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Admissions process

Can I apply to more than one programme?

Yes. You will have to submit an individual application form for each of the programmes you wish to apply for

What is an Official Master’s programme?

According to Spanish legislations, an official master’s degree (“Máster Universitario”/”Máster Oficial”) is a postgraduate degree which is accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Education and, hence, in line with the Bologna process. All the programmes offered at IBEI are officially accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Education.

Is there an application fee?

Yes, there is an application fee of €30.

Where can I find the application form?

You can find the online application form for the Academic course 2019-20 here.

What do I need to do to apply?

You will have to submit several required documents in order to apply for any of IBEI's master's programmes. A complete application package includes: 

  • Application form
  • Copies of academic transcript(s)
  • Copy of undergraduate diploma
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation letter (500-1,000 words)
  • Proof of proficiency in English and/or Spanish
  • Two reference letters
  • Copy of ID/passport
  • Digital copy of passport-size photo

Must I submit my official documents (diplomas, transcripts, etc.) translated into Spanish or English?

Official documents issued in any other language than Spanish, English, or Catalan must be accompanied by a translation into English or Spanish carried out by a sworn translator. 

May I request that my application documentation be returned to me?

The application documentation submitted to the Admission Office becomes the property of IBEI and will not be returned. 

What is the Admissions Office’s postal address?

Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)
Admissions Office
c/Ramón Trías Fargas, 25-27
08005 Barcelona

When is the admissions deadline?

The application deadline for candidates wishing to enrol in any of the programmes for the academic year 2019-2020 is 1 July 2019.

Please keep in mind that you may have to apply earlier if you wish to be considered for financial aid. Check the Financial Aid Section for more information.

Does IBEI admit students in February?

IBEI admits students for entry in September only. All programmes start in September, classes end in mid-June and the final research project is due in September. 

Can I apply if I have not yet completed my undergraduate degree?

You may apply to IBEI during the last year of your undergraduate studies. In this case, admission will be granted conditionally and you have to submit a copy of your degree certificate when you enrol for your chosen programme in September 2019. Otherwise, registration will be automatically cancelled by IBEI. 

Can I apply if I already have a master's degree?

Yes. Please make sure to submit academic transcripts from all institutions attended. 

What is a conditional admissions offer?

Applicants may receive a conditional admissions offer in two cases:

  • They have not yet completed their undergraduate degree and must provide proof of successful completion of their studies by 20 September 2019. Students who cannot provide proof of completion of their degree will not be allowed to register for their chosen programme.
  • They are admitted on the condition that they prove a sufficient level in Spanish (DELE or SIELE, B2 level) and/or English (TOEFL, IELTS, CFC/CAE/CPE). 

I was not offered admission to IBEI. Can I reapply?

Applicants must wait one year before reapplying to IBEI. Although your initial application documents will be kept on file, you will need to submit your full complete  application again. 

Can I visit IBEI?

Information Sessions will be held in January, March and May to provide prospective students with an opportunity to learn more about IBEI, its master’s programmes and the admissions process. You may also schedule an interview with the Admissions Office or audit one class. Please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@ibei.org for either of these options. 

Admissions requirements

Is a specific undergraduate degree required?

IBEI students come from a broad array of academic backgrounds, ranging from philology to engineering. However, applicants should have a general interest in social sciences. 

Is there a minimum grade requirement?

You will find a list with the minimum grade requirement on the admissions section of our website. Slightly lower average grades may be considered on an individual basis, if the Admissions Committee agrees that either the evidence provided in the academic transcript, or a particularly strong motivation letter, are sufficient reasons to use its discretion. 

Do I need to have professional experience?

With regard to the full-time programmes, the Admissions Committee regards professional experience as an asset rather than a requirement for admission. As for the part-time programme, an applicant’s professional experience will be taken into account. 

What is the language proficiency requirement for admissions?

Candidates applying for the bilingual programme should be proficient in both English and Spanish, since classes are taught in both languages. Candidates applying for the English-language programmes have to provide evidence of their proficiency in English only. 

What English language exam result do I need to provide?

Students whose mother tongue is not English or who do not hold an undergraduate degree from a university where English is the only language of instruction, must provide proof of their language skills. IBEI accepts the following language exam results: TOEFL (PBT 550, iBT 80 for the bilingual master’s programme, PBT 570, iBT 90 for the programmes taught in English), IELTS (overall score of 6.0 for the bilingual programme and 6.5 for the English-language programmes) and Cambridge ESOL certificates (CFC, CAE, CPE). 

What is the TOEFL code?

IBEI’s institutional TOEFL code is 6567. Please keep in mind that TOEFL results are only valid for 2 years. 

Can I waive the English language requirement?

Students who are native English speakers, or have obtained their university degree in a country where English is the official language, or have studied for a minimum of a year in an institution of higher education in an English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or United States) or have earned their university degree in English in any country in the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland or Turkey do not have to provide proof of their English language skills.

What Spanish language exam do I need to take?

Students applying for the bilingual programme have to submit the Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language Certificate (DELE or SIELE), Level B2. Applicants may be exempt from this requirement if they are native Spanish speakers; or if they have studied for a minimum of a year in an institution of higher education in a Spanish-speaking country; or If they have obtained a degree in Hispanic Studies. 

What is a motivation letter?

The motivation letter is a 500-1,000-word document, in which you have the opportunity to provide information apart from your CV and academic transcripts. You should explain your motivation for postgraduate study, and particularly in the field of international relations, and outline what you have achieved in your undergraduate studies, emphasizing your strengths and accomplishments, and giving an outlook on your professional objectives.

How many reference letters should I submit?

You must submit two, preferably academic, reference letters. 

Who should write these reference letters?

If you are in your last year of undergraduate studies, the reference letters should be provided by professors.
If you have recently completed your degree and have been working for the past few years, you may submit one academic and one professional reference letter.
If you have completed your degree more than five years ago, you can submit two letters from professional referees.
Reference letters should be written by academics or professionals who can give us some more information on your skills and experiences than your CV or transcript can convey. The Admissions Committee gives more importance to a referee who knows you well and can speak about your particular strengths and accomplishments than to an important name who writes just a sentence. 

Can my referees send their letters directly to the Admissions Office?

Your referees will be able to submit their reference letters through the online application system. You will have to provide their details in the respective section of the application form and the system will then contact your referees directly with instructions on how to submit their reference letters. Please remember that you must state the institutional email address of your referee, as IBEI does not accept reference letters sent from Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail etc. accounts.

Tuition fees and financial aid

What are the tuition fees?

The tuition fees depend on your choice of subjects and their corresponding ECTS credits. The price is €186 per credit, therefore if you enrol the minimum of 60 ECTS credits, your tuition fee will be €11,160.

Does IBEI offer scholarships?

IBEI, in collaboration with other institutions, offers various types of tuition fee waivers and scholarships, which are based on academic merit. You will find more detailed information about grants and student loans on the Financial Aid section

I would like to apply for a Mundus MAPP scholarship. Where do I send my application package?

The admissions process for the programme is centralised at the Central European University regardless of the tracks you wish to choose for the programme. For all queries, you should contact mundusmapp@ceu.hu . Further details are available at www.mundusmapp.org

I would like to be considered for one of the scholarships offered by the Fundación Carolina. Do I have to send my application to IBEI as well?

No. You have to apply directly to the Fundación Carolina to be considered for one of their scholarships.