Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas
Live on the Mediterranean coast in a cultural capital of Europe
Explore Spain’s second largest city
Study at one of the top ten business schools in Europe
Take business classes in English or Spanish
The University and Location ESADE is an elite international business school offering courses in professional business administration and law in English, Spanish and Catalan. Program is for business majors only. ESADE’s Sant Cugat campus is located in a residential area of Barcelona approximately 10 miles from the city center. Barcelona is a lively, cosmopolitan city on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Considered a center of industry and commerce, the city is known for its unique artistic and architectural treasures, in particular the whimsical modern gothic creations of Gaudí. An extensive public transportation system provides ESADE students with easy routes between campus and the city center.
Academics Students applying for this program must be enrolled in the College of Business and have a minimum of one year (2 semesters) or the equivalent (placement test results) of Spanish.
Courses For descriptions of courses offered at the university, please click on the following link (courses for future years will be similar): ESADE Courses 2016-2017. Internships are also available to exchange students under certain conditions.
Spanish Language Pre-Session
ESADE offers a free optional two-week Spanish language pre-session course for students who want to improve their language skills prior to the start of the semester. It is strongly encouraged that students participate in the pre-sesssion. Details are provided once students are accepted to ESADE.
Fall Term pre-session: late August or early September
Spring Term pre-session: January
Credits and Grading
Students take 24-30 ECTS credits (12-15 Loyola credits). Exams are scheduled at the end of each course.
The following grade conversion chart is approximate:
9.0 - 10
8.0 - 8.9
7.0 - 7.9
6.0 - 6.9
5.5 - 5.9
5.0 - 5.4
0 - 4.9
Non-numerical grades are the following:
Fall semester: September through December Spring semester: Late January through May
Note: Loyola exchange students must register for their courses at ESADE online during the open enrollment periods (i.e. in July for the fall term; in November for the spring term).
Before the beginning of each semester there is a mandatory 2-week orientation program for new exchange students that includes campus and city tours and other social events. All selected students are required to attend.
Finances and Budgeting
Please refer to the BUDGET SHEET. Typically fall and spring terms are estimated to cost the same. A full year is estimated to be double the cost of spring.
Housing and Meals
Loyola students may stay in the university-owned residence halls or procure off-campus housing themselves. Detailed information about the different accommodation possibilities can be found on ESADE's International Student webpage, located in the Useful Links section below.
International Student Committee
The ESADE International Student Committee organizes get-togethers with ESADE students and exchange students, including International Week. More information on International Week can be found here.
Visa Regulations U.S. citizens must obtain a student visa prior to departure, if in Spain for more than 90 days. It is important to start this process early, it can take month to secure your visa. For students staying over 180 days, most consulates require an FBI Background Check or State Police Records.