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ESADE

Exchange Semester (Fall/Spring): Fall

Academic Year: 2016/2017

 

Chosen Electives (name)

Corporate Strategy (Core Course: you can choose between International Entrepreneurship and Corp. Strat), Decision Making in Corporations: a Financial Perspective, Spanish MBC Accredited C1 (there is also B2), Leading Management Consulting Firm (intensive 1 week course), Organizational Structures in the 21st century, The mind of the Strategist, Value Based Management (MBA course, you could also choose M&A from the MBA electives).

 

Main differences compared to Nova SBE teaching methods

There is a lot (I mean, A LOT) of case studies. Every course is case based, which mean there is a fair amount of readings for each class, every week. There is a lot of group work, some presentations and reports. Exams are minimum. Only had 3: Spanish (of course, it’s the CEMS language exam), the Core course (because it is mandatory) and Decision Making Financial Perspective (even though we could not answer 40% of the exam and use instead the grades from the group works). In ESADE the courses were a bit on the basis of bulshiting rather than numbers oriented, which for me was weird. At NOVA I find it more “scientific”.

 

Is the local CEMS Club active?

Not a lot, but enough. There were 2 running dinners, 1 running cocktails, and a few more activites I don’t remember.

 

Accommodation

Available options for accommodation and suggestions

Do not (I repeat, DO NOT) go to the ESADE residence at the campus. Nobody (absolutely no one) lives there from CEMS. I would advise to live in Barcelona nearby any of the 3 or 4 first stations of the Train (S1,S2, S5). Find accommodation before you arrive with other CEMSies otherwise its complicated. Barcelona is pilled with tourists so there is a lot of agencies you need to pay to (fees), contracts is the usual way of doing business, etc. There are other typical “illegal” rooms, but its harder to find something good. I would say to leverage your network to find a house with ESADE CEMSies that are leaving on the semester you are coming. If you cant, well then hit the websites. But be careful. It takes longer to find a nice room/house than in Lisbon.

 

Approximate cost of accommodation

This depends a lot on your lifestyle, preferences, and city area. The more expensive areas are Plaza Cataluña and Provença. The coolest, trendy, hipster area is Gracia – a lot of CEMSies there. I was in Pl. Cataluña/Gotic neighborhood in a very nice house with 2 rooms and a huge living room (there were a few CEMS parties there). The price of the room was 575€without bills, but I was sharing it with my girlfriend so it was much cheaper. You can find nice and cheaper accommodation in Gracia I would say. Other CEMSies were paying from 400€ to 650€.

 

Total cost of living (per month)

It is much more expensive than I was initially expecting. Housing, going out at night and restaurants costs are in no way comparable to those in Lisbon. It is much more. Average decent meal is 12-14€, average ticket to go out at night in the club 15€ (with 1 drink which buys you 2 beers or a white drink) and housing I already told you. I travel as much as I could, to Tarragona, Costa Brava (twice!), Valencia and other smaller stuff around BCN. Other people went to Andaluzia (in the week I was having the intensive course there were no classes for others who were not taking intensive courses), Pais Basco, Madrid, Mayorca island, etc. I would say that total, per month, around 700€ or more. Probably more :D

 

Transportation cost

If I remember correctly, it is 142€ for a 3 month pass. After the 3 months you typically have 2 or 3 weeks left, so it gets easily another 40€ on metro and train tickets.

 

Meal cost

Already talked about this. It is very hard to find good cheap places. By cheap I mean 7/8€.

 

Experience

 Amazing city, nice food, nice nightlife, too many tourists (seriously, its really a lot, especially if you are living in Pl Cataluna as I was), good for traveling within Spain (don’t forget the islands!). Nice School, different teaching method, very nice career events, good in terms of elective choice (many courses are focused in Personal Development, even though you have many of the typical Strategy, Finance and Entreprenruship courses, CEMS courses are only for CEMS people). The pool of the CEMS is quite high, very nice network (majority Finance, Consulting and FMCG).


Exchange Semester (Fall/Spring): Spring

Academic Year: 2016/2017

 

Chosen Electives (name)

Doing Business Globally (core course), Design Thinking (MBA course)

 

Main differences compared to Nova SBE teaching methods

Pretty similar with some slight differences: less group works and more individual case analysis and class discussion

 

Is the local CEMS Club active?

Yes, it is. It organizes weekly activities, trips and corporate presentations.

 

Accommodation

Available options for accommodation and suggestions

I don’t know anybody that lives in Sant Cugat (1 hour from Barcelona). Most of the people leave in Gracia or in the Eixample. You can find it in Idealista, Uniplaces or go to an agency (where you pay a fee but it is easier) such as Tecnocasa.

 

Approximate cost of accommodation

With expenses included, around 450-550 per month.

 

Total cost of living (per month)

850-900 per month (accommodation, food, transport and eating out/drinks)

 

Transportation cost

50/month

 

Meal cost

Not less than 9-10€/meal. For a normal dinner with friends, around 12/13€.

 

Experience

Barcelona is an amazing city, with a super similar culture to Lisbon. Less climbing though!