Universidad Pontificia-Comillas Exchange
For advanced Spanish-speakers, only. Year-long participation recommended.
This exchange program is an exciting opportunity for highly independent, advanced Spanish-speakers prepared for the challenge of integrating directly into the regular life of a Spanish University and to study alongside Spanish students in Madrid, Spain. Comillas is Jesuit university, with small classes and a strong focus on faculty-student interaction. With over 70 exchange programs, Comillas is dedicated to international education, which means you will interact with students from all over the world. There are currently 7,700 students enrolled at Comillas with 1000 international students.
For more information on the university visit their website at www.upcomillas.es
Classes for fall semester begin at the end of September and run through the middle of February. Second Semester begins at the end of February and runs through the middle of June. Students may participate for one or both of the semesters. Year-long participation recommended.
There are no campus housing facilities so students are required to obtain housing on their own with the assistance of the university. Upon arrival in Madrid students will be provided with a list of potential housing opportunities to assist with the search. Finding housing can take time and involves the signing of a contract therefore it is advised that students arrive up to a week in advance in Madrid in order to complete the process.
All classes are held in Spanish therefore students should have a good working knowledge of the language. Language classes are available and a placement exam will be given at the beginning of the semester. Students are taught by host country faculty and may participate in all aspects of foreign university life. Students should be aware that universities overseas may, or may not, permit cross-enrolling in more than one or two academic departments. While direct enrollment programs provide the greatest access to an integrated university student experience, there is often little opportunity for formal reflection on the cross-cultural experience.
At least two years of college level Spanish or demonstrated competency in Spanish Language. Coursework at the 300 level strongly encouraged as a pre-requisite.
The capital of Spain, located in the heart of the peninsula, has a population of over three million. It is a cosmopolitan city, a business center, headquarters for the Public Administration, Government, Spanish Parliament and the home of the Spanish Royal Family. Madrid is characterized by intense cultural and artistic activity and a very lively nightlife. While Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhoods and streets. Its landmarks include the huge Royal Palace of Madrid; a restored 1850 opera house; the imposing 19th-century building containing the Spanish National Library (founded 1712); the national archives; an archaeological museum of international reputation; and the Prado Museum, which houses one of the finest art collections in the world.
Complete the SU Education Abroad Global Application, linked below. Please read the directions carefully and make certain to submit all supporting documentation with your application. Additional materials will be due directly to Comillas after approval and nomination by SU.
Deadline: February 15, 2012
While studying at Comillas, you will continue to be a Seattle University student. Standard SU tuition applies and all financial aids, grants, loans and scholarships transfer with you. Other costs to consider include airfare and lodging in Spain. Budgeting for personal expenses is founded on your unique habits and desires.
If you do not have one already you must obtain a passport ($65). You must also get a student visa from the Spanish consulate in San Francisco around 90 days prior to your departure.
Education Abroad Application
Spain -- Comillas Flyer
Spain Grade Equivalencies
Exchange Student Orientation Information
Spain Country Specific Information
Comillas Guide for International Students