Universidad Pontificia Comillas Semester and Academic Year Exchange Program
About the Program
UPC is a Jesuit-administered university located in Madrid, Spain, which promotes excellence in academics, research, scientific progress, as well as a well-rounded and humanistic training for its students. UPC is located in the cultural heart of Spain and accessible to other parts of Europe. This cosmopolitan city of more then four million people offers theatre, museums, concert halls, parks and night life.
Comillas is an institution that is academically broken apart across the city of Madrid. Downtown, the original campus, houses the Schools of Business and Engineering. Then just outside of the main city lies the Cantoblanco Campus that focuses on a Humanities based curriculum. To learn more about the campuses and their locations please click here.
NEW Program Feature – Semester Abroad and Intercultural Leadership (SAIL) Program
Starting Fall 2016, students that attend Comillas during the fall semester may take advantage of a unique one-year long program that combines a fall semester abroad with an intercultural leadership program during the subsequent spring semester at UD. Once students return from Spain, they will be located in signature housing (GLLC for Freshmen and Sophomores, Special Interest House for Juniors and Seniors) during the spring semester and undergo a leadership training program that will entail learning about the various aspects of intercultural competency, leadership development, “un-packing” your experience abroad, cross-cultural relations, career development as study abroad alumni, and more. Students that are a part of the SAIL program will live together, as roommates and study abroad alumni, as part of a shared living and learning experience.
SAIL students will pay UD tuition, room and board during the fall semester and other program inclusions, such as an additional $3,000 scholarship, are detailed here.
The SAIL program is a fall semester only program. Students that attend Comillas during the spring semester or a full academic year will pay only UD tuition prior to departure and will not be eligible for the SAIL scholarship, housing or leadership program.
Where is it located?
Areas of Study
Most majors will find coursework that will apply towards their degree at UD. Spanish language proficiency is advised, however there are courses taught in English each semester. To learn moare about the Engineering, Business and Humanities courses offered through Comillas please visit the following link browse offerings in both English and Spanish.
Course offerings in Three Main Faculties
Some things to consider when browsing course offerings:
1. Please pay attention to the semester each course is offered (Is it a semester 1 or 2 class? or both?)
2. European schools have a different credit system than we do. Please keep in mind that 2 ECTS = 1 US credit. Therefore you will need to have a minimum of 24 ECTS to be considered full time at UD while you are studying in Spain.
3. Business majors - Comillas is not an AACSB accredited school. Please speak to the Business advising center to be sure you have ample courses left in your four year plan to attend Comillas.
Popular courses taken at Comillas by UD students include:
Current International Issues from a Spanish Perspective
Political Systems and Politics of Spain
History of Spain
International Political Economy
Spanish Language for Foreign Language Schools
Economic Approaches to International Relations
For more general information about studying at Comillas please check out their Student Guide: Guia_Estudiantes_Intercambio.pdf
- Students must be in sophomore standing
- Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing - both at the time their application is being processed and at time of departure
Students will have 3 housing options while studying at Comillas:
- Home-stay with a Spanish family
- Shared apartment with another UD student
- Individual room in a privately-owned, shared apartment
Students will be required to participate in a pre-departure orientation in the semester prior to their program participation. Dates and times will be announced.
Looking to Learn more About the Student Experience? Ask Program Alumni about their Experiences Abroad...
Junior, International Studies major with a minor in Spanish
Email Joe about his time in Spain at: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Studying in Madrid for a semester gave me the unique opportunity to live in an entirely different city and to experience an exciting new culture. I was fortunate to live in the heart of Madrid, just a short distance from one of the university’s campuses and a 40-minute train ride to the suburban campus. With the help of the Education Abroad office, I was able to easily transition into the Spanish university system. Furthermore, my class schedule gave me plenty of time to explore Madrid, Spain and the rest of Europe. The amazing people I met, as well as the ability to cheaply travel around Europe made my semester in Spain unforgettable. My time abroad will always be extremely special to me and I hope to, one day, visit Madrid again."
- Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Spring 2016)
- World Associate Student Worker in the EdAbroad Office
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