A semester spent at the modern campus in Madrid of the multi award-winning ESIC Business School will enrich not only your CV but also your life. You will love the ‘Madrilenians’ and be in an ideal location from which to discover all of Spain.
Spain is the Number 1 holiday destination for Germans, not least due to its coastlines and mountain ranges, the Mediterranean climate and the mix of the traditional and the modern. Gazpacho, good wine, paella, tortilla, tapas and cold beer are other plus points. Other things we associate with the Kingdom of Spain include hiking in the Pyrenees, bathing in the Mediterranean, surfing in the Atlantic, siesta and fiesta as well as the scent of pines. The Spanish are known for their zest for life and their relaxed approach, and they enjoy the highest average life expectancy in Europe. Time moves at a different pace in Spain, where people live more in the moment. Coming from Germany, it can take a while to get used to this different understanding of time – and in particular of punctuality. And while the Spanish eat lunch “as late as” around 2 p.m., it is not unusual for them to have dinner at 10 p.m.
The capital city Madrid is the third-largest city in the EU. Not only is it the geographical and cultural centre of Spain, it is also the seat of King Felipe VI. The average summer temperature is 24 degrees, while its high altitude compared with the rest of Spain makes for much colder winters (January: 6.2°C). The cityscape is characterised by the Habsburgs and Bourbons and has retained its historical charm right up to the present day. This is also thanks to the city’s top sights, such as the Royal Palace and Royal Theatre, Retiro Park, the Cathedral of the Almudena and El Prado Museum. People who live in Madrid are called ‘Madrilenians’ (even if they have just moved there). They are known to be sociable, and along with the rich cultural offering, the large numbers of tourists and the active night-life, the city is diverse and vibrant, making it a very popular destination for Erasmus students.
With in excess of 40,000 students, over 50 years of history and lecturers with excellent academic qualifications, ESIC offers an outstanding opportunity for obtaining a high-quality university qualification. All of the study programmes have an international gearing and include practical exercises. Many of the courses are offered in English. Most of the professors also work in industry, thus ensuring that the teaching is highly practical. In recent years, various media around the world have recognised the quality of ESIC, ranking it amongst the best business and marketing schools. Here are just some of those: In 2011, ESIC was the only European university to feature in the Top 20 Business Schools as selected by the renowned Business Week. In 2014, Américana Economía rated ESIC at Number 12 in the world’s best business schools. This was followed in 2015 by Merco Talent awarding ESIC the title of best business school in its sector in Spain, while in 2016, CNN Expansión Mexico rated the MBA as one of the best in the world. Erasmus students are greeted with a Welcome & Orientation Day. It is possible to choose your courses so that you are integrated in a class (like at HSBA), making it easier to get to know the Spanish students and to learn Spanish. By the way, many of the courses do not take place until the afternoon.
Like HSBA, ESIC does not have any student halls. There are numerous internet offerings, like “loquo” or “easypiso”, for finding accommodation either close to the university (Pozuelo de Alarcón) or near the city (Madrid). You should budget EUR 400 per month for a room in shared accommodation, and most accommodation is furnished. Like in Hamburg, you should not sign any contract or transfer any money until you have seen the apartment. The best thing to do is to book a hostel well in advance and continue to look after you arrive.