Note: This page is specifically for Liberal Arts and Social Science students. All other students please refer to the Comillas ICADE page.
The Jesuit Universidad Pontificia Comillas was founded in 1890. The university is known for its international focus and receives about 800 students coming from over 200 universities on five continents. Most classes are conducted in Spanish and BC students need to have a high proficiency level to participate in this program.
Comillas offers a full curriculum on two campuses. ICADE, houses the Law and Business Schools, and offers an excellent curriculum in business, economics, and law with a special focus on European studies. The Cantoblanco campus is home to Comillas Sociales, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and a new International Relations program. The psychology program at Cantoblanco is among Spain’s best, and students have the opportunity to hold a non-paid internship.
The BC resident director organizes an orientation program upon arrival in Madrid. The orientation includes tours of the city and universities and provides practical information about living in Madrid.
In addition to regular university course work, BC students are strongly encouraged to take the Spanish culture course taught by the BC resident director. The course integrates field trips with class work and is designed to improve language skills. Students can be assigned tutors to assist with discipline-specific university classes.
Dr. Ana Peláez
BC Resident Director - BC in Madrid
Program Assistant and Housing Coordinator
Academics & Support
As a BC student, you are required to take a full load of courses at your host institution abroad. BC program participants can refer to the academic policies page
BC students pre-register for courses before the semester starts, and finalize their course selection during the add/drop week in Madrid.
The BC resident director provides academic counseling and arranges tutorials. In addition, BC students may participate in a language-exchange program and are matched with local students to further develop their Spanish language skills.
For course selection information, please refer to course catalog
- Fall Term: Starts in mid-August and ends in mid-December
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in mid-May.
Homestays and residence halls are the housing options available to students attending Comillas. Students are required to fill out housing forms included in the BC application package. BC in Madrid is responsible for housing assignments for Comillas students.
BC in Madrid will provide meals. Some residence halls will be closed over breaks.
Students are encouraged to take part in clubs and activities sponsored by their host university. The BC resident director as part of the Spanish culture course organizes weekend trips around Spain, such as day trips to Segovia, Toledo and El Escorial, visits to the major museums El Prado, Thyssen and the Reina Sofia.
Examples of previous BC-sponsored activities from past semesters include:
- Welcome dinner
- Workshop on how to make the most of Madrid
- National Archaeological Museum
- Two walking tours of Madrid
- Chocolate con churros and flea market
- Toledo, one-day trip
- Reina Sofia Museum
- Three-day trip to Cordoba and Granada
- La Caixa Museum
- Cooking lessons
- Thyssen Museum
- El Escorial, one-day trip
- Prado Museum
- Flamenco Show
- Workshop on re-entry to the US at the end of the semester
BC students may also participate in volunteer activities, student associations and clubs. Please contact the BC resident director for details.
Here is a helpful guide
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. BC in Madrid Comillas students will be met at the airport and picked up the official arrival day, provided they supply the necessary travel information one month prior to departure to the BC resident director.
For local transportation, BC students will be provided with a transportation pass that will cover their local travel during their semester in Madrid. Sociales and International Relations courses take place in the suburban Cantoblanco campus and can be reached by “Cercanías” commuter rail.