ESADE – Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas

Barcelona, Spain

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ESADE was conceived in the spring of 1954 by a group of Catalan professionals and entrepreneurs who later founded the private university. Since then, ESADE has steadily grown in size and broadened the range of courses offered by its faculty. It is currently considered Spain's number one business school and it is one of only 48 business schools worldwide to have been awarded triple accreditation through EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. ESADE also has opened campuses in Buenos Aires, Madrid and Sao Paulo.

Please note: students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and deposit to the UF International Center. You can start your online application today!

The School

The ESADE campus recently moved to Sant Cugat, 25 minutes outside the city of Barcelona. Academic activities began at the new campus in February 2009. An example of sustainable architecture, the modern, purpose-built campus is equipped with the latest technologies. 1,500 students from all over Spain, and also students from 38 different countries, pursue studies in business administration – in undergraduate (BBA), and various graduate programs. Adjacent to the campus, ESADE Creapolis is a joint venture between the university and a consortium of Spanish financial institutions.

The City

Barcelona is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city in the northern Catalonia region of Spain. It is the second largest city in Spain, with a population of over one and a half million inhabitants. 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 Antoni Gaudí.

Term Dates

Fall: Early September – mid-December
Spring: Early February – mid-May

Courses Available

See the list of courses taught at ESADE. Please open the links to determine the semester when a class will be offered and the language of instruction. Normally, if the course title is in Spanish that is the language in which the class will be taught.

Other important academic information is available in the International Student Handbook.

Language of Instruction

Many business courses are offered in English. Intermediate knowledge of Spanish, however, is expected. ESADE offers a free Spanish course for all exchange students who want to learn or improve their Spanish.

Grade Conversion
points from
points to
7.5 10 A
7.0 7.4 B+
6.0 6.9 B
5.5 5.9 C+
5.0 5.4 C
0 4.9 E
Credit Conversion
ESADE credits UF credit
2 ECTS credits 1 UF credit
(2 X .6 = 1.2)
3 ECTS credits 2 UF credit
(3 X .6 = 1.8)
4 ECTS credits 2 UF credits
(4 X .6 = 2.4)
4.5 ECTS credits 3 UF credits
(4.5 X .6 = 2.7)
5.5 ECTS credits 3 UF credits
(5.5 X .6 = 3.3)
6 ECTS credits 4 UF credits
(6 X .6 = 3.6)
6.5 ECTS credits 4 UF credits
(6.5 X .6 = 3.9)
7.5 ECTS credits 5 UF credits
(7.5 X .6 = 4.5)
Estimated Expenses
Rough Expense Comparison Semester at UF Semester at ESADE
UF Tuition $3,085 $3,085
UFIC Admin. Fee --- $250
Health Insurance $730 $890
Airfare --- $1,500
Housing $2,620 $4,200
Internet/cable $455 Included
Food $2,065 $2,000
Books $540 $300
Transportation $270 $300
Visa --- $160
Total $9,765 $12,685


Visiting students are invited to live in the newly established dormitories of the Roberto de Nobili Residence Hall. The modern complex offers access to shopping areas, restaurants, gyms, and self-service launderettes. Individual studios start at 700 € a month and for additional fees students may select half-board and cleaning services. All apartments and common areas are wired for Wi-Fi. Students may also rent apartments in Barcelona. Alternate housing is available in the city of Barcelona through residences and apartment leasing agencies.


Euro is the currency used.

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, 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.


To arrange an appointment with a Heavener Study Abroad Advisor, please call 273.0151 or visit 301 Heavener Hall.

Heavener School of Business
301 Heavener Hall, PO Box 117160
Gainesville, Florida, 32611-7160
Phone: 352-273-0165

You may also contact an International Programs Student Ambassador to learn more about study abroad from experienced peers.

Contacts Abroad

Elisenda Díaz Fort
Programme Manager - 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