UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Semester Study Abroad Programs

Spain: ESADE

Student Life
  • Overview

    Kenan-Flagler Global Programs (KFBS semester exchanges, KFBS summer programs, and KFBS short-term immersions) are ONLY open to students who have been admitted to the major or minor Undergraduate Business Program. Pre-business students and non-business majors and minors are not eligible to apply to Kenan-Flagler Global Programs. Admission status to the Undergraduate Business Program will be verified for all applicants.

    A NOTE ABOUT PASSPORTS AND VISAS: It is strongly recommended that students have in their possession by the application deadline a valid passport with an expiration date no earlier than 6 months after the program end date. Due to visa regulations, students should consult their study abroad advisor before making international travel plans prior to the program start date. Students accepted into this program will need to travel to a Spanish consulate here in the United States, with passport in hand, to obtain a visa permitting them to study in Spain.

    The ESADE exchange program allows students the opportunity to study business at a top notch university in one of the world's most vibrant cities. ESADE focuses on innovation and research and has made significant contributions in the areas of entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, and leadership.

    *Students are required to study Spanish throughout their stay. The program offers courses in both English and Spanish; students may enroll in the courses taught in the foreign language provided they have completed at least the minimum prerequisite level of Spanish.

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    Application checklist


    • GPA Requirement: 3.00 
    • Language Prerequisite: 4 semesters
    • Class during program (min): Junior
    • Language of Instruction: English/Spanish
    • Non-UNC may apply? No 

    Exchange Options
    • Undergraduate Exchange: Yes Exchange Only 
    • Graduate Exchange: No
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  • Program Terms and Dates

    This program is offered during the following terms: Fall, Spring

    Program dates are generally as follows:
    Fall - Late August to Late December

    Fall 2017 dates are August 28 - December 22

    ​Spring​ - ​Early January to Mid May

    Spring 2018 dates are January 7 - May 11

    Application Dates

    Fall 2019 Program:

    • ​​Application opens: November 1, 2018
    • Application deadline for Fall 2018: February 21, 2019
    • Notification begins: March 8, 2019
    Spring 2020 Program:
    • Application cycle opens: March 1, 2019
    • Round 1 application deadline for Spring 2019: April 11, 2019
    • Round 1 notifications begin: April 26, 2019
    • Round 2 application deadline for Spring 2019: September 5, 2019
    • Round 2 notifications begin: September 13, 2019

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  • Academics

    Credit information for KFBS students

    The undergraduate business program at ESADE offers courses in Spanish, English, and Catalan. Courses are at an appropriate level for second semester junior and senior BSBA majors and transfer for business elective credit only. ESADE does not offer business core courses for single semester exchange students.

    Participants are required to take some of their business coursework in Spanish. It is necessary for applicants to have Spanish language proficiency. ESADE offers an intensive Spanish crash course two weeks before the program's official start date.

    Courses taken at ESADE will transfer back to UNC Pass/Fail. Achieving a grade of 5 (out of 10) or above will transfer back to UNC as a pass course, which will not affect UNC GPA. Students who receive any grade under 5 will fail the course and an F grade will transfer back to UNC, which will affect their UNC GPA. Though transfer credit for this program is Pass/Fail, future employers and graduate schools will also look at the ESADE transcript, so grades are important.

    Students participating on this program will transfer back 3 UNC credits for every 5 ECTS credit course, and are expected to take a minimum of 23 ECTS credits during the semester (maximum number of credits is 30 ECTS). A student who earns a grade of 5 or more in all courses will receive a total of 13.5-18 UNC credits for their semester abroad.

    This program also fulfills Experiential Education and you will earn points towards the Kenan-Flagler Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative. Full-time enrollment on this program is defined as a minimum of 12 credit hours.« PrevNext »
  • Housing

    ESADE does not assist students in finding accommodation in Barcelona. Applicants should be aware that they need to find their own roommates and apartment should they choose to live in the city. The ESADE campus is located in the suburb of Sant Cugat, accessible by train or bus from Barcelona. Commute times vary according to where one chooses to live in the city. ESADE does have a dormitory, the Roberto de Nobili residence, located directly next to the academic building in Sant Cugat. Dormitory rooms are singles, fully furnished and have their own kitchenette and bathroom. There is a fitness facility and small convenience store in the building. Information on applying for the residence can be found at http://www.esade.edu/grados/eng/vida-universitaria/alojamiento.« PrevNext »
  • Student Life

    Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain with almost 2 million inhabitants and a total metropolitan population of over 4 million. While Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, where the primary language spoken is Catalan, the city is highly cosmopolitan and welcomes residents and visitors from all over the world. Spanish is spoken as a second language after Catalan and English is also widely spoken.

    Students enjoy Barcelona for its location on the Mediterranean coast, vibrant cultural heritage, and active nightlife. Barcelona is an important center for business and trade as well as arts and entertainment. It is home to famous architectural creations by Antoni Gaudi and boasts many art museums and cathedrals. La Rambla shopping street traverses the center of the city and has many interesting shops and restaurants.

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  • Budget

    Here, you will find a list and links to costs related to this program.
    Last cost update: December 2018

    We suggest you create your study abroad budget using this worksheet to help you think about your costs on this program:

    • Populate the figures from the tables below into the left side costs of attendance
    • Input your financial resources on the right

    Your customized budget sheet can help determine your current financial status, and help you understand what additional funding you may need to help make this an affordable program option.

    Cashier Billed Expenses*:

    UNC Tuition and Fees
    Take the amount on the Tuition and Fees line and divide by 2 to get your semester tuition and fees cost

    Fee UG Business major/minor
    Based on major/minor enrollment
      Study Abroad Fee $700

    GeoBlue International Medical Insurance

    *Cashier Billed Expenses are those charges billed directly to your UNC ConnectCarolina account.


    Out of Pocket Estimates**:

    International Airfare

      Meals $1,500
      Immigration Visa/Residence Permit

    Passport Application Renewal
      Course Materials $100
      International Cell Phone Plan $350
      Personal Expenses
                Travel Insurance $400
                Local Transportation $350
                Personal Travel $1,500
                Incidentals (ex. Laundry) $350
                Shopping/Souvenirs $150
                Other Personal Expenses***  
      Total Estimated Expenses: In-State  $16,540
      Total Estimated Expenses: Out-of-State $29,554

    **Out of Pocket Estimates are based on the cost of the program, which is determined by combining the average costs our previous students have spent in each of these categories, along with the costs our partner provides to us as their averages. These estimates are subject to change based on exchange rate fluctuations, bank fees, and individual variances in costs of living.
    ***Other Expenses: the budget worksheet also has a place for you to input other expenses outside of the out-of-pocket estimates that you may incur, such as attending concerts or sporting events.

    Funding your study abroad program

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  • Accessibility

    Please make an appointment with a Kenan-Flagler Global Programs Advisor via the Intranet if you would like to discuss this program. We work with students who are registered with the Accessibility Office or who may require certain accommodations for study abroad.« PrevNext »
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