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Supporting documents

When you apply to study with us, you will need to provide a number of supporting documents. Make sure you have all your supporting documents scanned and ready to upload. You are very welcome to submit your application by uploading the  required documents and answering a few questions in our application portal. Please follow the instructions carefully and make sure to upload all the required documents. We look forward to receiving your application.

In order to start your application, you will have to create an account for our online platform using your email address. Please use the same address for your application and any enquiries to us.

You will have to pay a non-refundable €30 application fee in order to submit your application. We cannot start processing your application until you have formally submitted it.

Undergraduate degree diploma (certified copy)

If you have not yet completed your undergraduate degree, you will also be considered by the Admissions Committee as long as you will have completed all of your undergraduate academic coursework and exams by September 2024. In this case, you will have to submit an official document issued by your university stating that you will be graduating before mid-September 2024 in lieu of your degree diploma.

Academic transcript (certified copy)

Please upload your complete academic transcript(s), which should include a list of all enrolled courses with the respective credits and grades, your final overall grade and the total amount of credits.

You may submit an unofficial copy of your academic transcript during the admissions process. If you are accepted, you must submit hard copies of the official transcripts before the beginning of the academic year in September 2024.

If your university degree and/or the academic transcript(s) are not issued in Spanish, Catalan, English, French, Italian or Portuguese, you must also submit their Spanish or English translation by a sworn translator. Personal translations are not accepted.

For non-native speakers, proof of proficiency in English and/or Spanish (depending on which programme
you wish to apply for)

All applicants who do not qualify for a waiver will have to submit the result of one of the standard language exams accepted by IBEI. You will find more information in the “Language requirement” section.

Curriculum vitae 

Please indicate both your academic and professional experience, including internships and voluntary work, as well as other information that may be of interest to the Admissions Committee (2 pages max.).

If you are applying for one of the programmes taught in English, your CV should be written in English, whereas if you are applying for one of the bilingual programmes, you can submit your CV in English or Spanish.

Motivation letter

This is your opportunity to convey to the Admissions Committee information that cannot be found in your academic transcript(s), CV or reference letters. You should describe your personal, academic and professional (where applicable) experience and explain why you would like to pursue the master's programme of your choice (500-1,000 words). If you are applying for one of the programmes taught in English, your motivation letter should be written in English, if you are applying for one of the bilingual programmes, you can submit your motivation letter in English or Spanish.

If you are applying for two different programmes, you have to submit individual motivation letters for each application.

Two reference letters

Before starting your application process, you should contact your referees to let them know about your intention to apply for the IBEI master’s programme of your choice.

  • If you are in your last year of undergraduate studies, the reference letters must be provided by professors from your current university.
  • If you have recently completed your degree and have been working for the past four 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.

Your referees will be able to submit their reference letters through the application system. You will have to provide their professional details in the respective section of the application form and the online system will contact your referees directly with instructions on how to submit their respective reference letters. Please note that non-institutional email addresses such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. will not be accepted. The reference letters may be written in English, Spanish or Catalan. Letters should be submitted on official letterheaded paper and signed by the referee.

For an application to be considered complete, both reference letters must have been submitted. It is your responsibility to follow up on the submission of the reference letters by your referees. 

Photocopy of identity card or passport

You will be asked to upload a scanned colour copy of your current ID or passport, which should be valid during the whole period of study. Spanish applicants should upload a copy of their DNI. EU applicants can upload a copy of either their ID or passport. All other applicants must upload a copy of their passport. Please notify us if you are changing your ID/passport and send us a copy of the newly issued document.

Recent digital photo

You should upload a passport-size photo, which will be used for your IBEI student card. Further specifications can be found in the application form.

You may submit your application before your referees have uploaded their reference letters; we will process your application once both letters have been received.