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IESE Business School - Barcelona campus, Barcelona Spain

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About IESE Business School

The IESE MBA: The journey of a lifetime

IESE Business School is a trailblazer in leadership development whose globally renowned MBA is aimed at people with inquisitive minds and global outlooks who aspire to leave a positive mark on the world.

IESE’s Full-Time MBA – ranked the #1 MBA in Europe (The Economist), and the #10 in the world, #3 in Europe and #2 in International Experience (Financial Times) – is delivered in Barcelona and led by faculty from 30-plus countries with PhDs from the world’s top schools. Its general management approach, bilingual immersion and ethical focus permeate every facet of the program, setting it apart from other MBAs.

The program’s highly customizable format offers the option of 15- or 19-month tracks and a broad array of electives, as well as the chance to take part in internships, overseas modules and exchange programs. Students can further tailor their MBA by choosing a core area of concentration: international business, finance, data analytics and digital business, or entrepreneurship and innovation.

MBA cohorts include around 350 students, who learn to explore leadership and business challenges from every angle. In Year 1, they explore the foundations of effective leadership and management, and those in the 19-month track also complete a corporate, entrepreneurial or social internship. 

In Year 1, they explore the foundations of effective leadership and management, and those in the 19-month track also complete a corporate, entrepreneurial or social internship.  In Year 2, students delve deeper in their explicit areas of interests by choosing from 130-plus electives. They can also gain international exposure by taking part in an overseas module or exchange program in one of IESE’s 30 partner schools.

Barcelona campus

Barcelona is the perfect place for you to perform your management training. The city might be famous for its cultural and tourist attractions, but there is also a hive of business activity and a thriving environment for entrepreneurs and start-ups. A unique blend of opportunities spanning business, academic and leisure pursuits make it a city hard to better in the world. 


Barcelona’s IESE campus is in the north of the city and is spread across 30,000m2; it is one of the most modern campuses in Europe. Located just 20 minutes from the city center, it will tick all your professional development and networking boxes. On campus you will find you will find state-of-the-art conference rooms, a library stocked with the latest technology, an auditorium able to seat over 600 people, virtual and digital learning spaces, meeting rooms, gardens, canteens and cafeterias… Come and see the IESE Barcelona campus for yourself! 

Learn more about IESE MBA's Master Programs 


About IESE Business School

The IESE MBA: The journey of a lifetime

IESE Business School is a trailblazer in leadership development whose globally renowned MBA is aimed at people with inquisitive minds and global outlooks who aspire to leave a positive mark on the world.

IESE’s Full-Time MBA – ranked the #1 MBA in Europe (The Economist), and the #10 in the world, #3 in Europe and #2 in International Experience (Financial Times) – is delivered in Barcelona and led by faculty from 30-plus countries with PhDs from the world’s top schools. Its general management approach, bilingual immersion and ethical focus permeate every facet of the program, setting it apart from other MBAs.

The program’s highly customizable format offers the option of 15- or 19-month tracks and a broad array of electives, as well as the chance to take part in internships, overseas modules and exchange programs. Students can further tailor their MBA by choosing a core area of concentration: international business, finance, data analytics and digital business, or entrepreneurship and innovation.

MBA cohorts include around 350 students, who learn to explore leadership and business challenges from every angle. In Year 1, they explore the foundations of effective leadership and management, and those in the 19-month track also complete a corporate, entrepreneurial or social internship. 

In Year 1, they explore the foundations of effective leadership and management, and those in the 19-month track also complete a corporate, entrepreneurial or social internship.  In Year 2, students delve deeper in their explicit areas of interests by choosing from 130-plus electives. They can also gain international exposure by taking part in an overseas module or exchange program in one of IESE’s 30 partner schools.

Barcelona campus

Barcelona is the perfect place for you to perform your management training. The city might be famous for its cultural and tourist attractions, but there is also a hive of business activity and a thriving environment for entrepreneurs and start-ups. A unique blend of opportunities spanning business, academic and leisure pursuits make it a city hard to better in the world. 


Barcelona’s IESE campus is in the north of the city and is spread across 30,000m2; it is one of the most modern campuses in Europe. Located just 20 minutes from the city center, it will tick all your professional development and networking boxes. On campus you will find you will find state-of-the-art conference rooms, a library stocked with the latest technology, an auditorium able to seat over 600 people, virtual and digital learning spaces, meeting rooms, gardens, canteens and cafeterias… Come and see the IESE Barcelona campus for yourself! 

Learn more about IESE MBA's Master Programs 


Tuition fee and scholarships

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Barcelona is a highly international, European city, well known for its great quality of life and beautiful sun, sea and mountains. It is among the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair, exhibitions and cultural sports centers. Its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities. Barcelona is also considered as a hub for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship is one of IESE’s strengths, having started the first such course in Europe. First year MBA students take a basic course in entrepreneurship regardless of where they choose to work later on, for we believe these are fundamental skills for any line of management.
European Business Schools will always have a unique selling point as they will always be more diverse than schools in the US and Asia in terms of participants and faculty, and they have curricula that focus on international business in a globalising world. At IESE for example, 80% of our MBA students come from outside Spain, and they represent over 50 nationalities from all continents. Students have the option to study part of the MBA in cities across four continents – São Paulo, New York, Nairobi, Shanghai, and of course Barcelona. This international component is especially important in case of discussions for a business school such as IESE which emphasizes the training of future managers to become global leaders. Diversity is more achievable in Europe because it is a small continent with virtually no borders and where different cultures co-exist.
Because of the geographical distance it would be hard to consider a school in Asia as a direct competitor. One’s choice of studying in a particular continent usually precedes one’s choice of a school. There is no school in the world that is strong at everything; each has its strengths and weaknesses even at the top level. We welcome the emergence of new schools in Asia because it means there can be greater cross-fertilization of ideas and opportunities for joint venture programs and multi-cultural learning. The strengths of the European schools are in their ability to foster the timeless qualifications of the international mindset, communication skills, the ability to work in teams, etc.
The admission process requires a GMAT along with an English test for non-native speakers, an official transcript of grades and two letters of recommendation. We require an average score of 670 to enter the program. Although this is not the key factor, it is an important indication of one’s ability to tackle the program. Aspiring MBA candidates should try to meet as many alumni as possible and visit the campus to get a clearer sense of the kind of school they are choosing. Looking at the faculty roster also gives an indication of the quality of education of the school. After all, a school is only as good as the strength of its faculty and alumni.