Students who were accepted to participate in study abroad programs canceled during the previous academic year will receive priority placement on 2021-2022 programs.
While we will make every effort to accommodate all students on their first choice, there may be limited space on some programs for first-time applicants.
Universidad Pontificia Comillas belongs to a network of more than 200 Jesuit universities in the world. It is over 100 years old, having been founded in 1890 and is one of the most prestigious private universities in Spain. Over 2000 students visit every year for academic exchanges, double degrees, or to study in their programs and make up a large part of their almost 12,000 students.
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty.
Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program.
Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program.
Located in the political, financial and cultural heart of Madrid, it offers students a marvelous opportunity for personal, professional and social development.
Students should have a intermediate knowledge of Spanish, since most classes are taught in Spanish, unless they are following a study plan in English.
There are a few campuses, however students will take courses at either the main Alberto Aguilera campus where the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (ICADE) and ICAI School of Engineering are located or at the Campus Comillas Cantoblanco where the Faculties of Theology, Humanities and Social Sciences are located.
Both are accessible by public transportation
Students will take courses within one Faculty only. There is not an opportunity to mix and match. Acceptance is based on the students major here at UM, however there are opportunities to take elective courses and not focus on major courses.
View specific course offerings HERE
The four faculties at Comillas are:
- ICAI School of Engineering
- Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (ICADE)
- Faculty of Law (ICADE)
1 ECTS Credit = .5 UM credita
Intermediate Spanish language is recommended as most courses are offered in Spanish.
First Semester/Fall: September - December
Second Semester/Spring: January - May
Universidad Pontificia Comillas does not have its own on-campus or off-campus accommodations. The Information and Accommodation Office
will work to help students search for accommodation.
Comillas has worked closely with the following, and often there may be discounts available for Comillas students:
Off-campus housing resources:
The following resources are not affiliated with the University of Miami but are options that exist if you’d like to research further.
- Livensa Living: Student Accommodation company with locations in west Madrid and Getafe (near UC3M) – rooms come furnished, private kitchen and bathroom and you can choose between different studio types
- CityLife Madrid: Provides free and paid services to identify housing options
- DoveVivo: Short-term rentals (amenities included in rent) located throughout the city
Required Health Coverage:
Health insurance coverage is necessary for all students in Spain but more so for international students, who apply for a student visa, as you will be asked to provide this during the visa application process.
In order to go abroad, you must have a valid passport that will not expire during your time abroad or within 6 months upon your return.
It is up to you to consult the Embassy of Spain in your country of origin to determine your visa requirements.
An official letter of acceptance from your host institution is required to apply for your student visa. You must wait until within 90 days of your start date to apply.
Serious applicants should plan to submit a complete, well thought out, and comprehensive application. In the required essay, please focus on sharing your academic, personal and professional goals and how admission to Comillas will help you achieve them.
Students who submit a complete application by the deadline will be granted an interview. Qualified candidates will be nominated to Comillas,however Comillas will make the final admission decision.Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Participation in the program cannot be guaranteed as there may be a limit on the number of students we can send to Comillas in a particular semester. Please ensure that you think critically about your second choice option when completing this portion of your online application.
||The currency in Spain is the euro, the same as in other European Union countries.
The euro is divided into 100 cents.
• There are eight different coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and 1 and 2 euros.
• There are seven different bank notes, for the following amounts: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros.
||Spanish is spoken all over the Spanish territory. However other languages are also spoken in certain areas of Spain. These are: Catalan, in Catalonia; Galician, in Galicia; Euskera/Basque, in the Basque Country; Valencian, in the Region of Valencia; and a particular variety of Catalan, spoken in the Balearic Islands.
Located on the northeast of Madrid, only 12 km from the city center
||Madrid has an inland Mediterranean climate in the western half of the city transitioning to a semi-arid climate in the eastern half. Winters are cool due to its altitude and can include sporadic snowfalls and frequent frosts between December and February. Summers are hot, in the warmest month, July, average temperatures during the day range from 32 to 34°C (90 to 93°F) depending on location. Madrid is the driest capital in Europe.