Coaching Service

Coaching Service

UIC Barcelona offers all members of the university community a range of services that help to drive change, beyond what is taught in the classroom. The coaching service is one such example. Coaching is a process of personalised support that helps the participant see things from a fresh perspective, deepen their understanding of what they want and achieve their objectives through personal and professional growth. 

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The UIC Barcelona coaching service is a process of personalised support, in which a professional coach accompanies the participant or coachee. The main aim is for the coachee to achieve his or her personal and/or professional objectives with the coach’s guidance and techniques.

For us, coaching is a temporary help and is completely confidential. It is a process structured in a series of stages and phases, where the coach does not make judgements or share their knowledge or experience about what is being discussed with the coachee.

A key feature of coaching is that it is completely self-led, i.e. it is the coachee who determines the path or direction the process takes, in order to achieve their goals or objectives.  The methodology is based on conversation and reflection between the coach and coachee so that the latter can achieve self-knowledge and self-learning. The coach is a professional who knows that the coachee holds the answers and just needs to be asked the right questions to unlock them

Coaching is a change-oriented practice, as well as being a very creative process that seeks to enhance one’s self-knowledge. Anyone who undertakes a coaching process will discover more about themselves through trial and error –most commonly known as “self-learning”– that will allow them to cope with life’s inevitable challenges, achieve their objectives and solve their problems

  • Benefits
  • Sessions and pre-requisites for admission
  • Basic details
  • FAQs

Coaching is a very enriching process that is hugely beneficial to the individual who undertakes it: 

  • Coaching helps the coachee lead their own life, take on their own responsibilities and understand the true priorities and motivations in their life.
  • It helps the coachee to get to know themself better, which is a pre-requisite for change.
  • This methodology achieves deeper self-knowledge, increases performance and improves the coachee’s quality of life.
  • It helps them to prioritise and define the objectives they want to achieve.
  • It makes the coachee responsible for their own decisions: in doing so it gives them greater freedom and enables them to adapt better to their environment.
  • It improves their communication and interpersonal skills and, therefore, improves their relationships with family, friends and acquaintances.
  • It reduces stress and helps with time-management.
  • It helps the coachee go further, to have a positive mindset that enables them to achieve more and break down all boundaries.

In addition to these benefits, coaching also helps us to stand still, take stock and recalculate the route. Using this methodology, coach and coachee can outline a plan that allows the latter to grow through more effective leadership along with regular support and follow-ups from the professional, the coach.  

Starting a coaching process means following certain guidelines. The service we offer at UIC Barcelona consists of the following format:

  • Total number of sessions:
    • They will have a maximum of 6 sessions between 60 and 90 minutes. This is a personalised and completely confidential process.
  • Timetable of sessions:
    • Monday to Friday. Dates and times are agreed with the coach.
  • Time between sessions:
    • The first and second meetings will take place within one week. The date of the following sessions will be decided upon by the coach and coachee taking the coachee’s progress into account.
  • The coaching is aimed at:
    • Final-year students from all bachelor’s degrees (subsidised)
    • Master's or postgraduate students (subsidised)
    • Administrative and service staff (not subsidised)
    • Teaching and research staff (not subsidised)


  • Coaching sessions can start from September to June (inclusive)


  • Enrolment for coaching is open from 1 September to 31 March.
  • The coaching service will review the applications before carrying out the in-person enrolment and starting the sessions.


Barcelona Campus Beta Building.
C/ de la Immaculada, 22
08017 Barcelona

• How to get there:

Bus (TMB)
Passeig de la Bonanova: 70, 75, 123, H4 i V11.
Ronda de Dalt: 60.
Iradier: V9.

Train (FGC)
Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC), Sarrià station.
TMB website


Mònica Argemí
Marianna Zanuy


María Mateos (Barcelona Campus)
Patricia Vázquez-Dodero (Sant Cugat Campus)

(+34) 93 254 18 00

What is coaching?

Coaching is a process of change, which takes time and helps the individual to grow, step outside their comfort zone where they have come to a standstill, take control of their life, resolve their problems or achieve changes and objectives they are looking for. For this to happen, the process requires effort and complete dedication on the part of the coach and coachee. There needs to be a strong relationship of trust and commitment between the two parties in order to attain the best response from the coachee and, by the end of the coaching process, to achieve the objectives set at the beginning.

How do I know if I need a coach?

The key aspect of coaching is that it helps the individual to achieve the objectives that he or she sets, using the resources that they have at their disposal. If you are at a time in your life when you know that you need to change something inside you and you are ready to embark on a transformation to move forward, you may want a coach.

If you find yourself in an uncertain situation, want to change your career path, need to move forward with your career, have reached a crossroads or simply need to come to terms with your personal life, our coaching service may offer a solution.

When is a good time to start the coaching process?

The right time to go into the coaching process depends on each individual, irrespective of their age or the stage of their career. It is always a good time to start a coaching process if:

  • You have objectives and want to achieve them.
  • You have a difficulty or problem that stops you achieving your goals, you want to re-focus your life and find meaning.
  • You feel at a standstill and don't know how to initiate a personal or professional goal or project.
  • You need to come to terms with your personal life and find the right balance between your private and professional life.
  • You feel that you need a change in your life, to make things more meaningful to you.
  • You want to discover or build on your strengths, talents and mission, to achieve the very best you can and help to change things.

Does coaching create dependency?

No. Coaching does not lead to emotional or psychological dependency.  The coachee seeks the coach’s support or guidance to maximise an opportunity or achieve their goals, but never in a dependent way. It is important to emphasise that this process has a start and a finish.

  • What tools do coaches use in their work?

The coach uses the following skills:

  1. Attentive listening
  2. Perspective: judgements and labels
  3. Presence
  4. Creativity and intuition
  5. Searching questions
  6. Metaphors
  7. Games
  8. Emotional intelligence (works on emotions)

What can you talk about with your coach?

Everything. You can share your problems, doubts, questions and feelings. You can talk about changes and challenges, your decisions, fears and feelings.

From a more professional point of view, with the coach you can talk about your time- management, lack of motivation, the goals you want to achieve, the projects you would like to embark on, etc.

What if I don't know what my objectives are?

Coaching helps the individual to find his or her objectives and hopes, and to learn to make them conscious once they are properly defined, as they tend to hide in our unconscious.

Coaching allows the coachee to set their own goals and provides the tools they need to reach them.

Do I need to have previous experience with a coach to sign up for UIC Barcelona coaching sessions?

No. Our coaching service is available to anyone looking for a change or transformation in their lives, regardless of their experience in the world of coaching.

How long will it take to see the results?

That will depend on many factors. The first and most important thing is your involvement and commitment. Still, it is important to bear in mind that changes in people are not immediate, especially if they are to be long-lasting.

What other forms of support are there?

Coaching is one of a number of types of support, such as mentoring, therapy, consulting, or spiritual guidance. Most forms of support have similar purposes, but the methodology differs: Coaching is non-directive (see “Definition and objectives” link).

Who is involved in a coaching process?

In the coaching process in this programme, the coaching relationship is between:

  1. The coachee: The coachee is the individual who puts forward and works towards their objectives for change. He or she plays a central role in the process and must be genuinely committed to the change he or she wants to make. Therefore, the coachee leads the process and sets out the direction where they want to go.
  2. The coach: The coach is the professional who accompanies the coachee through their process of change, sharing their skills, talents and tools. They co-lead the coaching process but do not direct it, rather they accompany the coachee in the direction they have set out for themselves.