FREQUENTLY ASKED ​QUESTIONS (FAQ)



Admissions Requirements

What's the admissions process & required documents?

Please visit "Admissions & Requirements" page for steps and required documents

Is there an application fee?

Only non-European students are required to pay an application Fee of 150 euros in order to start the application process. The fee is non-refundable and covers the administration expenses. The application process will start once the payment has been made. It is only when the student obtains a student visa that he/she is required to pay the enrollment fee.

What happens if I do not achieve the necessary IELTS/ TOEFL score?

If there is sufficient time, we can offer you an English Language foundation course during the summer prior to your main study programme. If you successfully complete this programme, you can then progress onto your degree course.

What IELTS/ TOEFL score do I need?

Our minimum entry requirements for the tests are: TOEFL 550 or IELTS 6.0

What if i do not have IELTS/ TOEFL?

If your previous education was conducted in English (at least 3 years), you will need to provide a certificate of studies in English to show your English proficiency, otherwise you can take our free online English test, it takes 45 min to complete.

Do I have to do any special courses before applying to your school?

No. There are no prerequisite subjects.

What is the system for credit transfers?

Transferability of courses taken and credits accumulated at other educational institutions will be subject to the following considerations:

a) Profile of the institution from which credits would be transferred

b) Comparability of the course work with that of ESEI

c) Appropriateness of the coursework for the student’s degree programme at ESEI. When all the above mentioned factors have been examined, credit equivalencies will then be evaluated and credits awarded.

Transferral of studies undertaken at ESEI to your home university:

Only the home university can decide whether or not a course at ESEI can form part of your degree. To be certain that your university will accept the course or programme you would like to study, you must contact the university where you are currently studying before applying to ESEI.

Does ESEI accept transfer students? Am I eligible to transfer to ESEI?

ESEI does accept transfer students. This possibility is available to students who have already done at least one year of studies at a university of a similar profile and who now wish to continue at ESEI. In this case ESEI will consider accepting transfer credits as part of the degree.

Can I study as an exchange student at ESEI for more than one semester?

Our exchange programme entails studying at ESEI for one semester or one academic year and then returning to the university of origin.

When are interviews held and what can I expect?

Provided that all documentation is in order, you can expect us to contact you within a week of applying in order to schedule your interview. For international students who are not currently in Spain, a telephone interview is arranged. You will be asked questions such as why you want to study at ESEI, why you want to study business, what you know about the degree, and what recent business issues you have read about. No offers are made without an interview.

Is there a minimum age for acceptance?

There is no minimum age for acceptance. However, if you are under 18 years old a parent or guardian will need to sign a consent form for you to study abroad.

Does ESEI accept exchange students?

ESEI does accept exchange students. Normally, the exchange takes place with ESEI’s affiliated universities. However, this is not always the case and students should ensure that the exchange university accepts transfer credits obtained at ESEI.

Are copies of the academic transcripts and other certificates also accepted?

We accept certified copies of official documents, but originals will be required at enrollment. Official records are defined as original documents issued by the institution — not photocopies — which bear the actual signature of the registrar and the seal of the issuing institution. If a document cannot be replaced, however, be sure to obtain a properly certified copy; keep the original for yourself. Never send a document that cannot be replaced. If the original document is not issued in English, enclose an official copy of all educational documents in the original language and a certified copy translated into English.

An official English language translation should:

  • bear the ink stamp and signature of a translating company official or an authorized university official.
  • have the stamp and signature on each page.
  • include a statement of authenticity on the last page.

Do you have an entrance exam?

No, we do not. However, if you can prove that you have significant qualifications, education, and skills, you will be seriously considered for admission. We select applicants on the basis of the application and the interview.

Programme details :

Modules? learning outcomes?

Master In Sports Management

Master In Digital Marketing

Master In Business Management

Master In Digital Entrepreneurship

Master In Tourism And Hospitality Management

Master In Marketing And Communication

Master In International Relations And International Business

application deadline & COVID-19 

Wha'ts the application deadline?

ESEI’s admissions process works strictly on a “first-come, first-served basis”.
We receive applications all year round and advise that you start your application as early as possible to secure your place at ESEI.
Remember that we have limited places available in our programmes.

Could Covid-19 compromise the opening of the ESEI in October?

Please click here to read "Our response to the crisis" post about the current COVID-19 Pandemic

VISA & Immigration 

Do I need a visa?

All students who are not citizens of a European Union member state, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, or Switzerland must obtain a long stay visa if they wish to stay in Spain for a period of over 90 days per semester. The student visa allows the holder to remain in Spain in order to pursue studies, research, or training programmes. Within a month of arrival in Spain, you must also request a pertinent Student ID Card from the Spanish Police (Policía Nacional).

Can you help me get a Spanish student visa or work visa?

ESEI does not assist with any credentialing necessary to obtain visas for foreigners. In the case of non-European students, we only issue the official enrollment letter necessary for visa purposes. Following Spanish Embassy requirements, for visa purposes ESEI issues an official enrollment letter indicating:

  • the student’s name, address, phones, and e-mail
  • full payment of tuition
  • duration of the program (start and finish dates)
  • subjects of study
  • hours of study per week (20 at least).

Can I work with a student visa?

Spanish student residence permit entitles you to work either part-time or in a temporary position.
You are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week while you are studying, as long as it doesn’t interfere with your studies.

What is “empadronamiento” and what do I need it for? How can I get it?

Empadronamiento registers you as living in Barcelona. Upon completing the process, you will be given a letter confirming your empadronamiento status. This is necessary for a variety of administrative procedures. For example, you will need it if you want to apply for a local health card (el carné para la residencia sanitaria).

The papers you will need to present to the nearest police station in order to obtain the above mentioned letter of residence are:

  • Passport
  • Proof of residence (Household utility bill/ Rental contract)

What is “Seguridad Social”? What do I need it for? What do I need to do to obtain it?

Seguridad social is a social security number. It entitles you to use public health care in Spain. To get the social security number, you need to visit the Administración de la Seguridad Social (address provided below) with the following documents:

An original and a copy of your official “Spanish Student Residence Card” (‘Tarjeta de autorización de estancia por estudios’).

The original and a copy of your passport or ID.

Address: Av. Gran Via Carles III 124 8034 Barcelona

What is a “NIE”? What do I need it for? What do I need to do to obtain it?

A NIE is a Número de Identidad de Extranjeros which, translated, means “Identity Number for Foreigners”. This number appears on all documents issued in Spain.

An NIE number is needed to:

  • Open a bank account
  • Register with social services and arrange receipt of social security benefits
  • Be paid for employment
  • Pay taxes
  • Use short-term employment agencies
  • Apply for a business permit and start a business
  • Apply for a driver’s licence
  • Arrange credit terms or a mortgage
  • Buy, sell or insure property
  • Applications for an NIE can be done at a national Spanish police station (comisaría) that has a Foreigners’ Department (Oficina de Extranjeros)

The following documents are required:

  • An application form, the NIE para residentes en el extranjero (form EX14), filled out and signed
  • Receipt for payment of the fee, stamped by the bank
  • Identity card or original passport and photocopy
  • Two passport photographs


More information on: “Tarjeta de autorización de estancia por estudios”

It is a Spanish Student Residence Card required for non-European students. If you are a non-European student, and your studies last for more than 180 days, you must contact the local authorities to acquire a student residence card (Tarjeta de autorización de estancia por estudios). It should be applied for within 30 days of arriving in the country. This “Spanish Student Residence Card” is valid for a year upon initial issue, and can be renewed annually for 5 years. The application should be submitted to the police station at C/ Balmes, 192 from Monday to Friday (9.00 – 14.00).

You must present the following documents:

  • The official application. You can pick it up at the office. Original and photocopy.
  • Passport valid for a minimum of 6 months. Original and photocopy.
  • A photocopy of the visa stamp in your passport received from border officials upon entering Spain.
  • Acceptance letter from ESEI that was presented to the Consulate General of Spain in your country of origin before entering Spain. Original and photocopy.
  • Original letter verifying (a) enrollment as a full-time student in ESEI, (b) the duration of the course, and (c) full payment of enrollment fee. Original and photocopy.
  • 3 recent pictures, passport size.
  • Letter of residence (empadronamiento) stating that you are registered as living in Barcelona.

What insurance do I need while studying in Barcelona?

Students coming from European Union member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland are advised to obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This card entitles the holder to the same access to public sector health care (e.g. doctors, chemists, hospitals) as Spanish citizens. The EHIC does not cover you for private sector health care providers. The card can be obtained in your country, usually free of charge. Once you get to Spain it is recommendable to also support your EHIC card with the Spanish public health care (Seguridad Social).

As proof of travel/health/accident insurance and also in order to get a student visa, non-Europeans must present a letter from their insurance company stating that they will cover 100% (no deductibles) of any medical expenses incurred. The student’s insurance should also have a minimum coverage of 30,000€ (or its equivalent in the country’s currency). While living in Barcelona you should apply for Seguridad Social – a social security number which entitles you to use Spanish public health care. You may, however, use private insurance if you have it. For Spanish public health care you will also need to apply for empadronamiento – a letter of residence stating that you are registered as living in Barcelona.

Tuition fees & scholarships

What's the tuition fees? What's the cost?

Do tuition fees cover book expenses?

​​We are not using paper text books, everything is digital and we ​provide free access to the Online Library to our students

Do you offer any scholarships?

Do you offer any discounts on tuition fees?

Students selecting full year (one-time) payment must pay the full amount of their fees which includes an 800€ full year payment discount before the deadline started on their acceptance letter. These students are also eligible to enroll in the beginner Spanish language programme, free of charge.

Payments & Refunds

Does ESEI offer a student loan or financial aid programme?

No. Payment of all tuition fees is entirely the responsibility of the student. However, Spanish banks offer a wide variety of student loan options for the purpose of financing university studies and all related expenses.

Is it possible to work while studying at ESEI?

Students are allowed to work while studying at ESEI, however we advise our students not to during the first year of study. The class schedules are also set in a way that allow you to work morning or afternoon shifts. Students can choose to do an internship or find other part-time work on their own. Non–European students holding a student visa can only apply for an internship.

Is it possible to pay the fees with a credit card?

Yes, please click here to go to the payment page and chose payment by your card brand (Visa, Mastercard etc...)

Is the application fee refundable in case my visa application is denied?

The application fee is non-refundable and covers administrative expenses.

Can pay through western union?

No, but domestic bank transfers in your country's currency are possible for certain countries (ie. India, China, Brazil, Mexico...), please go to: https://www.eseibusinessschool.com/payment/ select your country, type the amount and click next to find out if your country is eligible for domestic bank transfers

The payment with card doesn't work, can I do a bank transfer?

Yes, please go to https://www.eseibusinessschool.com/payment/ and select the bank payment options or contact us for more details

Refunds, deferral and student & withdrawal Policies

Please click here for more details

​Life in Barcelona

Does ESEI offer accommodation service?

We have a dedicated page about this topic and other useful information regarding living in Barcelona

Do students have any discounts? How can they be obtained?

Students can enjoy discounts in many places around Spain and Barcelona including cinemas, theaters, museums, tours, etc. Bus and subway tickets can not be discounted, but there are price reductions for inter-city trains. The most widely accepted document is the EURO 26 student card, but in many situations your ESEI/STUDENT NETWORK ID card will be enough.

How much money does the typical student need per month to live in BCN?

The budget for life depends on the necessities and capacities of individual students. Excluding accommodation, students need a minimum of 250€ a month for living in Barcelona, although a typical international student spends around 400€ a month for food, travel and other expenses.

For more specific price descriptions please visit our section about the city of Barcelona.

What language do people speak?

Barcelona, like all of Catalonia, has two official languages – Spanish (Castellano) and Catalan. You will find most people speaking Catalan on a daily basis, however Castellano is also spoken regularly, and it is perfectly acceptable to use it.

What is the weather like in Barcelona?

The weather in Barcelona is pleasant most of the year. However, you’ll experience the best weather from mid April to the end of July. Summer in Barcelona is typically hot and sunny with temperatures of 30ºC-40ºC in June-August. September is also a good month. You won’t find sunshine every day though, so be prepared for days when it could be overcast with a little rain. The weather in October and November is still pleasant but starts to get cooler. The lowest temperatures hover around 5ºC and occur mainly during December-January.

What’s the best way to move around the city?

Barcelona has a very well organized and effective transportation system including the subway, underground and above-ground trains, and day and night buses. A single-trip ticket costs 2,15€ and is valid for all the means of transport mentioned. Barcelona has also a system of bicycle stations called Bicing which lets you rent a bike for 49,16€ per year. Students can also buy or rent a scooter.

University Information

What is the system for credit transfers?

Transferability of courses taken and credits accumulated at other educational institutions will be subject to the following considerations:

a) Profile of the institution from which credits would be transferred

b) Comparability of the course work with that of ESEI

c) Appropriateness of the coursework for the student’s degree programme at ESEI. When all the above mentioned factors have been examined, credit equivalencies will then be evaluated and credits awarded.

Transferral of studies undertaken at ESEI to your home university:

Only the home university can decide whether or not a course at ESEI can form part of your degree. To be certain that your university will accept the course or programme you would like to study, you must contact the university where you are currently studying before applying to ESEI.

Does ESEI accept transfer students? Am I eligible to transfer to ESEI?

ESEI does accept transfer students. This possibility is available to students who have already done at least one year of studies at a university of a similar profile and who now wish to continue at ESEI. In this case ESEI will consider accepting transfer credits as part of the degree.

Can I study as an exchange student at ESEI for more than one semester?

Our exchange programme entails studying at ESEI for one semester or one academic year and then returning to the university of origin.

When are interviews held and what can I expect?

Provided that all documentation is in order, you can expect us to contact you within a week of applying in order to schedule your interview. For international students who are not currently in Spain, a telephone interview is arranged. You will be asked questions such as why you want to study at ESEI, why you want to study business, what you know about the degree, and what recent business issues you have read about. No offers are made without an interview.

Is there a minimum age for acceptance?

There is no minimum age for acceptance. However, if you are under 18 years old a parent or guardian will need to sign a consent form for you to study abroad.

What happens if I do not achieve the necessary IELTS/ TOEFL score?

If there is sufficient time, we can offer you an English Language foundation course during the summer prior to your main study programme. If you successfully complete this programme, you can then progress onto your degree course.

Does ESEI accept exchange students?

ESEI does accept exchange students. Normally, the exchange takes place with ESEI’s affiliated universities. However, this is not always the case and students should ensure that the exchange university accepts transfer credits obtained at ESEI.

What IELTS/ TOEFL score do I need?

Our minimum entry requirements for the tests are: TOEFL 550 or IELTS 6.0

Are copies of the academic transcripts and other certificates also accepted?

We accept certified copies of official documents, but originals will be required at enrollment. Official records are defined as original documents issued by the institution — not photocopies — which bear the actual signature of the registrar and the seal of the issuing institution. If a document cannot be replaced, however, be sure to obtain a properly certified copy; keep the original for yourself. Never send a document that cannot be replaced. If the original document is not issued in English, enclose an official copy of all educational documents in the original language and a certified copy translated into English.

An official English language translation should:

  • bear the ink stamp and signature of a translating company official or an authorized university official.
  • have the stamp and signature on each page.
  • include a statement of authenticity on the last page.

Do I have to do any special courses before applying to your school?

No. There are no prerequisite subjects.

Do you have an entrance exam?

No, we do not. However, if you can prove that you have significant qualifications, education, and skills, you will be seriously considered for admission. We select applicants on the basis of the application and the interview.

Is there an application fee?

Only non-European students are required to pay an application Fee of 150 euros in order to start the application process. The fee is non-refundable and covers the administration expenses. The application process will start once the payment has been made. It is only when the student obtains a student visa that he/she is required to pay the enrollment fee.

What accreditation does ESEI have?

For the bachelors in Business Studies, ESEI is fully accredited. The degree is officially recognised under the local governmental educational authority with authorization code 08075402 and also independently accredited by NCC education (UK) under a direct entry pathway to the University of Worcester for the final year. You can be assured that with this double recognition of our degree, your BA (hons) qualification will be recognised across the world.

For the masters programmes, ESEI operates within the private educational sector. A fully licensed and approved Business School with stringent quality standards and 26 years of history, our masters degrees are designed for students who wish to go into the professional world, rather than continue in the academic environment. If your objective is to study a PhD in a public institution after your ESEI masters, then this is not the right programme for you. Our focus is on practical education for the world of work, as opposed to the world of research, and employers value and accept our masters qualifications.

​After ESEI

Will I be obtaining an official diploma? What will my degree be?

For the bachelor's programmes, you will receive your final certificate from Anglia Ruskin University (UK). This means you receive a highly respected UK degree while studying in Barcelona in only three years.

The Masters degree is a 60 ECTS qualification at level 7 on the European Framework. Your final certificate will be awarded by ESEI International Business School, detailing the masters programme, the credit total and the final class awarded (pass/merit/distinction).

UCAM accredit 4 of the Masters programmes offered at ESEI:
– Master in Marketing and Communication
– Master in Business Management
– Master in International Relations and International Business
– Master in Tourism and Hospitality Management

What options do students have for continuing their studies when they leave ESEI?

Having completed your Bachelor degree at ESEI, you can access to any Masters programmes worldwide (including ours) or move into the professional world.

I would like to know if there is a platform for student jobs?

We have a dedicated page for all job related questions in Barcelona

Can I get an internship during my studies? How?

We have a dedicated page for all job & internship related questions in Barcelona

More Questions?

Let us know! We would be happy to advise you!