Master In Personal Excellence and Self-Leadership

Learn the core skills to succeed in your career

The Master in Self-Leadership and Personal Excellence created by Canvee Life School is both a learning and a living experience. A holistic program that provides the necessary tools to thrive in one’s personal and professional life. A program designed to nourish the minds, souls and bodies of our students.

A bilingual course that begins in English and gradually increases the use of Spanish; where participants learn emotional intelligence, speed reading, critical thinking, personal finances, communication skills and acting, cooking, nutrition and healthy lifestyle, … As a plus, students have the chance to take language lessons, enjoy volunteering opportunities and go on a life-changing trip. 

Florida Universitària Specific Degree


Valencia (Spain)




Bilingual (English & Spanish)

ETCS Credits:



8 months

Start Date:

October, 2023

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program students will:

Become more emotionally intelligent. They will be aware of their emotions and have tools to master them while developing relationships and leadership skills

Be persuasive, popular, and influential. They will become effective public speakers and lovely talkers

Be implementing positive psychology tools that improve their wellbeing and performance

Become fast readers, good memorizers, and better learners

Understand entrepreneurship dynamics and financial and real estate markets. They will be able to prepare a personal financial plan

Become great negotiators. They will learn to present arguments, bargain, and find out how to close the best deals

Know how to apply creative thinking in different fields such as business, arts or social fields, and problem-solving situations

Have developed a critical thinking style and be able to discuss philosophical issues

Have learnt to cook nutritious and delicious foods. They will be able to identify which essential nutrients their body needs to be healthy

Love physical activity and will be prepared to set their own daily exercise routines

Eventually become more engaging and charismatic. They will not only be fitter, but they will be able to graciously dance, cook or act; and talk about an astonishing variety of subjects

Topics and Content

Team building is the process of causing a group of people to work together effectively as a team, especially by means of activities and events designed to increase motivation and promote cooperation. On their first day students will have the chance to have fun while cooperating to win a competition. This module also sheds light about the day-to-day dynamics and what students are expected to achieve by the end of the program.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence is both the capacity to accurately understand, feel and manage your own emotions; and the ability to sense and understand others’ emotions, and get along with them. An emotionally intelligent individual tends to be more relaxed, content, and enthusiastic than the majority of people. Emotionally intelligent people are socially skilled and, therefore, they enjoy healthier relationships. They are also both more persuasive and better leaders.

Our students will practice the five elements of EI: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills.

Positive psychology

Positive psychology is the scientific study of happiness. An instrument that helps to educate individuals who may be floundering in knowing where to maximize their efforts to enhance well-being and live a full life. Studies show that those with education in this field report higher overall happiness and life satisfaction, and lower depressive symptoms and stress. There are also gains in self-actualization, well-being, optimism, hopefulness, and purpose in life.

Our module will work on the five measurable elements that count towards achieving a higher well-being: Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Achievement.

Personal effectiveness

To achieve our goals, we need to be effective. How we organize our responsibilities, goals, and routines to complete the tasks that matter most is a key skill to a fulfilling life. Our students will learn a state-of-the-art personal productivity system that helps them prioritize what’s critical to their success while enjoying a good work-life balance.

Dynamic learning and effective study

We only know what we have learnt. Thus, if we learn to become effective learners, we can learn much more in less time. Learning can be fun, easy and effective. This module presents leading edge methods and techniques that improve the ability to learn in a variety of areas. A wealth of information and activities to make the most, not only of the Master courses, but of our lives.

Modeling excellence

Modeling is the process of recreating and replicating excellence. We can model any human behavior by mastering the beliefs, the physiology and the specific thought processes that underlie the skill or behavior we want to master.

By observing, modeling, and replicating the way others achieve results, we can attain higher levels of performance.

Speed reading

During our lives, we spend thousands of hours reading. Doubling or tripling the speed at which we do it, can help us both save time for other things and multiply our ability to acquire knowledge. Speed reading is the process of rapidly recognizing and absorbing phrases or sentences rather than identifying individual words. Students will learn a process that allows us to understand words quicker than we can pronounce them. They will improve not only the speed at which they read, but also their comprehension and concentration.

Memorization techniques

Memorizing helps us better furnish our minds with the treasures of knowledge and wisdom. It helps us connect dots and reach “ahá moments». It improves our expertise and makes us better talkers. It enhances our social skills (even if only because we remember more names).

Students who use memory tricks perform better than those who do not. Memory tricks help us expand our working memory and access long term memory. These techniques can also enable us to remember some concepts for years or even for life. Finally, memory tricks lead to a higher order thinking.

Communication skills and persuasion

Persuasive communicators master how to present information and conduct a dialogue with intelligence, so that their interlocutors like the options they present.

People cannot help but to influence the people around them. As parents, friends, bosses or partners we are influencing the decisions made by those around us. Elegant persuasion will favor that our people choose the best paths, and that can do much good in both their and our lives. In this course, students will learn techniques, strategies, and tricks to become a more popular, credible and influential person.

Negotiation skills

In life we do not get what we deserve, but what we achieve in a negotiation. Our salary, the price of our new house or the destination for the next holidays are results of our negotiation skills. Negotiation is a strategic discussion that resolves an issue in a way that both parties find acceptable.

Students will learn to investigate and prepare their options; determine the minimum agreement which is ultimately better than no agreement at all; practice presenting their arguments; learn to bargain; and find out the best ways to close deals. This module includes theory and many practices, both in one to one and group negotiations.

Acting and Improvisation

Acting allows us to both adopt the personality of a character that is way different from us and live somebody else’s life. Acting makes us better communicators and public speakers, increases memorization, improves our confidence, builds a team, makes us familiar with improvisation and increases empathy.

Students will learn basic acting skills like understanding and interpreting scripts, developing characters and conveying emotion, projecting the voice and pronouncing for an audience or improvising when something goes wrong, and adjusting to unexpected situations.

Creative thinking

Human creativity has been essential to survive and thrive as a species. It has enriched our lives throughout the arts, has extended our lifespan and has made living conditions more comfortable. In this course we will cover the definition of creativity, the nature of the creative process, the creative personality and the enhancement of creativity.

Every student will be asked to create something, be it a business plan, a course, a piece of art, writing a book or any other idea they propose.

Critical thinking and some philosophy

Life is about making choices, whilst choices are the result of judging and concluding. A good life is thus the result of making good judgments and reaching the right conclusions. Critical thinking is the process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing and/or synthesizing information as a guide to belief and action. Observation, experience, reflection, and reasoning are the sources of the knowledge we will be working with.

Students will be asked to observe and analyze different situations, then infer and conclude what options can better solve the problem and, finally, present their rationale to an audience.

Investor’s psychology and financial planning

Having a rich mindset is the foundation of lasting wealth. We believe that the major part of financial success is psychology and the minor part is mechanics. The first step is becoming familiar with the basic principles of saving and investing, and the “magic” of compound interest. The second one is to be aware of how systematic investing creates wealth in the long term. We will cover the two main approaches to investing, the Momentum Model (dealer’s mindset) and the Buy & Hold Model (owner’s mindset) and students will learn the characteristics of different types of investment assets.

For this course students will be asked to work on personal/family budgeting and design their own long term financial plan.

Entrepreneurship and private equity

Entrepreneurship is the process of imagining, developing, organizing, and running a new business. Every business we know was once a start-up. Setting up a new business is very risky, and most entrepreneurs fail. That is why our students will learn both the causes of success and failure. To start a new business requires to comply with certain legal steps and regulate the partners relationship. In this module we will also: pay attention to which elements determine the potential profitability of a business; analyze the cost structure of most industries through a P&L account; draw a business plan; examine the main challenges involved in executing a plan; and learn how to create a profitable business.

Private equity investing is buying a stake of an existing company expecting to make profits by both the increase in its value and the yearly dividends. The logics of entrepreneurship apply to this kind of investment, but here the key is to be wise at assessing the fair value of a company when you buy the stake. Students will be asked to assess the feasibility of some business ideas that they will be presented with and infer the fair value of a company.

Real Estate Investment

Real estate investing involves the purchase, management and sale or rental of a property for profit. Returns from real estate come traditionally in two different forms: monthly rentals and long-term appreciation. In this course students will learn: how to value a piece of property; strategies to add value to a property;  why debt leverage is a key driver of profitability; what are the different types of property: residential, commercial, hospitality, logistics,… and how the dynamics of each of them affects the investor;  regulations and taxation; to write the most common type of contracts: rentals and earnest money; and basic land development concepts.

Students will be asked to assess different real estate opportunities and explain why they think they are either sensitive investments or not.

Financial Markets

Financial markets refer broadly to any marketplace where the trading of securities occurs. There are many kinds of financial markets; the main four are money, currencies, stock, and bond markets. We will focus on the market that may better help our students achieve financial independence: stock markets. At the end of this course our students will be familiar with: what is an index and how passive investing refers to them; the history of financial bubbles and crisis; the concept of value and growth investing; the commissions they better avoid; what is an ETF’S and a mutual fund; the difference between technical and fundamental analysis; and  understanding financial information.

Students will be asked to read financial statements of different companies and consider the nature and strategy of each company, assessing whether buying their stock at current prices is a sound idea. 

Nutrition and cooking

People with healthy eating patterns live longer, maintain a healthy body weight and are at lower risk for serious health problems such as heart disease or type 2 diabetes. In contrast, poor nutrition is associated with mental issues like dementia, depression and ADHD, while obesity is associated with smaller brain capacity and less brain activity.

But we love eating tasty food, and tasty food is not always healthy. That is why this course covers not only what foods are more nutritious and healthier but, specially, how to prepare meals that you love to eat. Visits to markets and supermarkets are part of the deal, the better you buy the better you eat.

Mind-body exercise

Regular physical activity is a foundation to a healthy lifestyle. Physical activity affects the mind, body, behavior and health.  Strong evidence suggests that exercise is not only good for the body but also for the mind. Research shows that exercise puts the neurochemistry that enhances mood and mental functioning at work, facilitating the release of serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine, and thus improving attention, mood and cognitive functions.

Exercising alone is an extraordinary help, but activities that involve both exercise and character development (e.g., traditional martial arts) or activities that involve both exercise and mindfulness (e.g., yoga) have proved to be even more efficient at improving executive functions, inhibitory control, working memory and mental flexibility.

Our program includes 90-minute physical activities that include personal defense techniques, functional training, stretching, yoga, pilates and group exercise.

Career Success

Our world presents plenty of career opportunities. The more choices you have, the more doubts may arise. It is not only about what profession to choose, but also about how to develop it. To be a skill-based employee is only an option; you can decide to be a freelance or an entrepreneur. You can also work part-time, be a digital nomad or a remote worker. You can combine working for others while creating your own business or your investment portfolio. Career choices are also about your lifestyle.

In this course students apply their critical thinking skills to both what makes a life worth living and personal finances. They need to be aware that the career decisions they make will determine the life they live.

Additionally, they will learn how to make a winning CV and effective cover letters; optimize their LinkedIn Profile; how to ace aptitude tests and recruitment games; and how to do a great job interview.

Coaching and Tutoring

A life coach is assigned to every student in order to help them master an auto-coaching tool designed to unleash their potential and find their purpose in life. Coaches will also accompany the participants providing guidance during this experience.

Group tutoring classes will also take place during the year to keep track of the learning path and the course of the Master, providing guidance onto their next career steps.

The Final Master’s Project consists of an individual monographic work through which each student must demonstrate their ability to skillfully deal with the following aspects:

  • Present a problem or an innovation, or research project on one of the topics studied during the course
  • Develop an investigation around a problem and propose the relevant working hypotheses in order to draw relevant empirical/theoretical conclusions
  • Apply the baggage of knowledge and skills acquired throughout the other modules of the master’s degree

By the end of the first term, students will pick a topic for their final Master’s Project. The project assessment will include an oral presentation where students will discuss and ‘defend’ their work. Their work will be evaluated by a panel made up of Final Master’s Project directors appointed based on the proposal of the teaching staff of each of the specialties in front of which the student will present the work carried out.

The objective of the Final Master’s Project is to allow students to show their ability to integrate the knowledge and experiences lived throughout the Master, as well as to show mastery of the skills required to obtain the master’s degree in Personal Excellence and Self-Leadership.

Program Add-Ons

Two different volunteering opportunities:

  1. Teaching an Emotional Intelligence program to teenagers carried out by Desata Tu Potencial. Since 2009 this program has reached over 5,000 students from more than 60 schools. This will help both parties. Practicing your communication and creative skills, while attendants benefit from knowledge emotional skills and positive psychology.
  2. Collaborating with the NGO Fundación Ayuda Una Familia, which distributes food to homeless people and families who live in poor conditions. This NGO helps 3,000 people and distributes over 7,000 liters of water every week. Students may work in funding, distributing food and water, or even working in the central kitchen.

Students will be offered to attend Spanish or English lessons according to their level. At the end of the course they will take a language Exam to obtain an official certificate.

The pilgrimage experience that we propose will help students to connect with themselves and feeling connected to a greater community of people from all around the world. It will also stretch them physically and mentally. An additional benefit will be to get immersed in the culture of Galician villages.


You can also apply for these extra services by paying a separate fee (go to the Tuition section for more details).


Housing & Accommodation:

3-4 bedroom apartments with private rooms located in the noble districts of the city. Housekeeping service and utilities included.

Meal Plans

Lunch - includes 2 course lunch + dessert near the university facilities Monday-Friday

Organized Trips:

You can pay for the individual trips organized by Canvee Life School or for the whole package.
Madrid (3 days)
Paris (4 days)
Rome & Florence (4 days)

If you would like to live the whole experience and hire all the extra services, we recommend you apply for The Life Changing Gap Year, which includes the whole package as well as additional activities, guidance and counseling during the year. 

“Studies show that transversal skills, such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, learning, and planning and organizational skills, are ranked as essential by employers. The number of emotional competences that impact the performance at work double the number of technique and cognitive competences.”
Juan Planes, Co-Founder & Program Director
“This program is for those who are curious, open-minded, adventurous and committed to their personal and professional development.”
Esther Planes, Co-Founder & Program Coordinator

Our Faculty

Our faculty come from a diverse range of backgrounds, industries and experience. They are the best in their field and will equip you with everything you need to succeed.

They understand that guiding you on your journey to the next best you is about more than teaching. That is why they will help you form a clear picture of who you are, what you want and what matters to you, then help set you on the path that best suits your aims and aspirations.  ​

Our faculty will help you understand your strengths – and maybe even uncover ones you didn’t know you had – and work with you to define your career goals and what you’ll need to achieve them. They’ll show you how to become an impact player and clarify what brings a sense of purpose to your career – then ensure that all of those things are in alignment with your future path

FAQ - Master in Personal Excellence & Self-Leadership

Below you will find some frequently asked questions from students. However, if you have any more questions you can contact us  and our team will be happy to help you. 

While we take an inclusive approach to admissions, it is vital that students be open-minded and fully committed to the process of learning, self-development, and collaboration.

With that said, the basic criteria for admission are:

  • High school graduate (no later than September 2023). Might be enrolled in university or college, or a university or college graduate
  • Must be fluent in English or be able to read, write and have a conversation in English
  • Have a proactive attitude towards problem solving and teamwork abilities

Tuition for the Master program alone includes:

  • Team building welcome activities
  • Classes and workshops 
  • Exercise and workout supervised classes 
  • Coaching and tutoring
  • Access to volunteering opportunities 

Spanish/English lessons, travel experiences and
extra amenities such as housing, or meals can be hired by paying an additional fee. 

No, but you will be able to do it a few months into the program.  That is why our program includes Spanish lessons. Prior to arrival, you will take an online assessment of your Spanish knowledge which will help us enroll you in the proper level for class.

VISA and other permits

If you are from outside the European Union and Schengen Space you will need to apply for a student visa. Do not worry, our team will gladly help you with the entire application process. 

Travel Insurance

Students and families are responsible for obtaining and providing travel insurance prior to arrival.  


As COVID-19 regulations are in constant change, documents required prior to entrance to Spain will be communicated in time before the beginning of the program. 

You can apply for the gap year program through the Apply page on our website. You will need to complete the Application form.

Write to our Canvee team if you have any questions in the application process. 

Yes, upon successful completion of  the Master in Personal Excellence & Self-Leadership, the student will receive a Master’s diploma issued by the FLORIDA UNIVERSITÀRIA

The Life Changing Year Gap program is an all-inclusive experience designed for our students to live their most memorable year of their lives. It not only includes the Master course, but also Spanish lessons, full housing and living amenities, traveling experiences around Spain and other European countries and additional guidance and activities during the program. 

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