Note: This program is open to CSOM and economics majors only. ESADE is a very competitive program and students are encouraged to have a secondary option.
Founded in 1957 by Catalan entrepreneurs who joined forces with the Society of Jesus, ESADE was created to train competent, professional business managers with a sense of social responsibility. Today ESADE is considered by many to be one of best business schools in the world, and it has received particular attention for its exemplary social and environmental emphasis. ESADE trains students both at its Business and Law Schools. Through its links with the corporate world and society, ESADE has fostered a lively platform for debate and social involvement.
BC students take courses at ESADE and are fully integrated into their host school. Students take an intensive early-start language course and continue the course throughout the semester.
Students have the opportunity to take classes in English and Spanish. Although many courses are offered in Catalan, students are required to choose from a range of courses in Spanish and a limited number of courses in English (economics and management only).
On-site Coordinator - BC in Barcelona
Academics & Support
As a BC student, you are required to take a full load of courses at your host institution abroad. BC program participants can refer to the academic policies page
for details. For an example of course listings, click here
For more details about courses at ESADE, please contact the advisor for this program Pat O'Donnell
- Fall Term: Starts in late August and ends in mid-December
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in late May.
For more information on finances and scholarships, visit OIP’s website
Students reside in international campus dorms or in shared apartments. In choosing housing, students should email Teresa Nandín for ESADE dorms or shared apartments in downtown Barcelona. The on-site coordinator, Teresa Nandín, will email students at least one week before they arrive in Barcelona to provide students with exact information of their housing arrangement.
Additional information about the estimated cost of housing may be found here
Students will have the option to cook in the dorm or apartment or eat in the ESADE cafeteria.
Examples of previous BC-sponsored activities from past semesters include:
- Arrival day orientation and lunch
- Walking tour: Gothic and Born Districts
- Barcelona tourist bus
- Cooking workshop
- Walking tour: Gracia District
- Walking tour: Modernist Barcelona and visit to La Pedrera house by Gaudí
- Typical hot chocolate merienda
- Hiking tour around Collserola Mountain
- Visit to Codorniu wine cellars in the Penedés region
- Day trip to Girona and Besalú
- Guided visit to the Modernist Palau de la Musica in Barcelona
- Trip to Granada (Spring) or Toledo (Fall)
- Guided visit to the Jewish Call of Barcelona
- Guided visit to Barcelona History Museum
- Day-trip to Montserrat Mountain
- Las Golondrinas Boat Trip
- Farewell Dinner
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. BC in Barcelona ESADE students will be met at the airport and picked up, provided they supply the necessary travel information two weeks prior to arrival to the on-site coordinator, Teresa Nandín. Students are strongly encouraged to arrive on the morning of their arrival date.
No transportation pass provided in the program. Public transportation information can be found here
Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process visit the OIP website
Please note that places on this program are limited and there is no waiting list. Due to the high volume of applications, candidates who are selected typically have a GPA higher than the minimum GPA listed on the program page. Students are encouraged to research a second program as a back-up option. Students interested in applying for this program are strongly encouraged to meet with the appropriate advisor to go over any questions. Many programs with limited spots are early deadline (December 15).
Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.