Visiting Students


Are you a student with an international outlook? Then you might be thinking about enrolling on our Visiting Student Program! If you decide to sign up, you will have the opportunity to choose the courses you want to pursue from within either the Fall or Spring semester programs. Or you can choose both, as long as you begin your classes in September.

Our rolling admissions process means you can apply to the Visiting Student Program at any time of the year. However, as places are limited and the student visa process can take some time, we advise you to start the process several months before the start of the semester of your choice.

If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Department: They are always available and willing to guide you throughout the process.




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Below you will find information and the requirements to become a student in the Visiting Student Program:

  • Students from all years can access the program.
  • Classes start either in September or in January.
  • It is required to enroll on a minimum of 30 ECTS.
  • Students can sign up to courses from different degrees as long as the schedules are compatible.
  • It is not necessary to take the admissions test.
  • Students who are not citizens of the EU need to check and fulfill the visa requirements.
  • There’s a fee that needs to be paid to IE University.


In order to validate the credits obtained at IE University, you will need to consult with your university regarding the requirements to ensure your credits are correctly recognized.

Admissions Process Steps

Please see below the steps involved in the Admissions Process. Do not hesitate to contact your Admissions Advisor for any query.

The online application form is an essential part of the admission process, as you will use it to formally apply to IE University. This form provides our Admissions Department with valuable information for assessing your suitability as a potential student.

The application form contains detailed step-by-step information on how to fill it in, and guides you through the process. You can start to fill the form in at any time of the year.

Your application is subject to a non-refundable admission fee of 120 euros. Information on how to pay this fee is included at the end of the form.

The following documents must be submitted with your application form*:

  • The originals or official copies of your academic record for your current or recent university studies, or high school if you are a freshman, detailing all of the subjects and courses taken, and the grades obtained.
  • Letters of recommendation: one from your professor or tutor, and another from your head of studies or from your dean or rector.
  • An official copy of your passport, identity card, or residence permit (NIE).
  • A recent CV that includes your academic background, work experience, and extracurricular activities. Don’t forget to include any prizes, awards or distinctions you have won and enclose any documents relating to these awards.
  • A passport-sized photo.

Additional documents: a portfolio of your work and any other diploma or prize that you feel will give us a better overview of you, your achievements, and your interests.

The Admissions Department calls to interview everybody who has been successful during the admission process. Personal interviews are held at IE University, either in the Segovia or Madrid Campus, both located in Spain, or at any of our 29 international offices. However, if is not easy for you to reach any of these offices, we can arrange an online interview.

During the interview, the data provided in the application will be reviewed in greater detail, you will be tested on your communication abilities and will be evaluated to ensure that your profile meets the demands of the program.

The interview is not an exam. There are no right or wrong answers, or trick questions. The idea is for you to relax and simply be yourself. Our objective is for IE University to be the best university for you, and for you to fit in with us both academically and personally. Basically, you will have about 30 minutes for you to tell us why you should be admitted to IE University.

Here are some tips for the personal interview.

Once you have completed the application form, handed in the documentation, and passed the personal interview, the University’s Admissions Committee will review your application and the report filled in by your interviewer.

The Admissions Committee is made up of university staff members who, jointly, value your suitability as a candidate. You will be informed of the Admissions Committee’s decision in writing within about two weeks.

If you have been accepted, you can pay the place reservation fee, guaranteeing yourself a place on the Visiting Student Program.

Bear in mind that being accepted at IE University does not guarantee you a place on the Visiting Student Program. Places are awarded on a first come, first served basis by strict order of payment.

You can reserve your place by paying a “place reservation fee” of 2,000 euros (non-refundable). This will then be discounted from the total cost of the Visiting Student Program. You will receive the documents you need to make this payment with your letter of acceptance, either by post or by e-mail.

The place reservation fee will also enable you to obtain a student visa in Spain.

Once you have paid the place reservation fee, we will send you the enrollment form for you to fill in and return to the Admissions Department. You will be provided with specific instructions regarding the enrollment process and given a detailed list of all the documents you will need to submit. If you have already submitted some of those documents during the admission process, you don’t have to resend them.

If you require any further information, please contact the Admissions Department.