Comillas Pontifical University (Universidad Pontificia Comillas – ICAI) is a well-known private university in Spain. It is based in the beautiful city of Madrid. The Catholic univesity is run by the Society of Jesus. ICAI is one of the leading schools in Spain, it is constantly appearing in rankings- it was the only Spanish university to be named in the Times Higher Education ranking 2013. The university has a wide range of degree programmes, including Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD and international courses, as well as continuing education courses. As the university is part of the Catholic Church, it is dedicated to open higher education to everyone, regardless of their financial circumstances. In order to do so, the university offers a range of financial aid and scholarship options, to help cover costs and therefore enable students, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to study, to follow their academic dreams. The aid comes form the Comillas Pontifical University itself, the contributions are made by the Fund of Church Grants, the non-autonomous foundation for candidates to the priesthood and from various organisations and individuals. The school wants its students to gain a truly global outlook- it is involved in numerous academic exchange programmes, work placements and international projects with more than 200 academic partners in Europe, Latin America, North American, and Asia. The school’s roots can be traced back to 1890, when Pope Leo XIII founded the Seminary of St. Anthony of Padua. In 1969, the university was moved to Madrid, and that’s when it was able to welcome a wider range of students. Nowadays, the higher education institution is made up of seven colleges and schools. The university has a large alumni network- notable alumni being: Diego López Garrido (former undersecretary for European Affairs), José Bono (former Prime Minister of Castilla La Mancha Regional Government and former Secretary of Defense of Spain).
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I have been a student in Icade university for one year. My experience has been highly positive and I would like to remak the four traits that I like the most:
Firstly, the educational system is regarded as one of the best in Spain for business studies. Secondly, the porgram includes an ethical and humenistic perspective linked to its Jesuist origin. Furthermore, Icade encourages students in general to experience an exchange program overseas for at least 1 to 2 years.
Lastly, internships are mandatory for first year students.
The only aspect of Icade that I would change is that the academical aproach is too much lecture driven.
ICADE is an ideal university to study business and law. The teachers are very well prepared and willing to help you in whatever you need. On the other hand students come from all over Spain, there is a mix of people, and it is very easy to find people to interact with. It is necessary to go to class because the attendance counts for the note but in general the schedule is quite well with times of rest. It is also in the center of Madrid and is an advantage over other universities in Madrid, at the end you can make all kinds of plans in the area. However, the facilities, despite being modern classrooms with computers and projectors, do not have a campus and the library is always full at exam time, certain facilities are small for the number of students there are. ICADE is a good choice as it prepares you very well for the working world and gives you certain necessary values.
I think its an experienced Univeristy which gives their graduates the opportunity to make a succesful career with your degree.
The teachers vary a lot but most of them are well trained proffesionals that try to help you at all times and are also very good academics.
This university also gives their students the possibility to study abroad with a lot of agreements with foreign universities all over the world.
I believe that, over the years, ICADE continues to be one of the best universities in the country not only because of its high academic standards but also because of the great opportunities it offers its students. It is one of the Spanish universities that is characterized by training future managers who seek not only the economic objectives of the companies they lead, but also seek to give back to the society that surrounds them part of what has given them.