At Suffolk University you'll earn an education without borders. International Students make up a full 23% of our student body and represent 113 countries. Suffolk's own campus in Madrid, Spain provides an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the Spanish history and culture while still attending Suffolk University. Plus, the Princeton Review ranked our study abroad programs among the nation's Top 20.

Our Global Gateway Program brings the world to you in Boston, and you out into the world. You and other first-year students will become part of a globally focused cohort of students who will travel to Madrid, Spain for one week in the spring semester of your first year.

Program Details

Please review this page frequently for updated program information.

Who is eligible?

Any incoming first year students are welcome to apply for the program. The Global Gateway Program is open to students of all majors within both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Sawyer Business School.

Application Process

Students will complete an online application where they can express why they feel they are a good match for this program. This application can be started during the summer of 2018, or when students arrive on campus for the fall. Students may be asked to come in and interview following the submission of their application. Students will be notified of their acceptance into the program prior to Thanksgiving during the first semester. Application due date: October 15.

Is this program for academic credit?

No, this program does not carry any academic credit.

When will I know if I am selected?

Selected participants will be informed before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Will there be any trip preparation prior to the spring break trip to Madrid in the first year?

Yes, there will be group meetings leading up to this trip to give the Global Gateway Program participants the chance to get to know each other and create a sense of community. We will also review the logistics and the itinerary of the trip at this time. These meetings will take on Tuesdays during activities period.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

For more information, please contact Shaylyn Carey, Madrid Campus Program Manager, at