Studying with ESADE in Barcelona will change your life. It’s an exciting, enriching and edifying experience in one of the world’s greatest cities.
Alongside your diverse classmates you’ll make lifelong friends and discover a culture that celebrates differences. In Barcelona, classical architecture meets urban cool. Startup hubs meet multinational HQs. Competitive world-championship sports meet casual beach culture. Skate parks meet science parks.
The city has long been a leading destination for intellectuals, artists, poets, writers, and business pioneers. It challenges you to see the world in new ways.
Barcelona today is a bustling, modern hub built on a human scale. Getting around is fast and efficient. High-speed trains connect you to major Spanish cities and France. Barcelona’s Metro system is one of the best in Europe and the newly modernised bus system runs 24 hours a day – so you can get home no matter what time your event finishes. But the best way to move around is often on foot. In Barcelona, there are delights to discover around every corner.
A city for cyclists, sports enthusiasts, culture vultures, foodies and art lovers, Barcelona is an exciting, diverse, dynamic and affordable place to live, study and feel inspired.
Where to live in Barcelona
Barcelona boasts wonderfully distinctive districts or barrios. Wherever you live you’ll find abundant charm, from the old town with its medieval streets, to the multicultural plazas of Gràcia – the perfect spot for a drink with friends – to the art-deco cool of downtown Eixample, with its stunning architectural façades, abundance of shops and restaurants and tree-lined boulevards.
Many ESADE students choose to live in:
The barrios of the Old Town (La Ciutat Vella) – el Raval, el Gòtic and el Born – are the perfect contrast of old and new. Bustling with life and energy, the narrow, winding streets of the Old Town contain wonderful bars, boutiques and restaurants and connect you to the city’s largest park, la Ciutadella.
Home to Barcelona’s finest art nouveau architecture, the Eixample (which literally means ‘extension’) grew out of the Old Town in the late 19th century. Now it is an elegant, leafy barrio with its own distinct charm – from the iconic Sagrada Familia to its thriving traditional food markets.
The open, sunlit squares of Gràcia make it a top choice for young, hip city dwellers. This lively barrio is an eclectic mix of bohemian and traditional with some of the best restaurants and bars in Barcelona.
Sarrià enjoys a tranquil, smaller town feel. With its charming plazas, narrow streets and gentle pace of life, this uptown barrio is great for escaping the bustle of the city.
Home to the ESADE Law School, Les Corts-Pedralbes is a large district that stretches from the hilly Collserola natural park that rises behind the city to the urban areas around the Camp Nou stadium, home to FC Barcelona. From hillside mansions to hipster cafes, you’ll find it all here.
Events not to miss in Barcelona
Mobile Word Congress
The world’s premier global gathering of the mobile industry, Mobile World Congress brings together start-ups and entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators, incubators and corporations from right across the global mobile ecosystem.
080 is where Barcelona becomes a benchmark for creativity, innovation, design and projection generation in the global fashion industry.
Barcelona Open BancSabadell
Spain’s longest established tennis tournament and one of its most prestigious, the Barcelona Open is a major sporting and social happening and a symbol of this vibrant city.
Music Festivals: Primavera Sound & Sónar
Music lovers from all over the world congregate in Barcelona twice a year to celebrate the latest in indie and electronica. Primavera Sound brings together the biggest names and the latest sounds in independent and underground music. Also in June, Sónar is a vibrant celebration of all things techno, dance, electronic, experimental and avant-garde. Simply unmissable.
Barcelona has a long and fascinating history thanks to the different cultures that coexist within the city. Multicultural, multilingual and home to a vibrant community of native Catalans, Spaniards and residents from overseas – 20 percent of the population – Barcelona is a warm, open and diverse hub.
The city is also home to many world-class museums and art galleries, as well as many of the world’s greatest Modernist architectural treasures. Great artists like Miró, Dalí and Picasso enjoy dedicated galleries and spaces around the city.
One of the Mediterranean’s most cosmopolitan cities, Barcelona offers endless opportunities to enjoy your free time – all of them drenched in an average 4.5 hours of warm sunlight every single day.
For sports enthusiasts, Barcelona is home to Barcelona Football Club – one of the most successful soccer teams of the last century. The city also boasts Spain's premier Formula 1 motor racing circuit at Montmeló. Golfers can enjoy a number of world-class golf clubs, while cyclists and hikers can enjoy unparalleled views over the city from the forests of Collserola Park and Mount Tibidabo.
A shopping and foodie paradise, Barcelona has it all: from tapas to Michelin stars, haute couture to the latest high street trends and styles.
Staying In Barcelona
Planning your stay
Careful planning is the key to a successful stay in any city and Barcelona is no exception. You'll receive information on how to plan your time here once you've been offered a place on the programme but there are some important things you should know before applying.
Before coming to study in Barcelona, overseas students should pay careful attention to what visa requirements are necessary to stay in Spain for an extended period. We recommend you check this with the Spanish embassy in your country.
Finding somewhere to live near ESADE takes a little time and you will need to decide if a family home, shared accommodation or student digs are right for you. Almost all MSc Programme in Management participants opt to live in the centre of Barcelona and travel out to the campus by metro.