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Madrid Program - Fairfield University Students
Madrid, Spain
Program Terms: Fall,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Courses Offered: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Housing Options: Home Stay
Minimum GPA: 2.80 Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior
Credit Type: Fairfield Credit External Students: Yes
Internships: Yes Service Learning: Yes
Academic Area: Classical Studies, Communication, Economics, European Business Studies, European Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Politics, Spanish, Spanish Language & Literature Language Requirement: Any
Program Description:




Fairfield University, a Jesuit University, is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Students attending our program will receive a Fairfield University transcript. Students participating in the Fairfield University program will attend classes at Comillas Pontifical University. Comillas was founded in 1890
by the Marquis of Comillas and entrusted to the Jesuits. In 1904, Pope Pius X raised the University to the status of Pontifical University. Today, Comillas has two campuses in Madrid. Comillas’ Cantoblanco is locateda short ride from the main campus. Cantoblanco is a modern campus with a state of the art library and classrooms. Students taking courses
in the humanities, liberal arts and business will be at the Cantoblanco campus. Students taking engineering courses will be at the main campusin Madrid. Students will take 30 ECTS credits (15 Fairfield credits) per semester. All students will take a Spanish language course (level based on placementtest) and a wide range of courses in English. Qualified students with a
proficiency in the Spanish language may elect to take courses in Spanish with Spaniards at either the main or Cantoblanco campus.

Madrid is an international and cosmopolitan city with lots to do. It is well known for its cultural offerings, such as the Prado Museum, theRenia Sofia Museum and the Tysen Bornemisza Museum. In additionto its many museums, students can enjoy Madrid’s numerous parks and plazas. Madrid is centrally located and students can easily travel to Barcelona, Toledo, Malaga, Valencia, and Lisbon (Portugal). Students participating in the Fairfield University program in Madrid will be met at the airport and taken to their host family (if this option was chosen). There will be a comprehensive orientation program at which time students will be given a mobile phone. Students will also receive a gym membership for the entire semester to a gym near Comillas’ main campus.


Students will have the choice of living with a Spanish family or in a residencia. Homestays are comfortable, furnished houses in and around the center of Madrid. Students will have a bedroom and a shared bathroom in an apartment of a Spanish family. Comillas’ host families are carefully chosen and have hosted many Americanstudents for several years. When living with a Spanish family, studentswill have the opportunity to have their breakfast and dinner with the
family. Bed linens, pillows and blankets are provided. Homestays arearranged by Comillas directly and will not carry any additional costs.Students can also choose a more independent living option in a residencia.Students opting for this option will be responsible to find an availableresidencia, pay rent, utilities, and other ancillary fees independent
from the overall program costs. If a student chooses this option, they will not be invoiced for housing on their bill from Fairfield University.


Madrid is a modern city that can trace its origins back to prehistoric times; there are even a number of archeological remains of the Roman and Visigoths throughout the city. Madrid existed as a thriving Romantown that passed from Roman to Visigoths, to Islamic hands by the seventh century. In 1085, Madrid was reconquered by Alfonso VI, integrated
into the kingdom of Castile, and later became the capital of a unified Spain. Throughout its past, it has witnessed both the high and low points of Spanish history. Madrid is centrally located on the Iberian Peninsula and is the largest
city in Spain and the third largest city in the European Union. Madrid serves as the seat of the Spanish government and of the royal court. The city is not only the political capital but also the cultural capital and is home to many museums, galleries, parks, and theaters. In addition to the cultural life, Madrid serves as the business center for local and international companies in Spain and the Iberian Peninsula; companies such as Iberia, Telefonica and Reposal have their headquarters in Madrid. Madrid is also a sports town and has a world-class soccer (football) team: Real Madrid. Soccer is not the only sport in Madrid; the city boasts the best basketball team in the country, also called Real Madrid. Bicycling, jogging, and tennis are also very popular and widely played by the locals.


> 15 Fairfield University undergraduate credits with grades
> Housing with a Spanish family (residencia option students pay
> Comprehensive orientation program
> Mobile telephones and gym membership
> On-site student support with a 24-hour emergency coverage
> Cultural activities
> Visa assistance for qualified students

The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates and make
additional changes whenever necessary.


This program is open to all sophomore, junior, or senior students whoare in good academic and social standing at their home institution andwho can certify a grade point average of at least a 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Participants should have second year knowledge of the Spanish language. This program is competitive and applicants are expected to exhibit
a high level of maturity, independence, and seriousness of purpose.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2014 10/11/2013 
10/31/2013 01/08/2014 04/24/2014
Fall 2014 02/01/2014 
03/01/2014 08/25/2014 12/20/2014
Spring 2015 02/01/2014 
02/24/2014 01/07/2015 06/26/2015

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This program is currently not accepting applications.