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Those students that have outstanding loans from Sabadell will receive a provisional diploma at the graduation ceremony due to the specific conditions in place with these cooperating financial institutions. While the diploma itself contains text indicating it is provisional, there is no difference in the distribution of folders at the graduation ceremony. Once the loan is paid in full, graduates should send the confirmation to registrar@ie.edu so that the final diploma can be mailed by post. Should you have any doubts, please do not hesitate to contact loans@ie.edu


Conditional Admission still allows you to reserve your place in the program. The only difference between the two is that if you are given Conditional Admission we will still need to verify documents that you have pending (the pending document/s will be stipulated in your admission letter). 

No, you can scan all your documents and submit them with your online application. The only two documents we will need to verify will be the originals of your Bachelor Degree Transcript and Diploma. These can be verified at your local IE office or upon your arrival to Madrid at our Admissions Department on Calle Maria de Molina 13.

If the Admissions Committee feels you do not meet the profile we are looking for, then you will directly be denied admission to the program. Should this occur, you will only be eligible to reapply after 2 years have elapsed. Due to the large number of applications we receive, we do not do not give specific feedback if you are not admitted to the program. 


Your admission will be valid for 2 intakes: the intake you apply to and the following. Please take into account that places are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, therefore meeting your Place Reservation deadline is highly recommended in order to ensure a seat in your preferred intake.

We take a holistic approach to admissions, therefore, the entire application is important and we will review it in detail. In particular we look at your work experience and career development, international exposure, motivation to do the program, interpersonal skills, academic performance, entrance exam, and your English or Spanish language abilities, depending on which language track you’re applying to.

If you have the opportunity to come on campus, we highly recommend it. The interview can also be conducted at one of our offices around the world with one of our representatives or in your city by an alumnus. In case a face-to-face interview is not possible, we can also schedule a Skype interview.

Once you submit your online application, we will try to get back to you in 1 to 3 weeks after a first revision. We will let you know if any documents are pending, or if we feel your profile is aligned to what we are looking for we will invite you to a formal interview. Once the interview is completed and all your documentation is submitted the Admissions Committee will get back to you with a final decision between 1-3 weeks. Please bear in mind that over holiday periods this timeframe could be longer.

We have a rolling admissions process, so there are no application deadlines. However, given the limited number of places in the program and the time needed for visas and securing financing, it is highly recommended that you apply approximately one year to six months prior to program commencement.

Yes, the International MBA is recognized by the European Framework of Education and students will acquire 90 ECTS credits.

No, it will depend on the sector in which you would like to do the internship. Please keep in mind that different sectors have different timings and some of them take summer internships very seriously. You will need to be aware of these deadlines and timings so you know which intake would benefit you most. Take into account that in the September intake the internship during the program will take place approximately between February to April and in the January intake from August to October. There is also the option of doing post academic internships (after the program).

The Academic Department will inform you about all the options available at the beginning of the program. As it is a very intense 1 year program some opportunities will overlap so you will have to decide what your priorities are, what you want to get out of the masters, and what you want to focus on in career and you will need to take decisions that will help you to achieve your goals.

 You will get the chance to choose your Lab during the core period. During the Elective period there are many customization options available (international exchange programs, dual degrees etc.) and so this is something you should start thinking about as soon as you start the program from the Academic Team.  

Around 40% of the program content can be tailored to your needs. Customizing your program begins with the Lab Period where you will choose between the Business Impact Lab, Start-up Lab, and Social Impact Lab. You will continue to customize your program during the Elective Period, where you will have a wide range of options to choose from, such as elective courses focusing on specific trends, exchange programs, internships, the Venture Lab, etc. The third and final customizable part of the program is IMBA Unplugged (for a select number of students) which allows you to extend the length of the program.

The faculty is assigned according to functional area not by language tracks or programs, therefore, it will depend on the area they teach but professors tend to be the same in many occasions. Please note that more than 50% of our faculty is bilingual.

The programs are designed to deliver exactly the same content, meaning it’s the same program for both intakes. The main difference lies in the elective options available. Please make sure you ask your admissions advisor or regional representative about the differences in timings on specific elective options if you have any doubts.

No, the criteria of both committees are different. IE Business School awards tuition funding assistance based on merit, distinctive competencies and academic excellence.

Yes, you can apply to a maximum 2 scholarships and 1 fellowship.

Of course! Financial Aid is just one part of your financing plan and everyone should apply for it.

You can start your online Financial Aid application as soon as you start your admissions process. You can also submit both applications at the same time, but you will not receive a final decision from Financial Aid until you are granted admission.

The Financial Aid committee reviews every application individually. You should receive a final decision by email after approximately 2-3 weeks after submitting.

Yes, the maximum amount of scholarship/fellowship will be 40% of total tuition fees. We recommend that students in need of substantial assistance supplement with a combination of IE Financial Aid, external scholarships, and/or loans.

As with our admissions process, there is no specific deadline to apply, but some scholarships have specific deadlines. Keep in mind that there are a limited number of funds available for each scholarship. For the best chance at securing funds we recommend that you apply six months in advance if you think you’ll need financial assistance.

Every scholarship has its own requirements. The best option is to use the search tool in the Financial Aid website and choose the scholarships that are more suited to your profile. Once you have chosen them you can see the specific requirements of each one. 


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