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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Costs (Click term to view): Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/01/2020 06/01/2020
NOTE: Exact program dates are TBD.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange Language of instruction: English, Spanish
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Eligibility: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Non-UD Students: No Language coursework offered: Yes
Field of study: Business & Management, Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences Program Advisor: Heather Schieman
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Level: Undergraduate Click here for a definition of this term Max credit hours: 18
Program Description:

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.

Program Cost
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?

Madrid Map

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
Spanish Art
International Political Economy
Spanish Language for Foreign Language Schools
Financial Markets
Economic Approaches to International Relations
International Business
International Economics
International Marketing
Marketing Management
...and more!

For more general information about studying at Comillas please check out their Student Guide: Guia_Estudiantes_Intercambio.pdf

comillas classroom


  • 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

Pre-departure Orientation

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.

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Program Ratings:
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Program Reviews:
Spring 2015 Participant
School life is very different from that at UD but it is still an amazing experience to meet people from all over the world and get their insight in the classroom. The people I met and the cultural experiences I had were some of the most memorable and amazing experiences I have had. At times the language barrier made things difficult but it was fun to try and talk to people and figure out a way to communicate that everyone would understand, which led to a lot of hand gestures and laughter since we looked crazy. The most rewarding thing was when you figure out how to get around and you look comfortable enough that people come up to you asking for directions well as getting more comfortable with the language and being able to talk to the natives.

Fall 2013 Participant
My experience in this particular program was unforgettable. Though it was challenging adjusting to a new lifestyle and academic structure, I believe that I grew as a person and learned more about myself as well as my desires for the future. I traveled, I learned, I gained frienships that will last a lifetime and most importantly, I came back home appreciating the things I once took for granted.

Spring 2017 Participant
It was a great opportunity for me to grow as a person and to learn about myself and the world!

The people were by far my favorite part I met the best people while I was away. So nice, outgoing, and very adventurous.
     — Lauren Lowen, Spring 2017