Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Madrid, Spain
- Program Terms: Spring
- Restrictions: Lafayette applicants only
St. Louis University
St. 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 St. Louis University where students from more than 65 countries study undergraduate and graduate courses to obtain either US 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.
Courses work a little differently in universities outside of Lafayette. Students are expected to take and transfer a full load of credits back to Lafayette. Engineering-related courses (i.e. Differential Equations) are offered at SLU-Madrid as well as courses outside of engineering, and all students are typically required to take a culture-related course (to be specified by Lafayette). Students should consult with their academic adviser to be sure they are selecting the study abroad program with the best academic fit.
You can find the SLU-Madrid course catalog here.
Most engineering-related courses at SLU-Madrid transfer back to Lafayette as 1 full Lafayette credit. Most humanities/social science courses at SLU-Madrid transfer back to Lafayette as 0.75 Lafayette credits.
Many engineering-related courses have been pre-approved to transfer back to Lafayette. However, not all engineering-related/math courses at SLU-Madrid are approved, so students should confirm with the engineering department to make sure a course will work for their academic timeline. All other non-engineering-related courses must be approved to transfer back to Lafayette via the Course Approval process. You can learn more about Course Approval here.
In this program, students live with host families. Host families are typically located up to a 20-40 minute subway/bus commute from the university campus. There is often another student living in the homestay as well. Note a maximum of two Lafayette students may reside in the same homestay.
Internet access, bed linens, and laundry service (typically two loads of laundry per week) are included. Breakfast and dinner are typically provided by the host family. Lunches will typically be the responsibility of the student. The SLU-Madrid campus does offer a pay-as-you-go cafeteria option and there are several eating options through the city.
Included in your tuition is the cost of up to two multi-day excursions. In the past, group excursions have included such places as Morocco; Toulouse, France; and Barcelona. Excursions may change depending on the semester and the faculty resident director's expertise.
Other cultural events
Students will attend up to three day-long excursions. In the past, these excursions have included such places as Toledo, Segovia, and El Escorial. Excursions may change depending on the semester and the faculty resident director's expertise. There will also be some cultural outings within Madrid, possibly including a soccer match, a flamenco show, a guided tour of one or more of Madrid’s art museums, etc.
At this time students traveling on a US passport need a student visa to enter Spain. Fees for this visa are the responsibility of the student. Our office reviews the visa process with students in the first cohort meeting. We work to batch process student visas with the Spanish Consulate so timeliness is key. While the Office of International & Off-Campus Education works to support students through the visa process, the office staff are not visa experts and it is the responsibility of the student to obtain the appropriate visa and documentation.
At this time students traveling on a non-US passport may need a visa to enter Spain. Fees for this visa are the responsibility of the student. Our office reviews the visa process with students in the first cohort meeting. We work to batch process student visas with the Spanish Consulate so timeliness is key. Please note that international students may need to obtain visas for other countries they may visit as part of either the group excursions or personal travel as well. While the Office of International & Off-Campus Education works to support students through the visa process, the office staff are not visa experts and it is the responsibility of the student to obtain the appropriate visa and documentation.
To apply to the program, please see the Engineering Abroad Program Brochure Page.