Esade Law School: Barcelona, Spain

a. General Information

Esade is a global institution structured as a Business School, a Law School, and an Executive Education forum, known for the quality of its education, its international outlook, and its focus on holistic personal development. Esade has strong ties to the business world.

Esade’s academic activity encompasses three main areas:

  1. Education
    Esade applies a unique and innovative learning model based on the internalization of values ​​and the development of professional and executive competences.
  2. Research
    Esade generates new knowledge that helps to improve the dynamics of organizations, businesses and the practice of law.
  3. Social Debate
    Esade is a platform where people can gather and discuss important issues with the aim of improving society.

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b. The Exchange Program

Esade Law School welcomes every year more than 100 students from the United States, Latin America, Asia, Middle East, Europe and Oceania partner universities at its Barcelona-Pedralbes campus. Incoming students can join the Esade Law Exchange Program for one term or two terms (fall, spring, or annual), subject to Stanford Law School policies. Exchange students are considered as part of the Esade community and will have the same rights and duties that Esade regular students, faculty, and staff.

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c. Academic Calendar

2023/2024 Academic Calendar

Fall term:

  • Orientation Program (optional Spanish language course offered to incoming students): August 29, 2022, to September 2, 2023
  • Semester dates: from September 5, 2023, to December 23, 2023 (exam period included)

Spring term:

  • Orientation Program (optional Spanish language course offered to incoming students): January 30, 2024, to February 3, 2024
  • Semester dates: from February 7, 2024, to End June 2024 (exam period included)

d. Language of Instruction

Fall term: English (and some law courses in Spanish)

Spring term: Spanish and English

e. Eligible Courses

Exchange students enrolled in the program can choose courses from different programs of undergraduate and master level depending of the chosen term:

Fall term: Degree in Laws-LLB, Bachelor in Global Governance, Master in International Business Law, Master in Corporate Compliance, Master in Legal Practice-LLM

Fall 2022 Course List

Spring term: Degree in Laws-LLB, Bachelor in Global Governance

Spring 2023 Course List

f. English Language Courses

Please see the list of Esade Law course offerings in section e, where the language of instruction is noted.

g. Academic Requirements for Admission to the Exchange Program

Students must be in good standing and nominated by their partner school. In addition, nominated students should have at least completed two years of undergraduate law studies at university level (in countries where law is offered as a first degree). First-year graduate law students are eligible to participate in the law exchange program at Esade Law School during their second year of legal studies.

After being nominated by Stanford Law School, the student must complete the Esade application procedure within the application deadline. The student will be considered as “admitted” by Esade Law School once the student’s application has been successfully completed.

h. Standard Course Loads

Incoming students from non-European Universities are required to take at least 23 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits and a maximum of 33 ECTS per term.

i. Course Enrollment and Registration

All course registrations should be requested online only, through the Esade Law School bidding system, from July 2023* (Fall term), and from November 2023* (Spring term). At the beginning of each semester, students may request enrollment changes during the first week of term (add/drop period).

*Tentative dates

j. Grading System

Esade grades are on a scale of 0 to 10.

In the academic year 2005-2006, as one of the steps towards building the European Higher Education Area – the grading system established by the Ministry for Education in Spain was adopted (Royal Decree 1125/2006, 5th September. BOE 18.09.2003). From this moment onwards, the following scale was applied: 0-4.9: Fail; 5.0-6.9: Pass, 7.0-8.9: Remarkable, 9.0-10: Outstanding.

The mention of ‘Distinction’ (Matrícula de Honor, MH) may (though not necessarily) be awarded to a limited number of students – 5% of those enrolled in that course in that academic year – who have obtained a grade of 9.0 or more.

k. The Application Procedure

Nominated students must submit the following required application documents:

  • Copy of Passport (showing full name)
  • Proof of Health Insurance with International Coverage
  • 1 passport-sized photograph
  • CV / Resumé
  • Current Official Transcript (Only ORIGINAL scanned transcripts or e-transcripts will be accepted. Students will be required to show their original transcript during the ESADE mandatory check in once in Barcelona, in order to validate the uploaded document.). Previous undergraduate (first degree) transcripts are not required for students from countries where law is a graduate degree program.
  • Language certificates:
    • Fall: Courses mainly taught in English (some courses offered in Spanish) English language certificate* required (minimum C1) only for applicants who are not native English speakers or who are from an institution where the language of instruction is not English.
    • Spring: Courses English and Spanish. Spanish language certificate* required (minimum B2) for non-native Spanish speakers interested in taking Spanish-taught courses.

* The language certificate must be issued by a competent body, coordinator of Spanish Language or another authorized institution (language school).

l. Application Deadlines

Fall term: May 20*

Spring term: October 20*

*Tentative Application deadlines

Please note that students who need to apply for a visa should complete and submit their applications as soon as possible.

m. Housing Information

Esade does not have housing facilities for students in Barcelona–Pedralbes but students are welcome to stay at the Residencia Sarria, which is a 15-minute walk down to the Pedralbes campus.

There is a large amount of available housing in Barcelona and it can take time to find accommodation. It is highly recommended that you begin researching accommodation well in advance and try to arrive in Barcelona at least one or two weeks prior to the start of the program to locate or finalize permanent accommodation. It is highly recommended as well to book a room in a hotel, hostel or student residence for this initial period. Another possibility is to find classmates on the Esade Facebook groups who are already here and are willing to rent a room on a short-term basis.

The Esade International Students Advisor will provide with more detailed information after the student admission.

n. Visa/Immigration Information

All applicants from Non-EU nations need a visa to study in Spain. In order to get a visa, all students must apply at the embassy or consulate of Spain in their home country at least 2 months before their planned date of departure.

The documentation that you may be required to present when applying for a Student Visa includes:

  • Passport
  • Passport-size photos
  • Proof of financial means
  • Admission Letter from ESADE
  • Proof of medical insurance including repatriation
  • Proof of Accommodation*
  • Other documentation specific to your situation

* Esade-issued Invitation to Housing Letters for Visa Applications (non-EU students)

Those students who need a visa for Spain will be required to submit the letter of admission from Esade and proof of accommodation. The Invitation to Housing letter from ESADE is generally accepted by Spanish Consulates as complying with the proof of housing requirement.

The Esade International Students Advisor will provide with more detailed information after the student admission.

o. Fees

Esade Law exchange students are exempt from paying tuition fees at Esade Law School.

p. Estimated Cost of Living

Estimated monthly budget (2023/2024):

Housing (Shared) €500 – €700
Utilities €85 – €165
Groceries €170 – €210
Eating out €215 – €300
Public Transportation €40
Sports €45 – €80
Misc. Expenses €200 – €500
Monthly Budget €1255 – €1995

NOTE: This is a rough estimate and depends on your lifestyle while here.

q. Health Insurance Requirements

All incoming students are required to have adequate medical insurance coverage for the duration of their stay in Spain; for visa application purposes, €30,000 of coverage (no deductible; no co-payment) plus repatriation insurance is considered standard. However, terms may differ depending on your country of origin so Esade recommends that you request complete information from the Spanish Consulate and your insurance company before coming to Spain. Upon arrival at Esade students will be required to provide proof of medical coverage for the length of your stay at Esade.

Students from Non-EU countries are required to arrange private insurance to cover medical care in Spain and check with the insurance company about the specific details and exact procedure to follow should they need medical attention while in Spain.

r. Program Contacts/Advisors at the Partner School

Law International Academic Relations Team:

Director, International Relations Prof. Patricia Saiz
Associate Director International Academic Relations, Themis Coordinator
(Bilateral agreements, international partners contact)
Araceli Domènech
International Program Manager Julia Anglès 

Law Exchange Program Team:

Exchange Program Manager
(Incoming students helpdesk for academic issues: application documents, course offer, registration, transcripts,…)
Eva Mestres
Exchange Students Academic Advisor
(Learning Agreements, courses descriptions…) 
Silvia Romboli 
Non-Academic International Student Advisor
(Students’ advisor for non-academic issues: housing, visa, insurance…)
Caroline Beckershaus

s. Library Information

The Esade library offers its services in Barcelona–Pedralbes and Barcelona–Sant Cugat. It houses an extensive collection of literature on Management Science, Law and other related subjects, including books, journals, yearbooks, student theses and final projects, working papers and other documents.

The Digital Library also provides access to over 40 electronic information resources containing journal articles, international statistical and financial data, market research, company directories, annual reports, legislation and jurisprudence. Most of these information resources can be accessed from any device or computer connected to the Internet.

The Esade library receives all the official publications of the European Union (in the Esade European Documentation Center), the OECD (in electronic format since 1998), the ILO and the World Bank (in electronic format).

Information sessions are held at the beginning of each term to inform new students of the possibilities the library has to offer.