Business Schools Ranking in Spain

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Spanish students aged 6 to 16 undergo primary (colegio) and secondary school (instituto) education, which are compulsory and (like the preceding preschool from age 3) free of charge. Successful students are awarded a Secondary Education Certificate, which is necessary to enter the post-compulsory stage of Schooling (principally the Bachillerato) for their University or Vocational (Formación Profesional) Studies.

Once students have finished their Bachillerato, they can take their University Entrance Exam (Pruebas de Acceso a la Universidad, popularly called Selectividad) which differs greatly from region to region. The compulsory stage of secondary education is normally referred to by its initials: ESO (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria).

The normal duration for University courses is 4 years, except Medicine and some more, which are 6. University studies have 'ECTS credits' as a measure for the lessons, and normally, 60 ECTS are taken each year, so, each course comprises 240 ECTS credits. Passing every subject, and getting the 240 ECTS credits, gives the right to obtaining an academic degree (Grado), architecture or engineering qualification.

Postgraduate courses are Master's degrees (Máster), and Doctoral degrees (Doctorado). The university itself regulates the access, through the Doctorate Commission. It is necessary to have the degree course, architecture or engineering. Own degrees are non-regulated studies leading to an unofficial degree, recognized only by the granting university. These courses have the same structure as the regulated studies. The universities regulate access to their own degrees and they fix the academic fees. They can also offer unofficial postgraduate degrees. On a global scale, Spain has internationally recognized universities known for their excellent degree programs.

Eduniversal in Spain: 24 schools
Schools with 5 Palmes - 3
Schools with 4 Palmes - 5
Schools with 3 Palmes - 9
Schools with 2 Palmes - 4
Schools with 1 Palme - 3

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Official Selection of the Best Business Schools in Spain

5 Palmes Of Excellence UNIVERSAL Business School

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ESADE Business School

1 373 ‰

IE Business School

2 343 ‰

IESE Business School

3 325 ‰

4 Palmes Of Excellence TOP Business School

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Universidad Carlos III de madrid - Department of Business Administration

1 183 ‰

University of Navarra - School of Economics and Business

2 148 ‰

Deusto Business School - Universidad de Deusto

3 142 ‰

Pompeu Fabra University - UPF Barcelona School of Management

4 136 ‰

EADA Business School Barcelona

5 130 ‰

Universidad Complutense Madrid - Facultad de Ciencias Economicas y Empresariales

6 95 ‰

3 Palmes Of Excellence EXCELLENT Business School

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Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona – Faculty of Economics and Business

1 118 ‰

ESIC Business & Marketing School

2 112 ‰

IQS School of Management - ramon llull university

3 89 ‰

Universidad de Valencia – Dpto Direccion de Empresas Juan José Renau Piqueras

3 89 ‰


5 77 ‰

EAE Business School

6 71 ‰

La Salle International School of Commerce and Digital Economy

7 30 ‰

2 Palmes Of Excellence GOOD Business School

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Universitat de Barcelona Facultat d’Economia i Empresa

1 112 ‰


2 30 ‰

EOI Business School

2 30 ‰

Fundesem Business School

4 24 ‰

Universidad Europea - Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y de la Comunicacion

5 6 ‰

1 Palme Of Excellence LOCAL Reference

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EU Business School

1 59 ‰

GBSB Global Business School

2 30 ‰

ESEUNE Business School

3 24 ‰


4 12 ‰

Universidad Internacional de la Rioja - Facultad de la Empresa y Comunicación

4 12 ‰

Foro Europeo Escuela de Negocios de Navarra

6 6 ‰

  • Barcelona Business School
  • Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
  • ESDEN Business School
  • IEBS Business School
  • IMF Business School
  • Instituto Atlantico de Gobierno
  • International Business School Barcelona (ESEI)
  • Loyola University Andalusia - School of Economics and Business Science
  • Nebrija Business & Technology School
  • OBS Business School
  • Polytechnic University of Catalonia
  • Spain Business School
  • Technical University of Madrid
  • The Ostelea The School of Tourism and Hospitality
  • The Valley Digital Business School
  • Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Universidad de Alcalá
  • Universidad de Burgos
  • Universidad de Cádiz
  • Universidad de Córdoba
  • Universidad de Extremadura
  • Universidad de Huelva
  • Universidad de Jaén
  • Universidad de La Laguna
  • Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Universidad de León
  • Universidad de Oviedo
  • Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Facultad de Administración y Dirección de Empresas
  • Universidad de Valladolid
  • Universidad de Vigo
  • Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
  • Universitat de Girona
  • Universitat de Lleida, Facultad de Derecho, Economía y Turismo - Dpto. De Administración de Empresas
  • Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
  • University of Granada
  • University of Salamanca
  • University of Seville
  • University of the Basque Country
  • University of Zaragoza
  • Valencian International University - Universidad Internacional de Valencia