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.
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.
Most students participating in this program will take classes at the Faculty of Theology, Humanities and Social Sciences, which is located at Comillas Cantoblanco. The Comillas Cantoblanco campus is located outside the city center and can be accessed easily by public transportation.Cantoblanco boasts a wide variety of architectural styles and extensive student resources. Wi-Fi connections are available throughout all facilities
Engineering students will take classes through the ICAI School of Engineering at Comillas. Students’ courses are held at the Alberto Aguilera campus, which is located in the heart of Madrid. Comprehensive engineering education is achieved by developing intellectual and professional capabilities without disregarding qualities like responsibility, critical thinking, ethics and values. In addition, students develop other qualities and professional skills like leadership, teamwork, and internationalization. Wi-Fi connections are available throughout all facilities
Upon arrival, all students will participate in a comprehensive orientation program to help familiarize them with their local surroundings, discuss health and safety as well as acquaint them with university and program resources. In addition, students will be given a walking tour of the city, and share a welcome meal with other students on the program. This orientation includes assistance with registering for classes as well as commuting to campus.
Students are required to take 1 Spanish language course and 4 additional content courses taught in English or Spanish, for a total of up to 15 credits. For students who are fluent or have a high proficiency level of Spanish, it is possible to enroll in a content course taught in Spanish. Students will finalize their class registration during orientation.
Comillas will publish their courses prior to the start of the semester; however the time codes associated with the courses will not be released until orientation. After students are approved to study abroad with Comillas by Fairfield University, students will submit pre-registration list directly to Comillas. Students will finalize their courses during orientation. A database of all courses approved by Fairfield University department chairs can be found in the Database of Approved Courses.
Fairfield University, a Jesuit institution, is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. 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, about a 45 minute train ride to the Cantoblanco campus. 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
Solidarity and Development Cooperation
United States citizens studying abroad in Spain for more than 90 days are required to obtain a visa prior to arrival in country. Visas must be obtained in person at an the Spanish consulate in the U.S. For consulate locations and jurisdictions please visit: http://www.immihelp.com/visas/schengenvisa/spanish-consulates-usa.html
For non-U.S. students, please contact your local consulate for advising on entry and visa requirements.
Students are responsible for obtaining all necessary documentation and for scheduling visa appointments. The Office of Study Abroad will hold a series of visa clinics to help review students’ materials, but ultimately the granting power of visas lies with the Spanish government.
Application Procedures and Deadlines
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.
Fall/ Year: December 15
Spring: May 15
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.
All students will be charged Fairfield University tuition, room and ? board. For questions regarding billing, please contact the Fairfield University Bursar’s Office.
Semester program cost includes
Airport pick-up and transfer
Onsite student support with 24-hour emergency assistance
Insurance, including full medical coverage and medical emergency evacuation
Students are required to submit a non-refundable $1,000 deposit for their program after committing to going abroad for a semester or summer, and are subject to a cancellation fee if they withdraw from the program after the deposit deadline. The deposit is part of the students overall tuition and will be reflected on their invoice.The Deposit Deadline is as follows:
Fall/Year: March 1
Spring: September 15
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 $12,000 or more.
Please see additional program cancellation policy information.
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.