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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall, Fall/Winter, Winter
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement: SPAN 101, SPAN 310 Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior, Sophomore
Type of Program: Exchange Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Ashley Trump
Academic Focus: Business and Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Computing and Informatics, Health, Pre-med, and Nursing, Humanities and Social Sciences, Language Focused
Program Description:
Program Overview | Eligibility | Academics | Program Calendar | Housing | Visa | Cost & Financial Aid | More Information

Drexel in Spain: UP Comillas

UP Comillas Campus Picture

About The Program

Drexel's first exchange program in Spain, The Universidad Pontificia Comillas ("Comillas"), is an immersive study abroad opportunity open students from a wide variety of Drexel majors, including but not limited to those in the College of Arts and Science and the College of Engineering. Participants may elect to spend one or two terms at  Comillas, an institution founded in 1890 by the Society of Jesuits, and one of 90 Jesuit Universities around the world. Located in Madrid, Spain, this exchange program allows participants to study in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

Students have access to most of the course catalog at Comillas, and content courses are available in both English and Spanish. Students cannot take classes at the Business School.  Prospective students should note that English content courses are limited. 

About the City 

Madrid is the capital city of Spain, located in the geographic center of the country. Over 3 million inhabitants from diverse origins contribute to Madrid's rich cultural fabric. Known for their openness and hospitality, Madrileños don't let visitors feel like a strangers for long.

Madrid is regarded as an important economic, artistic, and educational center, ​home to the Spanish Parliament (las Cortes), the Spanish Stock Exchange (la Bolsa), as well as a number of world renowned cultural and historical sites. Students studying in Madrid will have access to a seemingly endless amount of activities, from visiting the Museo Nacional del Prado and Parque del Buen Retiro, to catching a fútbol (or soccer) match at The Estadio Santiago Bernabé, to flamenco dancing, and sampling local cuisines such as tapas, bocadillo de calamares, and churros con chocolate. 

Transportation in Madrid is cheap and easy to navigate. The best way to move about Madrid is with public transportation: metro or bus. The cheapest option is to purchase the Abono de Transporte which permits an unlimited number of trips on the metro, bus, or train (with marked zones) for an entire month. 

Madrid has a continental climate, with cold winters and hot summers, although temperatures are rarely extreme (it rarely snows in the city, for example.) In the peak of winter, the temperature is around 7ºC (43ºF). In July and August, the temperature can reach 33ºC (90ºF). Madrid has the highest number of cloudless days of any European capital.

Below are some links to videos about Spain and Madrid: 

Discover Spain 
Enjoy Madrid


  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • This program has a SPAN 101 pre-requisite  for English courses, and a 310 pre-requisite for courses taught in Spanish.


Students are encouraged to read an explanation of the Spanish Educational System 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 Availability 
Use the Course Catalog to search coursework offered at UP Comillas.
  1. Visit the 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
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 below).  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.
Course Equivalencies
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.

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.  Students are encouraged to view the Comillas Academic Calendar. 
The Engineering School (ICAI) and the Social Sciences/International Relations program have the calendar below:

Fall Only Dates and Itinerary
Program Start Date Early September
Program End Date Mid December

Fall/Winter Dates and Itinerary
Program Start Date Early September
Program End Date Mid May

Winter Only Dates and Itinerary
Program Start Date Early January
Program End Date 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.


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


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.

Cost and Financial Aid

Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.

More Information

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall/Winter 2020-2021 02/15/2020
03/15/2020 TBA TBA
Fall 2020 02/16/2020
03/12/2020 TBA TBA
Winter 2021 08/01/2020 09/01/2020 TBA TBA

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