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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Fall 2021


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

SC Johnson Business - Dyson, 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.

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How do I apply?

Applying to study on an exchange program is a two-step process. The Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit your nomination to the exchange partner.  Exchanges may have limited spaces, so early applications are encouraged.

  1. For Cornell approval and nomination, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by your college and the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page, or earlier, if filled.
  2. Once nominated by Cornell, complete an external application specifically for exchange students Schools typically admit the students nominated by exchange partners, but you must complete this process for them to review your application and offer you a place.