Advanced Seminars

At IE University, we offer a range of academic activities that enable our students to build up a professional profile even before completing their studies.

Among these activities are the advanced seminars—short, optional courses consisting of six sessions that complement and expand upon our students’ education.

The seminars cover a wide range of topics and are led by specialized professors. With a clear interdisciplinary approach, they are aimed at all IE University students, regardless of degree or year of study.  

The table below displays the advanced seminars on offer by area of interest. This does not represent the full spectrum of seminars available, but gives students a taste of the kind of subjects and areas that are explored:

TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION & MARKETING

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies | IE University

BLOCKCHAIN AND CRYPTOCURRENCIES

This seminar will introduce blockchain and bitcoin, the new financial system that has the potential to massively shake up the world of business. Its open ledger system and distribution network make it valuable, and while it is still relatively new, as it becomes more sophisticated, Bitcoin has the potential to solve many of the current financial system’s problems.

Virtual reality 101 | IE University

VIRTUAL REALITY 101

This seminar will give students first-hand experience and knowledge of VR, AR, MR, and other digital realities of the future, as well as the many ways they apply to everyday life.

Students will experience with the latest VR/AR headsets and applications and will understand the capabilities and limitations of VR/AR, as well as the main use cases for human communication, entertainment, health, training and productivity.

The digital entertainment business | IE University

NETFLIX, HBO, AND AMAZON: THE DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS

Students who complete this seminar will learn: how this industry operates; what the leading companies had to overcome to rise to the top; and what they had to change to succeed. It will also examine the companies who failed to make it and why, as well as what the future of the industry has in store and how it will affect other businesses.

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL SKILLS

Personal branding | IE University

PERSONAL BRANDING IN EARLY CAREER SUCCESS

This seminar will provide students with the key knowledge and tools to develop their personal brand to help secure career management and professional success. It will definitely help our students take ownership of their career, as well as learn how to build an efficient online and offline presence, how to network, how to behave at recruiting events, and make the most of their personal brand!

EXPLORING DIFFERENT CAREER SECTORS & INDUSTRIES

This seminar provides students with the tools and confidence to succeed during the recruitment process. Students will have the opportunity to better understand the big picture of their target companies and will give them useful information to manage their career development.

ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT & FINANCE

The sources of financial instability | IE University

FINANCIAL MARKETS, BUBBLES & BUSTS

The purpose of this seminar is to provide an analytical perspective on the financial booms and busts affecting advanced and emerging countries, their causes and their consequences – with special focus on the Global Financial Crisis and its aftermath. Students will gain an understanding of the root causes of financial bubbles and the forces that drive their occurrence.

Investment | IE University

INVESTMENT, PRIVATE EQUITY AND EMERGING MARKETS

This seminar provides an overall understanding of investment and its role and applications. It also teaches how to differentiate between developed and emerging markets and give a better understanding of private equity and its growing role in the modern economy.

IE Trading room | IE University

IE TRADING ROOM

This seminar provides an introduction to the trading fundamentals and hedging strategies. It covers different aspects of pricing and risk, managing a wide range of derivative products. The goal is to give the students an insight into the daily work on a Trading Desk. The course includes an interactive exercise using the tools provided in Bloomberg with real trading data of different types of assets.

Monetary policy and financial regulation | IE University

MONETARY POLICY AND FINANCIAL REGULATION

The objective of the seminar is to analyze the factors 

that will determine the changes that may occur in the monetary and banking system in the future. The advantages of digital money issuance by the central banks will also be studied. The students will better understand the problems that banks, supervisors and central banks will face in the future.

GLOBAL AFFAIRS

Foreign policy in times of crises | IE University

FOREIGN POLICY IN TIMES OF CRISES

This seminar offers a dynamic perspective on international relations and foreign policy in times of crises. It will have a focus on Europe and its challenges, and will examine case studies from recent decades. It builds on a mix of practice and work in the contexts where foreign policy is applied and at the domestic front.

Political risk analysis for a turbulent world | IE University

POLITICAL RISK ANALYSIS FOR A TURBULENT WORLD

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to political risk analysis and prepare them for a successful career in an expanding professional sector for international relations graduates. The course will analyze how the world has evolved over the last decades and the actual meaning of “country” and “political risk.”

HUMANITIES, ART, & CULTURE

Hand sketching for everyone | IE University

HAND SKETCHING FOR EVERYONE

This seminar will teach students how to hand sketch products and small spaces, no matter their level of creativity or experience with drawing. “Of course you can draw, the problem is that you don’t trust yourself. With this quick course, you won’t believe what you are capable of.” The course is an interactive workshop for learning the basics of sketching.

WELLBEING

Mindfulness 001 | IE University

MINDFULNESS 001

This seminar will provide an introduction to mindfulness and teach students how to start their own rituals so they can draw on the benefits of mindfulness in their own lives.

Students will learn how to bring more mindfulness to their daily lives and will try this out for themselves during the course.

Self-identity and the expansion of consciousness | IE University

FULFILLING MY POTENTIAL: SELF-IDENTITY AND THE EXPANSION OF CONSCIOUSNESS

The purpose of this seminar is to provide students with a series of simple tools that will help them fulfil their potential by digging deeper into who they truly are. Students will be able to understand the parts of one’s identity and how different paradigm shifts may affect their world.

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"The arts have always been a disruptive force to society. Humans are born with creative capacity and over time we either learn to harness this capacity to spark innovation or we get lost in the comfortable routine of the status quo. Arts always have the power to pull us out of this routine, help us to question systems and dynamics, and imagine the world as if it were otherwise. When we make, watch, touch, hear, even eat creative expression we do the radical act of dismissing our routines, even if only for a moment. This is the instant when innovation sparks. In Not Your Average Arts Course, we explore ways to catalyze this spark for others and ourselves."

Rheanna Abbott

"Not Your Average Art Course: Leading With Creativity"

"This seminar takes an interactive, participation-focused approach to encourage students to discuss and examine how public diplomacy, and public engagement, can help not only countries but also NGOs and private organizations promote their policies and missions. Students learned how to give interviews, write opinion articles, design a public diplomacy strategy, and identify the best tools to achieve their foreign policy objectives."

Phil Frayne

"Public Diplomacy In A Fractured World"

"One insight that I learned during my time as an IE student is to try to make the classes as useful and practical as possible. It is, therefore, an absolute privilege that I can teach a topic that I am passionate about and that is core within nowadays tech companies’ business models. The main goal of this seminar is to ensure that you are able to understand (i) what the organizations do with your personal data on a daily basis, (ii) which are the international boundaries that you will find at the time of making use of this information in the short-coming future and (iii) how to translate all this knowledge to a practical perspective."

Gonzalo Muelas Gironella

"Introduction to Privacy and Data Protection Law"

"As an alumnus of IE business school, it was a pleasure to share my experience with future professionals. IE university is a perfect combination between theory and practice and these seminars are helping students to be prepared for some topics that they will face in their professional careers and companies are rarely investing in building these competencies. The seminar about “how to manage high-performance teams” is pretending to give students some hints about people management in the real world so they can have a competitive advantage in their first steps. The seminar is about sharing and confronting different points of view since there is not a perfect answer when talking about leadership and students will have to learn how to find their own style based on competencies, targets, and environment."

Antonio Baldellou

"How to Manage High-performance Teams (For Entrepreneurs)"

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WHAT ARE THE IEU SEMINARS?

The Advanced Seminars are a unique experience designed to enhance students' knowledge, both in areas that align with their major and in providing them a broader understanding of the pillars of IE University: innovation, humanities, entrepreneurship and sustainability. Professors of prestigious professional backgrounds, experienced practitioners and prominent international figures are hosting six highly interactive sessions that will help to anchor new concepts and content into students' minds. The Advanced Seminars are a great opportunity to improve students' professional profile on a cost-free and voluntary basis.

ENROLLMENT

Students can register for these seminars through the Online Campus.

Students may register for a maximum of two seminars per semester.

Students may cancel their enrollment before the second session if they have reason to do so, informing both the professor and the department overseeing the seminar.

There must a minimum of ten students enrolled for a seminar to proceed. If the number of students does not reach ten, the seminar will be postponed.

A maximum of 20 students may enroll in any given advanced seminar.

When a seminar does not reach the minimum number of participants, the General Application Form will stay open an extra two weeks to give students more time to sign up.

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