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Why You Need A Professional Consultant As An International Student

As an Indian student in a foreign country, you will be facing many hurdles to adjust to the new environment surrounding you. The most common difficulties you will be facing are the cultural shock, language barrier, maintaining your finances, homesickness, time zone differences, weather condition, and a few more.

In this article, I am going to dwell upon a particular problem that I faced during my time in Spain -the process of getting all the required documents that are needed as an international student and how a professional consultant like LEAP can help you save a great amount of time, money, and energy.  

If you are an international student in a country which speaks a different language, the hurdles you will be facing increases compared to the students who speak the local language. It is not something that you can’t overcome, in fact I did overcome them with a great amount of help by my friends who had the language efficiency and as well who knew about the necessary paper works.

Despite all the help, I always felt that I am doing catching up work rather than being on top of the things. This is when having a professional consultant by your side will help you be one step ahead at all the times and this is what you want as an international student so that you can concentrate on your studies and look for an internship in your time abroad.

1 .Empadronamiento

Empadronamiento (or Padron) will be the first thing that you have to do once you reach Spain. It is a registration process in the city hall to inform the government about where you currently reside.

To get your Empadronamiento you will have to fill up the  Solicitud de Empadronamiento (application form) and get a written document from the owner of the flat stating that you reside at the given address along with the signed copy of his/her ID and the contract.

The problem started here as the house owner spoke almost no English and I spoke almost no Spanish, after some hassle and lots of google translation I got the written document. The next hurdle was to find out which city hall to go toget the Empadronamiento since most of the city hall works only till 14.30 only a very few city halls are open till 19.30.

I had my classes in the morning and the city hall next to where I was residing was always crowded so I had to find a city hall which would be apt for my timing but it turned out not so easy. Different people were giving different suggestions and at last, I had to miss a day’s class to get this work done. If I have had LEAP backing me up and guiding me through this process,I would have not missed my classes.


A NIE (número de identidad de extranjero) is the national identification number issued to all non-Spanish people seeking temporary residency. When you apply for NIE, the Spanish government gives you a paper with your NIE number and some basic personal information on it.

All EU citizens are required to have this number and this process is comparatively easy. But If you are a non-EU citizen, you must apply for a TIE. A TIE (tarjeta de identidad de extranjero) is a card that has your picture, NIE number, address, and where you are studying.

 To get the TIE, you are required to get an appointment at an immigration office which by itself can be a big hurdle. Depending on which police station you are willing to go to or which city you are in, the nearest appointment you can get might be up to a month later.

I had no clue about this, and I did not start this process immediately due to which I had to miss further two classes. I was in a hurry to get my TIE since I had to wait for 36  days for my appointment. To get the TIE you need several documents like application form EX-17, tax form 790 code 012, receipt of paying the tax, proof of enrolment in the school, appointment confirmation and much more.

Keep in mind that all theses documents will be in Spanish so you must be very careful while filling them and you cannot miss out on a document while going for the appointment. If you end up going without a document, then you will have to get another appointment and wait for several days before you get your TIE.

If I had a professional consultant like LEAP, they would have recommended me to apply for an appointment as soon as I arrived in Spain and helped me with the TIE process.Thinking back now, it would have been of great help and a stress-free processhad I got their services.

3. Bank Account

A bank account is very important for several reasons. It will help you to send and receive money during your studies, if you are doing a paid internship you need a bank account, to pay tour taxes and so on. Not all the banks are the same as with any other country banks.

Almost all banks will insist you to get one of their insurance packages when you open your bank account and most probably there will be some hidden charges. You will come to know about this only when they start taking the money from your account since all the documents you signed will be in Spanish and you wouldn’t have understood everything that is written.

This is exactly what happened in my case and I ended up paying a huge sum of money every month for insurance that I did not need for a year. Having LEAP behind you will completely eliminate this problem and will definitely help you save money during your time in Spain. They will guide you to the best bank possible with the best insurance possible depending upon your needs.

4. Internship/Work

If you’re  in Spain on a student visa, you are eligible to work up to 20 hours a week.Even if you have good educational credentials, to find an internship/work, it will be immensely helpful if there is someone to guide you through the whole process  to find the right internship.

I had a CV prepared by myself which I thought was a good one and I applied in several companies. One after the other I was being rejected and I was worried that I might not get an internship. At this point, one of my friends who works as an HR checked my CV and made a few corrections after which I landed upon an internship opportunity within a month.

Like I mentioned earlier, I got through all the hassles with the help of many friends but if I had a professional consultant behind me, my life as an international student would have been a much easier one than what I had. After getting an internship the official paperwork begins. You must get an appointment and submit several documents which will all be made easy having LEAP supporting you through the entire process.

5. Renewal of TIE

Renewal of TIE was by far the biggest hurdle I had to go through during my time in Spain.You can start working on your renewal application 60 days before your student visa expires, and up to 90 days after expiry. The first step is to get an appointment at the Extranjería office.

As soon as I got the appointment, I unfortunately had to leave for India due to a family emergency. I had only a couple of weeks before my scheduled appointment, but I still was not sure about the procedures and I did not have all the documents ready.

This is when I came to know aboutLEAP through one of my friends in Barcelona who had previously sought out their help. I made a contact with LEAP and I explained my situation, they were very happy to guide me through the process.

They were in constant touch with me and sent me the documents required for my renewal process.They made sure that everything is in order (like EX-00 form, Tasa form, contract letter, etc) by the time I reached back to Barcelona. All I had to on the day of the appointment was to show up with the documents.

Especially since I did not speak Spanish, without the help of LEAP, it would have been very difficult for me to go through this process from India.

As an Indian, I had to go through a lot of paper work before I got my student visa to Spain. It was a cumbersome process since there are not many articles explaining the procedures but once I got my visa, I thought my struggles are over.

This problem continued even after I left the country and reached Spain. There were many procedures from obtaining a document to securing an internship. There are a lot of small things which we are not totally aware of. A professional consultant like LEAP will help you bridge this gap and make your whole experience a seamless one.

It is never a bad idea to be always a step ahead!

Studied MBA Entrepreneurship in Barcelona year 2019 – Osman Hamadi (Egypt)

One of the main reasons I decided to study in Barcelona was being a fan of FC Barcelona since I was eight years old.

I’ve been following the club for almost twenty years at the time, and was looking for the top cities in Europe to study business administration.

I guess I was lucky that my favorite club represents one of the best cities on earth to study business, with two MBA programs at IESE and ESADE listed on the top 15 MBAs globally, I knew it was the perfect destination for me.

When I landed in Barcelona for the first time, a city in which I know no one and never visited before, I just wanted to go and see the famous Camp Nou, the historical stadium of FC Barcelona, which is also the biggest football stadium in Europe.

In my first day in the city, I went to my residence and then found out that my Business School was walking distance, so I decided it made sense to go to school first.

In my second day, I had my first ever Public Transportation experience in Barcelona, and I made it to the Camp Nou.

It was a magical experience, I went live of Facebook to show my friends and family back home that I made it, I’m actually standing in front of the stadium of the club that I’ve been following my whole life, it was surreal.

Two weeks after landing in Barcelona, I had the opportunity to go and watch my first-ever match inside the Camp Nou, I was going to watch Messi and Suarez and Neymar playing Live! I was going to watch Iniesta and Busquets and Pique and Daniel Alves and Ter Stegen!!

I actually couldn’t believe it, and the cherry on top of my cake was that the visiting team was coached by my idol, the one and only Pep Guardiola!

I went to that FC Barcelona – Manchester City match on 19-10-2016 with a friend. Messi decided to give me a warm welcome, by scoring a hat-trick.

Two minutes before the end of that match, my friend told me it would be better to leave the stadium now, to avoid the traffic caused by almost 100,000 spectators leaving the stadium at the end, so we left, and didn’t watch Neymar’s last minute goal. The game ended with FC Barcelona winning 4-0, what a game!

Since that day, I’ve kept watching FC Barcelona’s matches and following the team as I’ve always done, and had the opportunity to watch many other matches inside the Camp Nou, my total so far is around 10 live matches, I feel blessed.

The atmosphere in Barcelona on days of big games is unmatchable, the whole city is as crazy as I am about football and about their team, it is definitely my football heaven!

One unforgettable day was the day of the greatest “remontada” in the history of the Champions League, when FC Barcelona came back from a 0-4 defeat against PSG and won 6-1 in the Camp Nou.

It is very hard to explain how the city of Barcelona was that night, but feels like the inside of a passionate fan’s head when his team does the impossible, something you can’t ever forget.

Barcelona on a Teeny Budget

Barcelona on a teeny budget

Greetings travellers and students to Barcelona from afar! In these trying times, your jet-setting plans may have been put on hold- but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan ahead.

To help you to do so, I have compiled a handy log of tips and tricks that I picked up through my time studying abroad in the spicy city of Barcelona. Perhaps you can delve through and find something that will help you have the study abroad trip of the century- whilst also being an impeccable citizen of the city. Dig in!

The city of Barcelona is beautiful, eloquent and multicultural- it’s no wonder that tourism is rife, particularly in the summer months. When studying abroad, it is easy to get wrapped up in a faux Barcelona that exists solely for visitors, but this will be expensive, stressful and inauthentic. There are ways to see the true Barcelona, and to let your money go a little further, putting it into the local economy rather than the tourist traps.

These life hacks were learnt from experience, after being ripped off time and time again, and now I shall hand these cheeky cheats over to you. Use them wisely, and be nice!

1. Be flexible on your flights

If you are flexible, even if it’s just by a few days, use Skyscanners nifty tool. Type in your destination, but do not choose a date, rather click on ‘Whole Month’. This allows you to see how the prices rise and fall by the day, allowing you to get the best possible deal!

Most budget airlines have you pay a giant sum to check in a suitcase. Instead, choose to travel light, and fit all you have in a little backpack. You will find yourself much more mobile upon arrival in Barcelona.

Not yet in Barcelona, but already being ripped off? Empty out your water bottle before going through security rather than throwing it out. On the other side you can fill it in a café or at a free water fountain, saving you the extortionate burden of having to buy on the inside. Packed lunches are also pretty fantastic if you can plan ahead.

2. Travel in style, for a fraction of the cost

Once you have touched down in Barcelona, continue saving on your journey to the centre. Whilst the airport charges a minimum of €4 for a train to the centre, and the bus costs a good €6, you can do it for less than €1 if your suave enough.

From Terminal 2, you can travel using the T10 metro card, which costs €9.95 for 10 trips, and can be used by multiple people. This card can be used around the city, on the metro, bus and tram. Buy this from the ticket machine, and save some precious pennies!

If you land in T1, don’t head straight to the metro to use this trick, it won’t work! Instead, take the free shuttle bus to T2, scoot to the metro, and you are good to go! The same tactic can be used on the way home. You’re welcome!

3. See it all from the Bunkers for free

In your first few days in Barcelona, you want to get your bearings and see the city. The best way to do this is all at once- and the only way to do that is to get up high. Avoid the crowds and hefty tourist prices by scaling up to the Bunkers of Carmel for a day trip.

Pack a picnic and some beers, and take the V17 bus up to Carmel. Use your T10 ticket that you have already purchased to get back from the airport. From here, hike the short distance to the top, (looking out for the family of wild ginger house cats, and the melodic green parrots). Settle yourself on your picnic blanket or on a tree stump, and view the entire skyline in one go, absolutely free!

Notice the Sagrada Familia, Torre Gloriés, W Barcelona, the airport, Tibidabou, Montjuic and the sea. Pack suncream and water, but if you have forgotten, there are water fountains dotted about. Make sure to explore the forests, and meet the friendly folk playing guitar.

4. Gaudi, all day every day

One of the biggest expenses of Barcelona are the ‘cultural excursions’ and ticket costs. It is kept on the down low, but everything that you would be paying €12 pp for can be done absolutely ‘gratis!’. The Gaudi structures in Park Guell are impressive, but not when they are ridden with selfie sticks and sunburnt visitors.

Instead, have an early night, and set your alarm for 6am. Public transport starts at 5-6 am, so head out before the first light and make your way up to Park Guell. Entry to the Gaudi pieces here are free before 8am, and the Park itself is always free. Bring a flask and some fresh croissants and enjoy the sunrise with a picnic, from Gaudi’s own benches. Super!

In the same vein as the Gaudi’s of Park Guell, the inner city Gaudi designs can also be admired at no cost. Wander the city by foot, and gaze up at the Gaudi structures on Passeig de Gracia, La Pedrera, Casa Vicens and el Torre Bellesguard.

They are still hugely impressive from the outside, be aware that this is how they were intended to be viewed, looking up from the street! Now look down at the pavement, if you see a curved clover pattern engraved into the paving stones, this design is also the brainchild of Gaudi, as well as the lampposts in PlaçaReial.

5. Mix and match your Pinchos at the foot of Montjuic

Most tourist spots offer Pinchos and tapas at a hefty cost, in fact, tourists spots offer it all at a hefty cost, one of the main reasons Barcelona is considered an expensive city to travel to. Be wise, eat out, but not at the foot of the Sagrada Familia, nor in a shiny bar on las Ramblas. For an authentic and delicious treat, head to the foot of Montjuic on Carrer de Blai.

Designate a fiver for your meal, take a seat on la terraza, order a caña (beer) for €1, and enjoy the €4 remaining to pick and choose from the tsunami of Pinchos waiting seductively on the counter inside. Pinchos are small breads, with exotically towering toppings.

Their prices can be identified by the type of stick that holds them together, but the waitor will walk you through this. On Carrer de Blai, many restaurants offer pinchos for €1, so make sure you make the most of it!

6. Fill in your days with freedom

On Sunday afternoons, many museums offer free entry. Take heed of which museums partake and enjoy a (rather crowded) afternoon of gallery hopping. Some museums are free every day, such as ‘La Virreina’ near to Las Ramblas, and the ‘CCCB’ in Carrer de Montalegre. Check these out for some truly inspirational exhibitions.

Visit the plazas and parks for a relaxing day and night. Parc de la Ciutadella is close to the Arc de Triumph, here you can find free salsa classes, €6 boat rides and a lot of musical people. Plaza del Sol at night is a ‘spectacular’ not to miss. Join the sea of cross legged locals, buy a €1 beer, and enjoy the acoustics of the night.

Use your free Barcelona Wifi to browse ‘butxaca.com’, or pick up a paper copy in any alternative bar or café. This site is a lifesaver when it comes to finding what’s hot. The website is in Catalan, but most phones will translate it for you. Here is listed, day by day (‘agenda del dia), the vast array of activities in Barcelona. Choose from theatre, comedy, jam sessions, open mikes, salsa, flamenco, or alternative cinema.

And best part for you cheapskates? It is plainly specified how much each event is going to set you back. Look first at the prices, highlighting those that are ‘Gratis’ or ‘Copa’, and plan your day accordingly!

7. Walk

The public transport systems are fab, but they can be busy and hot at times. Make the most of your youthful limbs by walking from place to place! There is a lot to see in Barcelona, much of which has nothing to do with the guidebooks, plus, the city is smaller than you may think! Get to know your bearings:

  • Uphill is Mount Tibidabou, downhill is the sea.
  • 3 main roads, ‘Diagonal’, ‘Gran Via’ and ‘Parallel’.
  • Use the Plaza’s as your guides, Plaza del Sol, Plaza Catalunya, Plaza Reial.

Once you know these landmarks, you won’t even need a map!

8. We don’t want fees, we want frees

If you are paying by card, or taking money out of the ATM, make sure to select ‘Pay in Euros’, if this is an option. This way you can avoid the mark ups put on by your bank at home. Every little helps!

Save money on night Taxi’s by utilising the excellent night bus system, or stay out boogying until 5am, when the metros will reopen. Plan accordingly: on Friday nights, the metro will close at 2am, whilst on Saturday it runs through the night. All other days, the last metro runs at 12am.

Barcelona offers a free wifi service called ‘Barcelona Wifi’. This can be logged in wherever there is signal, all you have to do is sign in with your nationality. This can save unnecessary roaming costs (which have been scrapped since July 15 for Europeans) and could help you find your friends in a sticky situation. The best part, it is absolutely free!

9. Medical

If you are from Europe, don’t forget to apply for an EHIC, (European Health Insurance Card). It is easy to get, free, and will save you in a medical conundrum. Avoid pricey foreign doctors, and head to the local CAP for medical advice.

Mind that you can speak a bit of Spanish though, because these are hardworking doctors with a lot of patients to see. If not, a good health insurance plan will help you to clear up any medical issues you may encounter on your journey.

10. And finally (por fin!)

There is a bit if beef going down between the locals and the tourists in Barcelona, house prices in the centre are rising drastically, and it is pushing locals out in favour of high earning Airbnbs, and temporary residents. Centrally located hostels and bars attract crowds of noisy, midweek tourists, keeping working locals awake at night.

You may see some graffiti on your trip, ‘Tourist Go Home’, this is saddening, but it doesn’t refer to you as long as you are being respectful. It’s always a good idea to familiarise yourself with the local culture- and of course, don’t be a terrible tourist and get to grips on the language! In Barcelona, the locals speak both Spanish and Catalan.

To get in the good books- learn some Catalan, but if that’s not your cup of tea, at least practise some basic Spanish.  First, learn your manners (A good start would be: ‘Gracias’, ‘por favor’, ‘Salut’, ‘BuenProvecho’ and ‘Disculpa’), and try to integrate a little into society.

You can download ‘Duolingo’ for free, which should help you to learn the basics before you arrive! Once in Barcelona, don’t be afraid to ask the locals for the slangs and the swearwords!

Some final advice for you before you jet off to get educated- Don’t stand in the way of busy passages, don’t get too drunk (you will not see the locals getting too wavy), use your suncream, and just generally be a nice person!

Remember that whilst you are on a wild study holiday, there are people that need to get up to go to work in the morning, and being noisy on the street at night may earn you a bucket of water on the head.

Respect is key to a happy travel!

Studied MBA Entrepreneurship in Barcelona: 2018 – Zohair Ahujar (Pakistan/England)


Barcelona for Foodies

Hey guys! Barcelona is a great city with rich culture, history and beauty. With that it’s a great place for foodies too. You can find all sorts of restaurants from Vegan to Steakhouses to Seafood for all budgets.

Leap has been a great way to network with different students from different backgrounds that are in a similar situation as me, when I was a student. They organised many mixers for students to come together network and find opportunities but with that opened the door to many gastronomic places.

If you are in town or meeting up because of these mixers by Leap, don’t forgot to try places like BoDeBe for amazing sandwiches to have on the go or sat at the park across the lobster in Barceloneta, where we would meet as a group in Summer to discuss education & career options with Leap

Leap creates a community of students around you who are in a similar situation and that can relate. I have made some great friends that I still hang out with today. Leap is great to put us in causal to formal situations like evening mixers at Clubhaus where we met for dinner and games to get to know one another better, great place to be for their tacos but the atmosphere they help create is what counts. We were always around international groups of people that you are always learning.

Leap helped make friends and explore the city in a new way. Leap made me fall in love with this city. With such a great bunch of friends, we try to meet up every week to go to the many restaurants like Pulperia for their amazing Octopus and tapas, or Grasshopper for the Ramen or Toyo for their mouth-watering Sushi.

Top Private Institutions to Study Business in Valencia


Valencia is the third-largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona with a population of around 800,000 people. It is the capital of the autonomous region with the same name, situated on the banks of the Turia River, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, fronting the Gulf of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea

Its heritage of ancient monuments, views and cultural attractions makes Valencia one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations.

Valencia also is a wonderfully livable city with thriving cultural, eating and nightlife scenes. Never afraid to innovate, Valencia diverted its flood-prone river to the outskirts and converted the former riverbed into a glorious green ribbon of park winding right through the city.

On it are the strikingly futuristic buildings of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. Other brilliant contemporary buildings grace the city, which also has a fistful of fabulous Modernista buildings, great museums, a long stretch of beach and a large, characterful old quarter.

Surrounded by its huerta, a fertile zone of market gardens, Valencia is famous as the home of rice dishes such as paella, but its buzzy dining scene offers plenty more; it is a superb spot for eating.


ESIC Business and Marketing School (ESIC)

Since its foundation in 1965, ESIC (Escuela Superior de Ingenieros Comerciales) has earned several awards for their outstanding Bachelor’s, Master’s, MBA’s, and Postgraduate and Executive education, like their prestigious Master’s degree in Marketing and Sales Management, which has been ranked as #1 course in Spain for consecutive years.

A pioneer in Marketing education, ESIC has developed their offer over the years and has a special focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and the digital economy today.

With 12 campuses in Spain and a worldwide network of higher education institutions make the school an excellent option for those who wish to receive a comprehensive and global quality education. ESIC has agreements with 2,500 companies and makes sure that their graduates are placed within excellent positions after finishing the study program.


IMF Business School (IMF)

IMF Business School is an international business school, which since its creation in 2001 has been committed to quality training with programs that have the academic endorsement of universities adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) – Providing prestigious stately accredited degrees.

IMF is a top notch business school with multiple campuses in Spain, Latin America and Asia, as well as collaborations with other universities on five continents.

The school has an extensive catalogue of official and professional masters and more than 900 courses are taught by a faculty of doctors and professionals with extensive experience in each of their sectors, training their students in the fields of Technical Sciences and Engineering, Health Sciences and Education, Economic and Business Sciences, Legal Sciences as well as Social Sciences and Humanities.


EEME Escuela Europea de Marketing y Empresa (EEME)

The European School of Marketing and Business was born with the intention of training students and professionals to meet the demand for skilled jobs in business management using the latest marketing disciplines.

The objective of the school is to bridge the gap between the conventional formal training and the practical aspect of digital marketing business issues.

EEME Business School is made up of active professionals in the field of marketing and business management, with many years of experience leading reputed companies around the world.

EEME created a training plan which aims at filling the positions which are currently in demand on the labour market with highly qualified professionals. This plan was able to bring together the best and most current content on different subjects to combine them into first class programs.

But the real strength of EEME’s training proposal is provided by the teaching staff, experts carefully selected from the academic and business fields at national and international level. Learning with the best teachers available is the greatest value they provide to students.

Why Study Business in Spain?

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Why study business?

Your passion may be making videos, designing buildings, or playing football. Whatever your skillset and interests, there is always a business side to it. Think about it – business is part of the language we use when we talk about the entertainment industry, project financing, and sports marketing.

Everything has a “business” side to it – every industry needs marketers, financial analysts, managers and technology support staff … in other words, business majors!

Business as a field of study is very practical – it is the study of applying ideas to create or add value to a product or service in order to generate a profit. Business majors learn how to research information using quantitative skills and then develop ideas based on that information to solve problems.

Business also involves people – customers, suppliers and employees – so communication and interpersonal skills are vitally important as well.

What do business majors study?

The most common business majors are:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Business Management and Administration
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • International Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sports Management
  • Fashion and Luxury Management
  • Hotel Management

There are of course other fields and – most importantly – it is up to you and your personal interest to decide what fits best for you and your plans for the future.

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ESADE, N1 Business school Spain, #16 Business school world ranking & IE, Global MBA #1 QS World ranking 

Why and where to study business majors in Spain?

There are a number of countries with very good universities to choose from and Spain is certainly one of the most attractive for a variety of reasons. Football, flamenco dancing and good food are just a few of the reasons to visit Spain.

Though the promise of wine, tapas and the occasional siesta is a draw for many students looking to sample Spanish culture, it’s also the country’s architecture that makes it a prime destination for many foreigners. The top 5 cities to study are Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla and Malaga.

Top Private Institutions to Study Business in Barcelona


Barcelona, the historic capital of Catalonia, is one of Europe’s most popular cities. It is the second largest city of Spain with a population of 1.6 million inhabitants and a buzzing and vibrant place.

Set between the mountains and sea at the North Eastern Mediterranean coast of Spain it is a stunning seaside city that flaunts her beauty and sunny lifestyle. Gorgeous scenery, breathtaking architecture, and superb cultural attractions make for an alluring destination. Sunny beaches and the balmy Mediterranean climate add to the charm.

Barcelona is packed with galleries, museums and historical attractions. In particular it has an atmospheric medieval quarter, the Barri Gòtic, with an almost magical old-world ambience, but at the same time it is also famous for its Modernist architecture. The architect Antoni Gaudí left a lasting mark on Barcelona with his avant-garde Surrealist buildings, several of which are UNESCO listed.

Barcelona is also famous for its cuisine with some of the best seafood the Mediterranean has to offer, and plenty of excellent restaurants and bars serving tapas.


IESE Business School (IESE)

IESE Business School Barcelona is part of the University of Navarra, having one of the campuses in the northern part of the marvellous Catalan capital city, in the Pedralbes neighbourhood.

Founded in 1958 it is ranked as The Best Business School in Barcelona, 8th Best Business School in Europe, and 10th Best in the world. Harvard Business School partnered with IESE in 1994, creating awesome joint study programmes for both sets of students.


ESADE Business School (ESADE)

ESADE Business School Barcelona is a prestigious Business School with several campus buildings and facilities spread out throughout Barcelona and its surroundings (Sant Cugat).

ESADE is a global academic institution known for the quality of its education, its international outlook and its clear focus on holistic personal development.

It has earned its title as the second-best Business School in Barcelona, possessing other titles such as the 6th Best Business School in Europe and the 17th Best in the world. ESADE Business School Barcelona also works a lot with Latin American universities, encouraging a student exchange approach from those institutions.


GBSB Global Business School (GBSB)

GBSB Global Business School is an internationally accredited business school in Spain that provides business education in English to students from around the world and prepares future graduates to launch a successful career globally.

The institution supports high standards of international business education confirmed by several international councils and applies an innovative approach using case studies, simulations, industrial visits, and meetups with market leaders. 

GBSB Global Business School is accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC).


ESEI International Business School (ESEI)

ESEI is a recognized International Higher Education Institution offering Bachelor programmes and Master programmes, founded in 1989.

Geneva Business School

Geneva Business School (GBSGE)

Geneva Business School is a prominent Swiss Business School founded in 1995 in Geneva with principal campuses in Geneva, Barcelona, and Madrid. Through its international focus, dedicated to preparing the world’s leaders for success, GBSGE encourages students to develop their full intellectual potential and pursue excellence.

The school offers bachelor’s, master’s, online doctorates, executive programs and summer courses that give you the opportunity to gain valuable business skills.

What Can Higher Education Institutions Do Today To Address The Challenges Brought By COVID-19?

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As is the case for many parts of our environment COVID-19 also has major impacts on global higher education institutions since they had to shut down a few weeks ago. Spanish Universities were closed on March 14th and the national state of emergency was extended to April 11th for now.

The first priority for all schools is to ensure the health and safety of their students and their staff while most institutions have taken different actions to continue teaching on a virtual basis. But what comes next?

During the remainder of 2020 and most likely 2021, restrictions in global travel will have an impact on young people studying abroad, especially in popular study destinations like the US, UK, Australia or Canada.

Consequently, the actions, which institutions are taking today, will determine if the respective schools will survive this indefinite travel ban, as there will be a shortage of students who sign up for universities far from their home countries.

On the other hand, the way we deal with this global challenge now has revealed new approaches with regard to teaching, business, and society.

What can higher education institutions do today to address the challenges brought by COVID-19?

At LEAP, we have seen different approaches in education:

  • Educating students on health guidelines and social distancing;
  • Combination of online with on-campus learning. Start online, continue on-campus;
  • Discounts on study programs; Introduction of program refund policies;
  • Loosening admission policies (e.g. IB/IGCSE/National High School exams were postponed this year);
  • Conditional admission;
  • Extending deadlines.

EAIE conducted a survey recently and listed some of the actions that institutions around the world have implemented in the last couple of months:

  • Communicate with your students, on-campus and abroad. Be understanding and supporting, provide guidance;
  • Establish policies regarding canceled abroad programs and provide guidance regarding travel restrictions;
  • Provide guidance regarding health insurance coverage;
  • Offer support to access financial funds where possible;
  • Communicate with your partners and strengthen the relationship. this provides great opportunities to plan common webinars, virtual classrooms, SM campaigns, etc.
  • Keep your followers and community updated on guidelines provided by your institutions, the WHO and the government.

Bottom line is, whilst facing this global crisis, we have to realize that the world will keep spinning and the September (fall semester) is approaching soon.

Although these are very difficult and challenging times, higher education institutions have to plan ahead and secure their existence, workplaces, and incoming students.

On the other hand, students have to keep planning their future – online courses are a good starting option until the situation goes back to normal. Now is a good time to evaluate study options, institutions and start the application process.

A question that comes mind as an IoT enthusiast – which role will technology play in education in 2020 and how will it transform the education industry if the travel ban stays in place longer than expected?

Top Private Institutions to Study Business in Madrid

Madrid, Spain, Skyline, study business

Madrid is the capital and largest city in Spain with almost 3.3 million inhabitants. It is located in the center of the Iberian Peninsula and is surrounded by mountains and natural parks. Although it is located in the center of the country, it has traditionally been the hub between different areas of Spain and is therefore connected to all major Spanish cities by train, road or air.

Full of energy and packed with cultural attractions, Madrid is a modern metropolis that offers a taste of real Spain. Wide avenues are congested with traffic, but beautiful parks break up the urban sprawl. Madrid doesn’t have the traditional charm of Andalusia or the beauty of Barcelona, instead, it offers an exciting atmosphere and is constantly buzzing with activity.

Madrid has a lot of interesting attractions that offer both culture and amusement.

The city is full of great monuments, like the royal palace, the Plaza Mayor, or the many statuettes The museums Del Prado, Reina Sofia, or Thyssen have some of the most fantastic collections of famous Spanish painters like Velazquez, Goya, Picasso or Miro.

IE Business School

IE Business School (IE)

Recognized as one of the top business schools in the world based on international rankings, IE Business School has an urban campus in Madrid and delegations across five continents.

The school has a faculty of more than 500 professors who currently teach students from 128 countries at the graduate and postgraduate levels, as well as offering Masters in Management, MBAs and Executive MBAs, Masters in Finance, and Doctoral and Executive Education programs.

With a risk-taking and boundary-breaking entrepreneurial foundation, IE Business School is an institution of restless learning. An institution of powerful connection. An institution that always strives for more.

Its global network represents international, transformational entrepreneurial vision. From its Bachelors to its Doctorates, IE Business School mirrors the market, molding its education to incorporate current trends using innovative methodologies. 

Catering to the real needs of the real world, IE Business School offers a range of formats (full-time, part-time, and blended) to ensure the utmost flexibility in its Programs. At IE Business School, what you imagine is possible is only the beginning.

Real Madrid C.F.and Universidad Europea de Madrid

Universidad Europea (UEM) and Real Madrid Graduate School

Universidad Europea, with four campuses in Spain, two in Madrid (Villaviciosa de Odón and Alcobendas), one in Valencia and one in the Canary Islands (La Orotava), is an innovative institution geared towards adding value to society and contributing to its progress.

At Universidad Europea students acquire knowledge and develop skills and values through an educational model in which they learn by doing, in an interdisciplinary and international setting, immersed in the profession from day one, and through the use of space and technology that has revolutionized learning.

In 2006 Real Madrid C.F.and Universidad Europea de Madrid created the first University School specialized in sports and its relationship with management, health, communications and leisure/recreation.

The Real Madrid Graduate School – Universidad Europea extends beyond the boundaries of sports by training professional leaders in all the disciplines that are associated, one way or another, with this area.

The graduate programs focus on different areas and are designed for university graduates and working professionals from different sectors linked to both professional and amateur sports.

AE (Escuela de Administración de Empresas in Spanish)

EAE Business School (EAE)

EAE (Escuela de Administración de Empresas in Spanish) is an exquisite Business and Management higher education institution located in the central urban area of Barcelona. With more than 50 years of teaching and training heritage, EAE is ranked as the 3rd best Business School in the whole country of Spain.

Also, as another plus, it is also one of the most international higher education institutions in Barcelona, and Spain, for that matter. And, if that’s not enough, know that its link with Latin America is even stronger than the rest, having some campuses in these countries, not just some collaborations.

ESNE University

ESNE University School of Design, Innovation and Technology (ESNE)

Accredited by ANECA, ESNE-University School of Design, Innovation and Technology, has more than 200 professors who have profound professional experience in their respective industries. This knowledge is used to transform the classrooms into highly practical. and innovative environments that provide the soil for creative minds to grow.

ESNE is a pioneer in combining cutting edge innovations from the fields of Design, Fashion and Technology and enriches their curriculum through partnerships with top companies to prepare the graduates for the labour market. This proven approach has revealed top employability rates and a large number of entrepreneurs who won several awards in the past


CEU Fundación Universitaria San Pablo (CEU)

The CEU is an institution which, for more than 80 years, has worked to promote comprehensive education for individuals at all educational levels. Founded in 1933 by the Catholic Association of Propagandists (ACdP), it has 21 educational establishments, from where more than 300 different educational programmes are provided, from Infant Education to Postgraduate.

Specifically, the CEU has three private universities, whose aims are focused on the search for academic and professional excellence, innovation in its educational projects and teaching its students human values and virtues.

The LEAP team in Cairo, Egypt

The LEAP team visited 6 top high schools in Cairo in February and presented about Entrepreneurship in Europe and study and career options in Spain.

It meant a great deal to Osman Elamin and Tom Miessen to travel to Cairo on Feb, 11th this year and discuss the Study Options in Spain for Bachelors with the talent of the future. In sum, two co-founders of the LEAP went to 6 highly renowned high schools of the British and American System, including

  • Modern American School of Egypt (MASE)
  • NIS
  • Egypt British Interntional School (EBIS)
  • New Vision International School
  • City International School
  • Al Alsson American School

After a general introduction of LEAP the presentation leaned into possibilities of Entrepreneurship in Europe and particularly in the Start-Up Hub Barcelona. The team received many interesting questions about courses like

  • Study Business in Madrid or Barcelona
  • Bachelor in Medicine
  • Bachelor in Psychology
  • Bachelor in Architecture
  • Bachelor in Design
  • University foundation program
  • Programs for renewable energy

Apart from mentioned exciting visits, we have made arrangements to open a LEAP branch in Nasr City, Cairo. More information and news to come.

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