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Loyola Exchange-Comillas (ICADE), Madrid, Spain
Madrid, Spain (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Required GPA:
Minimum Class Standing:
3 Junior
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
2 semesters or equivalent
Loyola Scholarships:
Program Description:
Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE)
Postal Building (Madrid)
Madrid, Spain

Program Highlights

  • Live and learn in the cosmopolitan capital of Spain
  • Study at one of the premiere Jesuit universities in Europe
  • Take classes in Spanish or English
The University and Location
The Universidad Pontificia Comillas is a Jesuit university in Madrid, Spain’s capital and largest city. The university has 2 campuses and where you study depends on what you will study. ICADE is the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas and is located in the center of Madrid on Alberto Aguilera.  The faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is located on the Cantooblanco campus and is a short train ride from central Madrid. Please note that only business majors can take classes at ICADE.   Students at Comillas experience the cultural, political, and economic heart of Spain while taking classes at a respected university.
Classes are offered in both English and Spanish.


Academic programs include business, humanities, and social science some common curriculum courses such as religious studies and political science. To see a list of 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 and social science 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. Here is a list of the 2017-2018 Humanities and Social Sciences courses.

Credits and Grading
Students take 24-30 ECTS credits (12-15 Loyola credits).
The following grade conversion chart is approximate:

Madrid Plaza Mayor
Spanish Grade Loyola Grade
9.0 - 10 A
8.0 - 8.9 A-
7.0 - 7.9 B+
6.0 - 6.9 B
5.5 - 5.9
5.0 - 5.4
0 – 4.9

Academic Calendar
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.

Student Experience
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). Comillas has an external provider of accommodation that can help you locate housing whether you want to live in a residencia, host family, or a room in a flat,  You can also email them at

Madrid Palace RealVisa Regulations
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:
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. Please review the visa links below.
Madrid Almudena Cathedral
Visa Links
List of Spanish Consulates
ISEP Overview of Spanish Visa
NAFSA Overview of Spanish Visa Requirements

Useful Links
Universidad Pontificia Comillas Homepage
ICADE's Prospective Exchange Student Page
ISEP Country Handbook for Spain
US State Department Travel Information for Spain

Tourism Information and Events:

Last updated 7/25/2017

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/01/2017
Rolling Admission 01/15/2018 05/23/2018
Year 2018-2019 12/01/2017
12/01/2017 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 01/26/2018
Rolling Admission 08/28/2018 12/22/2018
NOTE: Orientation is August 29-30. Classes begin September 3, 2018. Semester ends December 21.
Spring 2019 03/01/2018
03/01/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.