This program is intended for College of Management students only, as the exchange is between NCSU's Poole College of Management and the Universidad Pontificia Comillas' Facultad de Ciencias Economicas y Empresariales - ICADE (or Business Administration and Economics).
The Universidad Pontificia Comillas, founded in 1890, is one of Spain's most prestigious private Jesuit universities. Originally located in the town of Comillas in northern Spain, the university moved to Madrid in the 1960s and expanded its fields of study to include a broader range of students. There are over 10,000 students enrolled in the University's degree programs during the year, including approximately 1,000 international students. The University has departments ("facultades") of Business Administration and Economics; Engineering; Human and Social Sciences; Law; Nursing and Physiotherapy; and Theology.
This exchange agreement was developed between NCSU's College of Management and UPComillas' Facultad de Ciencias Economicas y Empresariales. NCSU business students may enroll in courses from courses in the ICADE.
The Comillas environment provides a rich student life where students will find a variety of diverse student associations offering activities to suit anyone's interests. The University services include access to libraries, computing centers, sports, housing assistance, and medical & psychological services. There is a gym on-site, and the main university building features a cafeteria in the basement. It is around 7 euro for a 3-course meal. Additionally, students will have access to workshops in photography and guitar, as well as university-sponsored theater, cinema, art, and music activities. Eduroam wifi is available throughout the university.
Though the official language of instruction is Spanish, a majority of courses are also taught in English. Here you will find a listing of courses that are typically taught in any given semester. Syllabi are listed here. The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved for NC State students at Universidad Pontificia de Comillas. Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department. This list is not inclusive, and you should see the link above for all of the course offerings at Comillas. Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad. Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students. Typically, final course selections are made in July for the Fall term and December for the Spring term. Once students have chosen courses, it is difficult to change once on site. Please note that courses counting towards the Spanish major and minor must be taught in Spanish.
In addition to Business Courses at ICADE, students may also take Spanish language classes, included in the cost of the exchange, that are available through the Comilla's lnstitute of Modern Languages. The Institute also offers students the opportunity to participate in a language exchange ("intercambio"). Visiting international students can pair with Spanish students to practice their language skills, taking turns in each others' language. There is also an optional intensive 10-day course prior to the start of the semester. An additional fee to the the course would apply.
The city of Madrid is the center of the cultural, economic, and political life of the Spain. Madrid is well known for the outstanding quality of its museums, nightlife, and sports teams. Team Real Madrid, one of the most successful professional soccer team, calls Madrid home. Although the city has over 3 million residents, students will find its residents warm and welcoming, and the city easily navigable with its underground Metro and bus system. As the University is located in the center of Madrid, students will have easy access to shops, museums, parks and nightlife. While Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhoods and streets.
Although the University does not have student housing facilities, they are prepared to assist students in finding accommodations through a company called PGR. For no cost, PGR will provide a General Information Service on accommodations in Madrid. This service will be general, but will direct students to the most common resources regarding finding student housing. Typically with this general information, students will arrive in Madrid a few weeks before their courses start, stay in a hotel/hostel, and find housing while in Spain. This allows students the flexibility in meeting roommates and seeing the part of the city in which they would like to live. In addition, for a small fee, PGR also has the option of a comprehensive accommodation service "pack." This option will allow students to contract housing before their arrival in Madrid. Available arrangements include shared flats, student residences, and homestays. Other packs are also available on fee structures and are designed to help students adjust to life in Spain. For example, some services include helping students with residency permits, opening bank accounts, and navigating other registration processes. For descriptions and costs please see the link for more information.
In addition to having a passport, students will need to apply for a student visa - a sticker placed in your passport that allows you to remain in Spain as a student. In order to apply for a visa, students will need to travel to the Spanish Embassy in Washington DC. It is important for students to begin looking into the visa process as soon as they receive their acceptance letters from Comillas and NC State. The NC State letter will be given to you at your pre-departure conference. Please note that you may not apply for your visa more than 90 days before the start date of your program. In general, students should appear at the Embassy no later than early November for Spring semesters and no later early June for Fall semesters. Note that students going on academic year programs will need to obtain a FBI background check as a part of their visa application. This time intensive process needs to be started immediately after program acceptance.
Cost information is shown in the budget link, above. Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of study abroad. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship, and check out other ideas for funding study abroad.
In general, the program runs:
- Fall - mid-August through mid-December
- Spring - mid January through mid-May
- Academic year - mid August through mid-May