Freshmen students

At IE University we are well aware that choosing what to study at university is one of the most important decisions you have to make in life.

Your choice will have a huge bearing on your personal journey, your professional future, and your achievements in life.

We know you are experiencing something special: a unique moment in time, in which you are the protagonist.

The aim of the IE University Admissions Department is to guide you in your choice, show you what IE University has to offer and, if you like what you see, help you through the admission process.

We provide you with individual attention: you will be assigned a contact person in the Admissions Department, who will liaise with you in all your dealings with IE University.

Below you may find some helpful information about the university entry qualifications depending on your educational system and the legal requirements to access higher education in Spain. Do not hesitate our Admissions Department ( for any query.


70 percent of our students are international, coming from more than 60 different educational systems.

IE University welcomes applications from all around the world. Over 70 percent of our students are international and they represent more than 110 different countries, which enriches the student experience and fosters reflection, debate and the exchange of ideas. Our students speak on average 3 languages each and they come from more than 60 different educational systems.

All this diversity is highly valued in the Admission Process. The ambition of the IE University Admissions Committee is to evaluate the applicant’s academic performance, cultural background, international exposure and extracurricular activities, among other aspects of their candidacy. We therefore assess all of our applicants individually.

We take a holistic approach when evaluating applications in order to bring in the most talented and interesting candidates through our competitive admissions process. Our review process identifies and recognizes creativity and a wide range of competencies, which are not always reflected in a traditional assessment based solely on academic achievement.

N.B.: The information below is provided as guidance for the most popular educational systems represented on campus. These guidelines are purely advisory and do not guarantee admission.


The Spanish government requires a minimum of 3 A-Levels but we are also looking for grades in the range of BBC to A*A*A*.

The Spanish government also requires a minimum of 5 GCSEs with a grade C or higher. Our applicants generally achieve higher grades in subjects relevant to their program and most have at least three As at GCSE.

Specific subjects may be required depending on the bachelor.

Typical admissions are based on scores between 30 and 45. The average final IB score of our students is 35.

IB Students must present the full IB Diploma, since the IB Certificate is not legally accepted in Spain.

Specific subjects may be required depending on the bachelor.

We are for looking for final BAC results of 14 or over (Mention Bien and Mention Très Bien).

The Baccalauréat technologique and Baccalauréat professionnel are not accepted.

Specific subjects may be required depending on the bachelor.

You should be aiming for a final average of 2.5 to 1 with Sehr Gut or Gut in subjects most closely related to the bachelor you want to study.

We are looking for a GPA score of 3.0 or more.

Although not required, AP and Honors Courses are highly recommended.

Specific subjects may be required depending on the bachelor.

You should be aiming for 70 to 100 points.

Specific subjects may be required depending on the bachelor.

We are looking for an overall score (Calificación de Acceso a la Universidad) of higher than 7.

IE University does not require that students take any subjects in the Fase Específica of the EvAU/EBAU but is highly recommended and valued during the admissions process.

Specific classes may be required depending on the bachelor.


As part of our Admissions Process, we require candidates to take our Admissions Test which allows us to measure their competencies, skills and personality characteristics. It also evaluates their English level.

Alternatively, we accept the following globally recognized tests:

  • New SAT: Minimum 1200. 25th / 75th Percentile: 1270 / 1460
    • IE University’s identification code “6293”
  • ACT: Minimum 24
    • IE University’s identification code “5360”
  • LNAT: Minimum 22


All our programs are taught fully in English therefore all candidates will have their English communication skills assessed during the admissions process.

The possession of language certificates is not mandatory, particularly if candidates have spent the last 2 years in an English speaking country or studied in an Anglophone educational system (such as American High School, IB in English or A-levels).

Language Test guidelines:

  • TOEFL: minimum 90, 100 points recommended
  • IELTS: minimum 7 points
  • Cambridge: CAE (with marks A, B and in some cases C with a strong oral conversation) or CPE

Please note some of our degrees offer a reinforcement program (the Language Proficiency Track) for students who need to improve their English fluency.


IE University is recognized by the Spanish Government. To be officially enrolled, all students must comply with the requirements established by the Ministry of Education.

For further information, see the steps involved detailed in the link below or contact your admissions advisor.


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