Comillas-ICAI Summer Engineering Research

Program Overview:

Designed for JHU engineering undergraduates, this summer program offers students a unique academic research opportunity in an international and multicultural setting, while immersed in Spanish culture.


The flexibility of the program offers the student two options:

  • Research Lab (3 credits); or
  • Research lab + one course on Spanish language, culture, or engineering (6 credits). For this option, check course offering below.



  • No Spanish language background required.
  • 3.0 term GPA.

Academic Offering

Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICAI) offers Hopkins engineering students the opportunity to form part of Spanish research labs to work together in research projects from a variety of fields such, but not limited to, environmental, electric, civil or computer engineering.

Each student is assigned a tutor who will supervise their tasks and assignments. Research is conducted Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., though it is subject to student’s assigned research lab and class schedule. We recommend checking last summer’s class schedule to get a sense of what a typical day at Comillas would look like. 

Past Comillas Labs:


We expect research lab offering to be available in December 2023


If you have any questions, e-mail our Resident Director at

ICAI offers a selection of Humanities and STEM courses that may count toward major requirements. Please check the offer of courses below (students must get approval from their academic advisors for transfer credit):

Housing: Full Room & Board

Students will live with a Spanish family during their stay in Madrid. Engaging with the family is a fundamental part of the experience and allows students to immerse themselves into the culture. All homes are located in the center of Madrid, close to public transport to reach the Comillas campus. 

All meals are included. From Monday to Thursday, families will pack a sack lunch for students to take to campus. 

For more information, visit our Homestay Experience section. 

Important Dates

The program is open to all engineering majors for the summer term. To start planning your summer in Madrid, visit our Important Dates page. 


 MCAT examinations should be taken before date of arrival to Spain. 


Student Testimonials

Hear what past JHU Madrid have said about the program! Check out the testimonial section of our website.


If you are a past student and  would like to become a Student Ambassador at the Homewood Campus, reach out to us at


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