Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a cosmopolitan city with more than four million inhabitants. It is the site of the Spanish government and is the most important financial and cultural center in the country. The cultural, leisure, and sports offerings are rich and varied. It has countless theaters and museums, such as the El Prado National Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Queen Sofía Centre for the Arts. Monuments, exhibits, and concert halls dot the city. Over 43 parks and emblematic green areas such as the Retiro Park, the “Casa de Campo” Recreational Park, and the Sabatini Gardens can be enjoyed.
The Universidad Pontificia Comillas was founded in 1890 and is directed by the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits. Located in Madrid, it offers students an excellent opportunity for personal, professional, and social development. The university has a style of its own, backed by a rich humanistic and educational tradition, and is characterized by the search for excellence in both pedagogical methods and the final results obtained. Students at Comillas study and learn in an environment of mutual respect, with high and demanding standards, close inter-personal relations, a deep understanding of the study materials, and a desire for personal improvement which enables them to become active members of society.
Besides the courses available in pursuit of a degree, a wide range of opportunities to develop a spirit of constructive criticism are offered. This happens through debates, cultural groups, meetings with students with a variety of professional interests, and a productive, enriching international environment at both a human and cultural level. At Comillas, university work is understood not only as a transmission of knowledge, but also as a search for a way to understand existence itself and the manner in which professional skills can help and serve society. The university aims to help students develop their potential as people in the hope that each individual will form his or her own independent critical approach to issues and develop a sense of solidarity with society and other people.
Spanish Language and Culture
- This 60-hour module is designed for students who have an intermediate knowledge of Spanish and wish to improve their language competence as well as gain insight into Spanish culture.