Exchange Program-Spain

La Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid

About la Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid
Universidad Pontificia Comillas (UPC) is located in Madrid, Spain is the courntry's capitol. This Spanish university offers amazing history with its palace campus originating from the 1880’s, and was a former cleric university. It has since been modernized and now includes student ID cards that allow students to view their grades and pay tuition, and mobile zones in the campus library where students with laptops can connect to the internet via Ethernet or wireless. In addition, the university offers a fully equipped gym; students can enjoy the soccer (football) field! If students wish to learn more about Spanish culture, the university offers culture classes from Spanish guitar to theatre as well as other cultural clubs. Madrid itself is a cosmopolitan city with vast amounts of history and culture from Spanish Parliament to the Spanish Royal Families.  Students who are interested in learning more about UPC can find information on their university website.

Location: Universidad Pontificia Comillas C/ Alberto Aguilera, 23, 28015 Madrid, Spain

Website: UPC or for more information regarding exchange: click here. Check out this info sheet with the most up-to-date information on Comillas.

 Academics Available: Comillas is open to all majors. An option for exchange students who are fluent in Spanish are courses in International Business, International Legal Framework, and International Relations. Students can learn more about courses offered by clicking here. For more information on international relations, global studies, politics, hispanics, and international business courses offered click here. To find out more about the Intensive Spanish courses offered at UPC, click here.

Dates to Remember: You can find Comillas Pontifical University Academic Calendar, by clicking here.

Semester Application Deadline Study Abroad Dates
Fall Semester May 1st September 2 - December 20  
Spring Semester October 1st  January 10 - May 25

* Please remember HPU Study Abroad Application Deadline is Mid-March for Fall and Mid-October for Spring. 

Admission Requirements:

  • Must have attended HPU for one semester
  • Must intend to graduate from HPU
  • Must have at least a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be fluent in English
  • Must have taken at least one semester of Spanish

Application Procedure:

  • Complete the Student Exchange Program data sheet.
  • Schedule and attend a formal interview with Melissa Matsubara
  • Be prepared to discuss your motives for studying abroad and your degree plan.
  • Select an exchange partner university that has courses which can be used for your intended HPU degree.
  • Fill out the exchange university’s admissions application
  • Obtain recommendation letters to be turned in with your application. (This depends on the individual university’s application requirements)
  • Passport photos (Amount and size depend upon each university)
  • Sign a Course Request Approval (CRA) to verify your foreign coursework and HPU equivalents.

Health Insurance: Health Insurance is mandatory for all study abroad students.  HPU recommends health insurance from Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) for students study abroad. There is more information medical coverage and rates of CISI health insurance at

Housing Accommodations: UPC has a variety of housing accommodations for exchange students. Students can choose to live with a host family which is arranged with the university and includes room, meals, and laundry. Then there are student halls which offer room and meals. While Comillas does not have its own dorms, exchange students can make arrangements with host students. Students can request more information on housing in Spain by filling out the housing request form which can be found here. You can find more accommodations for Campus Cantoblanco by clicking here and the Alberto Aguilera Main Campus by clicking here.

Visa Information: Exchange students must make arrangements to get their visa and passport. The Spanish consulate can be contacted at (808) 226-0430 or online to find the consulate nearest you. U.S. Passport information is available at 522-8283 (recording) and online at 

Safety Information: Students interested in viewing the OSAC safety report for Spain can click here.

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