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
    VIRTUAL REALITY 101
    NETFLIX, HBO, AND AMAZON: THE DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS

    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

    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

    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 IN EARLY CAREER SUCCESS
    EXPLORING DIFFERENT CAREER SECTORS & INDUSTRIES

    PERSONAL BRANDING

    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
    FINANCIAL MARKETS, BUBBLES & BUSTS

    INVESTMENT, PRIVATE EQUITY AND EMERGING MARKETS
    IE TRADING ROOM
    MONETARY POLICY AND FINANCIAL REGULATION

    THE SOURCES OF FINANCIAL INSTABILITY

    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, 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

    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

    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
    POLITICAL RISK ANALYSIS FOR A TURBULENT WORLD

    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

    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

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

    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

    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.

WHO CAN JOIN?

Any student interested in deepening their understanding of a topic related to their degree, or those that wish to explore a completely new area of study.

THE RULES

1. The first session is mandatory

If the student does not attend the first session he will get a suspense.

2. Seminars are free for students

All advanced seminars are  free of charge for the students.

3. ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY

Once enrolled, attendance for seminars is mandatory. This means that a 70% attendance rate is required for students to pass the seminar. For seminars consisting of six sessions, five must be attended for students to pass.

4. Seminars are for any student

Students from any department or academic year are able to attend the seminars, with the exception of the first-term seminars which are exclusively open to first-year students.

5. ECTS ELECTIVE CREDITS

If students wish to have their attendance recognized in the form of ECTS elective credits, this must be paid for by students themselves once authorization is granted.

6. Seminars are voluntary and do not count toward students’ GPA

Advanced seminars are voluntary and do not count toward students’ final grade (GPA). However, they will appear on students’ academic transcripts.

7. ECTS RECOGNITION

Those students who are able to select electives in their respective programs are able to request ECTS recognition.

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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