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Loyola Exchange-ESADE, Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Fact Sheet:
Minimum Required GPA:
Minimum Class Standing:
3 Junior
Language of Instruction:
English, Spanish
Language Requirement:
2 semesters or equivalent
Loyola Scholarships:
Type of Program:
Enrollment at a University Abroad
Program Description:

ESADESagrada Familia

Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas

Barcelona, Spain  

Program Highlights

  • Take business classes in English or Spanish
  • Study at one of the top ten business schools in Europe
  • Live in one of the cultural capitals of Europe

The University and Program

ESADE is an independent nonprofit university institution, founded in 1958 in Barcelona when a group of entrepreneurs and the Society of Jesus members joined forces.  Since 1995, it has formed part of the Ramon Llull University.  Ranked as one of the top ten business schools in Europe, ESADE was among the first business schools to be awarded the three most prestigious sector accreditations: AACSB International, EQUIS and AMBA. 

The Barcelona campus includes the ESADE Business School, the ESADE Undergraduate Programs, the ESADE Law School and the Executive Language Center. All of these institutions deliver professional training that is comprehensive, rigorous, pluralistic and global. With an approach dedicated to personal development and social responsibility, ESADE boasts its own innovative learning model, a pioneer in Europe, based on the development of professional and management skills and techniques.

The Location

Barcelona is located in the second largest city in Spain. 
A city rich in architectural treasures, Barcelona is characterized by its outstanding Gothic and Modernist heritage, with the Catalan Antoni Gaudí as the central figure.  It is a lively and cosmopolitan city as well as an important industrial and business centre. 

ESADE's campus is located outside of the city center, in a residential area of Barcelona, but easily accessible from the city center by public transportation, ESADE's location allows study abroad students to experience the city of Barcelona while studying at a business-focused university.

The Academics

ESADE ranks among the top ten business schools in Europe in the most important international MBA, Executive Education and university program polls. It was also ranked as the international business school of choice in the business world according to a September 2006 Wall Street Journal article.

ESADE holds the “Triple Crown” accreditation:

  • AACSB -The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • EQUIS - by the European Foundation for Management Development
  • AMBA -The Association of MBAs

Students applying for this program must have a minimum of one year of Spanish and be enrolled in the Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business. Courses at ESADE are taught in English, Spanish and Catalan. For a list of courses offered at the university and course descriptions, please, click on the following link:

ESADE Courses 2014-15.pdf

Academic Credit and Grading

To be considered full-time, students must take 27-30 ECTS credits, which typically transfer to Loyola as 13-15 credits. Exams are scheduled at the end of each course and are mostly in written form. Sometimes exams might be conducted orally or even consist in take-home assignments. Projects may be required as well.

Internships are also available to exchange students under certain conditions.

Grades - ESADE uses a numeric grading scale assigning 0-10 points with the following descriptive values:
Spanish Grade Description Loyola Grade
9,0 - 10 Honors A
9,0 - 10 Outstanding A
7,0 - 8,9 Distinction B+
5,0 - 6,9 Passed B-
0 - 4,9 Failed F

Non-numerical grades are the following (with their description following in parentheses):

AP  (Pass),
NAP  (Fail),
NP  (Incomplete),
PENDIENTE  (Not released yet).

Language Pre-Session

ESADE offers an optional free Spanish language pre-session course for students who want to improve their language skills prior to the start of the semester. More information is provided once students are accepted to ESADE. The Fall Term pre-session is offered for two weeks in late August or early September; the Spring Term pre-session takes place during two weeks in January.

Academic Calendar 2014/2015

The academic year-long program runs from September through May. Fall programs at ESADE typically begin in September and end in December, and the spring semester runs from late January through May. Students have the option of participating in the Spanish language pre-session course before the start of the semester or academic year.

Fall Term 2014 (September 15 to December 19)

September 1 - September 12 Spanish Intensive Course (mornings)
September 1 - September 12 Orientation Program
September 15 Institutional Welcome - Beginning of Fall Term
December 4 Fall 2014 Farewell
December 19 End of Fall Term
December 22 - January 6 Christmas Break

Spring Term 2015 (January 26 to May 31)

January 12 - January 23
Spanish Intensive Course (mornings)
January 12 - January 23
Orientation Program
January 26
Institutional Welcome - Beginning of Spring Term
March 30 - April 6
Easter Break
May 19
Spring 2015 Farewell
May 31
End of Spring Term 2015

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).

Housing and Meals

Loyola students attending ESADE may stay in the university-owned residence halls or procure off-campus housing themselves. Estimated monthly costs for a shared apartment in the center of Barcelona or in Sant Cugat range from EUR 450-700. On-campus accomodation in the Roberto de Nobili Residence Hall costs between EUR 700-1,000 per month ( Students should also budget EUR 110 for transportation and EUR 200-300 for meals and groceries per month.

The ESADE International Student Guide lists detailed information about the different accomodation possibilities.

Special Programs

Buddy System and Student Life - The ESADE International Student Committee (CIEE) provides students with a bridge that spans academic and political borders: their activities include week-long exchanges with universities in Europe and Asia, and numerous get-togethers with exchange students. More information can be found on

Visa Regulations

If you will be in Spain for more than 90 days, U.S. citizens must obtain a student visa prior to departure.   You cannot obtain your student visa in Spain. As soon as you are accepted, you should start the process for obtaining your visa. If you will be in Spain for more than 180 days, then you will also need an FBI background check. It is important to start this early since can take 2-3 months on top of the visa application. 

There are multiple Spanish Consulates located throughout the United States. Usually you are required to apply at the consulate that has jurisdiction over your permanent residence, but some consulates may allow you to apply based on your school address. In most cases you will be required to appear in person at the consulate to apply for the visa. Consult the consulate website for details. Normal processing time varies by consulate and season. Do not wait until the last minute to complete your visa application, or you will not receive your visa in time to begin your program. You will likely be required to leave your passport at the consulate for processing, plan travel accordingly.

Students who do not hold US Citizenship but have permanent residency in the United States should contact the consulate that governs their permanent address in the United States. You may have different visa requirements and should consult with the consulate to see where you should apply for a visa and how your requirements will differ.

Your local Spanish consulate is the official source of all visa information. If you have questions regarding the student visa application, you must contact your local Spanish consulate.  Each consulate has slightly different paperwork requirements. On your consulate’s webpage you will find a checklist of needed documents, specific to your application. Follow the requirements given by your consulate exactly.

DO NOT WAIT TO START YOUR APPLICATION.  For more information, check the following websites for more information on visas:

ISEP Country Handbook for Spain - Check out the Visa Information.

NAFSA Overview of Spanish Visa Requirements
Spanish Government Student Visa Requirements:

Useful Websites

Tourism Information and Events:

ISEP Country Handbook Spain:

US State Department Travel Information for Spain:

General Study Abroad Guidelines by the US State Department:

To Apply

For more information and to begin the application process for the semester or yearlong exchange program, please make an appointment for advising with the Center for International Education.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Year 2016-2017 12/01/2015 01/01/2016 TBA TBA
Fall 2016 12/01/2015 01/01/2016 TBA TBA