The Global Gateway Program

Suffolk University is all about global education. Our Global Gateway Program brings the world to you in Boston, and you out into the world. You can join a select group of freshmen who travel to Suffolk's campus in Madrid, Spain, for a week after the spring semester of your very first year here.

The Suffolk University Madrid Campus provides an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the Spanish history and culture. Our Global Gateway Program offers incoming freshmen to experience the Madrid Campus firsthand through a one-week travel program in May. You and other first-year students will become part of a globally focused cohort of students who will have the opportunity to experience Spain at a fraction of the cost.

Program Details

Pending travel and health guidelines, this year's trip will occur in May 14th - 21st, 2021.

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

Application Process

Students will complete an online application where they can express why they are a good match for this program. The application deadline is November 20th, 2020. Following the submission of their application, eligible students will be invited to an in-person interview. Students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by the end of November February 2021.

There will be a series of mandatory group meetings before and after the trip dates to inform students of expectations, introduce students to Spanish culture, and outline project goals for group presentations after the trip.

For more information, please contact us here.


  • Application deadline: November 20th, 2020
  • Interviews take place in mid-December and January
  • Students will be notified by the end of February 
  • Confirm acceptance by Spring Break
  • Apply for passport in late February (if applicable)
  • 3-4 meetings in March-May leading up to the trip
  • Payment due by end of March
  • Travel Friday, May 14th, 2021 – Friday, May 21st, 2021
  • Two meetings upon return, including presentation open to the Suffolk community

Information Sessions

  • Wednesday, November 4th, 9:00-9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 5th, 1:15-1:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 11th, 9:00-9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 12th, 1:15-1:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 17th, 1:15-1:45 p.m.

Please email us for Zoom information.

Apply Today!

Global Gateway Spring 2021 Application