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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange Academic Level: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Internship Available: Yes Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: 102 - Two semesters of language instruction (or the equivalent) required Housing Options: Homestay, Shared Apartment
Click here for a definition of this term On-Site Language Course Required: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Credits: 15 +
Program Advisor: Livia Lopes Areas of Study: Business, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, History, Literature, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Sociology
Minimum GPA: 2.75
Program Description:

Universidad Pontificia Comillas


Universidad Pontificia Comillas is located in Madrid, the capital of Spain. Madrid is known for its rich and varied offerings in sports, leisure, and culture. Students will have plenty of time to explore all of the theaters and museums, such as the Prado National Art Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and the Queen Sofía Center for the Arts, as well as the local monuments, exhibits, concert halls, and parks.

This is an inviting study abroad destination for students comfortable with Spanish, although courses are available in English. CUA students in the School of Engineering, particularly electrical engineering and civil engineering majors, will want to research Comillas as a potential study abroad choice.

Academics & Curriculum

Courses at Universidad Pontificia Comillas are offered in ECT. American students will typically enroll in 30 ECT worth of courses to earn 15 CUA credits. Students will need at least 6 ECT in any given subject to fulfill a required course at CUA. Courses can be English-taught or Spanish-taught, though students need at least 2 semesters of Spanish to enroll in a Spanish-taught course. Students look for course offerings and course syllabi can find information here.

Participants should be aware that Comillas' hosts different faculties across various campuses in the city. To avoid excessive daily transport, students are strongly encouraged to take all of their courses in either the Faculty of Humanities or the Faculty of Engineering.

Accommodation & Meals

Housing for this program is provided by Students Global Relocation (SGR). Students may choose to live in a homestay, which includes a partial meal plan, or in a furnished apartment with other CUA or international students. All housing provided to students will be within a 45 minute commute to Universidad Pontificia Comillas.

Included with the furnished apartments is a bed, a wardrobe, a desk and chair, as well as utilities (electricity, water, internet, etc.). SGR also provides a regular cleaning service just for the common/shared areas of the apartment. Not included in the basic price are towels, linens, or laundry service.


Exchange Scholars

Exchange Scholar programs at The Catholic University of America provide an immersive international experience for a limited number of highly qualified students.  This exclusive opportunity enables students to study at a select group of prestigious universities worldwide.  Exchange partner schools are selected on the basis of mission, academic excellence, dedication to internationalization, and a commitment to research.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.