Please note: this program requires an enrollment of 16 students in order to run. Should the program not fill we will assist you in finding an alternative program, however there is no guarantee.
Spain is probably Europe's most geographically diverse country, ranging from the near-deserts of eastern Andalucia to the green countryside and deep coastal inlets of Galicia, and from the sunbaked uplands of Castilla-La Mancha to the rugged, snow-capped Pyrenees. The country covers 84% of the Iberian Peninsula making it the largest country in Western Europe after France. Culturally, Spain is filled with superb old buildings, from Roman aqueducts and Islamic palaces to Gothic cathedrals. The more you travel in Spain, the more it becomes evident just how diverse a country it truly is, and how many unique regions in Spain there are!
Madrid, known as "the Spanish city that never sleeps," is beautiful and vibrant. Spain's capital and home to four million people, Madrid boasts a rich cultural life and active social scene. The world famous Prado art museum contains works by important Spanish painters such as Goya, El Greco and Velazquez. The city's nightlife includes theater, cafés, restaurants, rock music, jazz, discos and more. Madrid also offers an array of sporting events, including soccer and bullfighting.
Universidad Pontificia Comillas
The Universidad Pontificia Comillas is one of Spain's most prestigious private universities. Founded in 1890, it is run by the Society of Jesus, the institution with the highest number of universities in the world. Comillas provides students an excellent opportunity for personal, professional and social development. The teaching methodology used is based on the active participation at students and emphasizes information and communication technologies. There are over 10,000 students enrolled in the University's degree programs.
The University offers two 4-week summer programs: Specialised International Courses and Spanish Language and Culture. The Specialized International Courses are taught alongside local Spanish students and are offered in Spanish only. Students choose one subject area or track to study, and there are 2 courses offered in each track. Some of the tracks that have been offered in the past are International Business & Marketing, Marketing, Public Relations & Protocol, Management Strategics, Business Management, European Union & International Law, and Human & Social Sciences. In this program, theoretical classes are combined with technical visits to companies and institutions, public and private organizations, as well as visits to cultural sites such as the El Escorial Monastery and the Prado Museum.
The Spanish Language and Culture program is ideal for students whose Spanish is at the beginner or intermediate level who want to improve their language skills and learn more about Spanish culture. This program consists of one course that covers not only Spanish language but aspects of history, cinema, cuisine, art, and music, and it incorporates numerous activities and cultural site visits.
Accommodations and Meals
Both programs offer the opportunity to live with host families who offer full board or half board, as well as shared efficiency apartments with kitchenettes. Carefully selected home-stays offer the opportunity to learn more about Spanish culture as well as to improve language skills.