IE University

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IE University
IE University logo.svg
Motto Unus Mundus Mentes Diversae (Latin)
Motto in English
"One World, Diverse Minds"
Type Private
Established 1997
Rector Salvador Carmona
Dean Martin Boehm
Administrative staff
400 professors
Students 2085
Address Calle del Cardenal Zúñiga 12, Segovia, Castile and León, Spain
Campus Suburban
Navy & IE Blue
Affiliations Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs

IE University is a private university, owned by Instituto de Empresa S.L.[1] Its campuses are located in Segovia, Castile and León and Madrid, Community of Madrid (Spain).

IE University programs are run in English and Spanish, and are compliant with the terms of the European Higher Education Area (Bologna Process).


IE (Instituto de Empresa) was founded in Madrid, Spain as a graduate professional school in business and law in 1973. Over the years, it established multiple international partnerships with other universities. IE University opened to undergraduates in 2006 and was established in Santa Maria la Real Convent after Instituto de Empresa Ltd. acquired Universidad S.E.K. (S.E.K. are the initials of San Estanislao de Kostka, Saint Stanislaus Kostka in English language), which was founded in 1997 and was owned by the Educational Institution SEK.[2] In 2004, the regulator, the Junta de Castilla y León approved the bylaws of the Universidad S.E.K.[3] On November 30, 2006, la Junta de Castilla y León authorized the partial sale of ownership of Universidad S.E.K. to Instituto de Empresa, S. L. (owner of the IE Business School). In 2007 the Junta approved the modification of the bylaws of the Universidad S.E.K.[4] In 2008 the name was changed from Universidad S.E.K. to IE Universidad in Spanish language, and the commercial name IE University in English language (IE being the initials of Instituto de Empresa). IE university began operations in September 2009, and its first class graduated in 2013.[5]


Since its creation, IE University has had three Rectors: Santiago Iñiguez (2008-2009), Juan Luis Martínez (2009-2010), and Salvador Carmona (2011-date).

Student life[edit]

Patio of the IE University Residence, Segovia, Spain

The student life is very active thanks to activities organized by the university's clubs and student office. There is a residence in the Segovia campus of the university known as the University’s Reyes Católicos Hall. However, most students choose to reside in apartments in the area due to very limited space in the residence. The Madrid campus however has no residence and students must reside in apartments in the city alternatively.

Student body composition[edit]

There are approximately 75 nationalities on campus and counting.

Segovia Campus[edit]

Students at one of the Campus courtyard

The campus is situated beside the Eresma river, at the foot of the old city walls that surround Segovia’s historic quarter, and a five-minute walk from Segovia’s Roman Aqueduct.

The IE University campus has a surface area of over 18,000 m2, and facilities include a library and canteen. Further installations and resources include:

  • Wi-Fi all around campus
  • Virtual classrooms
  • Art and exhibition rooms
  • Center of Applied Psychology
  • Fully equipped radio and film studios
  • Laboratories
  • Architecture workshops

Santa Cruz la Real Convent[edit]

According to the Life of Saint Dominic of Guzman, the Convent of Santa Cruz was the first to be founded by the Order of Preachers in Spain in 1218, just two years after the creation of the mendicant order of the Dominicans. Diego de Colmenares, a 16th-century chronicler, adds that Saint Dominic did penance in a cave near the river to the north of the city, outside its walls, and that he founded the order in this spot.

The order's dedication to the holy cross also originates from the early times of this community according to Colmenares and other 14th century documents.

In the fifteenth century the Catholic Monarchs, as King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella were known, gave their patronage to the convent and this royal protection was what led it to be known as Santa Cruz “la Real”, i.e. the convent of the “Royal” Holy Cross. Although the city's institutions had played a part in the convent's development, the Dominicans were not a prosperous order until the Catholic Monarchs came to the throne, when they were given control of the Inquisition. The convent was rebuilt over the former 13th century Romanesque structure and the current church, with its monumental portal, was also erected under Friar Tomás de Torquemada, the first Grand Inquisitor and prior of the Holy Cross community.

The Dominican presence in the convent lasted until the monks were released from their religious vows as decreed by the minister Mendizábal in 1836. The convent then became a hospice and, until recent times, it was a nursing home for the elderly under the ownership of the Segovia Provincial Council. It has since undergone extensive renovation to house IE University.

Aula Magna[edit]

The convent church was designed by fifteenth century Spanish architect Juan Guasa, and is a faithful example of late gothic architecture. It now serves as IE University’s Aula Magna, being used for graduation ceremonies, basketball games, and conferences; it is never used for other key events.

Programs of study[edit]

Undergraduate programs[edit]

Bachelor of:

  • Architecture
  • Business Administration (BBA)
  • Communication
  • Information Systems Management (BIS)
  • Law (LLB)
  • Psychology
  • International Relations (BIR)
  • Dual Degree in BBA and LLB
  • Dual Degree in BBA and BIR
  • IE Brown Summer Program


IE University holds a leading position in Europe among institutions of higher education for excellence in innovation and learning technologies.

IE University holds the first position in Spain and No. 27 worldwide according to the Times Higher Education 2015 global employability survey.[6]

Study abroad programs[edit]

IE University runs exchange programs with students (and professors) from international schools and universities, including Architectural Association School of Architecture, Babson College, Brown University, University of Arizona, Universidad de Los Andes, Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, and Politecnico di Milano.


Intramurals and outdoor activities include badminton, swimming, aerobics, spinning, pilates, yoga, general fitness, capoeira, judo, taekwondo, kick boxing, Thai-boxing, tai-jitsu, karate, football, basketball, handball, table tennis, mountain walking, mountain biking and skiing.

Student clubs organize skiing trips to other European locations, cycling holidays in the Netherlands (Bike & Boat trips), Mighty Movers Club for charities, Chess Club, Investment Club, Padel Club, Golf Club, Intra-Personal Skills Club, etc.

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