Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2019-20
  • Spring 2020
  • Fall 2019


Kristen Grace

Housing Options:

Student Residence Hall, Student Responsibility

Cornell Affiliations:

Dyson School, Global Learning


ESADE Website


Opportunity Description

Located just outside Barcelona, ESADE is one of the leading business schools in Europe.

What is unique about this program?

ESADE is an international academic institution with over fifty years of history. Founded in 1958, ESADE became part of Ramon Llull University, a Jesuit university in Barcelona, in 1995. With 1500 students enrolled at the undergraduate level, ESADE is the smallest Business School in the Dyson Exchange program. The small campus will offer a lot of personalized attention that you might not get at a bigger university. Dyson students studying at ESADE will take undergraduate courses on the Sant Cugat Campus, which has about 1,500 students and is 13 miles outside of Barcelona. The Sant Cugat Campus can conveniently be accessed by train and bus if students live in the city of Barcelona.

What is unique about Sant Cugat and Barcelona?

Sant Cugat is a town and municipality north of Barcelona, with about 87,000 inhabitants. Sant Cugat has become a wealthy suburb of Barcelona due to its location, its natural surroundings, and its pedestrian shopping area. Many company headquarters are located in the area and business professionals often visit ESADE to share their knowledge and experience with students. Sant Cugat is just 13 miles or about 20 minutes by train from Barcelona.

Culture, sport, fashion, finance, media, entertainment – Barcelona is brimming with all of it. The largest city on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is home to 1.6 million in the city proper and 4.5 million in the broader metro area. Barcelona's old center constitutes one of the greatest concentrations of Gothic architecture in Europe. Beyond this core are some of the world's most fascinating buildings: Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família church or Gaudi’s Casa Milà are just two examples. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region with its own language, character, and history –many Catalans think of their home as a separate country. Castilian Spanish and Catalan are both official languages. Catalan is regularly used in all aspects of life, but not imposed. Students don’t need to speak Catalan, but learning a few words can open doors to making friends.

How do I apply?

Step One: Meet with Advisors in Dyson or the Office of Global Learning
•  The Student Services Office in Dyson will review your plans to study abroad and can help with timing of study aboad, course selection, and more

• Your Program Advisor in the Office of Global Learning can help you compare programs and learn more about requirements, the experience abroad, and more.  Ask any questions you might have so the advisor can help you select the program that fits your interests best 

• Continue with your research, and finalize your decision

Step Two: Apply to the Dyson Exchange program
•  Click the "Apply" button on this webpage and complete the application for Cornell approval. Exchange places are filled on a rolling basis.  To increase your chances of being nominated for the exchange, apply early.

•  As part of your application, identify courses you are interested in taking abroad for approval by Dyson Student Services.  Proposed courses for major/concentration credit will be reviewed by the Student Services Team and Dyson faculty.

•  Once your application is approved, the Office of Global Learning will nominate you to the exchange partner. 

Step Three: Apply to the Exchange Partner as a Nominated Student
•   Complete the host/partner institution’s online application 

Note: Students nominated for an exchange cannot have an active application to another program.