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Students who are looking to study abroad in Barcelona over the summer and take business and international studies courses in English at an elite academic institution are good candidates for this program. All classes except for the Spanish language classes are taught in English. Students take a placement exam online prior to arrival and are placed into a level based on the results of this exam.
API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Barcelona programs. All excursions are subject to change.
ESADE students will also experience several business and cultural visits throughout Barcelona as a component of their academic program. Visits may include places such as Mount Tibidabo and Collserola Tower, FC Barcelona Stadium and Museum, the Barcelona Stock Exchange, and Cavas Codorniu (oldest company in the world – 1551).
Costa Brava is a coastal area in the northeast of Barcelona. This area is famous for its cliffs and rocky beaches. Students will visit a village on the seafront and after that students will be able to participate in an adventurous sea activity such as kayaking.
The coastal town of Sitges, by the southern coast of Barcelona, is renowned for its beaches, cultural heritage, Cinema Festival, Carnival, and nightlife. In the late 19th century the town became the focal point for modernist artists (writers, musicians, critics, sculptors, and painters) and was defined as ‘The Mecca of Modernism’.
The crest forms of the Pyrenees divides France and Spain. Boi and Taüll are two small but wild towns located in the heart of it. Students will hike in the National Park of Aigüestortes and St. Maurice lake to enjoy its beauty. In the valley, we will also visit the UNESCO churches of Sant Climent and Santa Maria de Taüll. The temples were built during the 11th and 12th centuries following the Lombard Romanesque. This weekend excursion combines nature and culture outside the Summer heat of big cities.
With almost 60 miles of golden sandy beaches, la Costa Daurada stretches from the north of Tarragona to the Ebro delta. Tarragona’s biggest lure is the wealth of ruins in Spain’s second most important Roman site, including mosaic-packed museums and a seaside amphitheater. Les Cases d’Alcanar or Sant Carles de la Ràpita conjure up a mix of Mediterranean essences. The towns alternate between flat alluvial land and craggy coast depict the terrain; between mud and rocks; olive trees and rice fields; marl rocky banks and lagoons.
The Principality of the Valleys of Andorra is a microstate bordered by France and Spain. It is the sixth-smallest nation in Europe. With a unique history, nature, and heritage Andorra is the only country whose official language is Catalan.
Students will hike up to Tristaina lakes and will do a sports activity. The breathtaking views of the lakes make this excursion worth it!
TOTAL CREDITS - 6 credits per session (up to 12 total)
Students will choose one 3-credit track from a selection of core modules, which include topics in International Business and Entrepreneurship, and Innovation. In addition to these core modules, students will participate in an integrated workshop in cross-cultural studies.
Students will also choose one 3-credit track from a selection of elective modules, which include topics in Geopolitics, Communication Skills, and Spanish Language and Culture.
ESADE is an independent nonprofit university institution, founded in 1958 in Barcelona when a group of entrepreneurs and Jesuit Society members joined forces. Since 1995 it has formed part of the Ramon Llull University. ESADE has a strong academic reputation, and is one of a select group of institutions worldwide to achieve the triple crown of business accreditation which includes American accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), British accreditation by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and European accreditation by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
API students will receive a transcript from the ESADE Business School upon completion of their program.
Alicia Castillo will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.
Mireia Pujol will be your Student Services Director in Barcelona and will assist you in adjusting to the Spanish culture!
Arnau Roma Sansa will be your Academic Director on-site and will assist you in achieving your educational goals abroad.
Laura will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
Students select one “Core Track” (and both component courses within that Core Track) for 3 credits, and one “Elective Track” (and all component courses within that Elective Track) for another 3 credits for a total of 6 U.S. semester credits per session.
Most API partner universities in Spain operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.
This module aims to study how companies interested in entering international markets and/or expanding their activities abroad should go about designing, developing, implementing and monitoring their marketing strategies.
The module is based on the assumption that the students have some knowledge of basic and strategic marketing concepts and tools as well as of international management and basic analytical skills.
Language of Instruction: English
Recommended US semester credits: 3
The International Finance is module which is intended to facilitate students the application to a real life situation of instruments available for an appropriate financial management. The context is an international sphere using a financial management simulation model and the discussion and presentation of real cases.
The module is designed for a broad range of students including those who, during their professional careers, are considering a leadership position in a social enterprise, interested in understanding the specifics of managing social enterprises, interested in consulting to social enterprises, planning to serve as board members or volunteers, become funders of nonprofit organizations, or interested in leveraging business to serve social transformation.
This module seeks to familiarise you with concepts and models of relevance for entrepreneurs: in particular, starting up a new venture, and assessing its viability and value. In addition, it will introduce you to the particularities of corporate entrepreneurship in initiating, developing, and leading intrapreneurial projects that lead to the generation of new businesses within established companies.
Language of Instruction: English
The objectives of this moduel are to give business aspirants a solid perspective on the prevailing international situation and so to be able to:
− Present a general vision of the new arrangement of the international system and its actors, particularly from 1989 onwards
− Evaluate some of the techno‐economical, sociopolitical and cultural consequences that stem from the above mentioned changes
− Introduce the main attempts to construct new paradigms to understand the driving forces in the international environment
The module revolves around the geopolitics of global governance. Specific issues dealt with: the institutional architecture of global governance, present and future of the EU as a relevant geopolitical actor, the ECB and the current euro crisis.
ESADE’S Spanish language courses, taught by native speakers with specific training in education, are an effective way of learning Spanish and improving language fluency. The course focuses on ensuring that students rapidly acquire the language skills they need in a Spanish-speaking setting. The classes in small groups are interactive, dynamic and enjoyable, focused on communication skills to help students to pick up the language right from the first day.
Language of Instruction: Spanish
The module will look at the history of Spain as well as some of the most relevant examples of its art and culture. They aim to give the students valuable insights into the Spanish and Catalan society.
The sessions will be completed by cultural excursions to Barcelona andsurroundings to get a deeper understanding of Spain and the culture.
This module aims to understand the basic concepts of European Union Law and differentiate the EU legal order from international and national legal orders. Have a clear sense of the evolution of EU institutions, decision‐making and EU constitutional principles. Understand the goals and content of the main EU policies
The module objective is to analyze the incentives created by laws and legal institutions, as well as their implications for economic activity in a globalized world. We will use microeconomic models to conduct positive and normative analysis of certain legal rules and complement the analysis with real case studies.
The purpose of this module is to explore the role of media in western democracies and the ways in which such an influential sector shapes culture, politics and the economy. The course aims to achieve this goal through a critical perspective, that is, by highlighting the positive and, more importantly, the negative effects of Media on society and citizenship.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a time and a space for humanistic growth and learning. It is our firm belief that humanistic learning leads also to the improvement of professional capabilities. More cultivated human beings make better managers and executives.
This module aims to improve students' communicative ability and performance by providing the opportunity to rehearse, deliver and critique a presentation on a business topic.
Students will learn how to prepare for negotiation, understanding the key issues in a dispute resolution role. They will be able to create value in negotiations and how to share this value out. They will be able to handle negotiations according to different approaches and will be able defend themselves fromaggressive behavior.
Recommended US semester credits: 3
This module aims at introducing the basic aspects of the so‐called Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) as well as at discussing the impact that such technologies are having and will have in the near future in four main industrial sectors. ICT being transversal technologies, their presence in any business concept nowadays is not a choice but a must. Therefore, it seems interesting that any person having in mind a business project knows the possibilities that ICT are providing, and how such possibilities are being used in well‐established industrial sectors.
This module aims to provide students with a general overview of the E‐Commerce & Technology sector, focusing on the type of companies that predominate in Barcelona/Spain (Privalia, Letsbonus, Social Point) and including its main levers and stakeholders, as well as their interrelationship.
Specifically, it looks to introduce students to three main dimensions within the sector: e‐ commerce & technology industry,design & usability, and legal aspects.
The main objective of this module is to help students develop creative thinking skills and the ability to move from conceptual thinking to taking action. The skills practiced in the course include the ability to gain deep insights about users, to use these insights for defining and reframing problems into actionable statements, and generating ideas aimed at creating alternative solutions and approaches to the identified problem. Furthermore, students will learn to carry out practical experiments that create new learning on aspects central to the successful realization of the idea.
The aim of this module is to enable you to contribute to the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of organizational projects in order to link strategy to execution while improving your managerial practice.
Recommended US semester credits: 3
Recommended US semester credits: 3
API students in Barcelona can choose from three different housing options. Students may choose to live with a host family, in a student apartment, or in a student dormitory. Internet access is included in all three options.
Students who choose to live with families share a double room with a fellow API student and be provided with 2 meals per day and laundry service. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.
API apartments in Barcelona generally have 2-4 bedrooms (the majority of which are double-rooms) with a shared kitchen, common area, and bathrooms. Apartments are located throughout the center of Barcelona and tend to be 30-45 minutes from the universities. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.
Students who would prefer apartment-style living alongside other Spanish and American students would enjoy API’s dorm/residence hall option. The student dorm has both single and double-room options, with a shared kitchen and private bathroom. Internet access is guaranteed in all rooms. This option carries an additional fee.