Program Snapshot: ESADE Business School
- Review the ESADE Fact Sheet
- Immerse yourself in Spanish culture while studying alongside Spanish and international students in ESADE's world-renowned MBA program
- Fall: Early September to late December
- Spring: Early January to late March
- Orientation: Exchange students are required to participate in the orientation week, which takes place at the start of the term
Additional Eligibility Requirements
- Applicants must be have a minimum of 2 years relevant work experience.
Academics at ESADE Business School
Studying at ESADE Business School
The ESADE MBA is a top ranked programme guaranteed to open the door to a wealth of career opportunities. Based in one of the world's most attractive and vibrant cities, The ESADE MBA is a unique learning experience and a prime opportunity to boost your career by acquiring the skills of tomorrow's international business leaders. Mirroring the reality of today's international business world, the ESADE MBA places multicultural and cross-functional teamwork at the core of the programme, enabling students to test their leadership competencies within a highly diverse environment representing over 40 nationalities.
What You’ll Learn
The ESADE MBA takes a globalist approach and is Bilingual. Exchange program participants can choose from any of the 2nd year level elective coursework, mostly in English. Additionally, participants who choose to take Doing Business in Spanish will partake in a highly-participative language course focused on business language and presentation skills taught entirely in Spanish.*
*Please note that Babson does not grant credit for language courses at the MBA level. However, students are strongly encouraged to participate in this course in order to improve their Spanish proficiency.
MBA Exchange participants have access to the Forum and Company presentations (both by invitation), as well as the ESADE career portal and the Careers Resource Centre.
There is no Spanish requirement for exchange students, as courses in ESADE's MBA program are mainly taught in English. A Spanish-language course entitled Doing Business in Spanish is often offered for exchange students, but enrollment is based on availability. Please note that this course is non-credit bearing for Babson students.
ESADE MBA courses are highly participative. Some classes are casestudy based, others on quantitative models, etc. The overall philosophy is cooperative and team-work oriented. Exams are mainly written but not all courses have final exams. Some require a paper, individual or group work, presentations etc.
Exchange students may enroll in up to five courses at ESADE Business School, with the normal workload being four courses. It is not possible for exchange students to enroll in more than five courses.
ESADE Courses are graded on a scale of 0 to 10 points, in the following order:
From 9,0 to 10 - Excellent
From 7,0 to 8,9 - Distinction
From 5,0 to 6,9 - Pass
From 0.,0 to 4,9 - Fail
Pendiente -- Not yet released
NP -- Incomplete
Please note that Babson students must receive a grade of 7.0 or greater (equivalent to a Babson "B") in order to receive credit for coursework completed abroad.
Life at ESADE Business School
MBASA (ESADE MBA Students Association) is a student-run organisation dedicated to making the student transition and stay enjoyable. In addition to matching you with a “Buddy”, the association oversees various clubs such as, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Graduate Women in Business, etc
ESADE does not have on campus housing. Exchange students are responsible for securing their own accomodations.
Living in Barcelona
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia - a region with its own language, character and history; many Catalans think of their home as a separate country. Barcelona's old center constitutes one of the greatest concentrations of Gothic architecture in Europe. Beyond this core are some of the world's more bizarre buildings: surreal spectacles capped by Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família church. Barcelona has been breaking ground in art, architecture and style since the late 19th century. Today, set on a plain rising gently from the sea to a range of wooded hills, Barcelona is Spain's most cosmopolitan city and one of the Mediterranean's busiest ports; a hard-working, dynamic place hoping to place itself in the vanguard of 21st-century Europe with a heavy concentration of hi-tech and biomedical business.