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Universidad Pontificia Comillas

Universidad Pontificia Comillas
Study for a semester or year at one of the top ranked private universities in Spain.
Location: 
Madrid, Spain
Language of Instruction: 
Spanish
English
Term: 
Fall
Spring
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
Accounting
Finance
Business Administration
Mechanical Engineering
Economics
International Business
Social Work
Engineering
Business
Pre-Law
Political Science
Computer Science
Humanities
European Studies
Global & International Studies
History
Psychology
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
Highlights: 
  • Study business, engineering, or humanities in English or Spanish
  • Live in and explore Spain's capital city of Madrid
  • Take a Spanish class during the semester
Program Summary: 

KU and Universidad Pontificia Comillas have exchanges through several schools and students from a wide array of majors will find classes that will fit their needs. Students will directly enroll at Comillas and take a Spanish language course and courses in Spanish or English. Please take careful note of the program fee because it varies depending on which school you enroll in at Comillas.  

Location: 

Universidad Pontificia Comillas is located in Madrid, the capital of Spain. With a population of slightly over 3 million, there truly is something for everyone. Madrid, and all of Spain, has a rich history dating back to centuries, which is reflected in art museums and churches. There is also an upbeat, modern influence in hip bars and restaurants, high end shopping, and the world famous soccer team, Real Madrid. Take time to explore both aspects of Madrid and get to know madrileños who can show off their great city.

The university is a private Jesuit university, founded in 1890. There are over 10,000 students, including approximately 1,800 international students. The university has five faculties, a school of engineering, and a school of nursing and physiotherapy. KU students can take courses at three of the faculties and the school of engineering on two Madrid campuses: Alberto Aguilera and Cantoblanco. View information about each campus and maps.  

Academic Information: 

KU and Comillas have exchanges with three faculties and one school that are located on two campuses in Madrid. Each of them has a lot of information available online including syllabi, course lists, general information, etc. Students should plan on taking all of their classes from the faculty or school in which they are enrolled.  

All students will attend orientation at Comillas prior to the start of the semester and take a Spanish course during the semester to improve language skills. For an additional fee, Fall students can enroll in a four-week Spanish Language and Culture program to improve their Spanish and learn about Spanish culture.   

View the course equivalency log for Comillas.

Alberto Aguilera campus     

Faculty of Economic Sciences and Business Administration 

Syllabi and course lists are available in the “Prospective Exchange Student” section.

Students can take courses in business, international business, economics, marketing, and finance, among others.

Faculty of Law

Syllabi and course lists are available in the “Prospective Exchange Student” section.

Students can take courses in political science, law, and international law, among others.

ICAI School of Engineering

Syllabi and course lists are available in the “International” tab. Students can also enroll in the SAPIENS program during the spring and/or summer terms. The engineering courses are taught in English and are modeled after the University of Illinois' curriculum. Students will also take a Spanish course.

Cantoblanco campus

Faculty of Human Social Sciences

Syllabi and course lists are available in the "Syllabus" section.

Students can take courses in education, global and international studies, history, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, and social work, among others. The faculty also offers the Diploma in International Relations from a Spanish Perspective, which is earned by taking a required number of courses offered through the program.

Housing: 

Universidad Pontificia Comillas does not have campus housing and students are responsible for finding their own housing. Comillas has contracted with Students Global Relocation (SGR) to give students information about housing options in Madrid including host families, private residence halls, and apartments. Be sure to click the “Dossier Info” link for detailed housing options. For a fee, SGR will provide additional services such as airport reception.  

Please note that that housing on the budget is a host family with half board. If a different housing option is chosen, the cost will vary. 

Life Abroad: 

The International Office publishes a Guide for International Students, which is a great resource to learn more about the university, Spanish education system, and the city of Madrid. To read the guide, go to the Universidad Pontificia Comillas homepage and under the "International" tab, click "Guide for Foreign Students". 

Each school's website also has information for incoming exchange students. Please see the links for each school in the "Academic Information" section above.  

Eligibility: 

Students wishing to take classes in Spanish should have completed at least four semesters of college-level Spanish (SPAN 216) or the equivalent. 

Minimum GPA: 2.75 or special permission.

Further Reading: 

Universidad de Comillas

Comillas Office of International Relations


Student visa information

Students planning to study abroad on the Comillas program should not delay completing the application because all students studying abroad in Spain must obtain a student visa. Students without a passport should apply for one immediately.  

In order to submit the visa application, students must be accepted into the program and receive paperwork that Comillas will send the KU Office of Study Abroad. Once submitted at the consulate, the student visa will take four to six weeks to be issued.

The consulate can change their policies at any time, but currently, visa applications must be submitted in person to the consulate that has jurisdiction over the student. All students can apply through the Consulate General of Spain in Chicago because they attend school in Kansas. Students from outside the Midwest can also choose to apply through the Spanish consulate that has jurisdiction over their home state.

Students who will be applying through the Consulate General of Spain in Chicago can read more about the student visa process on their website. Students who will be applying through a different consulate should read the instructions on their consulate’s website because each consulate has their own policies and application procedures. Students will also have access to a required reading about the visa process once an application on KU’s website has been started.

Students with questions should contact the KU Office of Study Abroad.

Add Course: 
Introduction to Dynamics
DIM-SAP-133
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2019
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Intro to Differential Equations
DMA-SAP-130
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2019
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Applied Linear Algebra
DMA-SAP-131
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2019
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
2
Marketing Planning and Management
NA
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Marketing Planning and Management
NA
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
International Business
NA
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Market Research
NA
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
International Marketing
NA
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Operations Management
NA
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Consumer Behavior
NA
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3

Announcements

Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)

 

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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