Esade MBA

Esade

Region: Europe

Country: Spain

City: Barcelona, Madrid

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Esade

With world-renowned architecture, 300+ days of sun every year, and an enviable quality of life, Barcelona is one of the most desirable European cities to live in – as well as a global hotspot for business education. The city is home to several leading business schools, perhaps none more prestigious than Esade. From its humble beginnings in a small building in the upmarket Sant Gervasi district of Barcelona, Esade has since flourished into one of the most revered business schools in Europe.

The international makeup of Barcelona is reflected in Esade’s student population, which numbers more than 10,000 and represents 126 different nationalities across both the business and law school. Esade’s international outlook is also reflected in its 120+ partnerships with business schools all over the world, providing its students with invaluable exchange opportunities. Students of Esade are spread across its three campuses in Madrid, Barcelona, and Sant Cugat (located just outside of Barcelona), where you’ll also find the Esade Creapolis, a technology and innovation park showcasing the strong ties that the school has with the business community.

The Esade MBA courses come in three different formats: Full-Time, Executive, and Multinational. Its full-time program is recognized by the Financial Times as the #1 MBA for Women in Europe and #7 overall. It is highly flexible, with the option to complete the program over 12 months, 15 months, or 18 months, as well as a wide range of electives allowing you to focus on the topics that really interest you.

The Executive MBA holds similarly lofty rankings, rated as #9 in Europe by QS and #4 by The Economist. With international experiences that include a diverse cohort, overseas study tours, and an optional exchange, Esade’s EMBA provides you with the tools you need to become a global leader. The Multinational MBA, meanwhile, is targeted at aspiring Ibero-American business leaders and takes place across several major business hubs throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

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How long does the Esade Full-time MBA take and how is it structured?

The Esade Full-time MBA accepts one intake per year and classes start in September. The programme is flexible, which means that students can decide to complete the MBA in 12, 15, or 18 months. Classes are conducted from Monday through Friday. The first seven months of the programme consist of obligatory core courses followed by the electives phase.
Esade has bilateral agreements with universities around the world and approximately 35 percent of MBA students participate in an exchange programme. If demand is high for limited places at a particular university, you will be evaluated on the basis of your academic record and a personal interview. However, exchange programme participants don’t have to take an exam or complete an application form.

How big is Esade’s Full-time MBA class?

Each intake includes a maximum of 190 students divided into three sections.

What is the average age of the MBA class?

The average age of the MBA class is around 31, with the youngest in the class being 26 and the oldest members over 40, so it is a real mixture.

How does the admissions application process work?

You need to complete your online application form and submit the required documentation. Please notice that you can apply before having taken the GMAT/GRE/English test, just indicating the date when you are going to sit the test. After submitting all your documents, you may be shortlisted for an interview, which is a requirement for admissions. Interviews may be via Skype, in person at our campus, or during one of the admissions director’s visits to your area. The sooner you apply, the better.

Does Esade offer scholarships?

Esade has a scholarship system that covers an average of 25 percent of tuition fees. Nevertheless, most students finance their studies with a bank loan or private funds. While some scholarships require an application, others are awarded directly by the admissions committee. You can find more information in the Scholarships section.

What is the cost of living in Barcelona and how can I find accommodation?

The cost of living in Barcelona is not as high as in some other major cities. It varies depending on your housing choices, lifestyle and financial situation. The typical cost for accommodation (in a shared apartment) with food and transport for a month is approximately €1,200.

Esade has exclusive agreements with accommodation agencies that coordinate searches on behalf of MBA students. They can provide apartments for single use or match students with others wanting to share accommodation. Admitted students who have paid their deposit will also have access to the Esade Facebook page where they can contact other students in the same intake to share accommodation information.

How can I learn more about the Esade campus?

Since you cannot physically visit our campus right now, we are offering a virtual tour through this video.

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Esade was founded in 1958 in Barcelona and is one of the oldest business schools in Spain

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Esade has a business school, law school, and executive education branch

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The Financial Times rates Esade as the #8 best business school in Europe

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The school has more than 4200 international students enrolled in all programmes, coming from 126 different countries

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Esade is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), a global network that is committed to integrating social responsibility, ethics and sustainability into education