IESE Business School – University of Navarra

Representative name: Natalia Antip
Position: Associate Director of Admissions
Email: [email protected]
Open chat hours:
20:00-21:00
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IESE Business School - University of Navarra

IESE Business School - University of Navarra

IESE Business School is the graduate business school of the University of Navarra. The school offers MBA, Executive MBA, Master in Management and Global Executive programs, as well as Master of Research in Management and a Ph.D. program. IESE has often ranked among the top 10 in the world. The school has campuses in Barcelona, Madrid, and New York City and teaching facilities in Munich and Sao Paulo.

IESE MBA is a program that combines the teaching methodology of the best US MBA program (Harvard) with the very international cohort of European schools. A third powerful aspect of the school is the humanistic approach it has to business. The combination of these three elements yields for a very special program which is able to transform you into a well-rounded, versatile and responsible leader.

IESE offers a full-time 2-year General Management MBA program that starts in September. Except for the main campus in Barcelona, IESE has several other campuses around the world.

15 or 19 months

89,950 euros

15,000 to 45,000 euros

General Management Program

Av. Pearson 21, 08034, Barcelona (Spain)

We are the only MBA program in Europe that teaches with the case methodology for more than 80% of the curricula. This means over 400 cases during your MBA.

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IESE Business School Chat
IESE Barcelona
6/10 07:06PM
Welcome to the IESE Chat.  My name is Natalia Antip and am a 2019 IESE MBA graduate. Before the MBA I was an engineer, during the summer internship I was a management consultant and am currently the Associate Director of Admissions responsible for Northern & Eastern Europe & Israel.  I would be happy to answer any questions you might have about my experience, the application process or the program itself.
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Guest- Itay Varkovitzky
6/10 07:27PM
Hi! I wanted to ask how do you treat people with ~10 years of experience? Do you recommend such people (if they are good enough) to come to IESE?
IESE Barcelona
6/10 08:01PM
Hi Itay - if you have 10 years of experience you could qualify either as an MBA or an EMBA student in IESE.
I would be happy to have a 1to1 chat with you about which program would fit you best
we have programs for several seniority levels in IESE, it is more about the quality rather than the quality of the work experience that determine your eligibilty to be part of IESE
*rather than the quantity
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Guest- Shahar
6/10 08:07PM
Do you expect more applications this year comparing to last year? will the acceptance rate be lower?
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Guest- Ben
6/10 08:07PM
can you tell me about job prospects?
IESE Barcelona
6/10 08:09PM
Hi Shashar - we have been growing in number of applications but we will also grow the class size slightly this year so overall acceptance rate will be similar
Hi Ben - we employ our candidates all over the world - about half of them in Europe, half outside of Europe. Most popular functions are in consulting, marketing, sales, finance, but our placement is very diverse.
I would recommend you to download our employment report for the full picture
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Guest- Ben
6/10 08:11PM
ok thanks
what is the average gmat score?
IESE Barcelona
6/10 08:12PM
average GMAT score is 680
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Guest- Ben
6/10 08:12PM
can we visit the campus in this COVID situation?
IESE Barcelona
6/10 08:13PM
yes absolutely, just drop me an email if you are in town and we can arrange a campus tour for you [email protected]
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Guest- Ben
6/10 08:13PM
that's great. Thanks
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Guest- Itay Varkovitzky
6/10 08:13PM
Thank you for the answer! How can I reach you for a 1to1 chat?
IESE Barcelona
6/10 08:14PM
feel free to book a session with me here: https://calendly.com/nantip/info-interview?month=2021-06
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Guest- Yoel
6/10 08:16PM
What type of candidates are you looking for? any specific traits or characteristics?
IESE Barcelona
6/10 08:18PM
We look for candidates who are not only great professionals, but also great people. IESE admissions team are IESE MBA alumni so whenever we engage with a candidate we always ask ourselves: Would this person bring a valuable contribution in class while discussing a case? Would I have liked to have this person in my MBA team?
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Guest- Raz
6/10 08:19PM
I am running my own company. Who should I choose as my recommender?
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Guest- Shlomi Malka
6/10 08:19PM
Hi, wow, I love the pictures of the school (haven't been) . Can I arrange a campus visit?
any tips for admissions? I would love to study in Barcelona next year
just need the covid to calm down
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Guest- Itay Varkovitzky
6/10 08:22PM
Thank you, I'll book a session!
IESE Barcelona
6/10 08:23PM
Hi Raz - you could have a client as recommender
Hi Shlomi, if you are in town feel free to drop me a an email and we´ll arrange a campus visit for you
We have a whole webpage with application tips
We have had in person classes since June 2020 if that puts your mind at ease
but best application tip is to interact with the school as much as you can through events, alumni, admissions officers etc
We have some cool events lined up https://mba.iese.edu/events/
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Guest- Gal
6/10 08:26PM
Are there non academic clubs? Like social clubs, sports club, etc.;
IESE Barcelona
6/10 08:26PM
yes! from sailing to football to public speaking clubs
here they are
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Guest- Raz
6/10 08:29PM
Are there any pre-requisites?
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Guest- Gal
6/10 08:30PM
Thanks for the info and the url
IESE Barcelona
6/10 08:30PM
Hi Raz - do you mean for the recommendor?
They have to know you well
and they cannot be academic, they have to be professional
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Guest- Baz
6/10 08:34PM
How would you advise candidates to get to know your MBA program and student community if they aren’t able to visit your campus?
IESE Barcelona
6/10 08:36PM
Hi Baz - the best way is to speak to as many IESE alumni as you can - and see if there is a consistency in their message
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Guest- Laila
6/10 08:36PM
Hi, two questions please: 1. I studied for my BA in a Hebrew university which is not my native language./ hence, my GPA is low... is that a problem? and 2. GMAT score I need?
IESE Barcelona
6/10 08:37PM
We have many events that have students panel in them - e.g. one next Tuesday with European alumni. I also recommend the Virtual Open Day on the 7th of August You can find them here https://mba.iese.edu/events/
Hi Laila, if your GPA is low you have the opportunity to overcome that with a good GMAT/GRE score
and prove this way that you will be able to withstand the academic workload
also, you have an optional essay where you can explain that due to language limitations you had a low GPA and we will definetly take that into consideration
I also studied in Italy with low level of Italian at the beginning of my study so I know how it is
our GMAT average is 680 so anything in that range and above is great
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Guest- Laila
6/10 08:42PM
super cool, thanks
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Guest- Tal
6/10 08:42PM
Hi, when the applications will be out?
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Guest- Laila
6/10 08:42PM
and your Italian experience brings me to my second question. exchanges?
IESE Barcelona
6/10 08:43PM
Hi Tal - please expect the application for 2022 intake to be out in August
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Guest- Tal
6/10 08:43PM
Thanks!
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Guest- Dudu
6/10 08:43PM
Do you offer specific scholarships for Israeli candidates?
IESE Barcelona
6/10 08:44PM
Hi Laila - on our brochure you have a full list of exchange schools on page 4 - we partner with all the best ones
Dudu - we don´t have Israeli specific scholarships but we do consider underrepresented countries in the MBA to have stronger likelihood to be scholarship recipients - for diversity purposes
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Guest- Dudu
6/10 08:46PM
OK, thank you!
IESE Barcelona
6/10 08:46PM
my pleasure
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Guest- Michal
6/10 08:47PM
Are there any experiential learning opportunities?
IESE Barcelona
6/10 08:48PM
Yes! have a look at this blog page about our Exsim course: https://blog.iese.edu/mba/exsim-1-reason-for-an-iese-mba/
you get to simulate a company and during one week you are placed in a team of students having C-level roles (CEO, CMO, COO, CFO, Controller) and you have to make decisions in a simulation
you also get to do consulting projects for real companies during your Capstone project, in the final Marketing project and also in the Operations Management course
During Exsim you not only get to play with the simulations, but we bring real Bankers for you ro negotiate loans with, Spanish Unions representatives to make sure you are respecting labor laws, you have a board of committee that can fire your CEO if they don´t do a good job
it´s quite fun
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Guest- Michal
6/10 08:53PM
Wow! That's really interesting
IESE Barcelona
6/10 08:56PM
I will have to go now - but to continue this conversation - either ask for a feedback on profile - https://prdt.iese.edu/eng/barcelona/mba/mba/commercial/fop and I will get back to you with my assessment
or attend some of our events https://mba.iese.edu/events/
highly recommend the virtual open day on the 7th of August
enjoy the rest of your evening!
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Guest- Levi
6/10 08:57PM
I can see this chat session is ending, but I will join in the next event. thanks for hosting this!