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4 ways to make university learning more exciting and entrepreneurial

By Chloe Lane

Updated December 16, 2022 Updated December 16, 2022

Sponsored by TBS Education in Barcelona

While there are plenty of merits to classroom-based learning, some of the most invigorating education opportunities occur when you’re outside of the lecture hall. 

Beyond on-campus classes, the opportunity to work in groups on practical, experience-based activities will help you better engage with your learning material and build soft skills that are vital in the modern workplace.

This is the philosophy behind the practical learning offered at TBS Education’s Barcelona Campus. The top-quality teaching of the school is reinforced by a diverse range of activities, such as business cases, workshops, consulting missions and internships at renowned companies.

Here are just a few examples of how students can engage with their degree programme through practical training at university.

Taking part in challenges and competitions

Challenges and competitions give students the opportunity to learn practical, transferrable skills that can be used in a professional setting. 

At TBS in Barcelona, ​​students can participate in challenges and competitions within their study framework, which allows them to apply what they have learned in class. These competitions are often a great place to meet new people – helping you build your professional network.

An example of this is the Sportsfluent project at TBS in Barcelona. Created by TBS students, the Sportsfluent project aims to become a leading platform for connecting athletes with sponsors. The project was extremely successful, making it to the final of the Babson Collaborative Global Student Challenge and the team represented TBS in the final round of the competition. 

This type of challenge offers students a taste of ​​what it is like to participate in a pitch, develop an idea from scratch and make a project happen on a global scale.

Learn to problem-solve through hackathons

Another way to develop your creativity outside of lectures is through hackathons. Hackathons are a group effort to solve a problem in an innovative and unconventional way. 

TBS third-year students following the Social and Digital Enterprise track in the Bachelor in Management course joined the first ‘Barnackathon’. The objective was to produce the prototype of a business idea which could be applied in one of four areas: healthtech, education, mobility or circular economy. 

The winning team featured a range of students studying different degree programmes at TBS, L’Idem Barcelona and L’Epitech. 

Work on business projects with real companies

Some universities offer students a chance to collaborate on business projects with real companies. Not only does this practical experience look great on your CV, but it proves to employers that you have the collaborative skills to be a valued member of a team.

At TBS Education, students can get involved with projects in public institutions, non-governmental organisations and brands in and around Barcelona.

TBS students created a project that put forward innovative digital solutions to the problems faced within the Covadonga neighborhood in the city of Sabadell, near Barcelona in Spain, including the need to attract the younger population of Sabadell to this area, promote healthy habits within the population, and boost sustainable mobility in the area.

Completing an internship

Internships can act as an excellent opportunity for students to put theory into practice and improve their graduate employability. Students will learn to work together with others in a real working environment, manage problems at work and collaborate within a team to get things done. 

In each of the degree programmes at TBS Education, there is an option to complete an internship. In some degrees these internships are a mandatory part of the programme, such as in the bachelor and master’s in management, whereas in others they are optional, such as in the MSc programs.

This perhaps explains why TBS Education in Barcelona explains high levels of graduate employment. An impressive 96 percent  of TBS Education students are employed within six months of graduating.


As you can see, student learning can be about far more than just books, classes and lectures. Find out more about master’s and bachelor’s business courses at TBS in Barcelona.

This article was originally published in August 2022 . It was last updated in December 2022

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