Madrid is the political, economic and cultural heart of Spain. A truly international city, Madrid hosts a dynamic metropolitan lifestyle noted for fine arts venues such as the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum, and the Tysen Bornemisza Museum. In addition to its many museums, students can enjoy numerous parks and plazas to grab a café cortado with friends or read a good book. The city is centrally located in Spain which allows easy access to various modes of transportation for domestic and international travel throughout Spain and Europe. The Language and Culture Program is designed for students who have an intermediate knowledge of Spanish and wish to improve their language competence as well as gain insight into Spanish culture.
Students will attend classes at Comillas Pontifical University which was founded in 1890 by the Marquis de Comillas and entrusted to the Jesuits.This university has approximately 11,200 students, 2,000 of which are international students. Students will take classes at the Alberto Aguilera campus, which is located in the heart of Madrid. Wi-Fi connections are available throughout all facilities
Upon arrival, all students will participate in a welcome and orientation program to help familiarize them with their local surroundings, discuss health and safety as well as acquaint them with university and program resources.
The Course in Spanish Language and Culture will be taught from May 22 to June 16, 2017. It consists of 60 hours (taught over a period of 4 weeks) is aimed at students with an intermediate level of Spanish. All students will receive a Fairfield University transcript with letter grades on this program.
Students are placed in housing by Comillas Pontifical University with coordination by Fairfield University and will live in comfortable, furnished homestays in and around the center of Madrid. Students will enjoy a private bedroom and shared bathroom with a Spanish host. Students may request to live with the same host as another Fairfield student. Students may be placed with other students participating in the Fairfield program as well as other students studying in the city of Madrid. Upon acceptance to Comillas, students are asked to complete a housing questionnaire to place them with the appropriate host. All hosts are carefully vetted and chosen by Comillas and have hosted American students in the past. Students will be provided breakfast and dinner six days a week. Homestays are equipped with bedding and Wi-Fi access is provided.
Students are required to live in Fairfield University housing for the duration of the program.
Besides the International Relations Service, the University offers students coming to Comillas the following services:
- Information and Lodging office
- Information and Communications Systems and Technologies, "STIC"
- Bookshop, Printing and Photocopying Facilities
- Pastoral Service
- Cultural Activities
- Solidarity and Development Cooperation
- Psychological Attention
- Social Work
United States citizens studying abroad in Spain for less than 90 days are not required to obtain a visa prior to arrival in country. For non-U.S. students, please contact your local consulate for advising on entry and visa requirements.
In order to participate in this program, each student must complete the following steps (preferably in this order):
- Attend information session (required)
- Meet with academic advisor
- Meet with study abroad advisor
- Attend accepted students’ meeting (required)
- Meet with academic advisor again
- Attend course approval clinics
- Attend pre-departure meeting (required)
After the initial application has been processed by the Study Abroad Office, students will receive an e-mail regarding their application status and instructions on the next steps.
Application Deadline: February 1
This program is open to all sophomore, junior, or senior students who are in good academic and social standing at their home institution and who can certify a grade point average of at least a 2.8 as well as meet the remaining Fairfield University Study Abroad approval requirements. This program is competitive and applicants are expected to exhibit a high level of maturity, independence, and seriousness of purpose.
May 20 to June 15, 2018
*arrival date is 5/20, program starts 5/21
2018 Program Fee: $2,950
Program Fee includes:
- Housing in a homestay accommodation
- Breakfast and dinner six days per week
- Access to gym, cafeteria and library facilities
- Cultural outings in Madrid
- Weekly film sessions
- Insurance, including full medical coverage and medical emergency evacuation
Program Balance Due: March 1
After the program balance deadline, students who withdraw are subject to a cancellation fee.
The amount of the cancellation fee will be determined by the Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad after a review is conducted of the non-refundable expenses that have already been incurred. These direct non-refundable expenses will begin to incur as soon as commitment is made to the study abroad program; they may include tuition, housing, and orientation fees. The cancellation fee may be as high as $5,000 or more.
All participating students are automatically enrolled in Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) health insurance for the duration of their study abroad program. This insurance is included in the program fee, and there is no additional cost to the student. This coverage should not replace your primary insurance.
Fairfield University requires that all travel done independently from the program be registered with CISI for emergency purposes. Independent travel can be registered by logging into individual CISI accounts. Students will be able to log-in once insurance cards are issued (within a month of departure).
To view detailed information regarding the Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad program agreement with CISI, please see the following CISI website
If you have additional questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact our office.
The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates and make additional changes whenever necessary.