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Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus (SLU)

Saint Louis University, Office of Admissions, Avda. del Valle, 34, 28003 Madrid, Spain
4.11 / 5 based on 78 reviews.
Description:
Saint Louis University (Madrid Campus) is an American university with over 30 years of experience in Spain. It offers a complete range of undergraduate careers in the arts, business, communication, engineering, sciences and also a master's degree in Spanish.

Furthermore, it is the only university in Spain to offer students a full range of extracurricular activities. SLU has branched off to Madrid looking to establish links abroad to promote and prove their commitment to "international education." Read more



Programmes
Accreditations
84% of students recommend
78 reviews
Housing
3.6/5
All experiences (78)
Student life
4.3/5
5 stars (36)
Academic
4.1/5
4 stars (30)
Languages
4.4/5
3 stars (12)
Expenses
3.8/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.7/5
1 star (0)
AMAZING AMAZING experience. The best time of my life. I was there for a year and a half and regret every day that I left. Take advantage of it all. Anyone even considering going...GO...You'll love it. If you need more info email me and I can give you all the important stuff to know!!! Read Review
lachiquitaloca9, United States

78 reviews of Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus

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HOUSING    
by Brooke, FAU, Boca Raton, United States
International Relations, Independent
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? I only lived in campus housing the 1st semester, as is (was?) policy by the university for all freshmen. Piso Compartidos (shared apartments) can be found around the city for very little money, or you could get your own apartment for the same price, more likely less, than what you pay to live in the dorms. Although the dorms do provide more opportunities to meet people. But SLU Madrid is a small school and its hard not to know everyone anyways.
Personal comments:
The house that we got to live in was pretty nice. Zenaida, the woman who was in charge of looking after was really sweet, although she did get mad at us a lot. The only freaky thing is in the middle of the night one of the guys who works for the university would walk through the house to make sure everything was ok. He was really nice and cool, but footsteps in the middle of the night can be sort of freaky.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by Brooke, FAU, Boca Raton, United States
International Relations, Independent
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Monday-2 4 1 at Chesterfields. Tuesday-Casa de Cerveza (Bilbao)all you can drink Wednesday-Bash/Barnon or whatever hip hop club is open Thursday-Cats, close to school Friday-either Velada, Kapital, Cool, or Joy. Saturday-one that you didn't go to on Friday. Sunday-Joy, pretty crazy still. Or any other night Las Huertas and Plaza Santa Ana cerca de Puerta del Sol. There's always a party there. ESPECIALLY around carnivales. For Salsa dancing check out Ramdall cerca de Plaza de Espana. Pacha is also an option but not one of my favorites. For fun craziness, check out the gay scene in Chueca. ALSO, keep track of the Fiestas en cada pueblo cerca de Madrid...like Majaronda and other places. Big carnivals outside the city that you can usually take a bus to. Outside Madrid, Fiestas Grandes in August in San Sebastian (Denostia) So much fun.
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ACADEMIC    
by Brooke, FAU, Boca Raton, United States
International Relations, Independent
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
Talk to the teachers a lot. If you want to take a weekend trip and are worried about getting work done, they are very nice about giving extensions. Begona is the best teacher for Spanish or French. Valbuena for history, Garcia Serrano is difficult and boring. Llorente for Philosophy. Politics, I forget who I had, Spaniard...man...his English wasn't very good. But he was cool and gave me a good grade even though I failed all Exams because I got an A on my paper. Same thing with psychology.



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
Don't stress over it. Like I said talk to the teachers. For the most part the teachers there are AWESOME. In comparison to my uni here, they are much more difficult and you learn a lot more...but they are also the most understanding teachers you'll ever meet and they will give you a chance to do well no matter what.

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by Brooke, FAU, Boca Raton, United States
International Relations, Independent
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning Spanish a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Spanish
How much did you improve your Spanish?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
You need to go outside the university to speak Spanish, or you can opt to take a lot of courses in Spanish. Its easy to make friends outside the university though, so just go out to some local bars and meet some local spaniards. Metro stop Universidad...I think was the name I can't remember...anyways there's a bar over by the spanish universities and i can't recall the name...but if you just go to where all the spanish dorms are you end up there...CAMPUS that's the name. Big hang out for local Spanish students...SLU students never go there, but I did and its cool. The bartended makes this incredible lemon drink. Also, around September they'll be doing the freshman initiation ceremonies at their dorms and the upper classman make the freshman do stupid things. If you go to local parks during this time of year you'll see it. But be careful in that area while walking around dorms and high rise apartment buildings...people dump buckets of bleach out their windows onto the freshman below.
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EXPENSES    
by dirtyflamingo, Northeastern University, Boston, United States
Linguistics, Independent
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
None
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits:
if you have dollars, spain is incredibly cheap and affordable. now that i live in the states everything just seems to expensive to me.
Food, Travel, Nightlife, Overall, Telephone, Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
there are always ways to earn a few extra euros. teaching english or just doing intercambios is a good way. i did't really experience any financial surprises. if you budget, you'll survive. try to live with out american products, experience spain for their food as well. buying spanish alternatives to name brands saves $!
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OVERALL    
by dirtyflamingo, Northeastern University, Boston, United States
Linguistics, Independent
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
nope. i went there with out any expectations.
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
as far as academics go, they aren't the strongest. but they offer you something that doesn't have a price tag- international experience. it's a great place to go if you are an undecided freshman. they have enough variety in courses that you can find your niche and learn some spanish while you're at it. it's a great place for what it is.



FINAL COMMENTS

Spain has definately made a huge impression on me. it's definately my destination for graduate study.
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