Is this program right for you?
This program is an option for business students who are seeking to directly enroll in a university in Spain. Students hoping to study at ICADE should have very advanced Spanish language skills and be very independent. Students choose from any undergraduate courses offered in the ICADE business department. While ICADE has a limited number of courses taught in English, students should expect most of their courses to be taught in Spanish.
Students who are successful on this program will be looking for a challenge, be comfortable with a high level of ambiguity and understand the challenges of making new friends in a foreign environment.
Although students in the Comillas program will exist independently and take classes at the ICADE campus in Madrid, they will still have access to the AU Center in Madrid that runs our other AU Madrid programs, and have the benefit of some support by the Director of the AU Center.
The Universidad Pontificia Comillas, founded in 1890, is a premier Jesuit institution located in the capital of Spain. Nestled in downtown Madrid, the political, economic and cultural heart of Spain, it offers an excellent opportunity for academic, professional and personal development.
Students take courses within the Instituto Católico de Administración y Dirección de Empresas - more commonly referred to as ICADE - the department of legal studies and business. This department was founded in 1956 and today, is one of the premiere programs of its kind in Europe.
- For business and BLC majors only.
- Students are required to have taken three years of college-level Spanish (completion of SPAN 353 or the equivalent) prior to attending the program
- Must have completed sophomore year of college prior to attending program.
- Students should have completed some business coursework at AU before study at ICADE.
Students earn a full semester of American University (AU) undergraduate credit while studying at Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Students directly enroll at Comillas. For more information about what is means to directly enroll in a foreign university, please view our Direct Enrollment page. All courses take place at the Comillas campus located at Calle Alberto Aguilera in the center of Madrid.
A student's academic program generally consists of 4 or 5 courses, including 2-3 business courses and 1or 2 Spanish language or culture courses. While ICADE has a limited number of courses taught in English, students should expect most of their courses to be taught in Spanish with a maximum of 2 courses taught in English. See the Course Catalogue to get an idea of what is generally offered at ICADE. Keep in mind that students in this program can only take courses from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (ICADE). Courses in other faculties listed in this linked document like the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, etc, are not available to students on this program.
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
Only in Madrid can you stroll through the lovely Retiro Park and enjoy the jugglers and mimes, treat yourself to "tapas" while taking in the exquisite design of the old Plaza Mayor, or view the paintings of Goya, Velasquez, and El Greco at the Prado Museum. Also Madrid's fabulous public transportation system makes conquering this exciting city easy!
Madrid truly lives up to its title as the city that never sleeps. Night-owls delight in Madrid as you are expected to eat and dance the night away, whether you're twenty years old or fifty years old. There is always something to do in Madrid no matter what time it is.
Housing and Meals
Full integration happens in the home, as well as the classroom. During your semester in Madrid you will live in a Spanish home. Your homestay allows you to experience the warmth and hospitality of Spain while improving your language skills. Once you have completed AU Abroad on-line pre-departure forms, the AU Abroad Madrid on-site Coordinator will organize your living arrangements before you arrive. Students may be in single or double rooms. In the homestay, students enjoy breakfast, lunch, evening meals and, in most cases, weekly laundry.
Upon acceptance, the international coordinators at Comillas will provide students with a visa letter. AU Abroad will distribute the letters to students. Students are responsible for contacting the Spanish Embassy or Consulate to find out which additional documents are needed to obtain a student visa.
Connect with Spain!
AU students are lucky to live in the DC area near the Spanish Embassy and DC Consulate. The Embassy and Consulate is located near George Washington University in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of DC. There is also a cultural center near 16th and Fuller St., NW where many events are held. The Embassy often holds events related to Spanish culture that will be of great interest to AU students before and after a study abroad semester in Spain. Visit their website to learn more information and to read about the visa process!
SPAIN Arts & Culture is another great site that features events and exhibits of the most cutting-edge works of international renowned Spanish artists in fields such as design, urban culture, architecture, visual arts, film, performing arts, literature and music. Take advantage of your DC location by participating in events and soaking up some Spanish culture stateside!