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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

  • 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. 

ESADE’s Sant Cugat campus is located in a residential area of Barcelona approximately 15 km from the city center. Barcelona is considered a lively, cosmopolitan city on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Barcelona is a center of industry and commerce 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.

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.

For descriptions of courses offered at the university, please click on the following link (courses for future years will be similar): 
ESADE Courses 2015-16.pdfInternships 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 must take 27-30 ECTS credits (13-15 Loyola credits). Exams are scheduled at the end of each course.

Spanish Grade   Loyola Grade
9.0 - 10   A
8.0 - 8.9   A-
7.0 - 7.9   B+
6.0 - 6.9   B
5.5 - 5.9   B-
5.0 - 5.4   C
0 - 4.9   F

Non-numerical grades are the following (with their description following in parentheses):
AP  (Pass),
NAP  (Fail),
NP  (Incomplete),
PENDIENTE  (Pending).

Academic Calendar
Fall semester: September through December
Spring semester: Late January through May

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.

Student Life
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 at

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.

You are typically required to apply in person at the consulate assigned to your permatnent residence. Visit the list below to find your local consulate. Consulate appointments fill quickly, you must make an appointment in advance. 

List of Spanish Consulates:

Visit the sites below for detailed information about Spanish visa requirements
NAFSA Overview of Spanish Visa Requirements:

ISEP Country Handbook (With Overview of Spanish Visa)

Useful Websites
ESADE Information for International Students:

Tourism Information and Events:

US State Department Travel Information for Spain:

Last updated 11/16/15

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Year 2016-2017 12/14/2015 01/01/2016 TBA TBA
Fall 2016 12/14/2015 01/01/2016 TBA TBA
Spring 2017 04/01/2016 04/15/2016 TBA TBA