Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas

Barcelona, Spain

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For selection, priority is given to students with a base in Spanish language.

The ESADE project was conceived in the spring of 1954 by a group of Catalan professionals and entrepreneurs who later founded the university. Since then, ESADE has steadily grown in size and the range of courses, leading to the enlargement of its installations in the heart of beautiful Barcelona.

The School

The ESADE campus recently moved to the Sant Cugat campus 25 minutes outside the city of Barcelona. ESADE, originally founded by members of the Catalan business community, is one of the top business schools in Spain and in Europe. The comprehensive language center plays an active role in educating the businessmen and women of Spain. Exchange students can pay fees and use the language center.

The City

Barcelona is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city in the northern Catalunya region of Spain. The city is on the coast of the Mediterranean and the weather is warm and sunny most of the year, although it can be cold in the winter months of November through February. The city has excellent shopping, restaurants, clubs and public transportation. It is also strongly influenced by art, especially in the architecture of Gaudí. Typically, the locals are fashionable and business-like. They are not initially as outgoing as the northern Europeans. Once they do get to know you, though, they can be friendly and outgoing.

Term Dates

Fall term: early September to mid-December
Spring term: early February through mid-May

Courses Available

ESADE has Master's degrees comparable to MIB (Master Intl Management and Master of Marketing Management), and students will take courses from those programs. We DO NOT have an exchange with the MBA program. Review a list of ESADE Courses.


ESADE home students are required to speak Spanish and English. The city is a mix of Spanish and Catalan, and many residents speak some English as well.

Credit Conversions & Grading

Minimum Credit Requirements

Minimum 18 ECTS credits (equivalent to 10 UF credits) per semester.

Estimated Expenses

$1100- $1200, depending on housing preference.


Students are given a list of places apartments to research. Housing is difficult to find and students should arrive early, live in a hotel for a week, and then arrange housing while in the city. This offers the opportunity to negotiate and be sure it is an area you prefer. Securing housing here is a VERY frustrating process here, especially if you do not speak the language and do not have a Spanish speaker to help you! It is recommended to live within the city of Barcelona and not farther out near the ESADE campus.


Travel Opportunities

Barcelona is served by Barcelona International Airport in the town of El Prat de Llobregat, about 3 km (2 mi) from Barcelona. It is the 2nd largest airport in Spain, and the largest on the Mediterranean coast. It is a main hub for Vueling Airlines, Clickair, and a focus for Spanair, Air Europa and Iberia. The airport mainly serves domestic and European destinations, but some airlines offer destinations in Asia and the United States. The airport is connected to the city by highway, commuter train and scheduled bus service. Barcelona is served by a comprehensive local public transport network that includes a metro, a bus network, two separate tram networks (one of them, the Tramvia Blau, connects to the Funicular del Tibidabo), and several funiculars and aerial cable cars.


Contacts Abroad

Elisenda Díaz Fort
Exchange Coordinator
ESADE - University Programmes Office
Av. de Torreblanca 59
St. Cugat del Vallès - Barcelona E08172
Tel: +34 935 530 230
Fax: +34 932 048 105
Email (elisenda.diaz at

Araceli Domenech
Registrar's Office
Tel: +34 93 280 61 62 ext. 2226
Fax: +34 93 204 81 05
Email (Araceli.domenech at