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International Relations Service

Contact Person:

Carmen González
cgonzalez@sri.insidewashington.net

Outgoing Students


Student Exchanges

International mobility programmes allow students to study for a period of time at a foreign univeristy, either in the European Union, through the Erasmus Programme, or at universities located in other countries with which Comillas has signed a Bilateral Agreement.

Erasmus: This type of exchange is carried out among universities in the European Union. The selection of Erasmus students is the responsibility of the home university. The Erasmus Programme provides students with partial financial aid, which does not cover the entire range of expenses durante the period of study abroad in the host country. In order to gain access to this financial aid, it is necessary to fulfill the following requirements:

  • To be a citizen of one of the Member States, or of one of the countries in the European Economic Space (Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway), or of one of the associated countries (Rumania, Cyprus, Bulgaria or Turkey).
  • To be registered at a University in one of the above-mentioned countries in the previous point.
  • To have finished the first year of studies at the University.
  • The period of studies at the foreign university will have a minimum duration of 3 months and a maximum length of 12 months.
  • The student will pay registration fees to the home university and not to the host university.
  • Studies carried out in the host university will be validated at the student´s home university.

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Bilateral Agreements: Comillas has signed Agreements with universities in the United States of America, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, and Latin America, among others. As with the Erasmus Programme, in bilateral agreements the candidates are selected by the School or Faculty in which they are registered, fees are paid to the home university and not to the host university, and studies carried out at the foreign university are validated at the home university of the student.

Students participating in bilateral exchanges do not receive financial aid.

How to request a student exchange

I. ERASMUS exchanges:

  • Call for applications:

    Each academic year, during the first fifteen days of October, a call for applications for Erasmus exchanges is announced for the following academic year.
  • Information sessions:

    In all of the Schools and Faculties, information sessions are organised in which details are given on possible destinations, requirements, criteria for selection, validation of subjects and other information of interest (for more information, please consult with your School or Faculty).
  • Application:

    The student exchange application form should be filled out on-line, printed and once signed by the student, it should be submitted at the place stated on the form, within the time period indicated.
  • Selection:

    The selection of authorised candidates to participate in exchanges will be made by those persons responsible in each School, Faculty or Department at the University, and the lists of students selected for participation in student exchange programmes will be published.
  • Aceptance of the place for student exchange:

    Once selected, the student should submit an acceptance or rejection of the place, in writing, to the Coordinator for Internaitonal Relations in the School or Faculty, within the deadline indicated in each case.
  • Medical Insurance:

    Before beginning the exchange, the student should visit the National Institute for Social Security and request the European Health Card. In the event that the student has an insurance policy different from Social Security, he or she should get the necessary information on the procedures to follow at the corresponding Insurance Company. In any case, the student should depart for the exchange with the appropriate Insurance Policy which is required by the host university.
  • Documentation:

    1. Before beginning the exchange.
    • Read attentively the "Contract for the Financing of Mobility for Students for the purpose of studies", fill it out, sign it and submit it to the International Relations Service (4th floor, East Wing).
    • Draw up the study contract (Learning Agreement) with the subjects/courses in which you will enroll abroad (Annex I), in consultation with the Coordinator or Head of Studies in your School or Faculty, and take it with you, in order to get approval by the Coordinator at the host university.
    • Take the "Erasmus Student Charter" with you during the exchange. The rights and duties of an Erasmus Student are explained in it.
    2. During your stay at the host university.
    • Present your study contract to your designated Coordinator so that it can be signed. Remember that if you need to make any changes in the study contract, they should be authorised by your Coordinator at Comillas.
    • Before returning to Madrid, you should request an Attendance Certificate (Annex II) from your Coordinator at the host university, signed and sealed, in which the dates of the beginning and the end of your exchange are stated for the period of study at that University.
    • Make sure that the host university sends your marks by post to your Coordinator at Comillas.
    3. Upon returning to Comillas.
    • Submit the following original documents to the Dean´s Office of your Faculty, or to the Coordinator of your School:
      • Attendance Certificate (Annex II), signed and sealed.
      • Study Report. This report should be completed on-line and should also be printed and submitted on paper.
      • Learning Agreement Study Contract (Annex I), signed by you, by your Coordinator/Head of Studies at Comillas and by the Coordinator at the foreign university.
      These documents should be in their original form. The Erasmus Agency does not accept photocopies or faxes.

      Students should submit these documents to the Dean´s Office in the respective Faculties or to the Coordinator of their school School.
    4. Payment of financial aid.
    • For your Erasmus exchange, you will receive, through the University, the following aid:
      • Erasmus Grant from the European Union: This grant is paid in two installments. You will receive a first transfer equivalent to approximately 80% of the total amount of the grant. This tranfer should be made during the month of December. A second transfer will be made for the remaining amount at the end of your exchange.
      • Complementary Erasmus Grant from the Ministry. The Ministry of Education and Science conceeds supplementary aid to students who carry out an Erasmus exchange. This grant is usually included along with your final payment.
      • ONLY FOR STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE AID FROM THE MINISTRY during the course prior to their Erasmus exchange. In this case, you will receive, in addition, supplmentary aid.
      The Regional Government of the Autonomous Region of Madrid ("Comunidad de Madrid") also gives aid to Erasmus students. This grant is requested through its web page. The criteria for receiving this aid is based on family income. More information can be found on: www.emes.es

      VERY IMPORTANT: Students who have not provided bank information upon applying for exchange should provide it before payment can be made for the grant. In the event that this information is not available at the time that payment is made, the grant will be cancelled.



II. BILATERAL Exchange:

  • Information Sessions:

    In all of the Schools and Faculties, information sessions are organised in which details are given on possible destinations, requirements, criteria for selection, validation of subjects and other information of interest (for more information, please consult with your School or Faculty).
  • Application:

    The student exchange application form should be filled out on-line, printed and once it is signed by the student, it should be submitted at the place stated on the form, within the time period indicated.
  • Selection

    The selection of authorised candidates to participate in exchanges will be made by those persons responsible in each School, Faculty or Department at the University, and the lists of students selected for participation in student exchange programmes will be published
  • Aceptance of the place for student exchange

    Once selected, the student should submit an acceptance or rejection of the place, in writing, to the Coordinator for Internaitonal Relations in the School or Faculty, within the deadline indicated in each case.
  • Medical Insurance:

    Before beginning the exchange, the student should consult with the host university for the purpose of taking out of an appropriate private insurance policy.
  • Documentation

    1. Before the exchange...
    • Draw up the study contract (Learning Agreement)with the subjects/courses in which you will enroll abroad (Annex I), in consultation with the Coordinator or Head of Studies in your School or Faculty, and take it with you, in order to get approval by the Coordinator at the host university
    2. During your stay at the host university?
    • Present your study contract to your designated Coordinator so that it can be signed. Remember that if you need to make any changes in the study contract, they should be authorised by your Coordinator at Comillas.
    • Before returning to Madrid, you should request an Attendance Certificate (Annex II) from your Coordinator at the host university, signed and sealed, in which the dates of the beginning and the end of your exchange are stated for the period of study at that University. (IMPORTANT: the date of the signature should be on the last day of stay, or after the last day of your stay at the University).
    • Make sure that the host university sends your marks by post to your Coordinator at Comillas.
    3. Upon returning to Comillas....
    • Submit the following original documents to the Dean´s Office of your Faculty, or to the Coordinator of your School:
      • Learning Agreement Study Contract, signed by you, by your Coordinator/Head of Studies at Comillas and by the Coordinator at the foreign university.
      • Study Report. This report should be completed on-line and should also be printed and submitted on paper
      Students should submit these documents to the Dean's Office in the respective Faculties or to the Coordinator at your School.

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