St.Louis University Application Essay

The admission process at Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus is highly personalized and we’re here to help. We look at each applicant to determine their preparation and potential for college-level work. We are looking for students who wish to learn about the world around them through their academic coursework as well as through interaction with an internationally diverse community.  

Steps for becoming a SLU-Madrid student:

1. Apply

2. Submit Your Documents

3. Application Review

1. Apply

  • Online application

    You can apply either through our free online application or the Common Application.

    Application Deadlines: 
    These deadlines are for the submission of our online application only. Admission documents can be sent in after these deadlines. We encourage you to apply sooner to increase your chances of getting greater financial aid packages and scholarships. For deadline extension requests, contact the Office of Admissions at

    Applicants who require a Spanish student visa

    TermApplication Deadline
    FallMay 31
    SpringOctober 15

    Applicants who don’t require a Spanish student visa

    TermApplication Deadline
    FallAugust 1
    SpringDecember 15

2. Submit Your Documents


  • Personal essay
    As part of the online application, you will be asked to write a 500-word essay. The topic is given on the online application.
  • Official high school transcripts or academic records
    Seniors must submit a sixth- or seventh-semester transcript. If you have already finished high school, you must supply your final transcript.
  • ACT/SAT scores (U.S. high school applicants only)
       Order test scores from the testing service by using the specific code:
          ACT: 5291
          SAT/AP: 2586
  • Other test scores 

    Spanish Education System
    Applicants from Spanish high schools must submit their bachillerato grades and Selectividad or PAU results when available.

    International Baccalaureate
    International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program candidates must submit their high school transcripts and IB grades. Predicted grades may be sent if final grades are not yet available.

    French Education System
    Applicants studying in the French system must submit their last three years of Baccalaureat (1º, 2º & Terminale) and the relevé de notes du Bac when available.

    British Education System
    Applicants studying under the British system must submit their A-/AS-level marks and GCSE or IGCSE results. Predicted A-/AS-level marks may be sent if final marks are not available during the application period.

    Applicants studying in other educational systems from those mentioned above must present their secondary school transcripts and other documentation (i.e. national entrance exam results or school leaving certificate) that would give them access to university in their country of origin. For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions.


  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV/Résumé

Although these documents are not required, should you wish to submit one or two letters of recommendation and a CV of your extracurricular activities, they will serve to strengthen your application.

Language Requirements

Non-native English speakers should consult our English language requirements for admission.

How to submit your documents

Official high school transcripts and test scores (with the exception of the ACT and SAT) can be sent by email to or by mail to the Madrid Campus or St. Louis Campus addresses below. You can also have your high school counselor email transcripts or have them sent through Parchment or Naviance. Essay, CV/résumé and letters of recommendation can be uploaded to the online application or sent by mail:

Office of Admissions in Spain
(Applicants from outside the U.S.)

Office of Admissions in the U.S.
(Applicants from U.S. institutions)

Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus
Office of Admissions
Avenida del Valle, 34
Madrid 28003, SPAIN

Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus
Attn: Kaylyn Stoll
DuBourg Hall, Room 149
One North Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103-2097

3. Application Review

The application will be considered complete when the online application and all other required and/or optional documents have been submitted. The Office of Admissions starts reviewing applications on November 1st. After that, once your application is complete, we will notify you about your admission by email within a week to 10 days.

If your final grades or test scores won't be made available until after the application period, we will review your application on the basis of your latest high school transcripts and predicted grades.

If you have any questions about the application process, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Since 1818, we have made it our mission to pursue truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity. To foster intellectual curiosity. To serve others with compassion. To change the world for the better. We look for the same in our students.

Our Jesuit tradition demands excellence in research and teaching. We deliver with more than 90 undergraduate majors across 10 colleges and schools. Our graduates start non­profits, discover new vaccines and teach in under­-resourced schools. They become business leaders at the biggest companies and servants to those in need.

Their paths to success may vary, but they all started here.

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