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Barcelona, Spain (Exchange Program)
Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas
ESADE is located in the residential area of Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain. ESADE's location allows study abroad students to experience the laid-back Mediterranean way of life in this Spanish city while studying at a business-focused university. ESADE's innovative approach to teaching business emphasizes the development of professional business and management skills.
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.
The exchange at ESADE is only open to Loyola students 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:To be considered full-time, students must take 27-30 ECTS credits, which typically transfer to Loyola as 13-15 credits.
ESADE holds the “Triple Crown” accreditation:
The Academic Calendar
The academic yearlong program runs from September through May. Fall programs at ESADE typically begin in September and end in December, and the spring semester runs from February through May. Students have the option of participating in the Spanish language pre-session course before the start of the semester or academic year.
Language Pre-SessionESADE 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 and early September; the Spring Term pre-session takes place during two weeks in January.
ESADE's campus is located in one of the city's residential areas outside of downtown and is also easily accessible from the city center by public transportation. The Barcelona campus -comprising 29,475 m²- 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. They provide an international environment that is connected with the professional world and adapted to the new market trends.
Barcelona is a city with an open Mediterranean spirit and offers a wide range of attractive features that make it a fascinating city to live in. The urban transformation that took place on the occasion of the Summer Olympic Games in 1992 and the spectacular opening up of the city to the sea by means of the creation of 15 km of beaches are some of the more recent innovations. As a city that is rich in architectural treasures, Barcelona is characterized by its outstanding Gothic and Modernist heritage, with the Catalan Antoni Gaudí as the central figure.
In addition to its beauty, Barcelona is a lively and cosmopolitan city. Moreover, while constituting an important industrial and business centre, it has managed to retain its welcoming character and its interest in intercultural exchange. These features ensure that the city can count on professional activity at the highest level in many sectors. Add to all this the magnificent climate and Barcelona's popularity as a pleasant place to live becomes evident.
Loyola students participating in this program can expect to enhance foreign language skills. Additionally, students attending ESADE benefit from the small size of the university and the university's focus on programs for business students.
Loyola students attending ESADE may stay in the university-owned residence halls or procure off-campus housing themselves.
To ApplyFor 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.