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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 02/01/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

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Program Description:
BSBA Barcelona Semester Abroad
ESADE Business School
  The semester exchange program at ESADE gives students a chance to choose from hundreds of courses in either English or Spanish taught by distinguished Spanish and international faculty. ESADE is a leading research university in Barcelona, Spain with a strong international focus, regularly appearing in the most prominent rankings. A semester at ESADE offers students the possibility to be part of an international community while taking classes with both local and international students.   
Eligibility: Students must meet all eligibility requirements, including a minimum 3.0 GPA. Sophomores may be considered for this program. This program is open to BSBA students and second majors in the Business School. Spanish 201 preferred but not required. Students who do not have Spanish 201 prior to departure will be required to take Spanish on-site. Students who do have Spanish 201 prior to departure are not required to take a Spanish language class in Spain. Students interested in taking courses taught in Spanish may need to complete a competency exam. Capacity is limited.

Program Dates:
Term Dates
Fall Late August - Mid December
Spring Early January - Mid-May

Students take regular university courses with students from the host country or with other international students. In 2006 and 2007 ESADE was listed as the world’s best business school by The Wall Street Journal. In 2012, the Financial Times (FT) ranking of the best European business schools ranks the school 5th of 80 selected top business schools. ESADE is one of few universities to hold the selected “Triple Crown” accreditation: EQUIS, AACSB, and the Association of MBA’s.   ESADE is a member of the CEMS Alliance (CEMS) and the Partnership in International Management (PIM). Finance and accounting are their highest-ranked programs. 

European Study Tour
Starting in the spring of 2021, students studying at ESADE in the Spring semester will participate in the European Study Tour, a 1.5 credit hour mandatory course. The EST serves as a comprehensive introduction to the European Union and European markets. The EST is designed to develop research, analysis and presentation skills in an experiential format allowing for students to apply theory, concepts, and skills gained at Olin to consulting-type exercises abroad. This course requires travel outside of your study abroad host country during two different weeks. Teams of two students are assigned an important business topic and an EU capital. You and your partner travel to the country, conduct interviews with government officials and business experts, and complete as much on-the-ground research as possible. During part two of the study tour, you and your fellow participants gather in Brussels to attend lectures and meetings with European Parliament members and debate your findings with fellow study abroad students at a mock parliament. There is an additional cost for the logistics of this program. This program may or may not be offered during the Fall semester. 

European Study Tour
  Barcelona, Spain
This capital of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain with its own history, culture, and language, is perfectly situated between mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. It is a cosmopolitan, modern, and forward-looking city, as well as a world-renowned capital of design, architecture, and art. ESADE is a suburban campus located in Sant Cugat del Vallès, only 20-minutes from Barcelona city center on public transportation. ESADE is home to 7700 students, including undergraduates and graduates, of which 2,500 are in the business school. 
  Housing: ESADE does not offer student housing; however, they can suggest housing agencies for which the students may work with independently in order to secure accommodations. 

On-Site Support: Students directly enroll at ESADE and therefore have access to on-site staff in the International Office. 

  Estimated Program Price: When you study abroad for a semester or a year for academic credit, you will be charged tuition by Washington University at a rate equivalent to tuition on campus for the corresponding time period. WU tuition covers only the educational and administrative costs of the study abroad program. WU tuition does not cover any study abroad program costs for room, board, transportation, personal expenses, passport or visa fees. Such costs are charged separately either by WU, the program sponsor, or a third party. Scroll to the top and select the appropriate term under "Budget Sheets" to view estimated program expenses.

Orientation: All students participating in Olin semester programs are required to enroll and participate in pre-departure (INTL 300A, .5 credit) and post-departure (INTL300B, 0.5 credit online while abroad) coursework. A non-credit pre-departure orientation will be required for all students on fall programs. A special session on rules and regulations organized by the International Student Desk on-site is mandatory.
Visas & Immigration: It is required by the Spanish government that non-EU citizens must obtain a proper Student Visa to study in Spain. This is a multi-step process that you should begin immediately upon admission. Students should bring their passport to campus with them at the beginning of the semester prior to departure. In consultation with the College of Arts & Sciences Overseas Programs Office, Olin will direct you through the steps to apply for a visa, but ultimately it your responsibility. Students should research the process immediately upon admission to the program. Given the differences for each country and student status, coordinators are limited in their ability to offer visa guidance. See the Global Programs handbook for more details. 

Olin Global Programs: The Olin Global Programs website provides additional information on academic policies, health insurance abroad, contact information for peer global ambassadors, and other critical information. 


Email the appropriate Global Programs Coordinator (listed at the top of the page), visit us during our on-call hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-6315 to schedule an appointment. Program information subject to change.