SEMESTER STUDY ABROAD
ESADE (Barcelona, Spain)
As part of Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, Spain, ESADE, or the Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas, is an international academic institution with over 50 years of history. Originally a business school, it now includes a highly regarded law school as well.
ESADE’s key mission is to “train individuals to become highly-competent professionals fully aware of their social responsibility.” Columbia Law School students at ESADE have the opportunity to study European and international law topics in a highly international environment.
Language of Instruction:
English and/or Spanish (fall term), and Spanish only (spring term).
Students who wish to study at ESADE for the spring term will need to have a Spanish B2 certificate or equivalent Spanish fluency to participate in the program.
Pre- or Co-requisites:
Students may go abroad on this program in either the fall or the spring semester.
Early September through December.
Mid-January through June.
Exchange students are encouraged to arrive earlier to secure accommodation prior to the start of the program. Students should not arrive later than the first day of the term.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Exchange students are required to stay until the end of the scheduled exams. No special dates for exams will be arranged. Please pay attention to exam dates when booking any flights.
Tuition and Fees:
Students who participate in a study abroad program will continue to pay Columbia tuition, although in certain programs, health insurance and health service fees can be waived with proof of adequate alternative coverage for the entire year. All other student fees are waived.
Cost of Living:
Students are responsible for the cost of living while abroad. These costs include travel to and from the foreign country, housing expenses, food, utilities, entertainment, and all other costs associated with study abroad. Please consult with the Office of International Programs to learn more about the cost of living in Barcelona.
Health Insurance Requirements:
All international students are required to have valid medical insurance coverage for the entire time they are in Spain. Students will not be able to complete registration at ESADE until they have provided proof of health insurance with international coverage.
Columbia Law School students may still be required to pay health insurance fees and health service fees at Columbia if alternative yearlong coverage is not obtained.
There is a large amount of available housing in Barcelona, but it can be relatively expensive and takes time to find. ESADE does not have housing facilities for students. However, students are welcome to stay at the Residencia Sarria, a student residence hall, which is a 15-minute walk down from the ESADE campus, located in the Pedralbes district, and about 25 minutes from the Sarrià FGC station.
Nominated students should expect to receive updated housing information from ESADE.
All applicants from Non-EU nations need a visa to study at ESADE in Spain. In order to get a visa, a student must apply at the embassy or consulate of Spain in their home country at least two months before their intended departure. Accepted applicants will receive a welcome letter that should be used for obtaining a visa.
Columbia students are required to maintain a full-time schedule while participating in any study abroad program. ESADE uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). A full-time student is required to enroll in 30 ECTS. Students who are accepted into an exchange program with ESADE should consult with the International Programs office of Columbia Law School for more detailed information about registering for classes while abroad.
Students who are accepted into the exchange program with ESADE will receive login information for MyESADE where they will have access to course schedules and descriptions, syllabi, and other important information. If you wish to see an example of courses offered, please ask Columbia Law School's Office of International Programs for a copy of the previous year’s course listings.
Students are evaluated continuously during and at the end of the semester. Exams are mostly written, but are sometimes conducted orally or as take-home assignments. Projects may also be required. ESADE grades students on a scale of zero to 10.
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To receive Columbia Law School credit, a student must successfully pass a course with a score of six or higher.
Students will receive transcripts from ESADE. The grades earned abroad will not be listed on students' Columbia transcripts; the Columbia transcript will only indicate the number of credits earned while participating in an international study abroad program.
It may be possible, while studying abroad, to arrange work with a local nongovernmental organization that would qualify towards the fulfillment of the pro bono requirement. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives for further information.
Each year, up to four Columbia Law School students may participate in the ESADE Semester Exchange.
Applications are open during the spring term only and should be submitted for the 2L spring term or the fall or spring terms in the 3L year.
Selections will be made upon the strength of the personal statement; academic record at Columbia; faculty recommendations; and other factors that reflect the likelihood of a candidate’s successful participation in the program. In some instances, interviews may be conducted to assist in the selection process.
Columbia Law School Application Requirements:
- Columbia Law School Study Abroad Application, including a Personal Statement.
- Curriculum Vitae.
- The name of a Columbia Law School faculty member who can submit a brief recommendation.
- Official transcript (i.e., configure LawNet/Apply for Study Abroad/My Services to allow OIP access to your transcript).
ESADE requires the following:
- Copy of Passport (showing full name).
- Proof of Health Insurance with International coverage.
- Spanish B2 certificate or equivalent required (only for spring term students).
- Two passport-sized photographs.
- CV / Résumé
ESADE Law School
Student Housing in Barcelona
For more information
Visit the Office of International Programs in William and June Warren Hall, 6th Floor. There, you can view any additional information on file from our partner schools, as well as any relevant program evaluations that have been submitted by students who have participated in this and other study abroad programs.
Studying abroad has been very beneficial for many students who are considering a public interest career. The timing of overseas study, however, may also present scheduling conflicts with regard to public interest hiring calendars. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives to learn more.
Director of International Student Exchange and Joint Degree Programs
Office of International and Comparative Law Programs, Columbia Law School
Office: William and June Warren Hall, Room 605