Global Education

Universidad Pontificia Comillas

An HPU Exchange Program
Madrid, Spain

Poster_UniversidadPontificiaComillasUniversidad Pontifica Comillas was established in 1890 as a Catholic Seminary. Today, the private university offers a variety of bachelor degrees that are available to domestic and international students. With over 1,900 international students studying at Comillas, the university is well-equipped to receive students from HPU. It is the only Spanish university to be ranked in the top 100 in the world by Times Higher Education.

Top 3 Reasons to Study Here:

  1. Immerse yourself in the Spanish culture while studying in Spanish or English alongside Spaniards and other international students.
  2. Attend a university ranked in the top 100 worldwide.
  3. Experience the bustling life in Spain’s capital city of Madrid.


Quick Facts

Location: Madrid, Spain (population: 3.2 million)

University: Universidad Pontificia Comillas (students: 6,800 undergraduate)

Terms available:

  • Fall (late August to mid-December)
  • Spring (early January to late May)

Minimum application requirements: 2.75 GPA and Sophomore status

Application deadlines:

  • Fall Term Abroad: March 15
  • Spring Term Abroad: May 15, the year prior

Visa information: See the Visa Information: Spain page for detailed information.


Academic Program

This program is particularly designed for students majoring in political science, international relations, computer science, or students wanting to complete general education requirements. This program is not suited for HPU students studying business administration, international business, or Spanish.

There are several English-taught courses offered at Comillas for students who do not speak Spanish. The Spanish Language Course is available for students with intermediate knowledge of the Spanish language. Students will need to take an online Spanish level test before enrolling in the language course. Many classes are taught entirely in Spanish at Comillas. Students wishing to take these courses must have completed the prerequisite course Spanish 2140.

To help students gain a head start in language acquisition, Comillas offers free Spanish Courses at 7 levels upon arrival.

To view the full list of courses available please visit the Course Catalog.

For more information visit the webpage for the Universidad Pontificia Comillas.


Credit Transfer

For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn at least a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the international transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.

Note: In order to satisfy General Education (Core) requirements, a course must earn a minimum of 3 credits. While HPU is able to accept a relevant course worth one or two credits, one and two credit courses earned at Universidad Pontificia Comillas will not satisfy your General Education requirements.

For More Information…

For more information, visit the Universidad Pontificia Comilas’ website or email a study abroad representative. To schedule an appointment with a study abroad adviser, contact the Office of Study Abroad at (336) 841-9280.

Office of Global Education

Location: Cottrell Hall, Suite 142
Phone: +1 (336) 841-9280
Mailing Address:
High Point University
Office of Global Education
One University Parkway, Drawer 24
High Point, NC 27268  USA

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