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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
  • Restrictions: LOYOLA applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 09/15/2021
Rolling Admission 01/10/2022 05/06/2022
NOTE: Orientation date TBD; Classes begin 10 Jan
Year 2022-2023 02/01/2022
03/01/2022 08/29/2022 05/05/2023
Fall 2022 02/01/2022
03/01/2022 08/29/2022 12/09/2022
Spring 2023 09/01/2022 10/01/2022 01/09/2023 05/05/2023
Fall 2023 01/15/2023 02/01/2023 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Program Description:
ESADEBarcelona Vista
Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas

Barcelona, Spain  

University 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. Program is for business majors onlyESADE’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.

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 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 course, which occurs during orientation. 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:

Barcelona Gaudi Casa Battlo
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:
AP  (Pass)
NAP  (Fail)
NP  (Incomplete)
PENDIENTE  (Pending)

Academic Calendar
Fall semester: Late August  through December

Spring semester: 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). Courses can only be added/dropped during these periods. No changes are permitted outside of enrollment periods.

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.

Explore Around ESADE's Business School 

ESADE Street ViewStudent Life
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 
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.

Students will need to enroll in a supplemental Spanish insurance policy that meets the requirements for the Spanish visa. Details can be found here:

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

Barcelona Street PerformerVisa Links
List of Spanish Consulates

NAFSA Overview of Spanish Visa Requirements
ISEP Country Handbook (With Overview of Spanish Visa) 

Useful Links
ESADE Information for International Students
US State Department Travel Information for Spain
Video Tour of ESADE's Sant Cugat Campus

Tourism Information and Events:


Last updated 7/18/2017