Madrid, Spain

The Universidad Pontificia Comillas is one of the most prestigious private universities in Spain.  Ever since it was founded in 1890, it has promoted excellence in academic teaching, research, scientific progress and a well rounded and humanistic training for its students, aspects which are considered essential in quality education.

Comillas, as a Pontifical University, is a Catholic institution, and has been managed since its creation by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). It forms part of a network in the tradition of the more than 80 Jesuit universities around the world.

Located in Madrid, in the center of the political, economic and cultural activity of the country, it offers an environment of mutual respect and personalized attention. With its own particular style, it is backed by a rich, humanistic and pedagogical tradition and is highly recognized both in the business world and the public sector.

City, Country

Madrid, Spain

Language of Instruction

Spanish & English

Subjects of Study

Business, International Relations

Eligibility & Admission

3 semesters of college level study

Cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale

1 language and 1 non-language professor recommendation

Semester Available

Fall & Spring

Credits Earned/Term


Application Deadline

Fall Semester - February 26th

Spring Semester - October 1st

Program Dates

Fall Semester
Departure: Approx. August 31, 2013
Intensive Spanish Language: Approx. September 2-6, 2013
Orientation: Approx. September 4, 2013
Semester Dates: Approx. September 9–
December 20, 2013
Exams: Approx. December 12-20, 2013

Spring Semester
Departure: Approx. January 5, 2014
Orientation: Approx. January 9-10, 2014
Intensive Spanish Language: Approx. January 13-17, 2014
Semester Dates: Approx. January 13 – April 25, 2014
Exams: Approx. April 28 – May 23, 2014

Program Costs

Fees (to be paid to Canisius):

Canisius tuition (Approx. $15,990), study abroad fee ($500) and mandatory health insurance (approx. $180 for fall and $225 for spring).  These fees include Canisius and Madrid tuition and program costs.

Costs to be paid directly by student:

Room and full board with a Spanish family is approx. 900 euros per month (approx. $1,260). Other options are a shared student residence from 400-500 euros per month (approx. $560-700) or from 800-1200 euros per month (approx. $1,200-$1,680) for a private apartment.Transportation, visa cost, and miscellaneous expenses are additional.

Currency conversion is estimated at 1 euro = $1.40

Program cost subject to currency fluctuation

Program Highlights

Intensive Spanish language program; most classes with host country students.


Students can live with a host family or an apartment

Travel Information

Assistance with flight through travel agent

Host Website

Universidad Pontificia Comillas