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25/04/2024

At IE University, we work relentlessly to ensure our programs are up to date and offer the tools necessary to confidently step into the world of work. By staying ahead of the curve, we seek to provide our students with future-proof skill sets, allowing them to stand out in their chosen fields.

Based on our core values of innovation, an entrepreneurial mindset and a human-centered approach, our programs help shape the new generation of leaders and change-makers. Whether you’re just starting your academic journey or are already eager to forge your professional path, IE University’s undergraduate programs will help prepare you for success. 

Of course, finding the degree that best fits your interests and needs is a crucial first step, and we’re sure that as you browse our program catalog and begin our rigorous Admissions Process, you’ll have questions.

That’s why we’ve compiled this selection of FAQs and provided answers to some of the most common queries we receive year after year. It covers everything from the Application Process and campus life to program structure and financial aid

Q: How do I apply to IE University? How long does the process take and when should I start my application?

The first step in the process is to complete the online application.​ Please note, you should register using your personal email address—avoid using your school or parents’ emails.

Although you don’t need to complete the entire online application before taking the admission test, you should complete at least 25% and pay the corresponding admissions fee. Once you submit all the necessary documents and pay the fee, you’ll be able to access the test. 

From here, the Admissions Committee will review your application and decide whether to move it to the final phase: the personal interview.​ 

The duration of the process varies significantly for each candidate, so we advise beginning your application as soon as possible, especially as our programs are extremely competitive and in high demand.

IE University Admission Process ​ 

Q: Could you provide me with a step-by-step guide to the application process?

You can find extensive information about the Application Process on our website.

IE University Admission Process​ 

Another useful resource is our Admission Process Checklist, which you can access here to ensure you have completed all the necessary steps.

Admissions process checklist ​  

Q: When is the deadline to enroll?​

As our Application Process works on rolling admissions, we continuously assess new candidates. To that end, there is no strict deadline for applying to our programs. Please note that spots in our programs are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Our programs are usually full several months before their start date. We’d suggest starting the process as early as possible to give yourself time to complete all the necessary paperwork.

IE University Admission Process ​ 

Q: What do you look for in a candidate? ​ 

IE University holistically assesses its candidates, considering elements including academic performance, motivation, extracurricular activities, interests and the soft skills they display throughout the Admissions Process. We want to get to know the real you.

IE University Admission Process ​ 

Q: Can I submit my application even if I don’t have the required documentation?

The Admissions Department always recommends submitting the most complete application possible to move smoothly through the Admissions Process. 

Q: Can I apply to more than one program?  

You may only apply to one program, but you will be able to include two additional programs of interest as part of your application.

Q: Do I have to have an English language certification? 

All of our undergraduate programs are taught fully in English, and the Admissions Process includes an English language portion.

Non-native English speakers must submit a language certification. Expectations will be made for those who have been living in an English-speaking country for more than two years or have studied in an Anglophone educational system for at least the last two years of high school.

We accept the following certifications: 

TOEFL: a minimum of 100 points, 105 recommended

Cambridge: Cambridge Advanced C1 (CAE) or Proficiency C2 (CPE)

IELTS: a minimum of 7 points, 7.5 recommended

Duolingo English Test: a minimum of 130 points

Freshmen students | IE University

Q: What is the minimum GPA to be accepted into the program?

IE University assesses all of its candidates in a holistic way, taking into account a broad range of competencies that are not always reflected in a traditional grade-based evaluation.

However, we pride ourselves on being a stimulating academic environment, and typical International Baccalaureate admission scores range from 32 to 45.
Find a more comprehensive list of entry requirements depending on your prior educational background here.

Freshmen students | IE University ​ 

Q: What is the KIRA assessment and how can I prepare for it?

KIRA is a virtual platform that we use as part of our Admissions Process. Candidates will answer three questions in real-time, one in written format and two via video. The system provides unlimited practice sessions before answering the three official questions, but you will only have one opportunity to record each answer for submission.

The assessment will take around 20 minutes and is devised to assess your critical-thinking skills and real-time response capabilities.

Online assessment | IE University​ 

Q: What is the IE Admissions Test?​

A crucial step in the​ IE University Application Process is the Admissions Test. Carried out in English, the format evaluates verbal, logical and numerical competencies to gauge both classroom and extracurricular learning abilities. No specific preparation is required, and there is an emphasis on reasoning over content knowledge, testing students’ aptitude for critical thinking. 

Admissions Test | IE University 

What if I want to apply to both a Spanish and an English program?

All of IE University’s undergraduate programs are taught exclusively in English.

Q: Can I postpone my application and how does it work?

If you choose to postpone your application for the following year, you may be required to send us an updated resume, new transcripts where applicable and any other additional information we request according to your circumstances. The Admissions Team will then confirm your acceptance into the program on this basis.
 
Q: How many letters of recommendation do I need? Will they be accepted in different languages?

The Admissions Process for our undergraduate programs requires at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher or school counselor. Submitting additional letters is not a requirement, but we recommend doing so.

Recommendation letters should preferably be submitted in English or Spanish. However, we also accept letters written in French, German and Italian. 

IE Application Form | IE University ​ 

​ Q: Do you accept academic transcripts in languages other than English or Spanish?​ 

Academic transcripts should be submitted in the language they were originally issued. For transcripts issued in languages other than English, Spanish, French or German, we also require a translation into English. Sworn translation is not compulsory for this purpose unless expressly requested by the Admissions Department.

Q: I come from a high school with a reputation for tough grading—will you take that into consideration?

Absolutely. IE University assesses candidates individually, taking into account a variety of elements. That said, minimum academic entry requirements must be met in all cases. 

Q: Do you recommend taking the SAT or the IE Test? 

Students are generally required to take the IE Test but the SAT is also accepted as part of the Admissions Process. 

The SAT entry requirement is as follows:
New SAT: Minimum 1200. 25th / 75th Percentile: 1270 / 1460 IE University’s identification code “6293”

Freshmen students | IE University  (UNDER: OTHER REQUIREMENTS)​ 

Arch students

Q: I’m a transfer student, can I apply?​ 

Absolutely. We encourage students enrolled at other universities to transfer to IE University, provided they have been at their initial institution for less than two years. In order to transfer, you must complete the credit recognition process to validate previous courses. We do everything we can to remain flexible and facilitate a smooth transfer. 

Transfer students | IE University ​ 

Q: Could you provide any recommendations for the essay and interview steps?

In the essay, we want to hear about you. These steps are designed for our team to get to know you beyond your test scores and academic transcripts. The essay is your chance to showcase your personality—so be creative.

To prepare for the interview, learn about IE University and its values, and read up on your chosen program. Practice your answers and make sure you find an appropriate, professional setting to take the call. Most importantly, stay calm and be yourself.​​ 

IEU_Admission_Process_Tips-for-a-successful-interview.pdf​ 

Q: What kinds of things should I prepare for the interview?

This is your opportunity to tell us more about yourself. Our team loves to see students who are motivated, passionate about their program, have done their research and are familiar with what the university has to offer. 

Show us how you would contribute to the student culture and how you align with IE University’s values of diversity, entrepreneurship, humanities and innovation. ​ 

IEU_Admission_Process_Tips-for-a-successful-interview.pdf​ 

Q: What are the required scores for TOEFL, DUOLINGO, IELTS?​ 

We accept the following: 

TOEFL: a minimum of 100 points, 105 recommended

Cambridge: Cambridge Advanced C1 (CAE) or Proficiency C2 (CPE)

IELTS: a minimum of 7 points, 7.5 recommended

Duolingo English Test: a minimum of 130 points

Freshmen students | IE University (UNDER: ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS) 

​ Q: Is it better to pay online or via bank transfer?

We leave that choice up to each candidate, but our online payment method is straightforward and much faster. 

Q: If I study a program in architecture or law, will I be able to work outside Spain?​ 

​Architecture: The recognition of professional architecture degrees is governed by the European Union Directive 2005/36/EC, which seeks to facilitate the mutual recognition of qualifications within the EU. An architecture degree obtained from IE University in Spain will be recognized throughout the European Union and will allow you to practice in any member state.

Law:  Obtaining a degree in law does not automatically qualify you to practice as a lawyer.
A law degree provides foundational legal knowledge, but additional steps are required to become a practicing lawyer. Depending on the jurisdiction, these may include passing the bar exam, completing a practical legal training program or obtaining a professional law degree (e.g., Juris Doctor). The requirements for becoming a lawyer vary according to the country and legal system concerned.

Career Opportunities – Bachelor of Laws | IE University​ 

Q: Why is IE University’s Bachelor in Business Administration a 4-year program rather than a 3-year degree like in other European countries?​

The Bologna agreement means countries can choose whether to adopt the 3 + 2 system (Bachelor’s + Master’s) or the 4+1 model to qualify students to complete their higher education before completing a PhD.

Spain has opted for the 4+1 system, rather than the model followed by other European countries such as Italy and France.

Q: Why should I take a BBA over the Prépa Programme? Are BBAs recognized in France for entry into the Grande Ecole System?​ 

The Prépa Programme is an entrance examination to gain access to a Grande Ecole, but the years of preparation are not recognized, nor do they count towards enrollment into a BBA program in Spain. 

BBAs are recognized and pursued by students who are seeking entry into a Grand Ecole. 

IE Tower students

Student Services ​ 

Q: How do I get my visa? Will IE University help me with the process? 

You must be enrolled in a full-time program to obtain a student visa. The IE Student Services department will help you with the visa application process and provide you with all the necessary academic documents. Please note that it is your responsibility to initiate the visa application with your local Spanish consulate and obtain your student visa. However, we will support you every step of the way and are available to answer any queries you may have. Get in touch with our team at ieustudentservices@ie.edu

Q: What are average living costs like in Madrid? ​ 

You will find information related to this matter here​.

Q: If I hold dual nationality, which should I list as my primary one?​

If you hold dual nationality with a European country, please bear in mind you will be exempt from applying for a student visa and may enter Spain using your European passport. If you hold two non-European nationalities, either one will be valid for your Spanish student visa application. 

In some cases you may be advised to use a certain nationality for your own individual circumstances, such as proving that you held a Spanish visa for a certain amount of time, etc.

If you have any doubts, get in touch with ieustudentservices@ie.edu  

Q: Where will I find the documents I need for the visa application?​

Once you complete your enrollment process, you will receive a welcome email from IE Student Services with access to the VISA OPP. This includes detailed instructions on the documentation required to apply for your visa. However, we strongly advise you to check your specific consulate website as requirements may vary slightly from one consulate to another.​ 

Q: How should I start looking for accommodation?​

We strongly recommend looking for accommodation through our recommended provider, Beyond Campus. They have a wide selection of student residences and flats in both Madrid and Segovia. All accommodation on the platform has been assessed to ensure it meets IE University standards and you can book your place before your program begins.

Q: Can I contact students from my region who have finished their studies about taking their accommodation? 

The best way to get in touch with current students from your region is through your regional Office Director. You will also have access to Slack from the moment you enroll, with specific channels set up to help you find flatmates from all over the world.​  

Q: How do I get my criminal record authorization (certificado de antecedentes penales)?​ 

This certificate should be obtained from the competent authorities in any country where you have lived for over six months in the past five years. The certificate must be translated into Spanish by a sworn translator and legalized under the Hague Apostille. You will find a list of recommended sworn translators in the VISA OPP and the Landing Guide included in IE Students Services’ welcome email.​ 

Q: Where can I get my medical certificate (certificado médico de salud)?​ 

This can be obtained from a General Practitioner in your home country. The certificate must state that you are in good health and could include the following wording: “This health certificate states that Mr./Ms. (…) is not suffering from any diseases that may have serious public health repercussions under the stipulations of the International Health Regulations of 2005.”​

It must be translated into Spanish by a sworn translator and may also need to be legalized under the Hague Apostille. Some consulates recommend specific local GPs.​ 

Q: What is the fastest way to get the Apostille for documentation?​ 

The competent authority in this regard varies from one country to another. ​
Please contact your local IE University representative to find the best option.
International Offices | IE 

Q: Do you have any recommendations for local IE University roommates?​ 

You will have access to Slack following your admission, with specific channels set up to help you find flatmates from every part of the world.​ 

Q: What are the chances of staying and working in Europe after graduation if I’m not European?​

There is a wide range of options if you are looking to remain in Spain or Europe following graduation. If you’d like to find out more, please get in touch with ieustudentservices@ie.edu  

IE Student Services organizes several sessions on this topic throughout the year. Please ask your Regional Office if you would like to attend. 

Q: Are there any scholarships or funding options available? If so, what percentage do they cover?​ 

We offer numerous awards and scholarship opportunities to both undergraduate and master’s candidates. ​

Although some exceptional full-ride scholarships are available, most master’s scholarships cover between 10%-40% of tuition fees, while most undergraduate scholarships cover between 10%-60% of tuition fees.​ 

Merit-based awards percentages will vary depending on the candidate and available funding at the time of admission.​ 

Q: When can I apply for scholarships? ​

Our master’s candidates can apply from the moment they complete their admissions application up until the start of their program. Undergraduate candidates can apply from the moment they receive their acceptance to the program up until the start date. 

In any case, our limited scholarship funding is allocated on a rolling basis and we recommend all candidates who are interested in scholarships apply as soon as possible.​ 

Q: Are there any scholarships available based on my academic achievements and financial needs?​ 

Financial need and merit, including academic merit, are aspects considered in all scholarship applications. There are also specific scholarships in our catalog aimed at students who excel academically, such as the IE Academic Achievement Award for undergraduate candidates, or the IE High Achievers Scholarship for master’s candidates. ​ 

Q: How many scholarships can I apply to? ​ 

You can apply to and be considered for up to three scholarships. Scholarships may not be combined, so in the event that the Scholarship Committee considers you a good fit for more than one, you will be offered the highest value option.

Q: Does IE University offer loans to pay for the program?​ 

IE University doesn’t offer loans to our candidates. However, we do have agreements with external financial entities that provide loans to certain undergraduate and master’s candidates based on their specific eligibility requirements.​ 

Q: Are there any tuition fee benefits for EU citizens? 

Our scholarships and awards are available to candidates from all regions. There are no specific tuition benefits for EU citizens.​ 

Q: Can I apply for a scholarship before paying my place reservation fee?​

You can wait until you have received a scholarship resolution before paying your place reservation fee, however, your place in the chosen program is not guaranteed until payment is complete. If your program were to fill up before making the place reservation payment, you may end up on a waiting list or missing out on a place. 

Q: Can I transfer my admission to the next intake if I don’t obtain a scholarship?

You can apply to transfer to a future intake through the IE Admissions Department, but we can’t guarantee your eligibility to receive a scholarship will be greater in a different intake. Scholarships are allocated based on the Scholarship Committee’s criteria and can depend on the pool of applicants and available funding at the time of the application.​ 

Q: Do you have agreements with local banks for funding?​ 

We have several loan agreements for candidates admitted to our undergraduate and master’s programs. For more information on eligibility requirements, kindly send an email to loans@ie.edu so that we can provide more specific information. If you meet the conditions for one of our agreements, we will inform you of the next steps.​ 

 ​ Q: What percentage of students receive a scholarship?  

Approximately 25% of our student body has a scholarship and around 50% of scholarship applicants receive a favorable resolution. The number of scholarships granted varies depending on the pool of applicants and the available funding at the time of the application. It may vary within different programs.​ 

student life at the tower

 Student Life​​ 

Q: What is student life like at IE University?

Student life at IE University is exactly that: life and culture created BY the students! From over 150 student-led clubs and annual flagship student events to a range of fitness options, everything is set up to help you take full advantage of the opportunities available. You’re encouraged to “Own Your Experience” at IE University from day one!

Student life varies depending on which of our three sites you carry out your studies.

Q: What is the difference between our Segovia and Madrid facilities?

IE TOWER: In the bustling cityscape of Madrid, this iconic building serves as the launchpad for your professional journey. Amidst the vibrant and socially innovative atmosphere, explore our wide offering of professional clubs, network with top-tier companies and engage in enlightening panels featuring esteemed speakers.

Beyond your career pursuits, you have the chance to immerse yourself in a holistic student lifestyle. Our sports facilities and fitness classes offer the perfect balance for your health and well-being. For those with an affinity for the arts and humanities, we curate events like weekly music Wednesdays and art classes in collaboration with the IE Art Club. Our Madrid site is about more than just the city; it’s a vibrant place where your student life unfolds with diverse experiences and top opportunities. 

SEGOVIA: In the heart of Segovia, our student culture thrives on a vibrant community spirit. It’s not just about joining the IE University family, it’s about planting your roots in an environment full of social connection. Student-driven social impact initiatives shape a dynamic and engaging community in every respect. The close-knit nature of Segovia itself ensures that friendships forged here last well beyond your academic journey.

Just a 10-minute walk away, you’ll discover the Creativity Center, a space designed to be a unique extension of your student experience. This is the lifeblood of our Segovia community, hosting exciting events like movie nights, captivating art exhibitions and lively dance classes. Get ready for a student life that reaches beyond academia, filled with connections, cultural exploration and unforgettable experiences. 

MARÍA DE MOLINA: Our graduate and specialized programs are centered around the cosmopolitan María de Molina site. True to the entrepreneurial spirit of IE University, María de Molina is a hub for professional development and students eager to pursue their business ventures. The facilities are home to the Area 31 Hub, the perfect venue for investor pitches which also houses our special Venture Lab. This is the place to meet business angels and find networking opportunities that will help you launch your successful start-up!

After busy days of networking and business pursuits, you can enjoy our garden space at the MM31 Terrace. Celebrate events related to diversity, eat and socialize with colleagues and enjoy the beautiful Madrid weather.​

If you’re looking for a space to catch up on classes, work on group projects or participate in activities organized by IE Student Experience, the Launchpad is the place to be! This venue is full of student life and initiatives that cater to any interest.   

Q: I would like to visit, can I book a tour?​ 

You are more than welcome to book a visit and come see our facilities firsthand. For undergraduate studies please click here.
Visit us | IE University​ 

student life

Careers​​ (video ask) 

Q: Do you offer career support?​

Yes, you can find out all about our services by clicking here.

Q: Do companies attend on-site meetings at IE University? 

Yes, learn all about our hugely successful career forum here.

IE Careers Forum | IE Talent & Careers  

Q: Can I get a job in my home country?​ 

IE University is an international institution, which means graduates have the tools to return to their home nations and land a job. However, it is important to note that each case is different and we cannot generalize nor make guarantees. We are committed to offering our students and alumni high-quality career services and resources both in Spain and around the world. 

That said, each student is responsible for their own career plan and should make use of the resources IE University provides. For more information, click here.
Talent & Careers | IE University ​ 

We hope this FAQ page has provided useful insights into IE University’s undergraduate programs and addressed many of your concerns regarding the Admissions Process.
For any further questions, or if you require assistance on a more individual basis, please feel free to reach out to our admissions team at ieustudentservices@ie.edu .