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ESSAM 2024

23 June - 6 July 2024


MBA Summer School

The European Summer School for Advanced Management (ESSAM) is a credited two-week MBA summer school for both full and part-time MBA students.

ESSAM provides MBA students with a unique and intense teaching opportunity consisting of lectures, workshops, a diverse range of guest speakers from leading organisations and companies, team-based consulting projects and company visits. You gain a competitive advantage in your MBA journey, become immersed in a new culture and grow your professional network.

Established over 30 years ago, ESSAM is organised by an international consortium of business schools, and therefore you benefit from an international teaching experience delivered by more than one university. ESSAM is hosted again this year by the triple-accredited Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, at our Glasgow and Dumfries campuses.

ESSAM enables MBA students to compress some of their Elective courses into 2 weeks. The University of Glasgow issues marks other universities can validate for their own students. ESSAM suggests 10 ECTS for the full programme.

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ESSAM 2023

Why choose ESSAM

Enrich your MBA experience by attending ESSAM

You will get the opportunity to:

  • Further enhance your international experience by learning from leading academics and guest speakers
  • Grow your global professional network by connecting with MBA students from international business schools with diverse career backgrounds and cultures
  • Develop your professional knowledge, leadership and experience in a team-based consultancy project with a local business
  • Benefit from compressing some of your Electives into 2 weeks
  • Study with the triple-accredited Adam Smith Business School – ranked in The Top 100 Which MBA, The Economist

ESSAM 2024

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How to apply

Registration is now open for ESSAM 2024

ESSAM 2024 is open to both full-time and part-time currently registered MBA students.

Application and Payment Processes

To apply for ESSAM in the first instance, please:

  1. provide a personal statement
  2. provide your CV
  3. email them to

Deadline: The deadline for applications is the 22nd April 2024.

Please note: A minimum of three years management experience is required for ESSAM.

Personal statement requirements

  • Maximum 500 words
  • Why you want to apply to the programme
  • What attracts you to the ESSAM 2024 theme - Extreme Events Challenge Development and Growth Opportunities: Regional, Industry and Business Level
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Maximum of two pages
  • Where you are studying for your MBA
  • Describe your work experience and responsibilities (3 years management experience is required)

Once you are offered a place on ESSAM and confirm your acceptance, we will ask you to complete our online booking form and payment. Please be aware that registration is only complete when the applicable fees have been paid online. 

Please note: MBA students at Consortium Universities or Friends of ESSAM Universities are eligible for reduced rate fees.

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Consortium Universities students: £3,600.00 (GBP)

Friends of ESSAM Universities students: £4,150.00 (GBP)

Standard ESSAM fee: £5,200.00 (GBP)

Your fee includes the two-week programme tuition, transfer from and to Glasgow and Edinburgh airports for international students at a pre-arranged times, transfer from Glasgow to Dumfries, accommodation for one person in Glasgow and ensuite hotel accommodation in Dumfries, meals, course materials, company visits, cultural and social activities and excursions. 

A return journey from Dumfries back to Glasgow Central Station will be organised at 9.00am on 6 July 2024.

Please contact the ESSAM team to check if you qualify for Consortium Universities or Friends of ESSAM Universities reduced rate fees. 

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ESSAM will be led by Dr Javier Yanez-Arenas, the Director of the Glasgow MBA. The teaching process is an intensive mix of lectures, group work, presentations, discussions, and individual study. ESSAM has a central theme of Development and Growth at a Regional, Industry and Business level.

An exciting, challenging and engaging programme awaits our participants:

  • A Core based around the central theme and equipping participants to leverage their resources
  • Choose from 3 Electives based around entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Team-based consultancy projects working with local businesses - providing valuable real-world experience
  • A Scottish cultural and social programme

"Thank you for the best highlight of my MBA journey" - Chirag Bansal Loughborough University

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Extreme Events Challenge Development and Growth Opportunities

Regional, Industry and Business Level

Core and Electives will be delivered by leading academics, predominantly from ESSAM consortium schools. They will address entrepreneurial issues around the central ESSAM theme of Development and Growth at a Regional, Industry and Business Level and equip participants to leverage their resources. The Electives together with Core sessions, provide a context and platform for both personal and business development.


Managing Cultural Change in Organisations

In today's rapidly changing world, driven by factors like AI, tech innovations, political tensions, economic challenges, and environmental concerns, leaders must adapt their organizational culture to remain competitive and support growth. Aligning commercial strategy with culture is essential, requiring executives and entrepreneurs in both startups and established organizations to lead cultural change and engage stakeholders effectively.


Students will have the choice of 1 from 3 electives, covering topics such as Aligning societal interests and entrepreneurial opportunities, Creative approaches for new ventures, Long term sustainability through an entrepreneurial mindset and Internal Strategy. Our 2024 Elective titles and speakers will be circulated over the coming months

Team-based consultancy project

The team-based consultancy project is a highlight for many of our students - providing you with valuable real-world experience. Working in teams, you will respond to a challenging client brief centred around ESSAM’s central theme. Guidance and support are provided by faculty, and the whole experience is facilitated by local industry partners. At the end of the programme, each team will produce a consultancy report and present to the company and faculty, with a panel of judges determining who will win the ESSAM grand prize.



The assessment of ESSAM has three components:

  1. Individual written assignment on the Core – 40%
  2. Individual written assignment on the chosen Elective – 40%
  3. Group Project – 20%


National credits and grades are awarded by the individual participant's home university based on the ECTS credits and grades achieved (ECTS = European Course Credit Transfer System). The University of Glasgow will provide the grades based on its own marking system and each individual’s home university may adjust as required by their system.

ESSAM suggests 10 ECTS for the full programme.

Social and Cultural Programme

During ESSAM students will have the opportunity to join in several social and cultural activities, including semi-formal dinners, an Awards Dinner, Ceilidh - Scottish traditional Scottish music and dancing - and cultural excursions.

We encourage students to join in with these opportunities as they are an excellent way of getting to know other ESSAM participants and to experience Scotland.