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Program Type: Outgoing Exchange Subject(s): Accounting, Business Service Learning, Finance, International Business, Legal Studies in Business, Management, Marketing
Language(s) of Instruction: English, Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None, but some knowledge of local language advised
Click here for a definition of this term Secondary Application Required: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Student Visa Required: Yes
Program Description:
Program Description | Academic Details | Eligibility | Application
Financial Details | Housing | Helpful Links | Contact Participants

Program Description


The University
ICADE is Madrid's first-ranked business school, offering specializations in management, finance, marketing and labor economics. The school is at the forefront of international business education and sponsors a four-year joint degree program in International Business Administration with several other European institutions. ICADE is the business school of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Comillas was founded in 1890 and is administered by the Jesuit order. Its faculties include Philosophy and Humanities, Civil Law, Canon Law, Economics and Business, and Theology. It also has schools of social work, engineering, and nursing. The university enrolls 12,000 students on two campuses, one in central Madrid and around 1,300 of these are international students. The Freeman program is located at the downtown campus, in the main classroom building. Typical of European universities, the main building has broad hallways and a courtyard where students gather, with none of the open, outdoor spaces of an American campus. Likewise, there are no dormitories. The student cafeteria is a popular meeting place, and the library provides a quiet place to study.

Many students utilize the study commons. The main library displays panoramic views of Madrid while providing plenty of places to study. The smaller library provides ample study space along with an extensive collection of books and study spaces. Both libraries are locating next door in the ICAI building. 

The cafeteria in the basement of the ICADE building provides authentic Spanish food and is a great place to quickly grab a coffee.

Madrid, Spain's capital and largest city, is a metropolis of over six million people and a major European center of artistic and intellectual activity. The city combines the fast pace of government and commercial activity, sophistication of a cosmopolitan center and relaxed tempo of the paseo and the café. While undoubtedly a modern metropolis, much of beautiful Madrid has managed to preserve the look and feel of the city's vibrant past. Theatres, royal palaces, museums, and myriad political buildings help to bring historic Madrid back to life, while simultaneously offering present day visitors a plethora of cultural activities. Museums, restaurants, tapas bars, and nightclubs give students ample opportunities to explore the city and get to know the Madrileños. Wander into the famous Plaza Mayor for a magnificent combination of good food, drink, and times past. Once the site for a multitude of events--including markets, bullfights, soccer games, public executions, and trials during the Spanish Inquisition--Plaza Mayor is now home to quaint shops and cafes. For those looking to improve their knowledge of fine art, Madrid is considered one of the top European destinations for art museums. In what is known as the Golden Triangle of Art, patrons can find the Prado Museum, the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, and the Reina Sofia Museum; all world renown and containing works of painters such as Velázquez, Goya, and Pablo Picasso. On a lazy Sunday afternoon, visit the famed Parque del Buen Retiro to experience beautiful scenery, and more often than not, a variety of impromptu activities, such as drum circles, puppet shows, and concerts. For a taste of authentic Spanish culture, Madrid's Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas is considered by many to be the world center of bullfighting and and hosts fights from March to October. There are numerous festivals throughout the year that highlight Madrid's artistic and historical contributions to Spanish culture, such as Carnaval, a festival held the week before Lent, filled with music, dancing, food, and parades. The fast and efficient metro system makes moving around the city convenient, and the extensive network of regional, national, and inter-European trains and buses greatly facilitates travel throughout the region.  

ICADE is located in the Arguelles neighborhood of Madrid, Spain. It is close to a main thoroughfare, Princessa, near both the Arguelles and San Bernado metro stops. Students utilize the metro as the main form of transportation. Many students choose to buy a student pass for a discounted price which comes with unlimited rides for a month.

Student Life
ICADE has a population of about 7,700 undergraduate students. Many of its students are international and exchange students. Freeman is one of ICADE's closest partners; 120 Freeman students study at ICADE every year. The program at ICADE is a great fit for a student that wants to study with a large group of other Freeman students. 

Active participation in campus life is an important component of university education. Freeman students at ICADE are encouraged to participate in university activities and student organizations. For a list of student organizations, visit

Students can get involved in clubs and activities through the student run organization, Unity. Unity serves a resource for all students studying abroad at ICADE.

Outside of what is provided by ICADE, many students like to take advantage of services and activities organized by CityLife Madrid. CityLife Madrid offers a free settle-in service, sends regular events newsletters, and organizes activities and trips for international students throughout the year. 

Academic Details 

Academic Calendar
ICADE follows a calendar similar to the U.S. academic calendar. The Fall semester runs from late August or early September to December. Some final assignments may be due in January, after departure.

The Spring semester runs from January to May. You can see the 2019-20 academic calendar Here.

The final exam schedule is released partway through the semester. Students are not allowed to depart before final exams. Please do not book your return ticket before the end of exam period. 
Ranking and Rigor
Past participants report that level of academic challenge at ICADE is generally moderately less difficult than Tulane, "but you learn equally as much."

Business Courses
On this program, Freeman students enroll in business courses in English with other Freeman students and international exchange students. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in business courses in Spanish with local students. Generally, each class is worth 6 ECTS (3 Tulane credits). Tulane students at ICADE enroll in 4 - 6 courses per semester (3 - 5 business classes in English and/or Spanish + one Spanish language class).
For a list of courses commonly offered at ICADE and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.   
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. For a an up-to-date list of course offerings, please see the Spring Course Catalogue 2018-2019.pdf
Service Learning 
Students with advanced Spanish language proficiency can request to enroll in Aprendizaje Servicio en el Ámbito de la Gestión Empresarial (Business Service Learning). This course provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their studies to specific business challenges and offer a service to society, with special attention to vulnerable and/or at-risk populations. In addition the course includes reflective components which gives students the opportunity to explore how their chosen profession can contribute to making the world a better place. Service learning placements typically involve resolution of current managerial/administrative challenges for not-for profit organizations and charities, working in groups. Advanced Spanish language proficiency is required. 

Freeman students that participate in the ICADE service learning program can petition for 3-credits in Upper Service. 

Language Classes
Freeman students at ICADE are required to enroll in a Spanish language class. The language class can be taken P/F or for a grade. Courses are at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Spanish classes are free-of-charge. To receive credit for Spanish classes at ICADE, students need approval from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. If you are planning to petition for credit, please carefully review the guidelines on the Department of Spanish and Portuguese website. You can download language class syllabi here:

Spanish A1.pdf
Spanish A2.pdf
Spanish B1.pdf
Spanish B2.pdf
Spanish C1.pdf

Freeman students pre-register for courses at ICADE. Students complete a course selection form in their FreemanAbroad account after acceptance to the program. ICADE registers students for courses. Students receive their schedules prior to the start of the semester and can add/drop courses through the first week of the semester. Students can view their schedules by logging into the ICADE exchange student portal.

Academic Culture
Most courses are characterized by traditional teaching with lectures, written course assignments and/or oral presentations. Participation is a very important part of the grade in most classes. 

Past participants advise future exchange participants to prepare for "times of little work followed by periods of a lot of work." There are less regular homework assignments and tests throughout the year. Group projects are common. Students are not told what to learn by their professors but are expected to be independent and self-driven. Regular feedback is less common. Final exams make up a significant portion of the grade. Curving grades is not a common practice. 

Teachers are fluent in English but students may still have to overcome some language barriers. 

In Spain, relationships with professors are usually more formal. Instructors are considered experts in their field and their primary role is to impart knowledge. Student-professor interaction may be more limited than what students are used to, and it is not common for students to contradict or criticize a professor. If you are unhappy with a grade you receive in your classes at ICADE, you can ask the professor for a breakdown of the grading criteria, but professors in Spain are less likely than professors in the U.S. to change a grade unless a mathematical error was made.

For more information about academic differences, please see Differences Between Spain and U.S. Higher Education Systems.

Final course grades are often based on class participation, projects, and exams. Final exams make up a significant portion of the course grade. 

The final exam schedule is released partway through the semester. Students are not allowed to depart before final exams. Please do not book your return ticket before the end of exam period.

Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
The Spanish grading system is based on a scale from 0 to 10. The minimum passing grade is a 5. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at ICADE.

Spain Grades 


Eligibility Requirements
For Freeman semester abroad programs, students must:
  • complete their lower division business core requirements prior to their semester abroad;
  • earn a 2.5 GPA in the lower division business core courses;
  • be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing.

Students who are on disciplinary probation, academic probation and/or honor board probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Tulane study abroad program. Approvals are revoked for students who are placed on probation after being approved to study abroad.
Students on disciplinary, academic and/or honor board probation during time of application are considered only if the probation period ends prior to departure for study abroad. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Study Abroad & Exchange in consultation with Tulane's Division of Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. If the application is approved, the host institution will be notified of the probationary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Tulane to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student's participation in a study abroad program.

Requirements for Courses Taught in Spanish
If you wish to take courses taught in Spanish with local students, you must have an advanced intermediate command of the language. 


Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Study Abroad & Exchange advisor. 

Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; completion of 3010s; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation. 

Secondary Application
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Please see the ICADE Factsheet for more information. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline. 

Financial Details

Program Cost
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information. 

Fall Budget Sheet
Spring Budget Sheet


ICADE's Housing Provider
ICADE does not have on-campus housing. ICADE contracts with Students Global Relocation to provide all services associated with accommodations. SGR offers housing in residence halls or apartments throughout Madrid. The residence halls include utilities and can include partial or full board. Apartments do not include utilities or meals. For more information visit SGR's website at If you would like to apply for your housing through SGR, please complete the housing application by June 30 for the Fall semester or November 30 for the Spring semester. When applying online, please identify yourself as an ICADE Comillas student by entering the access code UPCOMILLAS. 

When completing your online application, each student in their profile section has a box to click in case he/she would like a Skype meeting with SGR. We highly recommend you select this option to discuss your needs and the details of your housing with SGR. 

ICADE recommends that students book their housing through SGR. In case of any issues, ICADE can intervene more efficiently if you book your housing through SGR. ICADE is limited in its ability to assist students who book independent housing. 

Note: SGR is a global relocation company and provides more than just housing. Students can purchase additional services such as airport transportation, metro pass, telecommunications management (SIM card), and storage solutions. 

Independent Housing
Past participants have also used the following resources for securing independent housing in Madrid:

U.S.-Based Housing Companies: 

Spain- and Europe-Based Housing Companies and Website:
GV Living Student Housing
Housing Anywhere

Private Residencias Recommended by Past Students:
Marli House 
Estuhome (females only)

Some students also get landlord recommendations from past participants.

Neighborhoods recommended by past students include: Argüelles, Moncloa, Malasaña, Chamberi (by San Bernardo Metro), and La Latina. You can find more information about these neighborhoods on this website

Note: Study Abroad & Exchange does not endorse any of the housing listed on the above links. Students are responsible for checking the condition of the property before signing a lease or making a deposit.

Helpful Links

ICADE Business Factsheet 2019-2020.pdf
ICADE Fact Sheet 2019-20.pdf
ICADE Exchange Student Website
Visa Information
Program Reviews on Abroad101
U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories

Contact Participants

Click HERE to contact past and present program participants.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/05/2019 09/15/2019 01/08/2020 05/22/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Orientation (mandatory) will take place on January 8. Classes start on January 13. Exams take place late May. Summer Break begins May 23.