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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year, Spring
  • Program Sponsor: Global E³ 
  • The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):
Electrical, Electromechanical, Electronic, Industrial, Mechanical, Telecommunications, Telematics
Graduate Students Accepted?:
Courses Available in English?:
Program Description:
Universidad Pontificia Comillas
Madrid, SPAIN
University Info   |   School of Engineering Info


Students should have sufficient knowledge of Spanish, since classes are taught in this language. Some courses (core & electives) are offered in English as well.

The Universidad Pontificia Comillas was founded in 1890 and is directed by the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits. It is one of the 90 Universities which the Jesuits possess around the world, along with another 500 secondary education institutions. Located in Madrid, it offers students an excellent opportunity for personal, professional and social development.

The University has a style of its own, backed by a rich humanistic and educational tradition, and is characterized by the search for excellence in both pedagogical methods and the final results obtained. Students at Comillas study and learn in an environment of mutual respect, with high and demanding standards, close inter-personal relations, a deep understanding of the study materials and a desire for personal improvement, which enables them to become active members of our society.

Besides the courses available in pursuit of a degree, a wide range of opportunities to develop a spirit of constructive criticism is offered: through debates, cultural groups, meetings with students with a variety of professional interests and through a productive, enriching international environment at both a human and cultural level.

At Comillas, university work is understood not only as a transmission of knowledge, but also as a search for a way to understand existence itself and the manner in which professional skills can help and serve society. We aim to help students develop their potential as persons, in the hope that each individual will form his or her own independent critical approach to issues and develop a sense of solidarity with society and other people.


Study Level

  • Undergraduate Students: Accepted
  • Graduate Students: Accepted


  • Semester (either Fall or Spring)
  • Full Academic Year (Fall + Spring)


Disciplines Available

  • Industrial Engineering Program (4-year B.Sc. & 2-year M.Sc.)
    • B.Sc. Electromechanical Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering major
      • Electrical Engineering major
      • Industrial Electronics Engineering major
    • M.Sc. Industrial Engineering – starting AY 2014-2015
  • Telecommunications Engineering Program (4-year B.Sc. & 2-year M.Sc.)
    • B.Sc. Telematics (Computer and Communications) Engineering
    • M.Sc. Telecommunications Engineering – starting AY 2014-2015
  • B.Sc. & M.Sc. Industrial Engineering (5-year integrated degree) – phasing out
  • B.Sc. & M.Sc. Computer Engineering (5-year integrated degree) – phasing out
  • M.Sc. Industrial Management Engineering (2-year second-cycle) – phasing out
Spring 2014 COMILLAS Sapiens Program
All-English SAPIENS program is offered starting Spring 2014 to all of our Global E3 partners.

The 5 “Fundamental Engineering Courses” are those that the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has asked us to host, based on their very own syllabi, and being these subjects common to most of their Engineering majors in their Sophomore Spring semester. The “Technological Courses” are the ones we ourselves offer as technical electives to our very own students and the rest of our inbound exchange students. The “Culture and Language” courses are a perfect complement to any combination of the previous courses, and other foreign languages (i.e. German, French, etc.) are fully available to any student participating in our SAPIENS program.

If you need more information (i.e. subjects’ syllabi, etc.), you can contact Alberto at All of these subjects have their “short” descriptors (just click on the little [+] at the bottom of each chart).

Students do not need to limit their choices to our SAPIENS courses in English. They are welcome to sign up for our standard Engineering subjects taught in Spanish as well, if they deem their command of Spanish is sufficient enough.

As this is the first time we will be hosting SAPIENS, once the Spring 2014 term is over, based on UIUC’s and our Global E3 partners’ demand, we will be increasing the number of Fundamental subjects over time, as well as the other subjects we’re offering in English.

The major difference between this SAPIENS we’re offering and other “typical” study-abroad programs, is that students from all over the US, other English-speaking countries, and our very own local students with proper command of English will get to mingle with each other, thus creating a wonderful multi-cultural environment and learn from each others’ experiences.


Academic Calendar

First semester (Fall Term)

  • Start (classes): early September
  • End (classes): early December
  • End (exams): mid/late December (right before Christmas)
Second semester (Spring Term)
  • Start (classes): mid-January
  • End (classes): late April
  • End (exams): mid/late May
Note: Makeup exams: mid- to late June

There are two long holiday periods: Christmas (normally from December 21/22/23 until January 7/8/9) and Easter Week (one week in March or April).

Official holidays, both national and local, please check the following calendars:
Global Comillas calendar   |   ICAI (Engineering) specific calendar

Course Contents

Courses in English (see bottom of page for link to SAPIENS courses in English)

Available Courses (all): If you would like to know the contents of the course, you should "click" on its name / PDF.

Free and Technical Elective Courses

Course and Exam Schedules
Workload per semester
The Spanish Educational System:

Standard full-time is 30 ECTS/semester or 60 ECTS/year.

Academic Transcripts
Our International Relations Service will send an official transcript of records, issued by our Registrar’s Office, once the exchange period is over and the grades are available, to the International Relations office at the home university.


Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?

Comillas does not have its own on-campus lodging, but the Oficina de Información y Acogida (The Information, Lodging and Welcome Office) at our University can help you in your search.

The three most common options:
  1. Living with a family (Homestay). Fill out the application form to request lodging with a family in Madrid. Living with a family includes meals and laundry and costs between 630-750 Euros per month.
  2. Living in a private hall of residence (Student dorm). Comillas does not have its own halls of residence. In order to live in a private hall of residence (student dorm), you must contact them directly. Most residences offer a meal plan. These residences usually cost between 600-900 Euros per month.
  3. Living in a flat or apartment. You may arrive a week or two before classes begin and live in a "hostal or pension" while you are looking for a flat. You can reserve a "hostal" at There are also shared flats; that is to say, you will have your own room, but you will share the kitchen and the living room with other people. Comillas has a list of flats and apartments which are available, and which is updated every day in the Oficina de Información y Acogida (The Information, Lodging and Welcome Office), located at calle Alberto Aguilera, 25.

Entry Visa

Foreign students who are citizens of a country outside the European Union must have a valid passport before coming to Spain. Those who do not have Spanish nationality should request a special student visa from the Embassy or Consulate of Spain in their country of origin.

The requirements in order to obtain a student visa for stays in Spain of more than 3 months are:

  1. An application form, correctly filled in at the appropriate Consular Office corresponding to the nationality or legal residence of the applicant. This must be presented by the applicant in person or his/her fully accredited legal representative.
  2. Three photographs, size suitable for passport or National Identity Document
  3. Valid passport, with more than 120 days before expiry date.
  4. A pre-registration form, or proof of acceptance as a student or researcher in an institution or private establishment recognised by the competent Authority.
  5. Medical insurance.
  6. To have proof of sufficient income or savings to be able to pay for the cost of studies, when appropriate, stay and return to the country of origin.
  7. Penal certificate (certifying that the student has no criminal record), issued by the authorities of the country of origin or by the country or countries where the student has resided for the last five years (except in cases in which the duration of the period of studies is less than six months).
  8. Health certificate.
A visa request can be presented by the applicant, personally or through a fully accredited legal representative, at the Diplomatic Mission or the Consular Office pertaining to the place of residence.

Health Insurance & Immunizations
AS A GENERAL RULE, it is essential for foreign students who are not covered by a Spanish "Seguridad Social" (state medical coverage) insurance policy to arrive with an insurance policy already taken out in their respective countries with an additional and complete insurance policy for sickness, hospitalization, accidents, civil responsibility and repatriation, and depending on the circumstances of each student, for coverage for the whole period of stay at the Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid.

Students will not be allowed to register or attend classes without the appropriate insurance policy.


When should I arrive?

In each academic year, normally two Orientations are organized, one for students arriving in the first semester (Fall term) or for the whole academic year, which takes place at the very end of August. The second Orientation is for students who arrive in the second semester (Spring term), and is usually held right after the first week of January (please see the Orientation Day programs).

 Is Airport Reception available?
The Madrid-Barajas Airport is located 12 km to the northeast of the city of Madrid. There is access to the city by bus, "metro" (subway) or taxi.
  • By bus: You can go to the bus terminal at Avenida de America on line 204 from Terminal 4 (T4) and on line 200 from Terminals 1, 2 and 3 (T1, T2, T3).
  • By "metro": Via line 8 from "Nuevos Ministerios" to T4 and T2.
  • By taxi: Please ensure that the taxi driver has started the meter at the beginning of the journey (called the "bajada de bandera", in Spanish, or lowering of the taxi meter flag). You should ask for a receipt for any type of complaint. The price of the journey from the airport to the center of Madrid should cost around 25 €.


Office responsible for International Exchange Students 

Comillas University (central office):
International Relations Service
Emergency Number: +34-647-319-715

ICAI School of Engineering:
International Relations Coordinator: Alberto Zanmatti –
Incoming Officer: Loli Prudencio –

Mailing Address:
Alberto Zanmatti
ICAI – U. P. Comillas
c/ Alberto Aguilera 25
28015 – Madrid (SPAIN)

Phone: +34-91-542-2800
Fax: +34-91-559-4133

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 center in the country. The cultural, leisure and sports offering is rich and varied. It has countless theaters and museums, such as the "El Prado" National Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Queen Sofía Center for the Arts. Monuments, exhibits, and concert halls dot the city. Moreover, 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 be enjoyed.

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