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.

Why study the Visiting Student Program?

Program Overview

Explore different areas of knowledge

The structure of the Visiting Student Program allows you to both explore new areas of knowledge that you haven’t studied at your home university, and to concentrate on what you like, gaining new knowledge through innovative approaches and content.

A flexible structure

The possibility of choosing one semester or two allows you to design your year of international exploration as you choose. Whether you have an internship from September to December, or you are a student from the Southern Cone (completing your studies in December), you can choose the semester that begins in January. And if you have an internship, or have decided to travel in January, you can choose to start your program in September.

Thinking about your future

One of the reasons for participating in a Visiting Student Program is to be able to reflect upon your professional future, thinking about what you would like to do and be in the future. You will have access to advice from teachers, experts, and specialists at IE University’s Talent & Careers during your stay with us, allowing you to begin your process of reflection.

Develop skills for the professional world

The hands-on methodologies that IE University is globally recognized for, and which you will find in all of your courses, will help you develop abilities in critical thinking, oral and written expression, and skills in communication and teamwork.


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

Application form

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.

Personal interview

The Admissions Department calls to interview everybody who has been successful during the admission process. Personal interviews are held at IE University in Segovia or Madrid, 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.

The admissions committee’s decision

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.

Meet our students

Discover our students Visiting Student Program experience.

AVAILABLE SUBJECTS DURING THE Visiting student program

Below you will find some of the subjects we offer to the Visiting Students at IE University.

Core Subjects offered in Fall

Applied Business Mathematics
Business Law
Business-Driven Information Technologies
Capital Markets
Corporate Finance
Data Analysis for Economics
Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Financial Accounting
Human Capital Management
International Strategy
Management Control
Management Tools and Principles
Marketing Fundamentals
Marketing Management
Statistics & Data Analysis
Strategies for Computing in Industries and Markets
Supply Chain Management

Core Subjects offered in Spring

Business Driven Information Technologies
Capital Markets
Consumer Behavior
Corporate Finance
Cost Accounting
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Financial Reporting & Analysis
Global Economic Environment
Hr Management
International Strategy
Management Information Systems
Marketing Fundamentals
Mathematics For Management
Operations Management
Organizational Behavior
Production And Operations Management
Professional Ethics & Corporate Responsibility
Research & Academic Writing Skills
Strategic Management
Supply Chain Management


Advanced Corporate Finance
Advertising and Creative Strategy
Breakthrough Innovation
Business Analytics
Business Intelligence for Startups
Cross-Border M&A Strategies: Value, Motivation, Pitfalls
Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets
Financial Modeling for Corporate Finance
Gender equality: issues for developed and developing countries
How to be Successful in Life
Inequality and Economic Growth
International Business Strategy: Simulation
Introduction to Coding
Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
Product and Brand Management
Project Management
Social Entrepreneurship
Sustainability through Supply Chain Management
Sustainable Development: the role of Enterprises
Technology New Ventures
The Disruptive Leader
Topics in Financial Assets, Markets and Tools
Unleash your Creativity for Business

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.