Honours Program


At IE University, we pride ourselves on the success and determination of our students. Exceptional achievement should be recognized and rewarded, and we have created the IE Undergraduate Honours Program to foster academic excellence as a result. Admission to the program is open to bachelor students ranking in the top 5% of their program, by invitation from the Honours Program Committee.

The Honours Program provides enrolled students with experiences that foster academic vigor and professional prospects. The university hosts a specialized program for participating students—an exciting academic environment in which they can network and learn with top-tier industry professionals. With presentations on the most relevant topics and critical insights from the current world, the course also features a launch event and closing ceremony to be enjoyed by all students and visiting professionals.



2022 La Paz Challenge

This year, the challenge is a social impact project in collaboration with La Paz Hospital in Madrid. The goal is to enhance the relationship between various parties at La Paz Hospital: patients and their families, the entire medical staff, NGOs and more. Students are tasked with developing an innovative action plan to improve customer experience.


2021 Amazon Alexa Challenge

Last year’s challenge was a collaboration between IE University and Amazon Alexa. Students were tasked with brainstorming ways that voice technology—specifically Amazon Alexa—could be used to improve the educational experience in the IE Tower. They were split into teams and had three weeks to work intensively under expert guidance before pitching their idea to a panel of judges.


Mission and Objectives


The Honours Program brings together top students from all degrees and programs across IE University. Through relevant and insightful courses and initiatives that promote interdisciplinary learning, students will learn to be more creative, flexible, and open-minded—ensuring they are better equipped to tackle the challenges of an increasingly globalized world.



The Honours Program is a mark of distinction. It is a sign to employers and society that members are one of a kind. In an increasingly competitive and demanding job market, this is exactly what students need to excel in their professional careers after graduation.



With access to extra initiatives and courses outside their degree and program, students are given the opportunity to build their knowledge base, hone their leadership skills, and expand their personal and professional contacts.



All of the initiatives and courses in the Honours Program are designed and led by industry-leading professionals and experts. By creating opportunities that focus on building the skills necessary to be successful professionals, we hope to motivate students to reach their maximum potential, and to help them uncover new passions and aspirations as they collaborate with like-minded peers.




Members of IE University’s Honours Program are set to become tomorrow’s global changemakers. Members gain the relevant skills, knowledge, and contacts they need to not only become successful and respected, but also responsible, humble, and moral leaders.



As a mark of excellence, our Honours Program ensures that our top students stand out from the crowd. It proves to future employers and the surrounding community that members are gifted and pioneering individuals who always strive for excellence—going above and beyond what is required and expected of them.



Designed by world-class faculty and industry experts, the Honours Program provides highly motivated students with the opportunity to interact with leading professionals. The result is a challenging yet intimate and supportive environment brimming with revolutionary content and unparalleled learning opportunities.


Honours Program Committee

Profile - Juan Alcalde Juan Alcalde

Academic Director

Profile - Iôna de Macêdo Iôna de Macêdo

Professor - Bachelor in Communication and Digital Media

Profile - Edgar González Edgar González

Academic Director - Bachelor in Design

Profile - Rafif Srour Rafif Srour

Acting Dean & Academic Director - School of Technology & Bachelor of Data and Business Analytics

Profile - Tana Greer Tana Greer

Executive Director - Undergraduate Programs


"Beyond recognizing prestige, excellence and integrity, the 2021 IE University Honours Program prospers by connecting cognitive diversity and individual excellence, unleashing unlimited potential for success, personal development and deep relationships. "
"The Honours Program helps you to become the best version of yourself. It pushes you to explore the challenges of the world around you, while also encouraging you to take care of your mental health—an important factor which is often undermined. "
"The Honours Program is a community comprised of some of the top students at IE University and the professors who helped them get there. It is a space in which we can build off of and empower one another in our academics, professional goals, and overall university experience. The key to academic success is knowing how you work or study best. There is no “one-size-fits-all” plan for succeeding at university."
"The IE University Honours Program can best be described as a proactive platform that brings together and rewards those students that went the extra mile academically. It has given me the chance to meet interesting and passionate individuals who want to make a global impact in their area of study. Also, it’s an opportunity to talk to top executives from different companies, which gave me a competitive insight into different industries ranging from consultancy to public international organizations."
"To me, the program represents an enriching model of cooperation across different fields, that is effective at revealing new potentials within ourselves. It activates a motion of encounters and critique that sets up the road for personal and collective development beyond our usual standards."
"My experience with the Honours Program was simply amazing! Not only did I have the opportunity to meet students with the same interests as me, but I also learned a lot about leadership by attending all the classes and executives' breakfasts."
"The IE University Honours Program 2021 has given me the opportunity to collaborate and connect with highly motivated hardworking students from various bachelor programs. Working together on real-world team challenges that involve IE University and multinational corporations have given us the opportunity to bridge our knowledge, ideas, and expertise to develop student-friendly solutions."


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