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Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid ICAI-ICADE


Madrid, Spain


The Universidad Pontificia Comillas's Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (ICADE) is one of the leading institutions in Europe in the education of business professionals and has a long academic tradition both domestically and internationally. ICADE belongs to the Universidad Pontificia Comillas, a university that was originally founded as a Seminary in 1890 and is now a private multi-disciplinary academic institution under the direction of the Society of Jesus.
The total number of students in all Faculties, Schools and Institutes at the University is 10,490, of which 1,890 are international students. The Universidad Pontificia Comillas is located in central Madrid, the Spanish Capital.

Academic Areas of Expertise/Focus:

Business, Economics, International Relations, Other Faculties: Law, Engineering, Humanities


BCom only

Available Spots:

4 semester spots/academic year

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Approximate Term Dates:

Semester 1: end of August - December
Semester 2: January - May

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Full-time Course Load: 30 ECTS/semester (equivalent to 15 UofA credits)

Language(s) of Instruction: Spanish and/or English
*Assuming sufficient language skills, exchange students are able to take a mix of English & Spanish taught courses

Course Restrictions: Exchange students are not allowed to take non-business courses from other faculties except in special cases and only after the student is in Comillas


General Information for Exchange Students

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Destination Overview (averages based on 8 reviews by past participants):

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"Going on exchange has been an absolutely amazing experience that I think everyone should try to participate in. The School of Business was amazing in regards to helping the whole process run smoothly. Overall, my experience was live changing and I am extremely happy with how everything worked out."

"Although the classes at Comillas were easier, I can honestly say that I learnt more in them than I have in much harder courses at the UofA. Course difficulty is not a determinant of learning outcomes."

"Madrid is the most beautiful, culturally rich, exciting, EPIC city that I've ever visited, and it is the PERFECT location to study abroad."