Founded in 1890, the Universidad Pontificia Comillas is a Jesuit university and ranks among the top universities in Spain. Located in Madrid, it offers students an excellent opportunity for personal, professional, and social development. Marquette students will study at the Cantoblanco Campus approximately 30 minutes outside of downtown Madrid.
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 students 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. 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.
With more than 10,000 students enrolled in the University's degree programs during the year, the integration of Spanish and international students from all over the world in the same classroom offers an atmosphere of high academic demand led by faculty devoted to personalized teaching.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of student organizations at Comillas. Links to additional information and social media hubs for these organizations are listed on the Comillas website. Involvement in these organizations will provide ample opportunity for Marquette students to meet fellow students and integrate into campus.
Each semester begins with several days of orientation for new international students, during which relevant information is provided to students to guide them throughout their stay at Comillas. Topics covered include an overview of Spanish history and culture, academic overviews from the coordinators of each school or faculty, a campus tour, a guided tour of Madrid and practical advice for life in Madrid.
A liberal arts university, Comillas offers courses in a broad range of fields both technical and in the humanities. Students can study the following:
Spanish Language and Culture
Like many European universities, Comillas does not have its own accommodations; however, the Information and Student Reception Office assists students in securing accommodations. Students have the option to live in a home stay, student residence or apartment.
Please refer to the above "Budget Sheets" link
Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a city with a relatively short history in comparison to other European capitals. Selected to become the principal city in the second part of the 16th century, Madrid has become a modern, diverse and important city with more than five million inhabitants. The culture of the city is thriving, with the center of the city crowded until very late at night.
Madrid has experienced much growth. There are various modern districts and new buildings and offices, but locals can still find much of the old Madrid and its buildings integrated in the city. Famous landmarks and museums have made the city extremely attractive to tourists, and the financial activity makes Madrid very important to the country’s economics. Among the most famous attractions in Madrid is the Museo del Prado that contains numerous famous paintings from artists like El Greco, Velázquez, and Goya. The collection is so large that only half of the collection is displayed at a time. Other famous places to visit are Parque del Buen Retiro, the Plaza Mayor, la Puerta del Sol, and the Palacio Real.