Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Madrid, Spain, where SLU has had a campus for more than 50 years, while staying on track for graduation. While in Spain, you can complete courses toward almost any major SLU offers, or choose from nearly a dozen undergraduate degrees that can be earned entirely at SLU-Madrid.

SLU was one of the first American universities to establish a foreign campus, and our options there — from coursework to extracurriculars — are more diverse than ever. With 750 students from more than 65 countries, SLU-Madrid offers a truly global college experience in the heart of one of Europe’s most vibrant cities.

Four years in Madrid

Some American students choose to spend all four years on the SLU-Madrid campus, enjoying an exceptionally low student-professor ratio and extensive outreach and service programs.

Bracy Parr, Class of 2015, says, "Going abroad for my college education was an easy choice; there’s no better way to study international communication than in such a metropolitan city like Madrid."

Bracy Parr, Class of 2015

Bracy Parr, Class of 2015, says, "Going abroad for my college education was an easy choice; there’s no better way to study international communication than in such a metropolitan city like Madrid."

Bracy Parr, Class of 2015

Evan Bloch, Class of 2019, says, “My host mother liked to say ‘que te aproveches todo’, which means ‘take advantage of everything!’ So many unique and interesting opportunities come with a semester abroad. The city of Madrid is entertaining and lively, so there is always something to do, whether it’s taking a walk through Retiro Park or eating tapas in Sol with friends.”

Evan Bloch, Class of 2019

Evan Bloch, Class of 2019, says, “My host mother liked to say ‘que te aproveches todo’, which means ‘take advantage of everything!’ So many unique and interesting opportunities come with a semester abroad. The city of Madrid is entertaining and lively, so there is always something to do, whether it’s taking a walk through Retiro Park or eating tapas in Sol with friends.”

Evan Bloch, Class of 2019

Feels like family

Most students who study at SLU-Madrid choose to live with host families, eating breakfast and dinner together, getting help speaking Spanish and tips on how to make the most of their time in Spain.

Study Abroad Destinations

SLU offers more than 45 study abroad programs all over the world that can fit into your summer, spring or fall semesters. Or spend an entire year abroad!

Study for your biology class on the Spanish steps in Rome. Gain international business experience through an internship in Belgium. Volunteer with a local non-governmental organization in the Philippines. No matter which program you choose, you’ll receive a comprehensive study abroad experience, from pre-departure orientation to support while you’re abroad and when you return to SLU.

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Get a Taste of a New Culture

Not sure where you want to travel? SLU students can stop by our Center for Global Citizenship for monthly lunchtime events that offer a free taste of cuisines and cultures from around the world.

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We’ve Got You Covered

Worried about working out the details? SLU’s Study Abroad Program makes it easy, with workshops about visas, tips on how to acclimate to another culture and peer mentors to help you along your way.

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Paying your way

Many costs of approved study abroad programs are covered by financial aid, including SLU’s academic tuition scholarships, federal loans and grants.

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Snap it up

Each year, Billikens who study abroad send their best shots back to SLU for a photo contest. Check out some of our favorite travel pics from real students at the bottom of the page!

Notes from Abroad

Natalie Polk, Current SLU Senior, says, “Bonjour! Studying abroad for a semester in the beautiful city of Poitiers, France, was by far the greatest adventure I’ve ever had the fortune of going on. When you become fully immersed in a culture that’s completely different from your own, as I did in France, you develop a deep appreciation for your own culture, the new culture you’re now a part of, and for all the other cultures out there that you don’t even know about.”

Natalie Polk Current SLU Senior

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