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About SLU-Madrid

More Than 50 Years of Educating Global Billikens

Saint Louis University — Madrid offers you an ideal multicultural environment where you can discover what the world will offer you and prepare your contribution to our globalized future.

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution with campuses in St. Louis, Missouri and Madrid, Spain that welcomes students of all faiths and no faith. Since 1818, the University has gone beyond teaching facts and figures; we motivate students to form their own opinions and to discover their true identities. Today, SLU is home to nearly 13,000 students, approximately 850 of whom study in Madrid.

Recognized as a center of international education in Spain, SLU-Madrid educates students from more than 65 countries, providing four-year U.S. undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees or, in the case of study abroad students, credits toward degrees at their home institutions.

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Our History

SLU's Madrid Campus dates from a modest study abroad program launched by Raymond L. Sullivant, S.J. in the 1960s. Its success led Father Sullivant to offer classes in conjunction with the University of Comillas and then to establish an independent, permanent program, with its administrative offices and classrooms located between Madrid's Complutense University and the city center in 1967.

Shortly thereafter, several Spanish students, attracted to the University's liberal arts curriculum, enrolled in classes. Within a decade the campus was home to hundreds of students. Our program expanded, providing a full range of courses and a library, which permitted Spanish and European students to complete the first two years of their undergraduate studies in Madrid.

Our distinct position as the American Jesuit University in Spain prompted SLU to build a campus. In 1990, it purchased what now stand as Padre Rubio and Padre Arrupe Halls. In 1996, SLU-Madrid was the first U.S. university to receive official recognition from the Consejería de Educación y Cultura, Madrid's higher education authority; degree programs offered in Madrid are also accredited by the University's regional accrediting agency in the U.S., the Higher Learning Commission.

In 2011, the University expanded its Madrid campus further with the acquisition and renovation of San Ignacio Hall, providing additional space to support both students and faculty, including a new library, cafeteria and auditorium.

What is a Billiken?

Colleges and universities across the United States have their own mascots, which are symbols of good luck for sports teams and an ambassador of goodwill for the school. The term “Billiken” refers not only to SLU’s blue and white mascot, it is also used informally to refer to any SLU student.

To be a Billiken means embracing the entire Saint Louis University experience. You will not only be a student but a member of the University community. You will be a volunteer, a collaborator and a leader. You will be prepared and professional. Most of all, you will be yourself: unique.

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