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: As a general rule, the Schools and Faculties do not share courses with each other. The selection of courses should be restricted to the offer provided by each School or Faculty.
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.
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: https://www.comillas.edu/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.
The Universidad Pontificia Comillas does not have its own on-campus or off-campus accommodations.
You can access Information regarding “Colegios Mayores” (Traditional Student Residences often located near specific Universities, sometimes with meal plans) and Privately-owned University Residences in Madrid by clicking on the appropriate place on this page.
The following companies offer information available on specific sites concerning the search for Accommodations in Madrid and a complete package of services to aid in the search and selection of an apartment for rent, rooms in shared apartments, “home-stays” with families…and other solutions for accommodations through the fee-paying services that they offer. (for students who would like to have this accommodations service arrange lodging previously for them through a fee-paying service):
- Students Global Relocation (SGR)
Telephone: (+34) 910 243 495
Postal address: calle Mazarredo nº 4
Students at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas will receive a 50% discount on the service requested using the UPCOMILLAS code.
Telephone number: (+34) 91 543 20 31
Postal address: calle Hilarión Eslava nº 12
Students at the UNiversidad Pontificia Comillas will receive a 20% discount on the service requested, using the code provided by the company.
Telephone: (+34) 609448304
Postal address: Cuesta de Santo Domingo, 4 - Local derecho
Students at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas will receive a 50% discount on the service requested, using the code COMILLAS50.
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
ISIC/ Comillas Pontifical University card
ISIC is the only card for students that has global recognition worldwide. It was created 60 years ago by and for students.
With the ISIC/ Comillas Pontifical University card in your pocket, you will be able to access all of the offers for students, not only in Spain but also in more than 130 countries. In total, there are more than 55,000 offers for students: cinemas, museums, restaurants, IT material, etc.
The ISIC card is not only for Spanish students residing in Spain, but also for those who are abroad and, of course, for foreign students who have chosen Spain as their country of destination. You will be able to gain access to the Comillas Pontifical University card with the ISIC Card, the International Student ID Card, for only 6€.
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.