IEU Experience


Beltrán García-Hinojal y Haya is a Bachelor in Business Administration & International Relations student. Originally from Santander, Beltrán has lived in the UK for five years and now lives in Madrid and works as a town councilor for Navas del Rey. He’s an internationally minded student and is currently completing an exchange semester in China.

Coming to IE University was a simple decision—it was the best way to study in Spain while becoming a global citizen. I’ve never regretted my decision as I’ve been able to combine two of my passions, business and international relations while meeting people from all over the world and enjoying some of the best views of Madrid from IE Tower. I’ve learned from experts and made great friends. I couldn’t ask for more. 

At the moment, I’m nearing the end of my degree and preparing for the professional world. I’d have expected this process to be very overwhelming but IE University has made it much easier. Things we often take for granted, such as internships advertised by IE Talent & Careers or having the chance to pick the brain of a professor with decades of experience, are opportunities that I’m very grateful for. I’ve got a lot out of them already and I’m sure they’ll help me years down the line too. 

Outside of my classes, I try to make the most of everything IE University has to offer. In my day-to-day life I like to keep busy. I enjoy fencing, sailing, reading and writing but I don’t have as much time for them as I would like. I’ve immersed myself in student life at IE University, as well as in other projects. For instance, I am the founder and president of an organization that combats youth unemployment in Spain called ProJovenes and spend much of my time on that. I also go on road trips with friends to explore the Iberian Peninsula as much as I can and I participate in a filmography course. 

I’ve loved my work with ProJovenes and as a town councilor for Navas del Rey and want to jump into the working world as soon as I graduate. I’d consider going back to education later down the line but I can’t wait to jump into professional life. 

Specifically, I want to work in finance because that’s been my calling for so long. Thanks to IE Talent & Careers, I’ve already had a taste of what professional life has to offer. I’ve participated in internships at the United Nations as a summer researcher, at Deutsche Bank as a wealth management trainee and at an architecture and urbanism studio as a finance intern. The dynamic of working in finance is like no other and I truly feel like it’s where I belong.

In the long term, I’ve got big plans, so remember my name. In fact, I’m working toward becoming the President of Spain. I am a firm believer in giving back and my life in Spain introduced me to IE University. With ProJovenes and as a town councilor I’ve tried to give back as much as possible already. Something I take into my work no matter what I do is the idea that the world would be a much better place if we followed these simple instructions: be brave, be kind, be funny. 

I can’t wait to see what’s next after IE University. It’s been a great journey so far and the only way is up.