information on different housing options can be found here.
Alternatively, the university also provides assistance with options
in residences for university students. The residences do not belong to SLU-Madrid, nor to any university in particular. However, most of the residents are native Spaniards studying at a wide range of universities in Madrid. One such option is the El Faro Residence Hall which is run by the Student Housing Company. It's a great option for students because it's a safe, convenient place for college students to live and it is a 10 minute walk from the University
For more information, visit the SLU-Madrid website.
Please reference the above "Budget Sheet" link for information
Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a city with a relatively short history in comparison to other European capitals. Selected to become the principal city in the second part of the 16th century, Madrid has become a modern, diverse and important city with more than five million inhabitants. The culture of the city is thriving, with the center of the city crowded until very late at night.
Madrid has experienced much growth. There are various modern districts and new buildings and offices, but locals can still find much of the old Madrid and its buildings integrated in the city. Famous landmarks and museums have made the city extremely attractive to tourists, and the financial activity makes Madrid very important to the country’s economics. Among the most famous attractions in Madrid is the Museo del Prado that contains numerous famous paintings from artists like El Greco, Velázquez, and Goya. The collection is so large that only half of the collection is displayed at a time. Other famous places to visit are Parque del Buen Retiro, the Plaza Mayor, la Puerta del Sol, and the Palacio Real.