ESADE – Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas

Barcelona, Spain

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

Frank Gehry’s Golden Fish Sculpture in downtown Barcelona, Spain

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

ESADE building in Barcelona, Spain

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.

Rooftop view of Barcelona, Spain

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

ESADE points fromESADE points toUF grade

Credit Conversion

ESADE creditsUF credits
2 ECTS credits1 UF credit (2 X .6 = 1.2)
3 ECTS credits2 UF credit (3 X .6 = 1.8)
4 ECTS credits2 UF credits (4 X .6 = 2.4)
4.5 ECTS credits3 UF credits (4.5 X .6 = 2.7)
5.5 ECTS credits3 UF credits (5.5 X .6 = 3.3)
6 ECTS credits4 UF credits (6 X .6 = 3.6)
6.5 ECTS credits4 UF credits (6.5 X .6 = 3.9)
7.5 ECTS credits5 UF credits (7.5 X .6 = 4.5)

Estimated Expenses

Rough Expense ComparisonSemester at UFSemester at ESADE
UF Tuition$3,155$3,155
UFIC Admin. Fee-$300
Health Insurance-$160
Housing / Utilities$2,710$4,400
Internet / Cable$630Included




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.

Travel Opportunities

Fountain in Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona, Spain

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.

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