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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:

Comillas -1

The Program

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.
University website:


The Academics

Coursework at Comillas is taught in Spanish thus a minimum of Spanish 203 or equivalent is required.

Drexel Majors available at Comillas:

• International Relations
• Humanities, Social Sciences
• Computer Science
• Electrical Engineering
• Industrial Engineering
• Manufacturing Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
Courses available to students participating in the Social Sciences/ International Relations track:

International Relations Course Offerings list (includes subjects such as International business, Political Science, History, International Relations, Economics and Language)

Humanities and Social Sciences Course List

Course Descriptions for International Relations, Humanities, and Social Sciences Courses

Courses available to students participating in the Engineering track:

Engineering Courses in English

Engineering Courses in Spanish and English


To view 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

UP Comillas Course Equivalents Students will need to get equivalents approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take abroad. For example, if you want to take a history course abroad Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the History Department at Drexel.

You can find an explanation of the Spanish Educational System here so that you can better understand the university.

Grading & Credits:

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.

Comillas -4 Program Calendar:

Comillas is a semester-based school. 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

Winter only: early January - mid May

Drexel students will need to either leave their co-op job 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.

Click here to view the Comillas academic calendar for 2014-15.


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 Madricomillas 3d, 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: Students can choose between home stay, private residence hall, or finding an apartment. The Oficina de Información y Acogida (The Information, Lodging and Welcome Office) at Comillas will help students choose the best option.

Entry Visa: All students are required to obtain a student visa in order to study in Spain. For more information, visit the Spanish Embassy Website.

Student Blogs:

Read about an Engineering student's experience at Comillas in Fall 2013 here.
Read about a Humanities student's experience at Comillas in Fall 2012 here.

Money Matters

This is a Drexel sponsored program, you will pay regular Drexel tuition and  all of your financial aid travels with you. More information can be found in the budget sheet located at the top of the brochure.  If you are interested in seeking additional funding, you should considering applying for study abroad  Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

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