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. The ESADE campus recently moved to Sant Cugat, 25 minutes outside the city of Barcelona. The new campus is an example of sustainable architecture, and 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.

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 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.

Student Life

Students at ESADE keep busy through involvement in a number of student organizations and activities. Choose your interest, whether it be sports, leisure and culture, entrepreneurship or volunteering. Students tend to spend free time in Barcelona, which provides an endless amount of sights to see, cafes to sip at and restaurants to dine in. A direct metro link allows easy access to the social life, culture, beach, and dynamic business environment of one of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities.

Term Dates

Fall Semester: Early September to mid-December
Spring Semester: Mid-January to late May

Courses Available

ESADE offers a variety of business courses for students to choose from. Use our course equivalency database to find out which courses at ESADE can apply to your UF degree. Please see an academic advisor for information pertaining to requesting additional equivalencies.

Language of Instruction

Courses are taught in English or Spanish. UF students are able to take a full load of business courses in English, however Spanish is the primary language university operations at ESADE. Intermediate knowledge of Spanish is expected. ESADE offers a free language course for all exchange students.

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 $3,155 $3,155
UFIC Admin. Fee --- $300
Health Insurance --- $160
Airfare --- $1,500
Housing/Utilities $2,710 $4,400
Internet/cable $630 Included
Food $2,115 $1,800
Books $650 $200
Transportation $550 $500
Visa --- $160
Total $9,810 $12,175


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. Students may select half-board (some meals) and cleaning services. All apartments and common areas have 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

Positioned on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula, Barcelona embodies the Spaniard lifestyle through bright architecture, elegant coastlines, and traditional culture. An hour from Barcelona by train or cable car, Montserrat is a popular and beautiful destination for hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. Seville – known for the gorgeous Alcazar, cathedrals, and museums – is a beautiful destination for a day trip from Barcelona by train or bus. An ideal getaway from the fast-paced lifestyle in Barcelona is the region of Costa Brava, which is spotted with medieval towns and hidden coves. Home to the famous artist Salvador Dali, the city of Figueres is rich in culture and architecture. Other popular international weekend destinations from Barcelona include the French Riviera, Morocco, and Portugal, which are accessible by train, bus, or plane.

Useful Location Websites


To arrange an appointment with a Heavener Study Abroad Advisor, please call 352.273.0151 or visit 301 Heavener Hall.

Heavener School of Business
301 Heavener Hall, PO Box 117160
Gainesville, Florida, 32611-7160

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

Contacts Abroad

Mr Simone Vincis
Incoming and Outgoing Exchange Coordinator
Asia, United States and Oceania
Av Torre Blanca 59
08172 Sant Cugat
Tel: +34 935 543 511
Email (simone.vincis at