Note: This program is open to CSOM and economics majors only. It is very difficult to get courses approved for major/minor/core so applicants need to have flexibility with what they are taking abroad before applying and should be ahead on credits for their major/minor/core. 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).
BC Resident Director - BC in Barcelona
Academics & Support
It is difficult to get courses approved for major/minor/core at ESADE because most classes are 2 BC credits and courses need to be 3 BC credits to count for major/minor/core. Applicants should be ahead on major/minor/core and have flexibility with what they take abroad.
The most recent course listings are below. Please note that course offerings can change from year to year.
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 OIP website for details.
- Fall Term: Starts in late August and ends in mid-December
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in late May.
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 BC resident director, 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 BC resident director, 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