Applying to the Semester Program in the Heart of Madrid

The USD Madrid Center Semester Program is open to currently enrolled USD undergraduate students as well as undergraduate students from throughout the United States. The eligibility criteria for the Undergraduate Madrid Center Semester Program is outlined below.

Must be currently enrolled at University of San Diego or an accredited university/college within the United States


Academic & Conduct Standing
Must be in good academic and conduct standing at home institution

Class Standing
Students must have sophomore standing at the time of participation in the program

Application Instructions for Non USD Undergraduate Students

To apply to the USD Madrid Center Semester Program, please contact Derek Brendel

Application Instructions for Current USD Undergraduate Students

1. Meet with your academic advisor
Students should meet with their academic advisor as before making decisions about when to study abroad in Madrid. Your academic advisor will be able to assist you in determining the type of courses needed while abroad, and the term that might be best to go abroad based on your graduation requirements and current schedule. 

2. Apply to the Undergraduate Madrid Semester Program
To apply the Madrid program, click on the “Apply Now” button located on the Madrid Program brochure page. Follow the instructions to create a personal homepage by logging in with USD MySanDiego login and password.

3. Complete the Application Process
On your personal homepage you will see a checklist of items that need to be completed. In addition to a non-refundable application fee, there are three types of documents that must be submitted: material submissions, signature documents, and questionnaires.

Material Submissions: Documents that must be printed and submitted directly to the USD International Center.

Signature Documents: Documents must be viewed and read online and electronically signed stating acceptance and understanding of each document.

Questionnaires: Online questions that provide additional information.

Within your home page, please click on each document for instructions and details. Please keep in mind that you are responsible for meeting the Madrid program application deadline. Please read and follow all instructions carefully. Every item listed on your applicant home page is necessary in order for your application to be complete.

Deadlines are firm and you must submit all pre-decision application pieces in order for your application to be reviewed. To see if you have submitted all necessary documents, review the checklist on your homepage.

4. Login and Check for Updates
After you have completed the application, check your homepage and USD e-mail on a regular basis for reminders of items that you have not yet submitted. You can check and manage your homepage anytime by clicking on "Login" in the upper right hand corner of the page. If you have questions, please contact  Derek Brendel, Madrid Program Advisor.

To learn more about the important dates and deadlines associated with the USD Madrid Program, please see the Important Dates and Deadlines page.

It is important to keep in mind that all students will need to schedule a visa appointment at the Spanish Consulate. The appointment should fall on a date no sooner than 120 days and no later than 60 days prior to the start of the program. Derek Brendel, USD Madrid Program advisor, will share more details about visa requirements and visa appointments with admitted students.

Students are accepted to this program on a rolling basis. The Program Acceptance and Commitment Policy outlines this process and implications. Students are held accountable to this timeline.

After students’ status has been changed to “Activated”, post-decision items will populate in the online application. These items include material submissions (items that need to be physically submitted to the International Center), signature documents, and questionnaires. Students need to complete these by dates indicated by their study abroad program advisor (check for due dates). 

NOTE TO STUDENTS: Although students may be accepted to the USD Madrid Center Semester program, they should not purchase a flight until notified to do so by the USD Madrid Center Semester Program Advisor

Once accepted to this program, please be sure to follow the steps below to make sure you receive all pertinent information related to the USD Madrid Center Semester program:

  1. Complete post-acceptance application items via the online application portal
  2. Attend all pre-departure meetings (scheduled with the study abroad program advisor)
  3. Read and become familiar with the Post-Acceptance Information page