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Universidad Pontificia Commilas in Madrid, Spain

Comillas Pontifical University
Calle Alberto Aguilera, 23
28015 Madrid, Spain
915 42 28 00

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Loyola started this exchange with the Universidad Pontificia Comillas, the university of the Catholic Church in Spain, in 2010. Comillas is a renown a Jesuit University with two campuses, one downtown Madrid, one just outside of the capital city, accessible by a direct train line. Madrid is located in the heart of Spain  at 2,100 meters above sea level, and along the sides of the "Manzanares" river. The population of the City is about five million. The climate is relatively cooled by cool mountain breezes during its hot summers.  Its palaces, many museums and art galleries provide a feast for modern culture lovers. The city prides itself on its vibrant cultural life.

Choosing When to Study in Madrid

This is a fall or spring semester program.

  • Fall semester: Approximately Aug. 27-Dec. 21 (2012)
  • Spring semester: Approximately Jan. 8-May 24 (2013)

Students will have a vacation during Easter week.


Then students choose courses, in English (EN) or in Spanish (SN) from the following list:

  • History (core/major/minor);
  • Political Science/International relations;
  • Global Studies/Sociology;
  • Spanish Culture and Civilization;
  • Spanish languages; and 
  • Free electives

Disclaimer: In case of strikes or unexpected disruption to the academic semester Loyola University will work with the host university abroad to provide additional support or other academic arrangements to enable students to complete their coursework in agreement with the rules and regulations of the host university and the laws of the host country.  Loyola University Maryland will not makes any changes to its course, grade, or credit transfer policies following such circumstances.


The three most common options are:

  • Living with a family (home-stay). The accommodation office will select a family that meets your preferences, and the information will be sent to you. You will then have to confirm the reservation. Lodging with a family includes the cleaning of your room, laundry, and three meals per day (full board or "pensión completa"), or breakfast and dinner (half board or "media pensión").
  • Living in a private hall of residence. In order to live in a private hall of residence, you will have to contact them directly. You may request a list of private halls of residence from the Information and Accommodation Office. The majority include meals.
  • Living in a flat or apartment. You can arrive before the start of classes and stay in a "hostal" while you look for a flat or apartment. Many of these are shared, that is to say, you will have your own room, but will share the kitchen and living room with other people. Comillas has a list of flats and apartments for rent, which is updated on a daily basis, and is available from the Information and Accommodation Office

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Students are eligible for consideration for all forms of federal, state, institutional, and private sources of aid except for the federal work study program. Tuition is paid to Loyola. Housing is paid by the student, in Madrid. Students will be responsible for all other expenses such as airfare and personal trips.


  • 15 to 18 credits of course work;
  • Intensive Spanish review;
  • A support coordinator; and
  • Orientation.


Application Requirements

Students must submit an online application, essay AND a Course Planning form by 11:59 pm on the second Wednesday after Thanksgiving break of their sophomore year to study abroad in the fall or spring term of junior year. 

Criteria For Acceptance

  • Typically sophomores and juniors with a cumulative average of 3.0 but students with a 2.75 average should apply;
  • Humanities students  or students with a Spanish minor or major  who are willing to take at least 1 or 2 courses in Spanish (Language and/or International Relations courses); and
  • Students who can find courses which fit their Loyola academic program and allow for full time participation
    neither on disciplinary probation  nor have a history of serious disciplinary problems.

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