FAQs for parents
Academics & Accreditation
Is this an accredited American university?
Yes! The University in Madrid is a branch campus of Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. In Spain it is recognized by the Spanish Consejería de Educación de la Comunidad de Madrid
. For more information on accreditation, please click here
What degree programs are offered in Madrid?
While Saint Louis University offers over 85 degree programs, six can be completed in their entirety in Madrid. Students can start any of the over 85 degree programs in Madrid, but will need to finish at the Saint Louis Campus (or any other American university) if they aren’t studying one of the six Madrid-based full degree programs. Degrees & Programs
What kind of degree do students get?
Students receive an American degree from Saint Louis University. Transcripts are issued from St. Louis, Missouri.
Can students transfer to Madrid if they’ve started a program at another university?
Yes! Students who have completed approximately one year of study at the university level are considered transfer students. Students who transfer to the Madrid Campus are typically interested in majoring in one of the full degree programs offered in Madrid. Transfer students from other disciplines are welcome to apply, but will ultimately have to transfer to the Saint Louis Campus (or any other American university) to finish their degree program.
What are the admissions requirements for new students?
As student applications are received from all over the world, SLU-Madrid’s admission requirements are flexible enough to account for differences in secondary school educational systems. Applicants are asked to submit secondary school transcripts and university entrance exams such as the SAT or ACT. For more information on admissions, please click here >>
What are the admissions requirements for transfer students?
Transfer students are required to submit an official transcript from all colleges or universities where they have received credit and proof of high school graduation. Please see, transfer admissions information
What are the admissions requirements for visiting (study abroad) students?
Study abroad students are required to submit a transcript from their current university where they are studying. Please see visiting student admission requirements
Do students need to speak Spanish to study at SLU-Madrid?
Most classes offered at SLU-Madrid are taught in English so students don’t need any prior knowledge of Spanish to attend. Students whose native language is not English have to provide evidence of their English level by submitting a TOEFL or IELTS prior to being considered for admission.
Tuitions & Financial Aid
How much does it cost?
Tuition rates can be found on our web site
. Tuition is approximately 33 to 50 percent lower than comparable universities in the U.S.
Can students make money to help reduce tuition costs and other expenses?
Students can apply for on-campus Administrative Support Scholarships that help reduce tuition costs. These are scholarships designed to provide a form of need-based aid to students, while providing assistance to a variety of on-campus areas and departments of the University (e.g. Library, Bookstore, Computer Labs, Campus Ministry, Student Life, Office of Admissions, etc.). For more information on scholarships, click here
Can students apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) even if the university is in Spain?
Yes! Complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
. Saint Louis University's FAFSA school code is 002506. Saint Louis University encourages all U.S. citizen and permanent resident students to file the FAFSA each year prior to March 1.
Are there any other scholarships?
When an undergraduate student enters Saint Louis University he or she is reviewed for scholarship opportunities based on his/her academic merit. Students are encouraged to search for private scholarships not affiliated with Saint Louis University to help reduce their costs. Free scholarship searches are available on the Web. Here are just a few sites to help you get started: www.fastweb.com
Living in Madrid
My son/daughter is not a citizen of the European Union (EU). Will he/she need a residency card in Spain?
Upon arrival in Spain, all non-EU citizens who will be studying in Spain for more than 90 days will need to apply for the Residency Card issued by the Spanish Authorities. More information can be found here.
Where is the campus located in Madrid?
The Madrid Campus is located in the ideal setting, on the northwest side of the city, with open views of the mountains to the north and west, and superb metro (subway) and bus access. For more details, click here
Where do students live?
There are several options to choose from with regards to housing in Madrid. We strongly encourage those seeking housing to take advantage of the University-organized Host Family option through which students who wish to experience Spanish society to the fullest can be part of a Spanish household. Students can also live outside of University system in a colegio mayor (similar to American college dorms) or a shared apartment.
What is the best option for student housing?
SLU-Madrid Campus offers to arrange housing with host families for students. If the student has specific dietary needs, we recommend choosing the kitchen privileges option, where they cook for themselves. Students willing to live by themselves or with other students may choose to live in studios or in shared apartments, though this is not arranged by SLU-Madrid. SLU-Madrid Housing information can be found here.
Should I be concerned that my son/daughter will not be living within walking distance to campus?
Not at all. Many students choose to live in other neighborhoods around Madrid. Most students will find that the city is easily navigable and that the public transport system in Madrid is clean, safe and reliable.
Should I be concerned that my son/daughter’s host home is small or that his/her host family does not speak English?
Most homes in European city centers are quite a bit smaller than what students in the U.S., for example, are accustomed to. However, all homes have been evaluated by our Housing Coordinator to ensure that students will be comfortable and most families have hosted SLU-Madrid students for many years. Cultural immersion greatly adds to the value of studying abroad. All the students who make the effort to try to adapt to Spanish customs and learn to speak Spanish invariably find that they have a much more memorable and fulfilling experience than those who do not.
Do students need to have a car?
No. Public transportation is affordable, safe and efficient. Students use the bus, subway and train system to travel around the city and country.
Is it safe in Madrid?
Generally Madrid is quite safe. Pick-pocketing and petty crime is prevalent, however violent crime is not common. Students are reminded to exercise logical precautions and generally being aware of their surroundings. For more information on safety and security, please click here
What can SLU-Madrid do to guarantee my son/daughter’s safety?
Your son/daughter is most likely over 18 years old. To better prepare students for life in Madrid, SLU-Madrid offers a Welcome Session
. The Student Life staff provides students with tips on how to avoid the common pitfalls of being in new surroundings. All newly-arrived students are required to attend the Welcome Session and read both the Student Insider’s Guide
and Antes de Venir
. The Safety and Security section
of our web site is updated regularly with information that both you and your son/daughter will find useful. Finally, students are strongly encouraged to have their Sanitas Medical Insurance card and the Personal Emergency Protocol
with them at all times.
Does my son/daughter need a separate health insurance policy while in Spain?
All SLU-Madrid registered students are automatically covered by Multi Sanitas health insurance while they are enrolled for credit. Students must visit the Office of Student Life at the start of each semester to pick up their new card. Multi Sanitas card and a valid ID allow students to visit Sanitas network physicians free of charge. Prescriptions are not covered. For more information on the Multi Sanitas policy, click here.
What should my son/daughter do if he/she cannot travel with all of the medication he/she needs from home?
SLU-Madrid does not have a medical facility on campus. However, contact to an English-speaking general practitioner in the city center who will be able to help you find the same or similar medication in Spain can be provided. For contact information, check the Directory of commonly-visited physicians
Keeping in Touch
How can I find out about my son/daughter´s grades (if he/she is regularly attends class, if he/she is adapting well to life overseas, etc.)?
Spanish data Protection Laws are very restrictive. If your son/daughter is 18 years of age or older, SLU-Madrid cannot provide any information to anybody without the student´s prior and written consent.
What is the best way for me to keep in contact with my son/daughter?
At the start of each semester, students are given the option to purchase cellular phones through the Office of Finance. Students who live with a host family arranged through the university will have wireless internet access. Keep the time difference in mind for phone calls and chat sessions.
Students adapt to life abroad more successfully if contact with loved ones at home is regular without being excessive.
If my son/daughter is not adapting well, doing well in class, happy in his/her housing assignment, etc., what can he/she do?
At the first sign of trouble or discomfort, students should visit our Student Life staff for assistance. If we cannot directly address the problem, we will refer the student to a faculty or staff member who can.
If a student is out sick, he/she is required to notify his/her professors as soon as he/she is able. Traveling to other European cities every weekend may have detrimental effects academically and personally. Traveling is a good idea and very worthwhile, but balance and moderation are key to a successful and stress-free time abroad.
When would be a good time to visit Madrid to see my son/daughter? When should I schedule my son/daughter’s return flight?
Please see SLU-Madrid’s academic calendar
for information on holidays and exam dates. Final exam dates cannot be modified, so make travel plans accordingly.