Madrid, Spain (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE)
The University and Location
The Universidad Pontificia Comillas is a Jesuit university in the center of Madrid, Spain’s capital and largest city. ICADE is its business school. Madrid has a legendary nightlife and is home to one of the most important bullfighting arenas (plazas de toros) in the world. Students at Comillas experience the cultural, political, and economic heart of Spain while taking classes at a respected university with one of Europe's top-rated business programs.
Students applying for this program must have a strong command of the Spanish language. Most courses at Comillas are taught in Spanish; a limited number of courses in English are available.
Academic programs include business, humanities, and some common curriculum courses such as religious studies and political science. To see a list of business classes available to exchange students, please visit ICADE's Prospective Exchange Student Page in the Useful Links section below. To see a list of humanities classes available to Loyola exchange students, please visit Comilla's Homepage in the Useful Links section below. From there, click on Centers>Humanities and Social Sciences>Studies>Undergraduate. You will see a list of available degrees. Click on any degree and then click Plan de Estudios to see specific classes. Students are expected to choose from courses offered in the Humanities and Sciences department or ICADE's Business department. Other courses may be available through special request.
Credits and Grading
Students take 24-30 ECTS credits (12-15 Loyola credits).
The following grade conversion chart is approximate:
Fall semester: End of August through mid-December.
Spring semester: January through end of May
Before the beginning of each semester there is a mandatory 2-3 day orientation program for new exchange students that includes instructions for confirming course selection and class registration. All selected students are required to attend.
Finances and Budgeting
Please refer to the BUDGET SHEET. Typically fall and spring terms are estimated to cost the same. A full year is estimated to be double the cost of spring.
Housing and Meals
Loyola students attending Comillas have the option of living with a host family, or an apartment, or in a privately run student residence hall (Comillas does not have its own on-campus accommodation). The Oficina de Información y Acogida at the university can help you in your search. Past students recommended the site https://www.spotahome.com/madrid.
U.S. citizens must obtain a student visa prior to departure. It is important to start this process early, it can take months to secure your visa. For students staying over 180 days, most consulates require an FBI Background Check or State Police Records.
Students will need to enroll in a supplemental Spanish insurance policy that meets the requirements for the Spanish visa. Details can be found here: http://oncampus.es/index.php?route=common/home
You are typically required to apply in person at the consulate assigned to your permanent residence. Visit the list below to find your local consulate. Consulate appointments fill quickly so you must make an appointment in advance.
List of Spanish Consulates
ISEP Overview of Spanish Visa
NAFSA Overview of Spanish Visa Requirements
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