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Best business schools in Barcelona

Written by Vicky York

Some of the best and most prestigious business schools in Europe and the world are located right here in Barcelona. In this article, we give you some of the best,  to help get your career started on the right path.

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EADA Business School is consistently ranked as one of the top schools in Europe. Founded in 1957, it is one of only four schools in Spain who have been awarded both the EQUIS and AMBA accreditations. The main campus is very central as it is located on Carrer Aragó, 204, which makes it easily accessible.


IESE is a graduate school that is part of the University of Navarra. The Barcelona campus offers a range of degrees including MBA and Ph.D. programs. The school focuses on giving practical knowledge and active study with case studies to learn and apply to real business situations. It is an internationally renowned business school, which is reflected in its rankings. In 2017, the Financial Times ranked the IESA MBA amongst the world’s top 10.

Toulouse Business School

You may think that the Toulouse Business School sounds like it should be on a different list, perhaps one for business schools in France. However, the school has three campuses: one in Toulouse, France, one Casablanca, Morocco, and one in Barcelona, Spain, which was opened in 1995. In Barcelona, they offer two programs: a bachelor in management and a master in management. It is also another highly accredited business school, achieving all three accreditations of AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. Only a very small proportion of business schools have earned this in the world. The Toulouse Business School also prides itself on its international environment with over half of its students coming from abroad.

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ESADE – Ramon Llull University

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ESADE was founded in 1958 and now forms part of Ramon Llull UniversityESADE is an excellent choice for studying in Barcelona since it has impressive rankings both worldwide and in Spain for their MBA and other Master’s programs. ESADE focuses on providing professional skills and offers an outstanding international network. Currently, ESADE is the business school in Europe with the most extensive student exchange network in Latin America.


IEBS stands for Escuela de Negócios de la Innovacíon y los Empreendedores. Founded in 2009, this school presents itself as an alternative to the traditional business schools, using an innovative education method to train the new leaders in the business sphere. They use new technologies, practical cases, and collaborative learning as ways to impart the knowledge. Studying with IEBS is very convenient for people who can’t afford to go out to learn due to conflicting schedules since all of their classes are taught entirely online. You do have to have a good level of Spanish to study at IEBS thought as there are no classes which are taught in English.

Are you looking at studying at a business school in Barcelona? Do you have any questions about it or perhaps you want to share your own experience at one of these schools? Let us know and comment below!

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About the author

Vicky York

Vicky is a UK copywriter and translator based in Barcelona. An avid traveller, festival follower and music lover.


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