International Relations Service
If you would like to study for a period of time at our University, you can do so by taking part in an exchange program for a semester or a whole year or by registering for one of the International Courses at Comillas.
What should I do to come to Comillas as an exchange student?
Your university coordinator should send us an email with your nomination, including your name and surname(s), passport number, email address, field of studies, and duration of the exchange.
Universities will be informed of the opening dates for the nomination period each academic year.
Once we have this information, you will receive a message with your user name and password, as well as instructions from the Coordinator in your School of Faculty, which will enable you to access the on-line application and fill it in.
Comillas will send a Letter of Acceptance to the coordinator of the International Service at your university.
The Spanish University System: Explanation of the Spanish university system.
Modules available: Information on the curricula for the courses offered at Comillas.
To access the modules, click on the “Curriculum” tab for each course.
Comillas organizes an Orientation Day for all exchange students at which they are given general information about the University and the different university services. Also, the International Relations Coordinators for each School or Faculty provide specific information about the procedures for registration, selecting modules, etc.
For each academic year, two Orientation Days are organized. One is for students who are coming for the Autumn Semester or the whole academic year. The second is for students who are coming for the Spring Semester.
Level Test: Students who would like to take the “Spanish Language Course for Exchange Students” module must take an on-line level test. The password to access the test will be sent by email. The results of the Spanish Language Exam, as well as the course level in which you will be placed, will be sent to you by e-mail.
Starting dates: Spanish classes normally begin on the Monday after the Orientation Day. The course has a duration of 50 hours (5 ECTS credits) and is taught throughout the entire term. Different class levels are available which are adapted to all levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. More information: http://www.upcomillas.es/es/asignaturas-iim
Language exchange: Furthermore, the Institute of Modern Languages at Comillas, has created a Language Exchange Program so that foreign students can practice Spanish and Spanish students may practice other languages.
People Globlal Relocation (PGR) collaborates with Comillas to provide all services associated with accomodations.
Medical Coverage and Insurance
It is vital that international students who are not covered by the Spanish Social Security National Health Care System bring an insurance policy from their home country which covers illness, hospitalization, accidents, civil liability, and repatriation, and which, depending on the particular circumstances of each student, covers the entire length of time to be spent at the University.
No student may register or attend class without this compulsory insurance policy.
International students who are covered by the Spanish Social Security System must come to Spain with supplementary insurance to cover civil liability and repatriation.
Students from the European Union: in order to gain access to the services of the Social Security system in Spain, it is necessary to have the European Health Insurance Card.
This card has been in use since June 1, 2004; is not necessary to exchange it for any other document. With this card you can visit the INSALUD clinic nearest to your place of residence.
There is a medical service at the University which is available for students who need it. The opening hours are:
- Campus c/ Alberto Aguilera, 23: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9.30 to 11.00.
- Campus Cantoblanco: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11.30 to 13.00.
Emergency Telephone for Foreign Students
The University has a 24-hour Emergency Telephone which provides personalized atttention to international students in case of emergency. This number will be distributed at the Orientation on the first day.
Useful Practical Information
International Student Card: This card entitles the bearer to free entry to museums and other places of interest, and offers a series of discounts on travel within Spain and to other countries (but not for urban transport). You can obtain this card in your country of origin at the International Student Travel Center (ISTC) Offices; you can also obtain it in Madrid at the Oficinas de Turismo Juvenil de la Comunidad de Madrid.
C/ Fernando el Católico, 88
Opening Hours: Mondays to Fridays from 9 am to 2 pm
Banks: Bank transfers take can up to 15 days if the bank in question does not have a branch in Madrid. If the bank from your country of origin has a branch in Madrid, the transfer usually only takes 3 days.
Credit cards can be used everywhere. The most commonly used are VISA and AMERICAN EXPRESS.
Life in Madrid: Below you wil find some websites where you can obtain information about the city of Madrid: public transport, shops, restaurants, leisure areas, and cultural activities.