Universidad 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.
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Location: Madrid, Spain (population: 3.2 million)
University: Universidad Pontificia Comillas (students: 6,800 undergraduate)
Minimum application requirements: 2.75 GPA and Sophomore status
Visa information: See the Visa Information: Spain page for detailed information.
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.
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.
HPU students studying at Universidad Pontificia Comillas live with a Spanish family. Accepted students will work with People Global Relocators to arrange their accommodations. Information will be available once accepted to study on exchange to Universidad Pontificia Comillas.
Some of your meals will be provided by your homestay family. The remainder of your meals will be self-catered. Cafeterias are available on campus offering meals to students.
At High Point University, the primary expenses, excluding travel, for an HPU semester study abroad program are included in, or comparable to, regular HPU fees. Just as for a semester on HPU’s campus, the fees for study abroad must be broken down into tuition, fees, room, and board, with expenses paid either to HPU or other organizations. See below for an explanation of how we bill for semester programs abroad.
|Category||Fee (Per Semester)||To Be Paid To:||Deadline|
|Total Paid to HPU||$17,559.00||Includes application fee, HPU tuition, and HPU fees.|
|Application Fee*||$500.00||High Point University||Application Deadline|
|Tuition & Fees||$17,559.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Room†||Varies. Check with your Host University||Host university, housing office, or landlord abroad||Check with your Host University|
To best understand billing for semester study abroad at High Point University, it’s important to distinguish between the 4 main areas of HPU billing, tuition (the academic/classroom expenses), fees, room, and board:
Application Fee*: In addition to the Tuition, Fees, Room & Board expenses, all study abroad applications are billed an application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards the tuition & fees billing for the semester.
Students will find the city of Madrid to be a welcoming environment for young adults. There are parks to enjoy the beautiful weather, tapas bars around every corner, and cultural museums like El Prado to stay busy on nights and weekends.
There are associations that help with the arrival of exchange students by providing support and organizing cultural activities. Students can also take advantage of a library with 500,000 books, on-campus sports, and pastoral services. International students will attend a 2-day orientation at the start of the semester that will provide further information.
Experience open-air markets with handmade clothes and jewelry in the morning then make your way to Salamanca District for upscale shopping and dining. Students often venture outside of the city by planning weekend trips to other Spanish cities like Barcelona by train or by finding cheap flights to other European cities.