ESBL was founded in July of 2010 by 2 University Professors and business managers with extensive international experience. One of the principals, a British citizen, had 20 years of experience teaching and leading business studies, consulting and managing, and the other investor has 15+ years experience as a certified English philologist, school director, course developer, needs analyst and professor. All of our business subjects are taught in English. Our team includes native English business practioners/professors and native-level English professors. We also have top-skilled Spanish language program developers and Professors, in the event that clients ask specifically for Spanish Language classes. All of our daily business in-house is conducted in English.
Does ESBL teach corporate classes?
ESBL has an active in-company contract training department with many corporate client companies teaching Business English. We specialize in conducting needs analysis and then developing tailor-made programs to suit the learning needs and styles of the participants. Additionally, ESBL has a long list of current Vocational programs for employers who recognize the need for Lifelong Learning, upgrading and continuous development to keep the skills and competencies of their employees current with the changes in the business environment.
What is the average class size?
The maximum class size for our postgraduate business program is 16, our Cambridge University IDB can easily accommodate 20 students, our English academic classes are 8, the exam preparation classes are maxed at 15, and the conversation classes top-out at 12.
How many students are accepted each year?
We will accept as many students as we have sufficient classrooms for and, at the moment, we can accommodate two classes of 16 during the full-time day study, and 4 classes of 16 each night of the week for the evening part-time students.
What are the facilities like at ESBL?
ESBL is a modern, high-tech learning environment with a total Wi-Fi hotzone.
We provide our post graduate business students with high-quality tablets loaded with their student materials for the entire course.
We provide a student resource/research area for them to collaborate, do their research, write their project papers, meet and read.
We have a student lounge area equipped with leather sofas, a free lending library of novels and reference books, a plasma television and hundreds of original version movies.
Our classrooms are climate controlled, bright and well-appointed. The teacher has a dedicated pc and a plasma screen to use for presentations and teaching videos plus satellite tv with all English news and finance channels such as BBC, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, etc.
We are located near 3 major transportation hubs so getting to us is easy and fast.
We have a new commercial centre across the street through a park with a lot of green space and physical exercise and sporting activities.
What complimentary courses are offered to Business Students?
All postgraduate business students are offered free English or Spanish lessons during the duration of their stay with us. They may be able and choose to join academic classes or the conversation practice classes, depending on their existing levels.
What level of English is required to study business at ESBL?
An IELTS level of 6.5 is required to study the postgraduate business programs. A minimum pre-intermediate level of English is required to study the Cambridge University IDB.
What can you do if you do not have the minimum English level requirement?
You may be able to come in advance of the term start and take intensive English classes. If your level is high enough for this strategy you might be able to bring your level up to the requirement within the time allotted.
Is there an enrolment fee?
Yes, there is an ESBL non-refundable fee and an enrolment fee which is sent directly to our accrediting partner NCC, once your study application has been accepted, and at which point the student will be provided with all relevant student registration and logons for access to the online student portal. Please see the ESBL administrator for further details.
Is the application fee refundable if my visa application is denied?
No, this administrative work has been done and has been paid for therefore we cannot return your enrolment fee. It is not money that we retain but is sent directly to our partner once we collect it from you.
Is it possible to pay the fees using a credit card?
You may use international credit cards that are accepted by our bank. We will advise you at the time. Bank transfers are the most common methods of payment however.
Does the tuition cover books?
Strictly speaking, ESBL does not buy each individual student their books however, we do provide reference sets of each course’s textbook, kept in the student research/library area. Additionally, all student notes and teaching resources are provided to all paid-up students on a tablet pc which is theirs to keep during, and after their studies are complete.
Can I work while studying at ESBL?
Students may be able to accept paid student-intern positions on a part-time schedule. However, since the course demands a lot of class time and study time, it would be advisable not to take-on part-time work if is going to interfere with your studies, or if it is scheduled during the daytime.
Does ESBL offer student loans?
No. ESBL does have scholarship opportunities however and some of the larger banks are offering student loans. You must check with the banks in your country and here to see what their particular qualifying criteria is.
What accreditation does ESBL have?
accredited by Cambridge University to offer their International Diploma in Business (IDB) Advanced and Standard;
by NCC to offer their Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management PGDBM (120 credits) which, with an additional 60 credits leads to a UK MBA or MSc in Management offered through affiliations with the Universities of Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire and Worcester;
is accredited by Trinity College London as an examination centre for Spoken English examinations.
Are there student services discounts in Barcelona?
There are a myriad of student discounts in Barcelona from transportation to event tickets. Barcelona information websites are the best places to get information like this.