European Study Abroad Opportunities

  • Austria: Vienna University of Economics & Business Administration (WU Wien) – Vienna
  • Belgium: Katholieke Universiteit Leuvan (K.U. Leuven), – Leuven
  • France: Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP Europe) – Paris
  • Germany: WHU, Otto Beisheim School of Management – Vallendar
  • Ireland: University College Dublin (UCD), Quinn Business School – Dublin
  • Italy: Bocconi University – Milan
  • Norway: BI Norwegian Business School – Norway
  • Spain: Escuela Superior de Administracion y Direccion de Empresas (ESADE) – Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) – Barcelona, and Universidad Pontificia Comillas, ICADE Business School – Madrid
  • Sweden: Stockholm University, School of Business
  • United Kingdom: University of Bath, School of Management – Bath, and Alliance Manchester Business School at U of Manchester – Manchester

* Please see Semester Programs page for general requirements on all programs.


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Vienna University of Economics & Business (WU Wien) – Vienna, Austria

Vienna is the historic capital of the multinational Habsburg Empire. It is a melting pot of languages and cultures, and the crossroads between East and West. This program is run in conjunction with the German Department at the University of Illinois. Classes are available in either German or in English, and there are German-language courses available at all level of instruction. All students will start the program with a required German course. There are cultural programs available, including an optional ski week for those students studying abroad in the spring. Students who participate in the fall will be given an early exam so that they will be able to return to UIUC in time for spring courses to begin. There is also an on-sight University of Illinois faculty member, Dr. Murray, in Vienna who will be there to assist you. A entire brand-new campus opened in 2013.

The Program reserves rooms in well-located student residences; living there is certainly one of the best ways to get to know your fellow students quickly. Single rooms are available in the Campus Brigittenau location.  Double rooms are available at the Haus Erasmus (  location. There is a shared kitchen on each floor. A housing coordinator is available to help solve any housing-related issues that may arise.


Katholieke Universiteit Leuvan (K.U. Leuven) – Leuven, Belgium


K.U.Leuven’s business school, named The Faculty of Business and Economics, was chartered in 1425, and is ranked as one of the top 70 business schools in the world by the London Times. There are over 37,000 students at the university.

Leuven, located in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, is a dynamic Medieval city surrounded by breathtaking countryside.  It is  small enough (35,000 residents within the old city walls; plus 37,000+ students), safe, vibrant, and an architectural treasure, full of student life, art, intellect, and an active nightlife.  By train, Leuven is 20 minutes to Brussels, 2 hours to Paris and 3 hour to London.



Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP Europe) – Paris, France

ESCP is located right in downtown Paris. Undergrads take business courses at ESCP Europe that are available in either English or French, so students who speak French will have more course options. Only students who are in their junior or senior year junior (not just junior standing) are eligible for this program. ESCP Europe has been ranked second internationally in its Masters of Management program by the Financial Times.

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WHU, Otto Beisheim School of Management – Vallendar, Germany

river view

Vallendar, Germany, located on the banks of the picturesque Rhine River, has one of the most beautiful and oldest cultural landscapes in Central Europe. Arranged around a castle square, our architectural combination of old and new lends our campus special charm. Vallendar lies on the Rhine River, in wine country, about 3 miles from Koblenz. There are both palace and castle tours available. Cologne, Bonn, Frankfurt and Mainz are all within an hour’s reach.

WHU is a private business school founded in 1984 and is AACSB accredited. It has approximately 650 students. Students who study at WHU in the spring, even those who do not speak any German, may be able to stay for a paid summer internship. WHU career services will assist you in your job search.



University College Dublin (UCD), Quinn Business School – Dublin, Ireland


UCD is Ireland’s largest university with approximately 20,000 students. It is AACSB accredited. The Quinn School of Business was established in 1994 and is ranked as the best business school in Ireland. All students are required to take the course, “The Making of Modern Ireland.”

A study abroad student at the Quinn School of Business, UCD joins the largest business school in Ireland, taking part in all aspects of academic and social life in their extensive campus while experiencing life in the thriving modern European city of Dublin. Today the College has a population of 20,000 students, and is situated at Belfield, about 3 miles to the south of downtown Dublin. Dublin has a population of 1 million people. The campus occupies a beautifully landscaped 350 acre site, which provides a striking setting for the University. Please note that this is NOT an exchange program, so the costs are higher.

There is also a summer internship program available through Quinn.


Bocconi University, Milan, Italy


Bocconi is the leading business and economics institutions in Italy and one of the top-ranked business schools in Europe.  Bocconi is a private business school, which was founded in 1902 and has over 10,000 students.  Bocconi has exchanges with 17 of the top 20 undergraduate business programs in the US.

Milan, with a population of 1,300,000 is a main transportation hub in Europe and has 3 international airports,  It is one of the top financial, fashion and modern design capitals of Europe. Milan is famous for its architecture and art and has many art galleries and art institutes. Milan is also home to the famous LaScala Opera house and the magnificent Duomo cathedral.

Bocconi also offers an optional, 4-week Italian language course for a fee.  The course will not transfer back to Illinois.

Bocconi’s International Office coordinates cultural activities throughout the semester to introduce you to Italian culture. These include visits from the leaders of Italy’s fashion industry and culinary sector, outings to prestigious operas, concerts and ballets in Milan’s world-famous La Scala Opera House and guest lectures by world politicians. This program now ends in late May.


BI Norwegian Business School

Norway Mountains

BI, a stand-alone, private business school, was established in 1943.  It is the second-largest business school in Europe.  It has over 20,000 students and an internationally award-winning, state-of-the-art facility.  It is the only university in Norway to be accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.  The language of instruction is English.  Norway offers breathtaking scenery and is excellent for sporting enthusiasts.  Oslo is a very safe and clean European city.




Escuela Superior de Administracion y Direccion de Empresas (ESADE) – Barcelona, Spain


ESADE, a private school founded in 1958, is one of the best business schools in Europe. It is AACSB accredited. Courses at ESADE are taught in either Spanish or English. Students who speak Spanish will have more courses to choose from. ESADE offers exchange students an optional, non-credit Spanish language course before each term begins.

The city of Barcelona itself is a beautiful setting in the mountains on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The city is very lively, and there is always a lot to do at any time of the day or night. You can visit a tapas bar, catch a soccer game, go dancing at one of the many discos, or just stroll along one of the many beautiful Mediterranean beaches. The language in Barcelona is Catalan, but the residents also speak Spanish.

This is the most competitive program in the College of Business.

See ESADE’s new campus.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra – Barcelona, Spain

The Universitate Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona is a young, modern, public university.  There are approximately 9,000 undergraduates enrolled.  Founded in 1990 and strategically located in the center of Barcelona, UPF emphasizes student-centered teaching, excellence in research, and maximum internationalization. This program has cultural events and short trips organized by the Resident Director.  The housing options include home stays, university residence or shared apartments.  Classes are available in either English or Spanish.  Students can take business classes as well as cultural classes.

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Universidad Pontificia Comillas, ICADE Business School – Madrid, Spain

The Universidad Pontificia Comillas is one of the top business schools in Spain. It is a private, Jesuit university located in downtown Madrid. It is famous for its prestigious international programs and partnerships.


  • Information sheet – including program costs and course equivalencies
  • Student comments
  • Credit hours and grading scale
  • Visa required for U.S. citizens. It’s best to have a passport before applying for this program because of the visa deadlines.
  • 30 spots total for AY 19/20
  • See Tiffany Kuo’s video about her semester in Madrid
  • Read Hannah Schlacter’s blog about her time in Madrid, and her explorations of Jewish history and culture in Europe
  • Photos
  • Email BUS students who have participated in this program
    • Monica Adamczyk – accy
    • Carla Aguirre – ISIT/mktg
    • Lila Ammarell
    • Susan Better – accy
    • Emma Bradford – mktg/SCM
    • Jessica Brady – accy
    • Stephen Cho – fin
    • Jacob Fernandez – fin
    • Keyu Guo – accy
    • Jillian Hennessy – mktg/mgmt
    • Christian Joseph Inciong – SCM/mktg
    • Daniel Lanman – fin
    • Abigail Lawler – mktg/mgmt
    • Samantha Lee – mktg
    • Jennifer Magnuson – mktg
    • William McClanahan – fin
    • Brian Murphy – accy
    • Mollee Nagle – SCM/ISIT
    • McKenna Novack – accy
    • John O’Gara – ISIT/mktg
    • Sarah Paulsen – mktg
    • Emily Rodriguez – mktg/ISIT
    • Zachary Roth – fin
    • Edgar Silva Cepeda – fin
    • Jennifer Suta – mgmt
    • Juan Triana Mayorga – mktg
    • Adam Wagner – mktg
    • Meredith Fleck – accy


Stockholm University, School of Business – Stockholm, Sweden


Stockholm University School of Business is one of Sweden’s leading teaching and research business schools. The School of Business was established in 1962. There are 3,500 students in the School of Business. There are more than 50,000 undergraduates and graduates at Stockholm University. Stockholm University is situated within a beautiful urban park.

Stockholm,. the capital of Sweden, is located on the south-central east coast of Sweden, where Lake Malaren flows into the Baltic Sea. The city is known for its cleanliness, beauty and architecture. There are between 6 and 18 hours of daylight in Stockholm, depending on the time of year. “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” series was based in Stockholm.

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University of Bath, School of Management

Bath U.K.

The campus of the University of Bath overlooks the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath, a Roman spa town rich in history and famous for its grand architecture. The city is famous for being a safe, friendly and cosmopolitan place located only 90 minutes by train from London and 20 minutes from an airport. The campus has a world-class gym, which hosts Olympic athletes. The University of Bth, which has approximately 15,000 students, has been rated #1 for the last several years for students satisfaction and for being the best campus university in Britain.

University of Manchester, Alliance Manchester Business School – Manchester, England


Alliance Manchester Business School is the largest business school in the U.K. It is AACSB accredited. It is located in a lively city with two universities and more than 70,000 students. Manchester is one of the largest financial centers in Europe.

Manchester is the second largest city in England. It was recently voted the “Coolest Place in the UK” outside London by 18-30 year olds. Manchester is only 2 hours from London by train and only a 35-minute flight to Dublin. There are 2 local airports near Manchester where you can fly all over Europe very inexpensively. Manchester is famous for “football” and live music.

You will be paired with a buddy from Manchester even before you arrive. The international student club has events all throughout the semester. Students who study in Manchester in the fall will have arrangements made for final exams so that they will be back at UIUC in time for spring semester. Students who study in the spring will take their final exams with the other students.