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We invite you to spend your summer with API at the prestigious ESADE Business School in Barcelona! This program offers you the opportunity to attend a world-renowned and highly ranked institution that has earned the Triple Crown of Business Accreditation (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS). Course offerings include business and international studies classes (conducted in English) and Spanish language classes.

Attend one of the world's best business schools, enhance your resume, earn valuable academic credit, experience life in this cosmopolitan and vibrant city, and explore all Spain has to offer!

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Monthly Transit Pass

Tutoring

Housing (including meals and laundry with host families)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students
  • Open to all levels of Spanish speakers (online placement exam prior to arrival to determine level)
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Additional application forms (including a housing form and a course form)
  • One (electronic) passport-sized photo
  • Entry requirement: valid passport
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 1 May, 2022 - Jun, 2022 $7,950 Apr 1, 2022 No Extension May 1, 2022
Summer 1 and 2 Combined May, 2022 - Jul, 2022 $13,990 Apr 1, 2022 No Extension May 1, 2022
Summer 2 Jun, 2022 - Jul, 2022 $7,950 Apr 1, 2022 No Extension May 1, 2022

API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Barcelona programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

ESADE students will also experience several business and cultural visits throughout Barcelona as a component of their academic program. Visits may include places such as Mount Tibidabo and Collserola Tower, FC Barcelona Stadium and Museum, the Barcelona Stock Exchange, and Cavas Codorniu (oldest company in the world – 1551).

  • Girona and Costa Brava

    Girona is a jewel of culture and history acquired over 2,000 years. The medieval town is surrounded by a magnificent wall, which is preserved almost in its entirety. The Jewish quarter, known as the “Call”, spreads out in a maze of small, narrow, and often steeply sloping streets. After the historical visit, students will stop in Costa Brava to discover the beauty of the Mediterranean sea.

  • Sitges

    The coastal town of Sitges, by the southern coast of Barcelona, is renowned for its beaches, cultural heritage, Cinema Festival, Carnival, and nightlife. In the late 19th century the town became the focal point for modernist artists (writers, musicians, critics, sculptors, and painters) and was defined as ‘The Mecca of Modernism’.

  • Girona and Costa Brava

    Girona is a jewel of culture and history acquired over 2,000 years. The medieval town is surrounded by a magnificent wall, which is preserved almost in its entirety. The Jewish quarter, known as the “Call”, spreads out in a maze of small, narrow, and often steeply sloping streets. After the historical visit, students will stop in Costa Brava to discover the beauty of the Mediterranean sea.

  • Sitges

    The coastal town of Sitges, by the southern coast of Barcelona, is renowned for its beaches, cultural heritage, Cinema Festival, Carnival, and nightlife. In the late 19th century the town became the focal point for modernist artists (writers, musicians, critics, sculptors, and painters) and was defined as ‘The Mecca of Modernism’.

  • Girona and Costa Brava

    Girona is a jewel of culture and history acquired over 2,000 years. The medieval town is surrounded by a magnificent wall, which is preserved almost in its entirety. The Jewish quarter, known as the “Call”, spreads out in a maze of small, narrow, and often steeply sloping streets. After the historical visit, students will stop in Costa Brava to discover the beauty of the Mediterranean sea.

  • Sitges

    The coastal town of Sitges, by the southern coast of Barcelona, is renowned for its beaches, cultural heritage, Cinema Festival, Carnival, and nightlife. In the late 19th century the town became the focal point for modernist artists (writers, musicians, critics, sculptors, and painters) and was defined as ‘The Mecca of Modernism’.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 6 U.S. semester credits per session (up to 12 total)

Students who are looking to study abroad in Barcelona over the summer and take business and international studies courses in English at an elite academic institution are good candidates for this program. All classes except for the Spanish language classes are taught in English. Students take a placement exam online prior to arrival and are placed into a level based on the results of this exam.

Students will choose one 3-credit track from a selection of core modules, which include topics in International Business and Entrepreneurship, and Innovation. In addition to these core modules, students will participate in an integrated workshop in cross-cultural studies.

Students will also choose one 3-credit track from a selection of elective modules, which include topics in Geopolitics, Communication Skills, and Spanish Language and Culture.

ESADE is an independent nonprofit university institution, founded in 1958 in Barcelona when a group of entrepreneurs and Jesuit Society members joined forces. Since 1995 it has formed part of the Ramon Llull University. ESADE has a strong academic reputation, and is one of a select group of institutions worldwide to achieve the triple crown of business accreditation which includes American accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), British accreditation by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and European accreditation by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

TRANSCRIPTS

API students will receive a transcript from the ESADE Business School upon completion of their program.

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    Mireia Pujol

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COURSE OFFERINGS

Students select one “Core Track” (and both component courses within that Core Track) for 3 credits, and one “Elective Track” (and all component courses within that Elective Track) for another 3 credits for a total of 6 U.S. semester credits per session.

CREDIT INFORMATION

Most API partner universities in Spain operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

Courses at ESADE Business School

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Courses at ESADE Business School

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

Courses at ESADE Business School

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

Highlights
  • Classes: taught in Spanish & English
  • Triple international business school accreditation: AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS

API students in Barcelona can choose from two different housing options. Students may choose to live with a host family or in a student dormitory. Internet access is included in both options.

Students who choose to live with families share a double room with a fellow API student and be provided with 2 meals per day and laundry service. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

Students who would prefer apartment-style living alongside other Spanish and American students would enjoy API’s dorm/residence hall option. The student dorm has both single and double-room options, with a shared kitchen and private bathroom. Internet access is guaranteed in all rooms. This option carries an additional fee.

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