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Drexel in Spain: UP Comillas
Madrid, Spain (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement:
SPAN 203
Language of Instruction:
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Class Eligibility:
2. Sophomore, 3. Pre-Junior, 4. Junior
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Academic Approval, Co-op Approval, Course Pre-Approval, Language Evaluation, See Brochure for details
Eligible Majors:
All Engineering Majors, International Area Studies, International Area Studies Minors, Spanish Minor
Type of Program:
Housing Options:
Apartment, Homestay
Program Advisor:
Erica Sebastian
Supplemental Application:
Program Description:

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As Drexel's first exchange program in Spain, this is a wonderful opportunity for Engineering and IAS students to spend a term or a year studying at a Spanish university. The Universidad Pontificia Comillas ("Comillas") was founded in 1890 by the Society of Jesuits, and is one of their 90 Jesuit Universities around the world. Located in Madrid, Comillas offers students an excellent opportunity for personal, professional and social development.

This program has a SPAN 203 pre-requisite and courses are taught in Spanish.

For more information about the International Program at UP Comillas click here.


Students can find an explanation of the Spanish Educational System here to better understand the university.

Drexel Majors Available at UP Comillas:
• International Relations
• Humanities, Social Sciences
• Computer Science
• Electrical Engineering
• Industrial Engineering
• Manufacturing Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering

Course Catalog: Use this to search coursework offered at UP Comillas.
Course Schedules:
1. Click here to visit the Comillas course schedules page
2. Enter the page of the College/Program in which you are interested
3. Click on "Timetables" ("Horarios")
4. Search for the degree in which you are going to register
5. Select the semester and year when the course is offered

Course Equivalents: This spreadsheet is a historical list of pre-approved courses Drexel students have taken at Comillas before.  Students can choose to take courses from this list, but there is no guarantee that these courses will be offered in the future.
Course Approvals: Students will need to get courses approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take if the course is not on the course equivalency spreadsheet (linked above).  For example, if you want to take a course at the University abroad for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the appropriate department at Drexel.

Grading:  Students are taught and graded by Spanish faculty at Comillas. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn a "C" or above at the host institution. Drexel students should plan on taking 30 ECTS credits per semesters which is a full course load at Comillas. They should make sure that the 30 ECTS credits are equal to between 12 and 20 Drexel credits. Thus you will be a full-time student at both Comillas and Drexel.


Program Calendar

UP Comillas is a semester-based school.  Click here to view information on the UP Comillas academic calendar. 
The Engineering School (ICAI) and the Social Sciences/International Relations program have the calendar below:

Fall only: early Sept. - mid Dec.
Fall/Winter: early Sept. - mid May
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Winter only: early January - mid May

Drexel students will need to either leave their co-op a few weeks early OR arrange for early summer final exams. Students applying for fall/winter must also be prepared to begin their proceeding spring/summer co-op late, at the end of April to avoid visa issues.


The Experience

Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a cosmopolitan city with more than four million inhabitants. It is the site of the Spanish government and is the most important financial and cultural centre in the country. The cultural, leisure and sports offering is rich and varied. It has countless theatres and museums, such as the "El Prado" National Museum and the Queen Sofía Centre for the Arts. Monuments, exhibits, and concert halls dot the city. In Madrid, over 43 parks and emblematic green areas such as the Retiro Park, the "Casa de Campo" Recreational Park or the Sabatini Gardens can also be enjoyed.

Housing options: LS Oficina de Información y Acogida (The Information, Lodging and Welcome Office) at Comillas will help students arrange housing.

Visa: U.S. citizens are required to obtain a student visa for programs lasting longer than 90 days. Non-U.S. citizens should contact the Spanish Consulate to find out if a visa is required for Spain. The process of applying for your Spanish student visa may take 6-8 weeks, so students should plan ahead. Accepted students should contact the Spanish Consulate for further assistance.
Student Blogs: Read student experiences from Fall 2013 here, Fall 2012 here and Fall 2014 here.



This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus all of your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during your term abroad. For program costs, please consult the budget sheet.

comillas 3Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (after acceptance).

To seek additional funding, review the Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to the Financial Aid Office to see if additional funding may be available.

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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