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Education Abroad Office

ESADE Business School

Area: International Business Exchange
Location: Barcelona
Country: Spain
Term: Spring

UofSC's International Business exchange program at ESADE is designed to expose American students to Spanish life and culture and international business practices. ESADE is known as the #1 business school in Spain. The school has unique methodology that combines start-up projects, case studies, and team-based projects to help students gain academic proficiency. The program is located in Barcelona at the Sant Lugat campus. There are many buses that lead directly from the city center of Barcelona to campus, and this takes about 35 minutes.

Category: 2, students must have successfully completed at least 1 or more 300-level (or higher) courses in Spanish, or demonstrate evidence of equivalent capability

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: junior standing; International Business major

Students on exchange pay in-state tuition directly to USC and do not pay tuition to ESADE. All housing, food, and personal expenses are paid by the student in Barcelona. ESADE suggests that students budget approximately €810-€1,390 per month for housing and living expenses. The actual cost can differ depending on the student’s lifestyle. To get an idea of​ ​life on site, you will find on the numbeo website indications on the cost of living in Spain compared to other countries in the world.

Students can take a diverse array of courses in English and Spanish. Exams are usually on the last day of class and are mostly written, but sometimes students may encounter an oral exam or take-home assignments. Projects may also be required. Please refer to the syllabus of the subject for more details. 

ESADE offers a Spanish intensive language course for all exchange students who want to learn or improve their Spanish. The Spanish Intensive Course take place during the Orientation Program and grants 2 ECTS.

**It is recommended that students chose courses from one Bachelor program, and within one year of that program to avoid classes overlapping. Students may choose their own courses; however, students are not admitted to courses until after a positive assessment of their academic profile.

To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

Students participating in the ESADE exchange will be able to apply to live on campus and will receive instructions on how to apply for on-campus accommodation during the ESADE application process. If students chooses to live off campus in an apartment or off-campus student residence, ESADE can provide suggestions and resources to help students secure housing.

The spring semester starts at the beginning of January and ends mid/late May. Exact dates will be provided each year by ESADE.

ESADE offers a Mandatory Orientation program for the first week and a half of the program. This orientation will cover all that you need to know about student services, getting around Barcelona, and expectations of exchange students.

Students who attend ESADE for a semester are required to obtain a Spanish visa. Students must appear in person at the Spanish consulate or embassy. SC residents will go through the Consulate in Miami. Out-of-state students can go through Miami or their home residence jurisdiction. 


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