SIU provides a great American education all the while surrounded by a significantly different culture which is a great experience. Not only that but the people around you are also international which makes for great memories when you fumble through the do's and don'ts of a different country and language.
The location is breathtaking. Madrid has various scenes to it, one more beautiful than the next. No matter how long you live here it will always find a way to surprise you. As for the university itself I was surprised of its size at first but soon came to the realization that this was a plus. Although it is not as big as a traditional American University usually is it provides a lot of benefits. The student body has the possibility to meet each and every single student, as does the teacher which is great as they can help you through any obstacles you come across in class.