There are various business schools in Barcelona, teaching courses in English, Catalan and/or Castilian—if you're looking to get a business qualification, read on for practical information. For those interested in Barcelona universities, click here
For over 35 years, the EU Business School has been one of the world’s top business schools. Utilising a mix of theory and practice in an international environment, all courses at the EU Business School are taught English and are aimed at tomorrow’s business leaders.
*In 2015, CEO Magazine ranked the EU Business School's online MBA number one in their global online rankings. Meanwhile, the on-campus MBA and the Executive MBA were featured in the top tier of the European MBA rankings.
Founded in 1989, the ESEI International Business School seeks to create a multicultural and academic business environment for international students, and its teaching is based on a three-part methodology: academic theory, practical case studies and placements within multinational companies. In partnership with various British universities, ESEI offers BA courses in Business Administration, with modules including management, marketing and finance.
UPF Barcelona School of Management forms part of Pompeu Fabra University, which is one of the best universities in the world according to the leading international rankings. UPF Barcelona School of Management offers a variety of different master programmes, including executive masters, masters of science and specialist postgraduate courses. They are all directed by teaching staff from Pompeu Fabra University, whose academic standing has been recognised in the leading international rankings, and by professionals from leading companies and public authorities. This balance between academics and industry professionals creates a close bond between the university and the corporate world.
This is a private management school in Barcelona, which only teaches in English and has a particularly global approach. It offers degrees in Business, International Management, Finance, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Operations Management, all designed to help graduates develop their career in, and understanding of, the global market. Internationalism is key to its teaching model, and students come from all over the world to learn about cross-cultural trends and business methods; they use US business school teaching methods with classes given by international professors.
The United International Business Schools organisation (UIBS) is an independent and accredited private higher education institution with campuses in Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and Asia. UIBS offers flexible business and management studies at the Undergraduate/Bachelor, Graduate/Master and Executive/BBA/MBA/DBA level.
The Open University Business School allows students to further their education without leaving work through flexible distance learning programs. Students study using the latest technology, working hand-in-hand with tutors and a network of students without stepping foot in a classroom. Students can study a single course or work towards a qualification, acquiring new skills that are immediately applicable to their work lives. The Open University Business School is one of a handful of business schools to have achieved triple international accreditation: AACSB (USA), EQUIS (Europe) and AMBA (UK).
Geneva Business School
Geneva Business School is a leading Swiss business School with an international approach, dedicated to prepare world changing leaders. GBS encourages students to develop their full intellectual potential and to pursue excellence.
Their Bachelor (BBA), Masters (MBA) and Doctorate (DBA) programmes meet this century’s challenge of globalisation and complexity. They are designed with the most innovative educational concepts and taught by an alliance of professionals, all recognised in their respective domains. Their programmes provide relevant content and knowledge that will be useful all through their students' lives.
Students receive support, guidance and personalised attention in every step of their career as the school encourages personal growth and creates knowledge with integrity and responsibility. GBS education includes tools that help develop critical judgement and common sense.
Founded in 1957, EADA was one of the first Spanish institutions to offer executive training programmes to the professional community. Besides the MBA, EADA offers Masters in different areas of business. The school ranks consistently highly within Europe.
EAE Business School
Both degrees and postgraduate courses are on offer at EAE (Escuela de Administración de Empresas de Barcelona), along with programmes aimed at executives. With more than 50 years' history and over 50,000 students receiving qualifications from there, EAE has an international reputation, with people coming from 45 different countries to study there. It is now part of the Grupo Planeta, which has helped solidify its position and resources.
Founded in the fifties by Catalan professionals and entrepreneurs who envisioned an education that would equip students with professional and management skills. Since then, ESADE has grown to include a Business School and Law School with over 550 students per year. In 2006 and 2007, The Wall Street Journal ranked ESADE the international business school of choice in the business world.
The graduate school of the University of Navarra, was one of the first schools in Europe to offer a two-year MBA programme. It offers a range of degrees from an MBA to a PhD in Management to executive education programmes for global senior executives and Continuing Education programmes for alumni. In January 2007, the King and Queen of Spain inaugurated the new Barcelona campus, which houses state-of-the-art learning facilities.
INSA Business, Marketing & Communication School
Private business school with over 30 years experience in the training sector, and which has professionals training professionals. Their strengths are their specialisation in Advertising, Publicity, Public Relations & Marketing; their excellent teaching; flexibility to adapt their curricula at all times and to have a practical methodology; intern-ships and employment prospects.
INSA offers a wide range of up-to-date training programmes in different areas of the company. These programmes are designed to always respond to market needs and create professionals who are able to successfully enter the labour market thanks to the knowledge, skills and attitudes they convey, and the design of a practical and realistic training plan, taught by professionals. This is accompanied by other services, including the possibility of intern-ships and personal attention to each student. INSA was created in 1984 in response to the pressing need of companies to incorporate highly trained people; people with a real and practical vision of the labour market. From the beginning, INSA opted for specialisation in the areas of Assistant Management and Communication (Publicity, Public Relations and Marketing).
Instituto Superior de Marketing - ESIC Business School
A wide range of courses and qualifications are on offer at ISM, including MBAs, masters and other postgraduate programmes, as well as in-company training, all aimed at students and professionals in the field of marketing and communication. Since 2005, ISM has collaborated with ESIC Business School, meaning that students can take advantage of ESIC services including information about job offers, internship programmes and specialised conferences.
49 years since its creation, ESIC is one of the leading marketing schools in Spain. With more than 32,000 alumni, the school is a prestigious point of reference for companies and professionals. ESIC is currently affiliated to the universities "Rey Juan Carlos" and "Miguel Hernández" of Madrid and Valencia.
Toulouse Business School - Barcelona
The Barcelona campus, located in the centre of town in Carrer Trafalgar, was created in 1995 by the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Barcelona—it is part of Toulouse Business School, which has obtained the 3 accrediations of the sector: AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, only 1% of Business School in the world have earned the triple crown. The school here offers BAs and MAs in Management, taught in English.