Freshmen students

At IE University we are well aware that choosing what to study at university is one of the most important decisions you have to make in life.

Your choice will have a huge bearing on your personal journey, your professional future, and your achievements in life.

We know you are experiencing something special: a unique moment in time, in which you are the protagonist.

The aim of the IE University Admissions Department is to guide you in your choice, show you what IE University has to offer and, if you like what you see, help you through the admission process.

We provide you with individual attention: you will be assigned a contact person in the Admissions Department, who will liaise with you in all your dealings with IE University.

Below you may find some helpful information about the university entry qualifications depending on your educational system and the legal requirements to access higher education in Spain. Do not hesitate our Admissions Department ( for any query.


75 percent of our students are international, coming from more than 60 different educational systems.

IE University welcomes applications from all around the world. Over 75 per cent of our students are international and they represent more than 110 different countries, which enriches the student experience and fosters reflection, debate and the exchange of ideas. Our students speak on average 3 languages each and they come from more than 60 different educational systems.

Diversity is highly valued in our Admission Process. The Admissions Committee will evaluate our applicant’s academic performance as well as their awards and accomplishment in the extracurricular activities in which they have been involved in. At IE University, we take a holistic approach when evaluating applications in order to bring in the most talented and interesting candidates through our competitive admissions process.

We therefore assess all of our applicants individually. Our review process identifies and recognizes creativity and a wide range of competencies, which are not always reflected in a traditional assessment based solely on academic achievement.


The information below is provided as guidance for the most popular educational systems represented on campus. These guidelines are purely advisory and do not guarantee admission.


The Spanish Government requires a minimum of 3 A-Levels. IE University makes offers in the range of A B B to A*A*A*.

Additionally, IE University strongly recommends taking subjects relevant to their chosen program. If you are not able to provide relevant subjects you may be asked for some additional academic requirements.

Although the Spanish government also requires a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or higher, IE University applicants should preferably have obtained As and Bs, especially in the subjects relevant to their chosen program.

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

IE University welcomes IB Diploma students. The rich, diverse, and globalized learning environment we offer enhances learning for each individual and our unique learning environment becomes a seamless transition from the IB Diploma to IE University.

Typical admissions are based on scores between 32 and 45. The average final IB score of our students is 36.

IB Students must present the full IB Diploma, since the IB Certificate is not legally accepted in Spain.

Please note that we only accept the first IB results, no retake exam scores will be considered.

Specific subjects may be required depending on the bachelor.

French Baccalauréat (BAC)

We are looking for final BAC results of 14 or over (Mention Bien and Mention Très Bien). The average final BAC grade of our students is 15/20. Please note that we will take a holistic approach when assessing your application.

Our admissions process is conducted solely in English. Therefore we do not ask for any English language certificate but the Admissions Committee reserves the right to require one, at any point during your application process, if they consider that you are not completely fluent in English.

Letters of recommendations and transcripts can be accepted in French.

The Baccalauréat professionnel is not accepted.

Candidates applying with the Baccalauréat technologique will only be assessed in case their academic trajectory and overall profile are outstanding.

Specific subjects may be required depending on the bachelor.

Allgemeine Hochschulreife (Abitur)

You should be aiming for a final average of 2.5 to 1 with Sehr Gut or Gut in subjects most closely related to the bachelor you want to study.

US High School Diploma

We are looking for a GPA score of 3.2 or more.

Although not required, AP and Honors Courses are highly recommended.

Specific subjects may be required depending on the bachelor.

Important note: The Spanish Ministry of Education requires that all students graduating with a US Diploma present the transcripts of the last 3 years of High School ( Year 10, 11 and 12), and do not allow students to skip any academic years. For those students enrolled only in year 12 and graduating with the US Diploma, they are expected to present transcripts of the equivalent of Year 10 and 11 in their corresponding academic systems, otherwise, they won’t be able to obtain the homologation to the Spanish educational system.

Esame di Stato/Diploma Maturitá

You should be aiming for 70 to 100 points.

Specific subjects may be required depending on the bachelor.

Spanish Bachillerato + University Access Test

We only accept the first EBAU/EvAU results from June, no retake exam scores will be considered.

We are looking for an overall score of Calificación de Acceso a la Universidad (CAU), mandatory section, of higher than 7 (out of 10).

IE University does not require that students take any subjects in the Fase Voluntaria of the EvAU/EBAU but is highly recommended and valued during the admissions process.

Specific classes may be required depending on the bachelor.


As part of our Admissions Process, we require candidates to take our Admissions Test which allows us to measure their competencies, skills and personality characteristics. It also evaluates their English level.

Alternatively, we accept the following globally recognized tests:

  • New SAT: Minimum 1200. 25th / 75th Percentile: 1270 / 1460
    • IE University’s identification code “6293”
  • ACT: Minimum 24
    • IE University’s identification code “5360”
  • LNAT: Minimum 22


All our programs are taught fully in English therefore all candidates will have their English communication skills assessed during the admissions process.

The possession of language certificates is not mandatory, particularly if candidates have spent the last 2 years in an English speaking country or studied in an Anglophone educational system (such as American High School, IB in English or A-levels).

Language Test guidelines:

  • TOEFL: minimum 90, 100 points recommended
  • IELTS: minimum 7 points
  • Cambridge: CAE (with marks A, B and in some cases C with a strong oral conversation) or CPE
  • Duolingo English Test: minimum 115 points, 120 or higher recommended

Please note some of our degrees offer a reinforcement program (the Language Proficiency Track) for students who need to improve their English fluency.


IE University is recognized by the Spanish Government. To be officially enrolled, all students must comply with the requirements established by the Ministry of Education.

The Admissions Department will be available to help you with this process. You must hand in or submit by post the corresponding documents to IE University Admissions – Madrid Campus or Segovia Campus before the 15th of October.