Spain is a diverse country with a rich culture and an exciting history – just two of the reasons why studying for an MBA here might be something that you would like to consider.

Another pull might be the chance to immerse yourself in the Spanish language. With 500 million speakers worldwide, Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world – beaten only by Mandarin Chinese. Having a working knowledge of it (or better still the fluency that is likely to come from studying in Spain, even if your MBA is taught in English) will open you up to business opportunities not only in Europe and the US, but also across vast expanses of South America.

Your visa

If you are from within the European Economic Area (EEA) you can work in Spain without having to get a visa. Anyone else wishing to travel to or work in Spain must have a valid passport and/or the appropriate Spanish visa. You may apply for a visa to the Spanish Consulate in your home country before you leave – do this as soon as possible when you know your plans, in order to make sure your documents will be ready in time.

Where should I study?

There are six MBA courses in Spain that are accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). They are offered at:

IE Business School (Madrid) – offering Full-Time MBA, as well as four part-time options: Part-Time MBA, Part-Time Executive MBA, International Executive MBA, and Global MBA Online.

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid – offering a Full-Time MBA.

ESADE Business School (Barcelona) – offering a Full-Time MBA, as well as part-time options: Part-Time MBA, Executive MBA (EMBA) and Global Executive MBA (GEMBA).

IESE (Barcelona) – offering Full-Time, Executive and Global Executive MBAs. The Executive MBA is taken part-time, and the Executive Global is via distance learning with occasional attendance requirement in Barcelona.

EADA (Escuela de Alta Direccion y Administracion, Barcelona) – offering Executive, Euro, Part-Time and International MBA programmes. All are taken part-time.

ESCP Europe (Madrid) – offering part-time MBAs in France, Italy, Germany and the UK, as well as in Spain.

What will my MBA in Spain cost?

Students are required to pay registration and tuition fees at public universities in Spain. Tuition fees vary depending on the university and course you will be studying. On average, MBA courses in Spain will costs anything between €21,000 and €30,000 (approximately £17,200 - £24,600) for a one year full-time course.

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