What is the ESADE Business School

ESADE Business School is a college and graduate school located in Barcelona, Spain. It is part of ESADE and associated with Ramon Llull University. ESADE has been awarded the triple accreditation by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.


The ESADE Business School offers an accelerated full-time MBA program. Students can choose among a 12, 15 and 18-month track. The 12-month program is completed with classes from September to September, while the 15- and 18-month programs allow for either summer internships, exchanges with other MBA programs worldwide, or both.

In the first eight months, students are divided into three sections, with whom they complete a significant portion of their studies in a team format. In the remaining terms, classes are completed on an elective basis. The student body is comprised of 95 percent international students who represent 48 nationalities.

The ESADE project was conceived in the spring of 1954 by a group of Spanish professionals and entrepreneurs who later founded the university. The school signed an agreement with the Jesuits in October 1958 and started offering its first academic programs.

Two years later, executive education programs were introduced. In 1964 the college's MBA program was established. A year later, in 1965, ESADE's Barcelona campus opened in 2001, the school inaugurated its campus in Madrid, and two years later its campus in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

ESADE Business School offers a range of program aimed at executives and experienced professionals. These programs include Executive MBAs, Executive Master Programs, Open Programs, and Custom Programs. The Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) is taught in cooperation with the McDonough School of Business and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

The school has more than 6,000 students at four locations in Madrid, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Casablanca. It is consistently ranked among the top business schools by major financial publications. It has partnerships and exchange programs with other educational institutions around the world.