We interviewed Dr. Marta Abegón, director of the Course on Current Issues in Spanish Foreign Policy, to resolve the most frequent questions about the course:



What is the origin of the Course on Current Issues in Spanish Foreign Policy?

The Course on Current Issues in Spanish Foreign Policy, organized by the CEI International Affairs with the collaboration of the Diplomatic School of Madrid, has been held annually for nineteen years. The purpose of this is to know and discuss the basic lines of current Spanish foreign policy, its projections and main challenges.



What is the methodology of the course?

The Course, which takes place over a week, is structured in five round tables composed of two speakers, one of them with a political or diplomatic profile invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, and the other from the academic or professional world. This format allows encouraging debate and discussion from diverse perspectives and approaches, as well as allowing their enrichment from the contributions and questions of the attendees.



Who is Course on Current Issues in Spanish Foreign Policy aimed at?

The Course is addressed to the general public and to those interested in international relations, diplomatic relations and Spanish foreign action. Also, the Course is especially interesting for university students, particularly enrolled in Law Studies, Political Science or International Relations.



Can this training be taken in each edition?

No doubts. The format of the course is the same as in previous editions but the themes vary each depending on the agenda, priorities and strategic areas of the external action of Spain. In this sense, not only is there no problem in repeating attendance to the Course, but, on the contrary, this allows us to keep abreast of developments or changes in course, thus obtaining knowledge in perspective.



 What knowledge will be obtained by those who attend this edition of the Course?

The participants in the present edition of the Course, apart from knowing the main challenges and strategies of the foreign policy of Spain in their geographical projections of greater interest (Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Latin America), will have the opportunity to discuss Spain's role in the fight against climate change, as well as its action against the migration crisis in the Mediterranean.



Open enrollment! Discover the program of the Course on Current Issues in Spanish Foreign Policy.

Conference "Work in the EU"

Job Opportunities and Internships


The CEI International Affairs organizes one more year the Conference: "Work in the European Union".

It is an activity open to students, recent graduates and young professionals of any academic profile through which it is intended to publicize the work opportunities and practices that European institutions, as well as the different European agencies, currently offer.

This conference will be divided into two parts:

- The presentation of the different ways through which work can be achieved in the European Union: from internships, through temporary jobs to the European public service.

 - The contribution of personal experiences in European institutions, which will allow attendees to know first-hand the offers of internships and work in the EU.

    Tuesday, March 10, 2020


4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Presentation of the Conference



Mr. Pol Martínez Boada, EU Careers Ambassador, UOC.


Mr. Ferran Tarradellas, Director of the Representation of the European Commission in Barcelona.

Mrs. Géraldine Dufort, Official of the European Commission and advises in the Unit of promotion of the Spanish presence in Institutions of the European Union.


18: 15h. - 6:30 p.m. QUESTION TIME

Location: Aula Magna, Law School of the University of Barcelona.



You must register to attend the free conference: http://bit.ly/InsTrabajarUE






After the Conference: "Work in the European Union" we will hold 4 free workshops, led by Mr. Pol Martínez, EU Careers Ambassador, in which the tests examinations of the opposition to European official will be practised: 


- March 16: Verbal Reasoning


- March 17: Numerical reasoning


- March 18: Abstract Reasoning


- March 19: Situational judgement test


The 4 workshops will take place in the CEI. From 4pm in the afternoon. You can sign up for the workshops you choose, sending an email to info@ceibcn.com indicating your name and surname. 

After the end of the academic part and the graduation of the 2018-2019 academic year, it is time to pack and start the experience of compulsory internships from 4 to 6 months, in International Organizations, Embassies, Consulates, NGOs ... Do you want to discover where are they going?


Internships in International Organizations 


Prácticas Máster Diplomacia 2018-2019


International Organizations are always a must in the Practices of our students:


  • UNHCR in Panama


  • UN Environment in Panama


  • OECD in Paris


  • European Commission: Directorate General for Growth (DG Grow) in Brussels


  • Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights in Mexico


  • International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Madrid



Internships in cooperation, Public Administration...


Prácticas Máster Diplomacia 2018-2019


In addition to International Organizations, many students opt for Public Administration, Cooperation... in Institutions such:


  • Think Tanks: IEMed


  • NGOs and Cooperation Programs: Red Cross and CIDEU in Barcelona and Novact in Jordan


  • Private company: Department of Public Affairs and Relations with International Institutions in CaixaBank


  • Public Administration: Directorate General for Mediterranean and European Affairs in the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Barcelona City Council




Internships at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation


Prácticas Máster Diplomacia 2018-2019


Finally, as every year, there are also many students who choose to do their internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, either in their representations abroad or in central services in Madrid:


  • Permanent Representation of Spain before International Organizations in Geneva


  • Permanent Representation of Spain before the Council of Europe


  • Permanent Representation of Spain to the OSCE in Vienna


  • Embassy of Spain in Ankara


  • Embassy of Spain in Warsaw


  • Embassy of Spain in Beirut


  • Embassy of Spain in Manila


  • Embassy of Spain in London


  • Embassy of Spain in Nairobi, Kenya


  • Embassy of Spain in Pretoria, South Africa


  • Consulate General of Spain in Montreal


  • Consulate General of Spain in London


  • General Secretariat for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament



Congratulations to all our students for such promising internship destinations!


If you also want to have an international professional future, do not hesitate to ask for information about the Master's Programme in Diplomacy and International Organizations!


“The international (un)protection of victims of trafficking”


Organization: CEI International Affairs

With the collaboration of: ”la Caixa” and CIMCETT (Research Group of the UAB and the UdG on International cooperation as an essential means for the fight against human trafficking)


Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020

Place: Palau Macaya (Passeig Sant Joan, 108 - Barcelona)



"Trafficked victims are addressed in the regulations in charge of fighting this scourge more as objects than as subjects of it. The lack of results that this perspective offers requires reflection on the need for a paradigm shift, which will be the focus of this conference. "







- Representative of the CEI International Affairs


- Montserrat Pi Llorens, Director of the Conference



17:15 h.- 19:00h. ROUND TABLE 


- Dr. Jorge Cardona, Professor of Public International Law, University of Valencia


- Mrs. Judith Carreras, Adviser at the OIT Office in Spain 


- Mrs. Valentina Milano, Professor of Public International Law, University of the Balearic Islands


- Mrs. Rosa Cendón, Coordinator of the SICAR Cat program, Barcelona



Moderator: Dr. Esther Zapater, Professor of Public International Law UAB, member of CIMCETT



19:00 h.- 19:30h. Debate and questions 



19:30 h.- 19:45h. CLOSURE OF THE CONFERENCE  



General information 


Date: February 20, 2020


Place: Palau Macaya (Passeig Sant Joan, 108, Barcelona) 


Registration: Registration required here


After more than 30 years of prestige, working at the service of diplomacy and international relations, we are moving forward in our commitment and we want to apply our expertise in a new CEI Summer Course.


The CEI Summer Course will be entitled: "Approach to the International Community of the 21st century. Challenges and opportunities" is scheduled to be held in Barcelona in July 2020.




CEI Summer Course is a training that alternates cultural and recreational activities in the city of Barcelona with the knowledge of academic experts on issues related to the International Community.


 CEI summer course



Some of the CEI Summer Course topics:


  • International Protection of Human Rights in the 21st century
  • Global environmental crisis
  • Development Cooperation in a changing world
  • Threats to international peace and security


Check the full programme.



Aimed at:


The CEI Summer Course is aimed at students of any area of knowledge (and more specifically Law, Economics, History, Translation and Interpretation, Communication ...).


The course will also feature leisure and cultural activities to enhance networking among students, specifically for foreign students.



Dates and place: 


The course will take place between July 6 and July 16, 2020, by the expert teaching staff of the CEI.


Classes will take place in Barcelona, specifically at the CEI headquarters.







Course price: 


  • Price of the course per student:

- € 775 for enrollments made before April 3, 2020.

- € 875 for enrollments after this date.


  • Sign up as a group! If you are a group of 5 students who join together you will all have a 10% discount on the price of the course.





In order to registrate your enrollment in the course, you must send to the CEI International Affairs (info@ceibcn.com):



  • Copy of a valid ID or passport


  • Proof of payment of the course   



* In the event of canceling the registration before the start of the course, the registration fee will be returned only for reasons of force majeure. The amount of the course will not be refunded in any case when it is initiated. The CEI has the the right to cancel the course if it does not arrive at the minimum number of students. 

Have you been looking for a course on the European Union? Trust on the prestigious Course on the European Union!


This year we organize the 42nd edition, with the best of news: the price decreases from €575 to €200 thanks to the financing of the Spanish Secretary of State for the EU!


Do not miss the opportunity!


Book your place before Christmas for only €50: due to the high demand it is advisable to book in advance your place in the course, you are going to be able to do so until December 19th for €50.





The Course on the European Union is going to take place from March 2nd until May 20th. Classes are going to be held in CEI’s headquarters, Mondays and Wednesdays from 16h until 19h.




This course has a professional approach that is going to make you deepen your knowledge on the European Union in several areas: social, economic and political.




Do you want to train in situ? There is no better choice than the Course on the EU! You will be able to attend a trip to Brussels –planned for April 14th and 15th 2020 – during which you are going to continue with your training in the headquarters of several European institutions, living from inside the work that is done there.




Classes are going to be taught by experts on the European Union, in particular by senior civil servants, diplomats, lawyers and university professors that are going to provide a theoretical and practical approach of the European Union, as well as the work routines of the EU institutions.




A maximum of 5 unpaid internship places are going to be offered in several institutions related to the EU, such as: European Union Representation in Madrid, IEMed, Europe Direct, Eurecat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation…




You will obtain a diploma jointly awarded by the coorganizers: the CEI and the  the Secretary of State for the European Union of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, and the Secretary of Foreign Action and European Union of the Generalitat de Catalunya as a collaborator. A minimum of 80% of attendance to the sessions is required.


 Mailchimp PrestigioUE  


The Course on the European Union is co-organized by the CEI International Affairs, the Secretary of State for the European Union of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, with the collaboration of the Secretary of Foreign Action and European Union of the Generalitat de Catalunya.



Do not hesitate and ask now about the Course on the EU!


  • Remember that you can book your place for €50 before December 19th.


The International Classroom of the CEI took place on June 25 with the Ambassador of Spain to India, Mr. José Ramón Barañano. The event was attended by representatives from the business world, the Chamber of Commerce, the university...


During his first speech, the Ambassador described the Asian landscape: He defined Asia as the continent of the 21st century, relying on the enormous possibilities offered by the increase in its GDP, the transfer of the world trade center of the Atlantic to the Strait of Malacca, some unassumable growth rates for the West and its demographic weight. Even so, he stressed that the challenges facing the continent in terms of governance, inequality and political and institutional stability are enormous.


Meeting with the Ambassador of Spain to India - CEI


In the second part of his speech, Mr. Barañano focused his speech in India. He explained gradually his political, economic, social reality and the diplomatic and economic relations that the country maintains with Spain. Despite the absence of historical ties, India presents a unique potential in various sectors for the foreign policy of Spain:


The Ambassador referred specifically to the possibilities that Spanish companies have in the telecommunications, transport infrastructure, banking, fashion industry and specifically the bridal sector, and education sectors and offered for this your institutional support.


Meeting with the Ambassador of Spain to India - CEI


He highlighted the plural nature of the country, its religious and ethnic diversity and its youth - the country incorporates a million young people into the labor market every month - and the enormous boost of its internal demand with an annual growth of more than 7% for two decades and a growing middle class.


He encouraged all attendees to pay greater attention to India, without even thinking that it will be the next China. He compared the two models of society, highlighting the demographic growth of India, which will soon surpass China, and its democratic character. He pointed out the enormous challenges that the country has posed. The coexistence between ethnic groups and religions is not easy and rests on a fragile balance that Hindu nationalism or radical Islamism can break.


Meeting with the Ambassador of Spain to India - CEI


He also affirmed the need for a modernization of labor legislation, the strengthening of a weak banking system, the formalization of the economy, the increase in productivity and the fight against tolerance against social inequalities.



Report prepared by Bruno Sánchez

Student of the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps

CEI's news course, Stock Exchange Sessions, aims to answer the question:


What should we know in order to manage our personal wealth?


The Stock Exchange Sessions have the goal of truly answering the aforementioned question and offer the necessary tools of analysis in order to understand the working of different stock markets. You can check the Teaching plan.


The Stock Exchange Course pretends to make a reflection and give eminently practical perspective on the stock exchange, as well as an understandable vision of the different financial products and their risks.


The aim of the Stock Exchange Sessions is to approximate financial markets to university students. Nonetheless, the course pretends to provide the students with the tools that help them to have a critical ability in analyzing a changing environment.





The program has a duration of 75 hours, distributed in seven classroom conferences, one Trading Competition virtual online and one Practicum.


The Trading Competition virtual online wants to approximate the professional operation to the student, taking into account the acquired knowledge of the University Courses, elaborating a diary of operations that must be attached to one justification for each operation. The attendee will have to present a minimum of 5 explained operations.


The Practicum is going to consist in a deep analysis of a Spanish company of the Spanish Continuous Market. The activity is going to be presented in pairs in order to promote teamwork and the capacity to discuss about different points of view in economic and business analysis.





180 euros for the enrollment. 


  • All the students who enroll the Stock Exchange Sessions are going to have a 100€ discount in the Practical Course on Stock Exchange, organized by CEI and Borsa de Barcelona.


  • The winner of the Trading Competition is going to obtain a 25% scholarship of the Practical Course on Stock Exchange, of the Centre d’Estudis Internacionals of the UB and the Stock Exchange of Barcelona.


  • All the students are going to receive by mail the BME Research report, with the analysis of current financial markets.





Online registration: From October 1st to March 10th 2020


Duration of the course: From March 11th 2020 to April 01st 2020


You can make your registration sending to drey@ceibcn.com


  • Registration form


  • ID


  • The payment slip of 180€





In order to pass the Stock Exchange Sessions it is necessary:


  • To attend to at a minimum of 50% of the classroom sessions.


  • Presentation of a orders diary (30%).


  • Presentation of the Practicum. (70%).


At the end of the Stock Exchange Sessions, having completed the whole program, a Certifying Diploma is going to be delivered by the Centre d’Estudis Internacionals (CEI), and Borsa de Barcelona, BME.


The course counts up to 3 ECTS credits in the Faculty of Economics of the University of Barcelona. Moreover, it also counts up to 3 ECTS credits in UIC





You can check the Teaching planFor any inquiry, you can contact by calling: +34 93 205 45 16 or by email: drey@ceibcn.com.

The former Master in Diplomacy and International Public Service (UB-UAB) was born as a 100% professional training, that's why it wasn’t official since its creation.


For the 2019-2020 academic year, the Master becomes official, and receives the designation of Master's programme in Diplomacy and International Organizations, taught by the CEI International Affairs, Affiliated Centre * to the University of Barcelona. * Pending publication.



What are the advantages of an Official Master's programme?



  • An official Master's programme has a greater international recognition. In the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), official master's degrees are recognized in all universities.


  • It allows access to pursue a Doctorate in Spain.



  • If at the end of a Master's degree, the student decides to apply for a public examination, at the time of assessing the merits, the Official Master's Degree is awarded as postgraduate training, while the Own Title scores as continuing education and its value it is inferior.



What will the Official Master's Degree consist of?



The Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations will maintain the same essence as the former title:


  • Career oportunities: Diplomacy; international officials of the UN or the EU; ...


  • Teaching staff: International officials, diplomats ...


  • Compulsory internship (3-6 months): In Embassies, Consulates, International Organizations ...


  • Spanish-English bilingual training


Check all the information about the Master's programme in Diplomacy and International Organizations.





On the occasion of the officialization of the title in September the final entrance examination is going to be held.


  • Next date: September 10.

Under the title “United Arab Emirates, its economy and bilateral relations with Spain”, the Hon. Mr. Antonio Álvarez Barthe, Ambassador of Spain to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), participated the last October 22 2019 in the International Classroom program organized by the CEI International Affairs.


At the meeting, to which different personalities from the business and university world attended, the Ambassador Álvarez spoke about the history, politics, economy and the place that Spain has on the relations with the UAE.


Starting for a summary of the country’s history, the Ambassador Álvarez explained the particularities of the British colonization of the UAE, based on a protectorate system with a high autonomy in internal affairs, as well as the historical process of the federation of the emirates after its independence. Moreover, he said that, despite the country’s federal character, the emirate of Abu Dhabi, the most prosperous, has been consolidating its power and centrality in the federation, as reflected in the fact that the highest authority of the UAE, the president, is the emir of Abu Dhabi itself, Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.


Encuentro con el Embajador de España en Emiratos Árabes Unidos - CEI


The UAE stands out because of its internal stability.


  • Without a liberal democratic regime, the rulers have assured their relative legitimacy through their will and ability to raise the living standards of citizens.


  • The particular composition of the population also stands out: of the county’s ten million residents only one and a half million (a 12%) have the Emirati nationality.


  • The workforce bulk is foreign, in many cases long-term residents who cannot obtain the Emirate nationality due to the limited naturalization regime.


Encuentro con el Embajador de España en Emiratos Árabes Unidos - CEI


With regard to the characteristics of the market and the existing economic opportunities, the Ambassador emphasized on the hiper-competitive nature of the Emirate market and the particular idiosyncrasy of the business customs, which require to investors an approach based on perseverance and confidence relationship with local partners.


The UAE has achieved to occupy a position as business hub thanks to its geographical position, at the mid-way between Europe and the Asia-Pacific, and the liberal nature of its society, very opened to what comes from abroad in comparison with other countries of the area. The Ambassador Álvarez also pointed out that the percentage of oil and gas industries’ revenue with respect to the GDP is relatively low (30%) if it is compared with other countries of the Persian Gulf. It is in this way because the Emirates have managed to diversify its economy; specially, they are fomenting bank, energy and tourism sectors (including medical tourism) and infrastructures.


Encuentro con el Embajador de España en Emiratos Árabes Unidos - CEI


Regarding the country’s foreign policy, Ambassador Álvarez pointed out the policy of alliances that the UAE have forged over the years: alliance with the United States and alienation with the capitalist block during the Cold War, as well as a policy of good relations and no enmity with the main regional powers (including Iran). This situation allowed the UAE to focus on its internal development without having to be involved in regional conflicts.


Nonetheless, in the last years, a change in this approach can be perceived, with new nuances and vectors that start to break some past equilibriums. Either the economic model for development itself or its regional strategic vision and the involved diplomatic re-equilibriums have derived in a higher participation in foreign politics, especially at the regional scope, where it has played and is playing a significant role in the development of Yemen, Syria, Libya or the Horn of Africa. In foreign politics, as well, the UAE stands out for being one of the countries that invest more money in OAD.


Encuentro con el Embajador de España en Emiratos Árabes Unidos - CEIRegarding the relations with Spain, it should be highlighted, on the one hand, the great trade superavit of Spain towards the UAE and, on the other hand, the fact that the largest Spanish colony in all Asia is found in the UAE. In addition, the Ambassador also pointed out the interest that the Emirate citizenry has in the Spanish culture.


Mr. Álvarez ended by highlighting the role that the Expo Dubai 2020 is going to have in the building of a good country’s reputation within the international community.


Report elaborated by Manel Gispert

Internship at CEI International Affairs - Degree in Global Studies, UPF

The Republic of India, in Hindi Bhārat Ganarājya, is the seventh largest country in the world. Its surface is six times bigger than the Spanish one.


It’s expected that its population, today of 1,340 million inhabitants, will soon reach that of China, 1,379 million, and it will be the most populated country in the world. Until 1991 the successive governments applied a policy of centralized planning and substitution of imports.


Since then, successive reforms have profoundly transformed the country's economy. Although it still faces great challenges, the Indian economy now has one of the highest growth rates in the world and is now the 6th largest in the world.


The political life after the independence has been dominated in its majority by the Party of the Congress, under the historical leadership of the Nehru-Gandhi family, until 1977, when for the first time it lost elections. Since the nineties, the Popular Party of India (Bharatiya Janata Party, BJP), a Hindu conservative party, has been gaining weight.


India ranks 36th as a destination for Spanish exports and is the 19th largest supplier in our country. Among the countries of the EU, Spain is the 7th exporter to India and the 7th importer of Indian products.


The valuation of Spain in India, in terms of its specific weight in economic and technological matters, has improved considerably in recent years, especially in areas such as infrastructure and renewable energies.


In relation to its foreign policy, one of the main novelties, since the arrival of the BJP party to the government, has been the intensification and diversification of India's foreign relations. The current government seeks the recognition of India as a global power of the first order.


Diplomatic relations between Spain and India began in 1956. Spain created in 1958 a resident embassy in New Delhi. As a result of Prime Minister Modi's trip to Spain in May 2017, both countries approved a joint document under the title "Association for peace, growth and innovation between Spain and India".


The Hon. Mr. José Ramón Barañano, Ambassador of Spain to India, will present the current situation and the relations of the country with Spain, at a commercial and diplomatic level.


Source: India Country Tab (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation).



Meeting and lunch:  


Date: 25/06/2019


Aimed at: Journalists, academics, representatives of institutions, and entrepreneurs (at the express invitation of CEI International Affairs). 


Hours: from 13:30 h. to 4:00 pm.


PlaceAvda. Vallvidrera, 25. Barcelona.


Contact: Sra. Àngels Vara.


Price: 75 Euros (corresponding to lunch)

The Constitution of 1988 establishes Brazil as a federal republic with 26 states and one federal district (the capital city, Brasilia). The National Congress, formed by the Federal Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, is the body on which the legislative power at the federal level resides.


The President, currently Jair Messias Bolsonaro, is elected every four years by universal suffrage and holds simultaneously the Head of State and Government, since Brazil is a country under a presidential regime, which also gives him broad powers.


Regarding to the economic conjuncture, Brazil has a Gross Domestic Product of 2.02 trillion dollars, the reason why it is one of the largest world economies. In addition, despite moderately, it continues to grow year after year after the hard crisis that the country suffered. Furthermore, the inflation, one of the main persistent economic concerns in the whole South America, has been kept below the objective set by the country’s central bank (3.8% vs. 4.5%).


With regard to the diplomatic relations with Spain, both countries have always enjoyed good bilateral relations. Moreover, with around 133.000 people, Brazil is the third South American country with more Spaniards. In addition, some agreements have been signed between both countries in order to promote political and commercial relations, it’s important to mention that Brazil is the country in the whole Latin America that receives more Spanish exports.


The Hon. Mr. Fernando García Casas, Ambassador of Spain to the Republic of Brazil, is going to talk about the current situation and the relations of Brazil with Spain, commercially and diplomatically.


Source: Brazil Country Tab (Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation). 



Meeting and lunch:  


Date: 26/11/2019


Aimed at: Journalists, academics, representatives of institutions, and entrepreneurs (at the express invitation of CEI International Affairs) 


Hours: from 13:30 h. to 4:00 pm.


PlaceAvda. Vallvidrera, 25. Barcelona.


Contact: Sra. Àngels Vara


Price: 75 Euros (corresponding to lunch)

What does the Entrance Examination consist on?



• Written part: This part consists of 5 questions in Spanish and 5 questions in English on issues related to International Public Law and International Organizations.


In the area of ​​International Public Law we are going to refer to generic concepts. Examples of possible questions:


 - Who can be a subject of Public International Law?


- What are the requirements for a territory to be considered a State?


- What types of international standards exist?


- What is the international custom?


In the area of ​​International Organizations, you should focus on the United Nations and the European Union, with emphasis on the main organizations such as the European Parliament, the European Council, the European Commission or the Council of the European Union. Examples of possible questions:


 - Differences between organisms, differences in the decision-making process...



• Interview in English: Candidates meet with the Ambassador Fernando Perpiñá-Robert. This short interview has the purpose of evaluating the level of English, to ensure that it is enough to follow the bilingual master without difficulties.


• Interview in Spanish: The candidates also meet with the Executive Director of the Master, Dr. Miguel Ángel Elizalde. Dr. Elizalde analyzes the documentation presented and the written test previously done. He will ask questions to know more about the candidate, in relation to his motivation, international vocation...



Bibliography to prepare the Entrance Examination:


 • Compendium of Public International Law, Oriol Casanovas and Ángel J. Rodrigo, Editorial Tecnos.


International Law, Antonio Remiro Brotons, Editorial Tirant lo Blanch.



We recommend focusing on the basic and generic concepts of the manuals. Pay special attention to the topics or chapters on:


a. International Subjectivity


b. International Law and its regulation


c. United Nations and its operation


d. Main international organizations


e. International Law of Human Rights


f. European Union https://europa.eu/european-union/about-eu_en



We make special mention of the fact that not only the usual degrees like Law, Political Science or International Relations can be presented to this test. It is demonstrated that the International Organizations need profiles with different formations.



Time and place for the test:


Time: Morning schedule (will be specified to those registered 1 week before the test)


Location: Headquarters of the CEI.


There is the possibility to perform the access test via Skype.



What do I need to do the Entrance Examination?



The following documentation must be sent to info@ceibcn.com:


  • Candidates must hold a university, engineering or architecture degree (or have less than 10% of the necessary credits left for the award thereof)


  • International orientation


  • Basic knowledge of international issues


  • Strong command of spoken and written English and Spanish


  • Curriculum vitae


  • Certified copy of your university degree or equivalent qualification


  • Copy of a valid ID or passport


  • Covering letter


  • 2 letters of recommendation (academic or professional, in Spanish, French or English)


  • 1 scanned photograph


  • Proof of payment of the €130 entrance examination fee

After the long history of the International Classroom program, carried out by the CEI with the collaboration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, we have initiated a new activity: CEI’s Afterworks!


We have had the pleasure of counting with Mr. Antonio Álvarez Barthe, Ambassador of Spain to the United Arab Emirates, to inaugurate this innovative event:



In the context of the periodic visits of Ambassadors of Spain in the exterior that we receive at the CEI, we have initiated a new cycle, CEI’s Afterworks!



What are the CEI’s Afterworks?


CEI Afterworks are private events, in which people assist thanks to a CEI’s invitation. The event usually takes place during the afternoon (from 19h) at the Soho House Barcelona private club.

Afterworks’ aim is to get the young and the business public closer to the different Ambassadors that we are going to receive over the course so that they can know more about a specific country, and at the same time get in touch with the Ambassador and do networking with the rest of assistants.



The first Afterwork, with the of the Ambassador of Spain to the United Arab Emirates


We had the big pleasure of inaugurating this activity with Mr. Antonio Álvarez Barthe, Ambassador of Spain to the United Arab Emirates, as a keynote speaker.


The event was carried out around a brilliant introductory explanation of the country by the Ambassador focused on historical, economic, political… issues to afterwards open a discussion and a time for questions in which such different issues were treated:


  • Advice for the firms wishing to operate in the United Arab Emirates.


  • Women’s situation in the country.


  • Human Rights’ situation.


  • The denomination of tax haven.


And a long etcetera that allowed the assistants to know even the best tourist recommendations of the country by the hands of the Ambassador.



SAVE THE DATE: The next Afterwork is going to take place on November 26th, with the Ambassador of Spain to Brazil.

Under the title "Senegal, its economy and bilateral relations with Spain" on May 28, 2019 CEI International Affairs held a session of International Classroom with the Hon. Mr. D. Alberto Virella Gomes, Ambassador of Spain to Senegal.


The meeting allowed attendees to establish a direct and relaxed dialogue with Ambassador Virella, to whom he shared the political, economic and social reality of the country, focusing on the business opportunities offered and the increasingly close and fruitful link with Spain.




The Ambassador stressed the ties that bind us to Senegal, a country that due to its geographical location is of special importance for Spain. Senegal is a country that due to its geographical location is of special importance for Spain. Unlike other countries in its environment, it is not known to be the scene of armed conflicts or epidemics, but because it is a country that emits irregular migration, an issue that has marked the relationship between Spain, Senegal and the subregion, especially since 2006 with the "Crisis of the cayucos". This circumstance explains to a great extent the intensification of bilateral relations, as well as the notable diplomatic deployment of Spain in the subregion as a whole, marked by a multidimensional approach to the migratory phenomenon.


The Ambassador noted the remarkable political stability of the country, as well as its democratic regime, having been carried out since its independence only peaceful relays of government through democratic elections. The foundations of stability can be found in the remarkable existing ethnic and religious coexistence, together with a secular public administration inspired by the French model.




He also highlighted the development strategy undertaken since Macky Sall took office in 2012, called the "Emerging Senegal Plan", which began running in 2014. Since then, the country has growth rates of 6-7 % of GDP. This strategy aims to reach the level of emerging country before 2035, relying on the exploitation of hydrocarbons (gas and oil) from 2022. It is expected that exploitation will account for 5% GDP and growth rates from 2022-2023 of around 10%. The first five years of the plan have resulted in heavy public investments in infrastructures that seek to address shortcomings that place Senegal today in the category of least developed countries, having made significant investments in access to drinking water and sanitation, electrical connections and road infrastructures.


The legal framework and the implementation of guarantees for investments (including bilateral agreements in force on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments and Double Taxation) represent an attractive and business opportunity for Spanish companies that aspire to awards. Nevertheless, the Ambassador pointed out that market access is not always easy, taking into account the local idiosyncrasy, the values ​​of patience and perseverance. In addition, companies must compete with those of other countries that are also positioned as commercial partners of Senegal.




The representatives of the business sector present in the debate showed an accentuated interest regarding legal security. Senegal is situated at a medium-high level, in Africa, in the legal security indicators and a commercial arbitration system has been put in place. However, it has deficiencies in the labor jurisdiction, generally unfavorable to the interests of the foreign entrepreneur. On the other hand, it is a market with interesting returns focused on the long term. In addition, Senegal must face shortcomings in specialized human resources, due to limited schooling and professional training that must be adapted to the demand of companies. In this sense, the planned and future investments in the tourism sector must be accompanied by the training of human resources in all services connected to it.




The Ambassador also stressed that improving the business climate is essential to attract local and foreign private investment, this being one of the main points of dialogue between the EU (and the donor community as a whole) and the Senegalese government. There is a great willingness in the EU, for example, through its Foreign Investment Plan to guarantee European private investments and contribute, through technical assistance, to improve economic governance, transparency and legal certainty.


At the level of security risks, Senegal has never suffered terrorist attacks or highlighted threats in this regard. However, in addition to having security forces that are increasingly better equipped and prepared, there is a population that actively collaborates with them, warning of possible threats. In the Casamance region, in the south of the country, a low intensity conflict persists, which does not prevent it from being a tourist attraction. As for common crime, it does not reach alarming levels.




Spain has included Senegal in the III Africa Plan (approved in 2019) as one of the priority countries and the first with which a "strengthened partnership" will be established. The Embassy of Spain in Dakar is already one of the largest in sub-Saharan Africa, with several branch offices. For example, it is the only one in that region with an employment and social security office, which facilitates the recruitment at source of Senegalese seasonal workers to go to work in Spain, which constitutes a legal alternative to irregular immigration.


The Ambassador ended up highlighting the importance and symbolism of Dakar hosting the Olympic Youth Games in 2022, being the first Olympic event in Africa, and the opportunity it represents for the development of hotel activity, services, training and human resources.



Report prepared by Francisco Bote Navia

Student of the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps.

One of the CEI International Affairs’ founders is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, that's why the CEI is considered as the Barcelona Diplomatic School.


Thanks to such a close relation, the Master in Diplomacy former students have been included this year in the beneficiaries of specific Ministry scholarships for paid internships.


A new opportunity to do an internship


All the students of the Master in Diplomacy and International Organizations do mandatory internships during their formation, which can be carried out in International Organizations like the United Nations, different institutions of the European Union; Embassies, Consulates and Permanent Representations of Spain; private firms; NGOs…


Where are some of our former students going to do the internships?


On the one hand, the greater part is going to do the internship of more than 9 months of duration representing the State in the Exterior:






In other cases, the internships are going to be in Madrid, in the AECID:





On the other hand, some of our former students are going to remain in the capital city, to do the internships in the Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs of the Ministry: María Luisa peña, Enric Rubiella and Carlos Cañellas.


We wish you all the best of luck and take full advantage of this opportunity!

The Constitution of 1971 establishes the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a federal monarchy formed by seven entities with a high level of autonomy named emirates. The most powerful political and legislative organ is the Federal Supreme Council or the Council of Emirs, formed by the seven emirs, who choose their president every five years.


Nonetheless, since the founding of the UAE, the tradition is that the president of that body is the emir of Abu Dhabi (federal capital of the UAE), currently the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The prime minister, elected by the Federal Supreme Council is the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also emir of Dubai and vice-president of the UAE.


Regarding the economic situation, the UAE is characterized by the high economic freedom enjoyed in the country. Its economy is highly based on the extraction and export of oil, although the jewelry production and export sector is also important.


Currently, Spain and the UAE are strengthening this diplomatic relations both in the political field with numerous meetings between the heads of State and Government of both countries and in the economic area that, despite the latest drops in Spanish exports to the UAE, their overall calculation has increased in 920 million euros since 2009.


The Hon. Mr. Antonio Álvarez Barthe, Ambassador of Spain to the United Arab Emirates, is going to talk about the current situation and the relations of the United Arab Emirates with Spain, commercially and diplomatically.


Source: United Arab Emirates Country Tab (Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation). 



Meeting and lunch:  


Date: 22/10/2019


Aimed at: Journalists, academics, representatives of institutions, and entrepreneurs (at the express invitation of CEI International Affairs) 


Hours: from 13:30 h. to 4:00 pm.


PlaceAvda. Vallvidrera, 25. Barcelona.


Contact: Sra. Àngels Vara


Price: 75 Euros (corresponding to lunch)


“The Economic Diplomacy in times of trade war: ¿The end of multilateralism?”

Organization: CEI International Affairs

One more year the CEI classrooms are filled again with new students. The dream of achieving an international future is already much closer!


We have started the 2019-2020 academic year of the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps with a record of students, and the new official Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations.


On the one hand, the CEI was created to help students with the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps, so this formation is therefore the most veteran.


Preparación Oposición Carrera Diplomática


This year, in the inaugural session of the course we had the Hon. Mr. Fernando Perpiñá-Robert, Ambassador of Spain and tutor of the CEI, Dr. Helena Torroja, Academic Director of the center, the Diplomat Arnau Formiguera as coordinator of the course, with the support of Dr. Marta Abegón, as well as Mrs. Elisabeth Rubio.


On the other hand, the already traditional Master in Diplomacy of the CEI has taken a step forward, becoming a Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations, an official Master, taught by the CEI, Affiliated Center* to the University of Barcelona. *Pending publication.


Máster Universitario en Diplomacia y Organizaciones Internacionales


The opening day has counted, again, with the Hon. Mr. Fernando Perpiñá-Robert, Ambassador of Spain and tutor of the CEI and Dr. Helena Torroja, Academic Director of the center. In addition, Ms. Laura Mas, Director of Projects and Programs of the CEI together with Dr. Miguel Ángel Elizalde, Executive Director of the Master, have presented the new incorporations of teachers this year: Dr. Marta Abegón and Dr. Ana García Juanatey.


We wish you a course full of learning and success!


If you want to see more about the opening day of the 2019-2020 course, you will find much more in our Instagram profile.

Do not miss this summary of the XVIII edition of the Course on Current Issues in Spanish Foreign Policy, speaking of various geographical areas: Europe, the Mediterranean, the Near East and


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