IESE was founded in 1958 as the graduate business school of the University of Navarra with the intention of offering business leaders a holistic view of the firm and an emphasis on the ethical and human aspects of business activities. Its founding constituted a landmark in management education in Europe at a time when executive education was scarcely known outside the United States.
IESE offers Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive MBA and Executive Education programs that are consistently ranked among the top 10 in the world.
IESE professors are international business experts and specialists. They work with world-leading companies and policy makers and bring their real world expertise into the classroom, research centers and projects. With PhDs from top-tier schools, they are some of the finest minds working in business academia, and are leaders in their fields. IESE faculty operate a 100% open door policy for students.
Active Learning Methodologies
IESE’s primary teaching tool, the case method, helps business leaders to develop a practical framework for effective decision-making, with insights and direct applicability for resolving business problems on the job. IESE is one of the largest producers of business cases enabling it to build and maintain strong links with industry. Other active learning tools are also used in IESE programs.
In Barcelona, Madrid, New York, Munich and São Paulo where short-term accommodations are required, normally your program will inform you and make reservations at local hotels.
With a large international student population, Barcelona has a range of prices and housing options available throughout the city. Though there are many ways to find an apartment on your own, often it is more efficient to work with an agency. Based on student feedback, we recommend the following agencies for your search. If you choose to use their services, please be sure to identify yourself as an IESE student:
What is Available to Borrow?
Most of our 45,500+ books can be borrowed, with the exception of certain copies of recommended reading books and reference works. Journals may not be borrowed.
You can also download most of our 127,000+ e-books, which you can search for on our E-Books Finder. The loan periods for e-books vary but are generally one or two weeks.
A comprehensive health insurance policy is included in the tuition fees of the full-time MBA program. Currently the health insurance provider is Axa Winterthur. The policy covers a wide range of services including medical consultation, hospitalization, surgery, pregnancy and childbirth, pediatrics and gynecology.
The 45,000 square-meter campus in Barcelona, 11,000 square meter campus in Madrid and the 25,000 square foot New York Center are state-of-the-art facilities with the latest multimedia learning technologies. In addition, IESE’s Munich facility gives executive programs a base from which to continue addressing the educational needs of business leaders in central Europe and the ISE campus in São Paulo offers top-notch facilities for executive education programs geared towards Brazilian business leaders.
Students and program participants at IESE's Barcelona and Madrid campuses enjoy easy access to outdoor fitness and recreational activities including running, hiking and mountain biking. In Barcelona, la Carretera de las Aigües and Collserola Park are a stone's throw from campus while IESE Madrid is close to la Casa de Campo.