Comillas University

Marquette University Law School currently participates in an exchange program with the Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid). In an exchange program, Marquette law students pay tuition and fees to Marquette University on the same basis that they would pay for a regular semester at Marquette, but students are enrolled in and attend classes at the foreign law school. The number of Marquette Law students permitted to participate in a semester exchange at the University of Comillas is limited to a maximum of two each academic semester, and there may be certain semesters when no exchange positions are available at all.

Founded in 1904, the Universidad Pontificia Comillas is located in Madrid, the political and cultural heart of Spain. It is regarded as one of the best universities in Europe and has a rich tradition in subjects related to the humanities and business. The University has an international reputation and attracts exchange students from Europe and the rest of the world. Comillas has 7,700 undergraduates, 4,300 students in special or post-graduate study and more than 1,000 foreign students. In addition to Marquette law students, Marquette University undergraduates often attend the University of Comillas for a semester as a Spanish Language immersion experience.  More information about Universidad Pontificia Comillas can be found online.

Law students selected to participate in the exchange program will enroll in classes at the foreign law school according to procedures established by the foreign law school. In addition, students must enroll at the same time in parallel Law School courses titled “Law XXX Study Abroad – Comillas University.” Only the Marquette Law School courses will appear on the student's transcript.

Students must receive prior approval for their exchange courses from the Law School Director of Study Abroad Programs.  All credits awarded will receive a grade of Satisfactory, unless the student fails to achieve a grade of C in any class, in which case the student's transcript will show that the student earned O credits for the course with a grade of Unsatisfactory. Students will be awarded credit hours for classes taken in exchange programs depending on the number of hours of classroom instruction for each class.

Comillas University offers a selection wide of law courses treating international and European Union law that are taught in the English language. Additional law courses are taught in Spanish. Marquette Law School students participating in an exchange at the University of Comillas may choose to take all English language courses or to take a mix of English and Spanish language courses. It is recommended that law students participating in the exchange register solely for English language law courses unless they speak Spanish fluently.

Madrid is a large city, and it is recommended that exchange students have at least basic proficiency in the Spanish language in order to live and study in Spain for a semester. The University of Comillas typically requires all exchange students to take a tuition-free course in Spanish language instruction while they are enrolled in law classes.  Law School credit is NOT awarded for the Spanish language instruction course.

Interested students should contact Professor Ed Fallone (edward.fallone@marquette.edu) well in advance of the application deadline.  The application deadline is October 1 for the spring academic semester and March 1 for the fall academic semester.

Upon receiving Law School approval, exchange students must submit a formal application to the Marquette University Office of International Education, which then guides the law student through the registration process with the University of Comillas.

The University of Comillas provides additional information for students participating in an exchange, including information on course offerings here.

Please note that course offerings change from semester to semester and that the University of Comillas cannot guarantee that exchange students will be able to enroll in all of their preferred courses.

For further information about the University of Comillas exchange program, contact Professor Ed Fallone, Director of Study Abroad Programs, at edward.fallone@marquette.edu.