Meetings

The Chair in Business Internationalization, Diversity and Professional Development organizes seminars, congresses, conferences, forums, and round tables with the purpose of promoting contact between the academic, scientific, and business worlds, and which enable:

  • The identification of business problems which require a greater research and knowledge development effort.
  • Sharing of experience and best practice.
  • The dissemination of advances in knowledge developed by the Chair and other institutions.

Latest Meetings

Forum on Internationalization and Human Capital

The Forum on Internationalization and Human Capital is a space for reflection and debate on the main challenges of international staff management. It comprises people who are responsible for international HR management in multinational companies, experts on geographic mobility and talent management, and academics who study this phenomenon from a business, legal, and social perspective, thus realizing the Chair's aim of acting as a meeting point between the University and Business.

The Forum on Internationalization and Human Capital meets annually and has the following objectives:

  1. Identifying and prioritizing the main challenges and problems companies face when managing talent in international settings.
  2. Determining which subjects require greater research effort by the Chair and the academic community in general.
  3. Helping the Chair to select the most relevant subjects, experiences, and best practices for dissemination in seminars and meetings aimed at businesses and professionals.
Members of the Forum on Internationalization and Human Capital

Professionals and businesses

ACCENTURE
  • D. Francisco Puertas, Talent & Organization Performance Partner
ACCIONA
  • D. Carlos Anta, Director of Remuneration and Benefits
  • Dña. Evelyn García, International Mobility, Remuneration and Benefits Manager
ABERTIS
  • Dña. Mónica Allés, Director of Remuneration and Benefits and Executive Development
BBVA
  • D. José Ignacio Antelo, Director of HR Mobility Office
BRITISH TELECOM
  • D. Emilio Cortés, Director of Human Resources
EADS
  • D. Matías Delgado-Ureña, Vice President Headquarters
  • Dña. Inmaculada Somoza, Head of Operations for Collaborations with Universities
ENDESA
  • D. Juan Antonio Del Pozo Rodríguez, Deputy Director of Asset Security Latin America
  • Dña. Marta López Jadraque. International assignments
EULEN
  • D. Alfonso Gordon, Corporate Director of Human Resources
FCC
  • D. Francisco Martín, Director of Human Resources
FEEX
  • D. Miguel Ángel Vidal, General Secretary
FERROVIAL
  • D. Gonzalo Avello, Corporate Remuneration and Benefits Director
IBERDROLA
  • Dña. Gema Góngora, Executive Development Manager
GAS NATURAL FENOSA
  • D. Alberto Cabellos Valero, Director of HR Governance and Cross-Cutting Projects
  • D. Ignacio Cendón González, Head of Training and Development and Diversity
  • D. Antonio J. Casado Vázquez, Head of Positioning and Dimensioning
ISOLUX CORSAN
  • D. Jesús De Isidro, Corporate General Manager
  • Dña. Ana Villacañas, General Director of Human Resources
LOGISTA
  • D. Carlos Saldaña, Corporate. Remuneration and benefits Director
L'OREAL
  • D. Didier Guillot, Director of Human Resources
  • Dña. Ana del Val, Remuneration and Benefits Director
MAPFRE
  • D. José María Caballero, Deputy Director General of HR. MAPFRE RE
MERCER
  • D. Rafael Barrilero, Partner
NH HOTELES
  • D. Francisco Catalá, Senior Vice-President of Human Resources
REPSOL
  • Dña. Mar De Andrés, Director of Recruitment and International Assignments
SANTANDER
  • D. Antonio Naz Altolaguirre, Executive Talent Management Director
SENER
  • D. Pablo Alonso Miguel, Managing People

Academics

COMILLAS PONTIFICAL UNIVERSITY
  • Dña. Marta Muñiz, Director of the Chair in Business Internationalization, Diversity and Professional Development. Co-Director of the MBA in the Global Energy Industry (Comillas Pontifical University & Strathclyde University). Lecturer in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
  • D. Jesús Labrador, Lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Director of the Master's in Human Resource Management
  • Dña. Ana Matorras, Lecturer in the Faculty of Law and Expert on Remuneration and Compensation. Director of the ICADE journal
UNIVERSITY OF DEUSTO
  • Dña. Amaia Arzikuren, Lecturer in the Faculty of Business Administration. Expert in International Human Resource Management

Conferencias y Participaciones en Congresos

The Chair has an active presence in the leading academic forums on international business and managing people.

Record of Participation in Conferences and Congresses:
  • Matorras Caneja, M. and Muñiz Ferrer, M. (2014), Seminar "Social Security and Employment Policies as driver of economic growth", organized by the Ministry of Employment and Social Security and the Menéndez Pelayo International University, Santander, July 2014
  • Muñiz Ferrer, M. and Arizkuren Eleta, A. (2014), 1ST HR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, HR DIVISION OF THE ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT (AOM), “Influence of Managerial support on work-life conflict and organizational commitment: an international comparison for India, Peru and Spain” and “Organizational, Individual and Environmental Variables that affect repatriation”, Beijing (China), June 2014
  • Muñiz Ferrer, M. (2013), 11TH WORKSHOP ON INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT, “Research challenges in International HR. MNCs perspective in Spain”, Berlin (Germany), October 2013
  • Arizkuren Eleta, A. (2013), 28TH WORKSHOP ON STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: "Determinants of firm's competitiveness and expatriates' satisfaction". Copenhagen, April 15-16, 2013
  • Arizkuren Eleta, A. (2013), 12th IHRM CONFERENCE. "Dream, discover, dare, innovations in the Global Village: Role of HRM". Management Development Institute. New Delhi,India. 10-13 December, 2012
  • Arnáez, N. (2012), XXII NATIONAL ACEDE CONGRESS. "Reflections on management practices and factors favoring repatriation". Cádiz, September, 2012
  • Muñiz Ferrer, M. (2012),CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, "Revisiting Internationalization: Dynamics, Diversity and Sustainability", Aalborg University, Denmark, May 31 to June 2, 2012
  • Muñiz Ferrer, M. (2012), FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT: A GLOBAL CHALLENGE. SINHGAD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS STUDIES. Keynote Speaker: "Strategic Human Resource Management Next Challenge: Diversity Management", Pune (India) 2012
  • Muñiz Ferrer, M. (2011-2012), 2011-2012 FORUM SERIES. DIVERSITY MANAGEMENT TOOLKIT, Organized by the Diversity Charter in cooperation with Iberdrola, Indra, Ferrovial, Orange. Madrid, 2011.
  • Muñiz Ferrer, M. & Matorras Caneja, A. (2011), ICEX ANNUAL INTERNATIONALIZATION FORUM,"Spanish business in a global world: Opportunities and threats in emerging countries”, Madrid, 2011.
  • Muñiz Ferrer, M. and Arizkuren Eleta, A. (2014), 9TH WORKSHOP ON INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY AND CROSS-CULTURAL MANAGEMENT, EIASM, "The Successful Adaptation of Expatriates and the Intercultural Communicative Competence" and "Key Issues that Impact Expatriates' Satisfaction During International Assignments", Moscow 2011.
  • Muñiz Ferrer, M. (2011), ACADEMY OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (AIB). Annual Meeting 2011. Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan.
  • Muñiz Ferrer, M. (2011), OFFICIAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY OF MADRID, Corporate Social Responsibility Colloquium. From inevitability to opportunity: the role of diversity management in the modern company, Madrid, 2011.
  • Muñiz Ferrer, M. (2011), EUROPEAN INSTITUTE FOR DIVERSITY MANAGEMENT,Tools for managing diversity in businesses. Seville, 2011.
  • Muñiz Ferrer, M. (2010), Diversity and Inclusiveness: a new business paradigm for a new scenario. IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Madrid.
  • Muñiz Ferrer, M. (2010), OFFICIAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY OF MADRID, Technical Workshop on Foreign Trade. Business Internationalization and Foreign Movement of Workers, Madrid.
  • Muñiz Ferrer, M. (2010), EUROPEAN INSTITUTE FOR DIVERSITY, "Positive conflict management": Beyond Diversity. . Barcelona:
  • Muñiz Ferrer, M., Arizkuren Eleta, A., Arnáez, N. (2010), VIII INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, Pablo de Olavide University, Seville.

Publications

Books

Matorras Díaz-Caneja, A. (2012).La Expatriación de Trabajadores (“The Expatriation of Workers”). Editorial Thomson Reuters Aranzadi. Madrid

Muñiz Ferrer, M; Labrador Fernández, J. y Arizkuren Eleta, A. (2012) Internacionalización y Capital Humano(Internationalization and Human Capital) Madrid: Comillas Pontifical University.

Articles

Muñiz Ferrer, M.; Labrador, J. and Arizkuren, A. (2012) Internationalization and Human Capital. Comillas Pontifical University. Madrid.

Muñiz Ferrer, M. (2012) “El Gran Reto de la Internacionalización” (“The Major Challenge of Internationalization”). Revista Tu Economía.

Muñiz Ferrer, M. (2011) Panorama General de la Gestión de la Diversidad en la Empresa. In Ministry of Labor and Immigration, Guía para la Gestión de la Diversidad en Entornos Profesionales (pp. 47-57).

Muñiz Ferrer, M. (2011) Overview of Diversity Management in Business. In Ministry of Labor and Immigration, Guide to Managing Diversity in the Workplace. Madrid.

Arizkuren, A., Del Castillo, E., Aurtenetxe, B., Muñiz Ferrer, M., Agarwala, T., Fuchs, R.M. (2011), “Análisis de la Utilización de Prácticas de Conciliación Laboral en las Organizaciones” (“Analysis of the Use of Labor Conciliation Practices in Organizations”). Boletín de Estudios Económicos. Vol. LXVI, 203, pp. 315-336. Bilbao.

Muñiz, M. (2010) La internacionalización exige redefinir la gestión del capital humano de las empresas españolas (“Internationalization requires redefinition of human capital in Spanish companies”), Revista Equipos y Talentos.

Labrador Fernández, J. (2009). Diversidad, el reto de nuestra convivencia (Diversity, the challenge of coexistence). In S. Adroher and F. Vidal. (Ed.) Infancia en España, nuevos desafíos sociales, nuevas respuestas judiciales.: 459-469, Madrid: Comillas Pontifical University.

Labrador Fernández, J. (2009). Las migraciones internacionales, nuevas identidades, nuevas ciudadanías (International migrations, new identities, new citizenships). Ciencias Psicológicas. III (1) 93 - 100 Montevideo.

Arizkuren, A., Baniandrés, M.J., Franke, M.D.L. (2009) "Claves para una correcta gestión internacional de RR.HH." (Keys to correct HR management), Boletín de Estudios Económicos - Revista de Investigación Económica, Vol. LXIV/196, pp. 157-178.

The Chair in Business Internationalization, Diversity and Professional Development was created at Comillas Pontifical University in December 2009 with the sponsorship of EADS CASA Defence & Security Spain as a response to the need for more in-depth study of the effects of market globalization and internationalization of companies on business management.

Organization of the Chair

Director:
  • Dra. Ms. Marta Muñiz Ferrer. Lecturer in the Department of Business Management. Faculty of Business Administration. Comillas Pontifical University. ICADE.

    Doctorate in Economics and Business Administration from Comillas Pontifical University. She pursued her professional business career in strategic consulting, corporate finance, and corporate development. Since 2002 she has been a Lecturer in Business Strategy and Creation in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (ICADE). Since February 2010 she has been the Director of the Chair in Business Internationalization, Diversity and Professional Development where she carries out research into business internationalization, international human capital management, and diversity management in the company.
Advisory Council:
  • Ms. Isabel Alvarez Theurer. Operational Head of Collaborations with Universities, EADS Spain. Secretary of the Council.
  • Matías Delgado-Ureña. Vice-President of Human Resources of EADS Spain.
  • Miguel Ángel Vidal Domínguez. General Secretary of the Spanish Expatriate Forum (FEEX).
  • Alberto Zamora. Managing Partner of Strategic Services for Spain, Portugal, Africa, and Israel of Accenture.
Technical Committee:
  • Director: Dr. Miguel Santesmases Mestre. University Professor of Marketing and Market Research of the University of Alcalá de Henares.
Own members:
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Director of the University Master's in HR. Lecturer in the Department of Psychology. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Comillas Pontifical University.

    Doctorate in Psychology from Comillas Pontifical University. He has pursued his career as a clinical and teaching psychologist and researcher since 1990. In 1994 he started collaborating with the University Institute of Studies on Migration at Comillas University while continuing his teaching work in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Between 2004 and 2009 he was president of the Sectoral Psychology Group of the International Federation of Catholic Universities. He is currently a lecturer on the Psychology course of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Director of the University Master's in Human Resources at the ICADE Business School.
  • Dra. Ms. Ana Matorras Díaz-Caneja. Lecturer of the Department of Economic and Social Law. Faculty of Law at Comillas Pontifical University. ICADE.

    Dr. Ana Matorras Díaz-Caneja studied at Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, obtaining a degree in Law in 1992 and a PhD in Law in 1998. Since 1992 she has worked exclusively on carrying out teaching and research tasks, in the field of labor and social security law. She currently delivers the Individual Labor Relations Law module on the Bachelor's Degree in Law program. She also collaborates in the Research Master's Program in Legal Science. She has participated in various postgraduate programs. Since joining the University in 1992 her research has primarily focused on remuneration law.
Collaborators:
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Lecturer in International Human Resources Management in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. University of Deusto.

    Full-time Lecturer at the University of Deusto, specializing in the field of Human Resource management, both from a teaching and a research viewpoint. She has published numerous articles in academic journals, both in Spain and internationally. Dr. Arizkuren has also participated in the most important research conferences on topics relating to HR Management.
  • Prof. Nigel J. Holden, Centre for International Business University of Leeds (CIBUL). Leeds University Business School (LUBS).
  • Dra. Ms. Natalia Casinello Plaza. Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance. Faculty of Business Administration at Comillas Pontifical University. ICADE.
  • Socioeconomic and business data research group. Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. Comillas Pontifical University. ICADE.
  • Research and Social Science Center. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Comillas Pontifical University.
  • European Institute for Managing Diversity (www.iegd.org)
  • People Matters
  • Employee Mobility Solution

Research areas

The Chair's research scope includes studying the context of globalization and business internationalization and their implications for human resource management in businesses, as well as the diversity management requirements to achieve the necessary levels of innovation and productivity in the current competitive environment.

To this end, the Chair carries out research projects and organizes forums, seminars, and meetings with businesses and other institutions, based on two major areas of study: Internationalization and Human Capital and Diversity Management in Businesses.

1. Internationalization and Human Capital

This includes analyzing the context of globalization of current markets and its implications for business's internationalization strategies, the impacts of the different internationalization models on geographic mobility and the management of human capital, and the needs of professionals who pursue their careers in international settings.

1.1. Business internationalization
  • The current context and future trends of market globalization, business internationalization, and off-shoring of business activities.
  • Effects on competitiveness, geographic mobility, and professional development.
  • Internationalization models. Implications for organizational design, business structure, and international HR management policies in businesses. Sectoral differences and best practice.
1.2. Geographical mobility of human resources
  • Implications of geographical mobility on HR management (expatriation and repatriation policies, compensation models, motivation, flight of talent, etc.). Potential sectoral, geographic, gender, and cultural differences.
  • Factors which influence propensity to and acceptance of geographical mobility by country, sector, level of responsibility, type of post, gender, etc. Moderating factors (tax issues, level of prosperity of the destination city, educational infrastructure, distance in time, guarantees on return, etc.).
  • Social impacts of international geographic mobility (family, education, housing, social integration, cultural environment, etc.). International geographic differences.
  • Identifying and analyzing instances of success and best practices. Differences depending on level of international development (internal growth, alliances, mergers and acquisitions).
  • Treatment of geographical mobility in Spanish labor law and European Union regulations.
1.3. Professional development
  • Training and preparation needs for competing in international settings.
  • Influence of school and university education and training. Differences depending on career, prior international experience, regions, sectors, etc.
  • Designing knowledge transfer and professional development models for people affected by geographical mobility.
  • Implications for Corporate Culture, Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility.
2. Managing diversity in the company

The phenomena of globalization and business internationalization have highlighted the need to develop diversity management policies in businesses in a proactive manner in order to minimize conflicts and maximize benefits in terms of creativity and innovation.

In the Chair, diversity management is seen as the integration of diverse people within the business with the objective of maximizing their efficacy and efficiency at work, while understanding and respecting differences.

  • Broadening the concept of diversity management in business: integrating professionals from different regions and cultures, with different training and experience, different ages, different stages in the family-life cycle, different lifestyles, etc.
  • Implications for human capital management in business: communication and management models, defining professional careers, principles, values, conciliation policies, etc.
  • Diversity management strategies which minimize conflict and promote innovation and performance in work. Identifying best practices.
  • Identifying needs and developing tools for managing diversity in the company.

Research Projects

Dra. Marta Muñiz Ferrer

Doctorate in Economics from Comillas Pontifical University. She pursued her professional business career in strategic consulting, corporate finance, and corporate development. Since 2002 she has collaborated as a lecturer in business strategy in the Faculty of Business Administration (ICADE), which she joined as Director of the Chair in Business Internationalization, Diversity and Professional Development in 2010, where she has carried out research in business internationalization, international human capital management, and diversity management in the business. At present, she delivers the courses on Strategic Management and Business Policy, Management and Enterprise Creation.

  • Research Topics: Diversity management in businesses; internationalization and human capital; international human resources mobility; global mindset (global leadership); international human resource management; conciliation.
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Dr. Jesús Labrador

Doctorate in Psychology from Comillas Pontifical University. He has been pursuing his career as a clinical and teaching psychologist and researcher since 1990. In 1994 he started to collaborate with the University Institute of Studies on Migration of Comillas University at the same time as pursuing his teaching work in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Between 2004 and 2009 he was president of the Sectoral Psychology Group of the International Federation of Catholic Universities. At present he is a lecturer on the Psychology course of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Director of the University Master's in Human Resources.

  • Research Topics: Social identity. Intergroup conflict. Diversity in organizations
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Dra. Ana Matorras

Dr. Ana Matorras Díaz-Caneja studied at Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, obtaining a degree in Law in 1992 and a PhD in Law in 1998. Since 1992 she has worked exclusively on carrying out teaching and research tasks, in the field of labor and social security law. She currently delivers the Individual Labor Relations Law module on the Bachelor's Degree in Law program. She also collaborates in the Research Master's Program in Legal Science. She has participated in various postgraduate programs. Since joining the University in 1992 her research has primarily focused on remuneration law.

  • Research Topics: business remuneration policies (interdisciplinary legal analysis), legal labor problems relating to expatriation and senior executives
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Dra. Amaia Arizkuren Eleta

Doctor Amaia Arizkuren is a full-time lecturer at the University of Deusto and specializes in the field of human resource management, both from a teaching and a research viewpoint. She has published numerous articles in academic journals, both in Spain and internationally. Doctor Arizkuren has also taken part in the most important research conferences on topics relating to HR management.

For many years she has been a lecturer in human resource management at the University of Deusto, and has delivered classes on the subject on different bachelor's and postgraduate courses (Master's and PhD) in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (DBS) and in that university's School of Tourism. Doctor Arizkuren has also contributed as a guest lecturer on topics relating to international human resource management in various foreign universities (Milwaukee -USA-, Clermont Ferrand -France-, Turin -Italy-, Satakunta -Finland-, Montpellier -France-), and has also frequently been invited to speak at numerous national and international forums on areas specifically related to international HR management.

  • Research Topics: international human resource management, from various viewpoints: selecting expatriates, international training, remuneration in globalized companies and repatriation management primarily.
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Doctoral Student Gabriela Hernández Lechuga

Gabriela Hernández Lechuga studied at the University of the Americas-Puebla in Mexico, obtaining her Licentiate Degree in International Relations in 2006 with an "Honorable Mention" and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid, in 2008. She is currently working on her doctorate in Economics and Business at Comillas Pontifical University.

  • Research Topics: Business internationalization and retaining talent in emerging markets
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Doctoral Student Naiara Arnaez Ortega

Licentiate degree in Business Management and Administration with MBA studies, both from the Faculty of Business Studies of Mondragón University. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation, relating to the line of research into Internationalization of the MIK Research Center at Mondragón University. Her recent work has focused on this field and on the fields of corporate social responsibility and personnel management. She has carried out a number of basic and applied research projects on these subjects as well as preparing publications and papers. She also teaches in the field of management strategy and models in the Faculty of Business Studies at Mondragón University.

  • Research Topics: international human resource management, focused primarily on managing repatriation.
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Purpose of the Chair

The purpose of the Chair in Business Internationalization, Diversity and Professional Development is to perform research, training and knowledge dissemination activities which facilitate:

  • For businesses, effective planning and execution of their internationalization projects, taking into consideration the needs and expectations of the interest groups involved.
  • For current and future professionals, development of skills and competencies which facilitate their professional service in international settings.

Objectives of the Chair

The objectives of the Chair are as follows:

  • To act as a meeting point between business and institutions for debate and reflection.
  • Creating knowledge about the factors which cause the need for geographical mobility in the present competitive context, as well as about the effects of this phenomenon on business management.
  • Providing institutions and businesses with information which enables them to understand this phenomenon and with tools which facilitate the internationalization and management processes of the people involved.
  • Perform dissemination and awareness raising activities to encourage responsible attitudes in the areas of education, training, and skills for people in international settings.

2017/2018 course list

Annual courses

112 hour courses

  • German (A1) - Monday and Wednesday
  • German (A2) - Tuesday and Thursday
  • German (B1.1) - Tuesday and Thursday
  • German (B1.2) - Monday and Wednesday
  • German (B2) - Tuesday and Thursday
  • Chinese (A1) - Monday and Wednesday
  • French (A1) - Tuesday and Thursday
  • French (A2) - Monday and Wednesday
  • French (B1) - Monday and Wednesday
  • French (B2) - Monday and Wednesday
  • French (C) - Tuesday and Thursday
  • Italian (A) - Tuesday and Thursday

Start date: September 4, 2017

Timetable:: 15:00 - 17:00

Campus: Alberto Aguilera, 23

Online pre-registration: From June 1, 2017

Preparation courses for official exams

  • Intensive preparation course for TOEFL IBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Dates: : From September 6 to 21, 2017

Timetable:: Monday and Thursdays  17:00 - 20:00

Campus: Alberto Aguilera, 23

Online pre-registration: From May 22

    Prices for the 2017/2018 academic courses

    • 30-hour course- €237.30 (single payment)
    • 45-hour course- €355.95 (single payment)
    • 112-hour course- €885.92 (two installments €438.48)

    Registration

    1. Online pre-registration:
    2. Payment by bank transfer to:
      Bank: Santander-Banesto
      Account number: ES84 0030 1542 54 0000629271
      Reference: Name of student and the course in which a student is enrolling.
    3. Send official confirmation of the transfer to the Institute of Modern Languages.

    Courses of over 100 hours are paid for in two installments. The first installment, which is 50% of the total, is paid upon registration and the remaining amount is paid in January.

    Payment must be made no later than 5 working days after pre-registration. If payment is not received within this period, the student will lose his/her reserved place.

Spanish courses / Center accredited by the Instituto Cervantes

The University's Institute of Modern Languages offers Spanish courses to exchange students and international students since 1988. These courses are accredited by the Instituto Cervantes; the leading institute for promotion and teaching of the Spanish language.  In addition, the Institute of Modern Languages also prepares students for the Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE).

The ELE Center Accreditation System designed by the Instituto Cervantes promotes a firm commitment to quality and improvement among centers that offer Spanish courses both in Spain and abroad. This accreditation ensures that the University complies with all legal requirements for teaching Spanish; follows a teaching plan to guarantee each student makes sufficient progress; works with a team of qualified lecturers; applies teaching methods that are adaptable to student needs; and regularly evaluates its programs and courses.

In addition, students at Comillas are expertly guided through their learning experience and have access to fully equipped classrooms and all the necessary resources for learning Spanish.

Special programs:

  • Meiji Gakuin program (80 hours)
  • Spanish for theologians (for Faculty of Theology students)

DELE preparation course

The Institute of Modern Languages offers preparation courses for the Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) to all students interested in taking the DELE exam at levels B2 and C1.

Duration: 30 hours

Dates: (dates and timetables to be confirmed)

Student profile: University students who have passed the module Spanish for exchange students at B1, B2 or C1 level.

Price:

Registration:www.upcomillas.es/complementarios

A minimum of 10 students will be required per group.

Exam centers

Timetables for modules at the Institute of Modern Languages, Campus Alberto Aguilera, 23

2016-2017 Academic Year.

Second Term

First Term

Spanish for exchange students

Timetable Term 2

Timetable Term 1

Levels Term 2

Levels Term 1

Exams

Faculty of Economics and Business Administration E-2 and E-4

Lists of modules with levels and timetables

Classrooms 1º and 2º GE-4 (second language)

1º GE-4

3º GE-4

4º GE-4

1º GE-2/GE-2 Bl (EBS I & II)

2º GE-2 Bl third language

2º GE-2 (English)/GE-4 (English I)

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Diploma in Communicative Skills and the Foreign Languages Studies

 

  • Introduction
  • Learning outcome
  • Global Scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (common reference levels)
  • Diploma structured according to the degree program

Traditionally, Comillas has taught languages through a range of unique and cutting-edge study programs.

Comillas is currently adapting its courses to a new set of guidelines designed to ensure greater compatibility between the different education systems in the European Higher Education Area.

Comillas has a long tradition of offering qualified and distinctive study programs that are adapted to social and practical needs, form strong ties with the professional world and facilitate exchanges with other universities. In keeping with this tradition, we offer the Diploma in Communication Skills and Foreign Languages Studies as both a compulsory and supplementary element of all new Bachelor's Degrees.

Introduction

  • This Diploma, designed in accordance with the new regulations on official university courses in Spain, is offered as both a compulsory and supplementary element of all new Bachelor's Degrees.
  • It consists of a minimum of 30 ECTS, of which at least 18 must be English modules. To make up the remaining credits, students can take the modules taught in English on their own degree programs.
  • The Diploma, studied over the four academic years of the Bachelor's Degree, has various essential common aspects yet its exact structure will vary according to the Bachelor's Degree under which it is studied.
    • It offers foreign language modules and the chance to study modules taught in English on the corresponding Bachelor's Degree.
    • Some modules form part of the Official Bachelor's Degree while others count toward the Diploma as a private degree.
  • The Diploma program is designed according to the level achieved by the student in the admissions tests.
  • On some degree programs, students with a proven advanced level (C) can choose to study a different language. 

Learning outcome

The fundamental aim is for all Comillas students to graduate with a certain level of English, or a different foreign language, which will facilitate entry into their chosen professional field. The Diploma accredits a level of competency and command of English corresponding to B2 or C on the global scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

All Comillas graduates will be equipped with the linguistic tools required to:

  • Accurately and effectively communicate in English in personal, academic and professional settings.
  • Study part of their Bachelor's Degree abroad as an exchange student.
  • Meet the demands of the professional world.

Global Scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (common reference levels)

Diploma structured according to the degree program

TOEFL ITP (Institutional): For all University students

The test is scheduled for Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 12:45 on the Campus Alberto Aguilera 23

Registration period: Friday, September, 28 to Thursday, October, 11 2018 (both dates inclusive)

Steps to take:

  • Fill in the registration form, print two copies
  • And pay the corresponding fee (€64.00)
  • at the Student Payment and Management Office on either the Alberto Aguilera 23 or the Cantoblanco Campus. (Office hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00-17:00, Fridays 9:00-14:00). By credit card only.

Arrive for the test at the corresponding classroom with:

  • proof of enrolment with your student number
  • your national ID document
  • two no. 2 pencils
  • an eraser

Important: Students who have not paid the exam fees before 17:00 on Thursday, October 11, 2018 will not be allowed to take the test. The dates are non-negotiable.

To save the grade from the previous year, fill in the following form and hand it in at the Institute of Modern Languages: Form

Understanding your TOELF ITP scores (European CEFR levels)

RESULTS from the tests taken on October 31: TOEFL ITP

Other languages:

Faculty of Law (ICADE)

Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (ICADE)

ICAI School of Engineering

  • German, Italian and Portuguese: Tuesday, October 16 at 17:00 on the Campus Alberto Aguilera, 23
  • French: Wednesday, October 17 at 12:45 on the Campus Alberto Aguilera, 23
  • Chinese: (dates pending)

Registration period: Friday, 28 September to Thursday, October 11, 2018 (both dates included)

Steps to take:

  • Fill in the registration form.
  • Print out a copy of the registration form and bring it with you to the test.

Arrive for the test at the corresponding classroom with:

  • proof of registration
  • your national ID document
  • two no. 2 pencils
  • an eraser

Important: Students who have not registered and printed a copy of the form before 17:00 on Thursdayday, October 11, 2018 will not be allowed to sit the test.To save the grade from the previous year, fill in the following form and hand it in at the Institute of Modern Languages.

RESULTS from the tests taken on October 16 and 17: Other languages

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • German, French, Italian, Portuguese: Wednesday, November 14 at 12:45 on the Cantoblanco Campus

Registration period: Monday, 29 October to Monday, November 12, 2018 (both dates inclusive)

Steps to take:

  • Fill in the registration form.
  • Print out a copy of the registration form and bring it with you to the test.

Arrive for the test at the corresponding classroom with:

  • proof of registration
  • your national ID document
  • two no. 2 pencils
  • an eraser

Important: Students who have not registered and printed a copy of the form before 17:00 on Monday, November 12, 2018 will not be allowed to sit the test

Very important: Each student can register for a total of three (3) languages, including the TOEFL. That is, if you register for the TOEFL, you can only take two other languages. All students who do not register for the TOEFL can take up to three different tests, except ICAI students who can only take the German test.

RESULTS from the tests taken on November, 14: Other languages

The TOEFL® ITP or the Institutional TOEFL is an assessment tool based on previously administered TOEFL paper-based tests that measures individuals' English proficiency at the intermediate-to-advanced levels. It does not have the validity of an official TOEFL (given that it is based on old papers) and therefore, cannot be used to apply to for admission to a foreign university. However, the TOEFL ITP can be administered by higher education institutions such as the Universidad Pontificia Comillas for internal selection processes such as the selection of candidates for exchange programs with other universities.

The Institutional TOEFL is an English language exam, which includes three parts of the official TOEFL exam. These three parts are:

  • Section 1: Listening comprehension (35 min.)
  • Section 2: Structure and Written Expression (25 min.)
  • Section 3: Reading comprehension (55 min.)

TOEFL Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

For more information, click on the following link to go to the Official ETS site: TOEFL ITP

Other online references:

Books for TOEFL preparation. Books to prepare for the Institutional TOEFL difficult to find as the TOEFL IBT (administered since 2006) is significantly different in content and tasks from the earlier (paper-based) TOEFL.

The libraries in Alberto Aguilera and Cantoblanco each have a number of copies of:

  • Phillips, Deborah. Longman Preparation Course for the TOEFL Test: The Paper Test Student Book with CD-ROM with Answer Key (0-13-140883-6)

Books (ALL for the IBT) that you can buy include:

  • Barron's TOEFL IBT 2010 + CDs ISBN: 978-0-7641-9699-7
  • Bates, Susan. Oxford Preparation Course TOEFL IBT Exam, Oxford University Press, ISBN:978-0-19-432649-0
  • Bruce, Roberts. Thomson Complete TOEFL IBT Self Study Pack + Key, Heinle Cengage Learning, ISBN: 978-1-4240-9937-5
  • Gear, Jolene & Robert Gear. Cambridge TOEFL Preparation IBT Pack with CD-ROM, Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 978-0-521-75584-9
  • McGraw Hill Official TOEFL IBT Tests + Audio McGraw Hill USA ISBN: 978-0-07-177126-9
  • Rilcy, Renald & Wyatt, Rawdon. Achieve TOEFL+Audio CD Marshall Cavendish, ISBN: 978-0-462-00447-1
  • Rogers, Bruce. Thomson Complete Guide to the TOEFL Test; iBT, Heinle Cengage ISBN: 978 14 13023060
  • Vittorio, Pamela. Macmillan Testbuilder for TOEFL IBT Pack Macmillan Heinemann (ELT) ISBN: 978-0-230-40971-2

Books can be ordered online at:

Bookshops in Madrid:

  • Bookseller's - c/ José Abascal, 48
  • Fnac Callao - c/ Preciados, 28
  • Casa del Libro - Gran Vía, 29 y Alcalá, 29

Language Exchange

This page was created as a platform to provide a means for students to get in touch with and set up language exchanges with students from other countries. The only requirement for any student who wants to sign up for the Language Exchange is that he/she have an e-mail account open with the Universidad Pontificia Comillas.

To sign up for the Language Exchange (darse de 'Alta'), the student must carefully follow the instructions, providing the information requested by the program. Once she/he has registered, she/he can access the Language Exchange data base and look for students who are interested in participating in a Language Exchange. The search can be done using any language combination, which generally represents the student's native language and the language he/she wants to practice (e.g. inglés - español). The search can be limited even more to look for Language Exchange participants according to Faculty or School, age, sex or the semester(s) they will be studying at the University. The Search will produce a list of names corresponding to the search criteria selected. When you click on any of the names on the list, an e-mail window with the person's e-mail address will appear. This will allow you to write a message and establish an initial contact. You may write to as many people as you wish.

You can eliminate your data from the program at any time, selecting the 'Baja' feature.

Introduction

As an inter-faculty center, the Institute of Modern Languages organizes and delivers language courses at each of the University's Faculties and School, except for Translation and Interpreting, adapting these courses to the academic and professional needs of each degree program.

The languages that are currently offered are German, Chinese Spanish, French, English and Italian. These languages can be studied as Bachelor's Degree modules, Diploma modules or as supplementary courses.

On the new Bachelor's Degrees, language studies are channeled through the Diploma in Communication Skills and Foreign Language Studies.

Foreign language courses are also available to teaching, administration and service staff at the Comillas Pontifical University.

Other services

Institutional TOEFL and exams in other languages for University students interested in taking part in an exchange

Language exchange

For all University students who want to practice a language with another student. To take part, students must sign up on the lists.

Exam preparation center for the Cambridge ESOL

Exams are held in June. Exams offered: Cambridge CAE (Advanced). (The Language Institute reserves the right to cancel the exam session if a minimum numbre of candidates is not reached).

Spanish courses

Summer courses (International Relations Service)

Courses for exchange students at Comillas Pontifical University

(available in both four-monthly terms)

Spanish for exchange students, levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and LEHA (Spanish Language through History and Art)

Special programs

  • Meiji Gakuin program
  • Spanish for theologians (for Faculty of Theology students)