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ESADE Business School reviews

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4.08 / 5 based on 694 reviews
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mfletche
University of Texas, Austin, Austin, United States
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, CEMS
ESADE Business School
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Spanish
Was learning Spanish a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Spanish
How much did you improve your Spanish?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Some classes were taught in English and nearly all students and staff spoke some English so communication was not a problem at ESADE. In Barcelona, while most people speak Castilian Spanish in addition to Catalan, you will generally overhear conversations in Catalan, see most television in Catalan, and read most signs in Catalan. With a basic knowledge of Spanish or any other romance language, Catalan is quite easy to read. However, you must seek out opportunities to practice "castellano" as you will not just pick it up by osmosis.
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mfletche
University of Texas, Austin, Austin, United States
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, CEMS
ESADE Business School
5.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
At the time, the exchange rate favored the dollar significantly. However, after visiting Barcelona again this past summer, I noticed that the cost of living is just much lower, especially in terms of food and nightlife.
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Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Nightlife, Overall, Travel, Housing:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Day to day living is very low cost in Barcelona. My biggest expense came from traveling. This can get expensive, although the costs can go down depending on how much you plan ahead and what sacrifices you're willing to make.
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mfletche
University of Texas, Austin, Austin, United States
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, CEMS
ESADE Business School
2.5/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Marketing Internacional is a great course! It's a fun subject to learn with students from around the world.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
Exchange students will not fail ESADE's courses unless they really try to. So, to improve academics, the school could hold exchange students more accountable. However, I personally wouldn't like to see that changed.
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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mfletche
University of Texas, Austin, Austin, United States
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, CEMS
ESADE Business School
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Not to live in the Residence Hall. I lived there for about a month and it was a waste of money. It was also very isolating socially, as most students lived downtown and cab rides to the Res Hall were quite expensive. Also, get a mobile phone as soon as you can. It improves your social life immensely and is very cheap and easy to use. The mobile phone system is far better than the system in the United States.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
1
Activities
1
Campus life
1
Party / people
1
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
The university is small, but they do plan a lot of diverse and fun activities for exchange students. Through the university alone, I went on a ski trip to Andorra, trips to Girona and Figueres. ESADE sponsored a "sports competition weekend" at a resort in the country that was really fun. There was an end-of-semester ball and a Christmas party, in addition to the weekly parties planned in conjunction with local clubs. Academically, ESADE has a good reputation. If you're looking for a challenge, this may not be the place, but you can learn a lot if you choose to. I was able to take my classes pass/fail, so it wasn't a huge priority for me.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
I have to say the year spent in Barcelona was the best in my life. Although I can't say I was challenged academically, I was challenged in so many other ways, especially with language and cultural barriers. Barcelona is my favorite city in Europe. It is completely unique. It's not a typical Spanish city, but it's not like any other European city either. It has beautiful architecture, the sea, and the mountains, all in one. There are so many things to do there, but it is also not TOO far away from the rest of Europe or Spain by train. If you can't study there, you MUST go visit.
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mfletche
University of Texas, Austin, Austin, United States
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, CEMS
ESADE Business School
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Activities, Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Best bars: area around Maria Cubi and Amigo streets, especially Mas i Mas, Bubblic Bar and Universal. Good clubs are Otto Zutz, although it can be touristy, Sunset for Spanish disco music, and Illusion.
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mfletche
University of Texas, Austin, Austin, United States
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, CEMS
ESADE Business School
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
The main residence hall was located close to campus but far from the rest of the city. For the money, an apartment is much cheaper and a much more authentic living environment. Dealing with everyday living, like grocery shopping or ordering butane tanks, can be a challenge at times, but only help improve language and adaptability skills.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The apartment was beautiful, completely furnished, including a TV, dishes, pots, pans, even towels! For the price it was excellent. The housing company we dealt with, Blau Housing, was very helpful and professional. I would rent from them again.
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