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While the school’s appealing Barcelona location is a major attraction for many students, be forewarned that ESADE’s MBA program is highly demanding. While completing core coursework, you are more likely to spend your time in the library rather than taking advantage of Barcelona’s wide cultural and entertainment offerings. Fortunately, the “work load dropped to more manageable levels during the second half of the program, during the electives.” Despite the rigors of the program, you won’t fall through the cracks. ESADE given its focus on delivering personalized attention at all levels. As a select program open to a limited number of participants, “the school pays attention to the individual.” In addition, “because of the relatively small size of the school, administration is efficient and flexible.”
Drawing faculty from 13 different countries, including Argentina, Chile, India, Italy, and the United States, ESADE “professors are without exception passionate and knowledgeable about their subjects. All encourage active participation by the students.” A current student attests, “The academic experience has been great, as teachers are very good in general and the environment in class with my classmates is rewarding.” On that note, many ESADE students say their classmates are an indispensable part of the MBA experience, which emphasizes “building up relationships and getting exposed to different cultures.” Despite the school’s patently international environment, some feel “ESADE should strengthen its link with emerging countries, namely, China [and] India.”