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Updated : 02-Jul-2021

Continuing Education

Professional Development Programs

Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus supports the development of its employees in a variety of ways. Below are some of the opportunities available to both faculty and staff; professional development opportunities for faculty are also listed in the faculty section of this website.

English & Spanish Language Courses at the Madrid Campus

Employees who need to improve their spoken and written language skills for their positions are welcome to take English or Spanish classes offered by academic departments during the fall and spring terms. Those who wish to improve their English or Spanish language skills may attend SPAN, ESL or ENGL classes (non-credit) offered each term. Employees interested should contact Hamish Binns ( for English classes and Vicky Alborñoz ( for Spanish classes before or during the first two weeks of each term.

Specialized English classes for employees are also available on a periodic basis. Contact the Human Resources Manager for further information (

Full-time employees will not be required to make up the hours of up to one class per term of SPAN, ESL, ENGL or language classes, but will, however, be expected to complete their duties and tasks. Once the possible classes are identified, the employee must request authorization from his/her immediate supervisor before he/she may attend the class.   

Courses Other than English and Spanish at the Madrid Campus

Employees may also be eligible to take courses offered in Madrid on a non-credit basis. If the course meets during regular office hours, permission is granted only if the normal workflow and duties in the employee's department are not jeopardized and the employee makes up his or her office absence for class attendance in a manner agreed upon by the direct supervisor. Employees will be expected to make up one hour of work for every 50-minute class session. Permission must be granted by the employee's direct supervisor as well as the appropriate senior administrative leader.

Employees requesting to take English/Spanish language or any other class as a non-degree seeking/non-credit students may request so by writing their direct supervisor. If approved, the employee will not be registered in the class, nor have an official transcript of the class taken. Final approval to attend the class is subject to space availability and placement requirements of the academic department.

Please note that employees seeking to obtain a Saint Louis University degree must first apply for admission to the corresponding campuses' Office of Admissions and refer to our Tuition Remission Policy.

Professional & Organizational Development Programs

Professional Development courses offered through the St. Louis Campus are also available to Madrid-based employees. Subjects include training on administrative policies and procedures, supervision, effective communication, leadership, stress and time management, customer service, and other subjects. Customized training, team-building and process-improvement programs also are available. These courses may be accessed through the Skillsoft icon on the Tools Tab of MySLU.

External Continuing Education Programs Supported by Social Security.

An employee interested in an external continuing education opportunity should submit a written request for the course to his/her supervisor, including all the necessary information and the reasons for the request. Until the employee receives approval from the Office of Human Resources, he/she should not register for the course.

The supervisor will submit the information to Human Resources,, in order to verify with the Fundación Tripartita that the course complies with the requirements. Authorization is granted according to the credit available, the order of the request and the priority.

Professional Meetings and Additional Training

All employees are encouraged to speak with their direct supervisors and the Office of Human Resources about additional opportunities that develop them professionally and contribute directly to their position's responsibilities and career growth, including professional meetings, external courses and certificate programs, and job-specific training.

Supervisors encourage and may require employees to participate in training in targeted areas. Such training ensures that the employees have the skills needed to fulfill their job responsibilities and that they keep pace with changes in the workplace environment.