Summerfuel Summer Programs: Study Abroad Programs for High School Students


Immerse yourself in the Spanish Language this summer in one of the culture capitals of Europe.

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July 1*-26
*Group flight departs NY on June 30
Paris Extension, July 26-30
Program Fee:
$7,995 + airfare
Completing grades 9-12
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Summerfuel in Barcelona?

Summerfuel in Barcelona is an exciting opportunity for high school students to live, study and explore in one of Europe’s most magical cities—all while receiving college credit. Barcelona is the seaside capital of Catalonia and enjoys a Mediterranean climate, pristine beaches and a reputation for being cutting edge and cosmopolitan.

The city boasts some of the finest museums in Europe and inspired such artists as Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, and architect Antoni Gaudí. Summerfuel students improve their Spanish language skills and gain an intimate knowledge of Barcelona's history, culture, people and customs. From the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter to Las Ramblas, the magnificent promenade that leads to the port, and the modern shops and cafe’s of Passeig de Grácia, Barcelona possesses a unique energy and style, making it a dynamic and exciting summer home.

Program Schedule

  • JULY 06 • SITGES
  • JULY 12 • GIRONA

Spanish Language Study

Perfect your Spanish language skills under the guidance of professors from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in a dynamic learning environment. Enhance your knowledge of grammar, syntax and vocabulary, and improve your listening and speaking skills. Then practice what you learned in the city, and earn 3 college credits!

Cultural Electives

Immerse yourself in Spanish culture with one of our elective courses: Art History, Digital Photography, International Business, International Relations, Barcelona Sketchbook and Spanish Conversation.

Exploring Spain

Each Saturday and Sunday, we'll take trips out of the city to really get a feel for the region's geography, culture, and people. From beaches guarded by imposing castles to mysterious medieval villages, not to mention the country's most popular theme park, we’ll show you the best of what Catalonia has to offer.

Barcelona Adventures

Every day we'll offer options from our jam-packed activities calendar, designed by a lifelong resident of the city. From Europe's largest soccer stadium to the Picasso Museum, Barcelona has more than enough to keep even the most ambitious students busy. The evening activity program will introduce students to different aspects of Spanish culture, including food, film, music, theater and politics.


This experience has hugely impacted my future. I learned that taking risks may benefit me in the end, and it helped me become more socially accepting."

Haley T., Philadelphia, PA

Student Life
Life in a day

There’s no "typical" day in Barcelona. In addition to your daily courses, you will participate in a variety of workshops and activities that ensure you make the most of your time in Spain

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Paying close attention to the native Spanish faculty at the UAB

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Checking out the fresh produce at La Boqueria, the famous market of Las Ramblas

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Enjoying the view from Gaudi’s Casa Battló in Spanish Art and Architecture

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Comparing designs at the Chocolate Museum

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Sitting down for an evening out at Barcelona’s Olympic Port

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Making a splash in the residence’s rooftop pool

Your Summer Home

Your summer home is the Residéncia Universitária Sarriá, Barcelona's most sought-after student residence, located in a safe and sophisticated area near the city center.


Summerfuel students are housed in double rooms, all of which enjoy air conditioning and private bathrooms. Sheets and towels are provided by the residence, and are changed on a regular basis. Your Resident Advisor (RA) will live on your hall to create a community, provide support, plan activities and help you get the most out of your stay in Barcelona.


Residéncia Universitária Sarriá has 24-hour front desk supervision to monitor the entrance, sign in visitors, assist with lost keys and answer questions.

Sarriá is a gated community, located in a safe, residential neighborhood of Barcelona.


You will have full access to Sarriá's library, computer room, student lounge, pool and ping-pong tables, fifty-seat mini-cinema and rooftop pool that overlooks Barcelona. You will also have privileged use of the sports center located next to the dormitory where you can enjoy soccer, tennis, and swimming, or work out in the gym.


Breakfast and dinner are served at the dormitory. Lunch is not provided to encourage you to explore dining options in and around the university.

Barcelona Highlights

Sagrada Familia

This incredible church, designed by Antoni Gaudí in the late 1800s and still under construction today, is Barcelona’s most famous tourist destination.

Camp Nou

Europe's largest soccer stadium is home to the world's greatest soccer team, FC Barcelona!

Museo de la Xocolata

Barcelona's Chocolate Museum has sculptures made out of chocolate, as well as workshops that offer samples of different types and blends.

La Pedrera

On Barcelona's main shopping boulevard stands this incredible and exotic apartment building, designed by Gaudí.

Parc Guell

The city's most famous park, Parc Guell offers great views of the city and sea, incredible architecture, and the world’s longest bench.

Las Ramblas

The heart of the old city, Las Ramblas has it all – shopping, dining, and some of Europe's best people watching.

Barri Gotic

The Gothic Quarter is full of narrow, winding streets and little boutiques, as well as the city's main Cathedral and government buildings.

El Born

A trendy, up and coming neighborhood, El Born is full of local designers selling their works and hip restaurants and cafés.

Museo Picasso

Experience some of the Spanish artist's most important works in this imposing museum in El Born.

Las Arenas

This former bullfighting ring is now a mall with rooftop restaurants offering a remarkable view of Plaça d'Espanya and the rest of the city.


Overlooking the entire city, this classical amusement park offers unforgettable views, and a good time for all.


Home of the old fortress, the Catalan National Museum, and the 1992 Olympic games, Barcelona’s mountain has something for everyone.


Entering the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona’s campus in the city center

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Students gearing up for another day of class

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Focusing on the subtleties of International Business

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Comparing International Relations notes in the UAB’s atrium

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Spanish Conversation students trying out a joke in Spanish

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Art & Architecture students explore the Contemporary Art Museum

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Taking turns posing in the Digital Photography class

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Spanish Cooking students preparing a traditional dish

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Taking notes for the Barcelona Sketchbook

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Analyzing a shot with the Digital Photography instructor

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Sailing students out on the Mediterranean

The academic curriculum is designed specifically for Summerfuel Barcelona students and all classes are taught by faculty from Barcelona's most prestigious university, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).

Students take three hours of Spanish language courses every weekday morning. Program participants will be placed into different levels by ability, based on an online test administered before the program begins. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required to attend Summerfuel in Barcelona.

Morning classes are supplemented by afternoon cultural electives that meet four afternoons a week and are designed to give a deeper insight into Spanish history and culture. Where possible, electives involve on-site visits and tours. As a special guest of the UAB you will have full access to the latest in language learning resources. All students receive both a Summerfuel transcript and a UAB certificate. Classes are eligible for college credit.

In addition to the morning and afternoon courses, Summerfuel offers optional workshops, which meet once or twice a week in the late afternoon. These workshops are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and carry a supplemental fee.


Academically my Spanish has improved so much, being surrounded by Spaniards makes you think of the language more and helps you learn it faster."

Emma H., Atlanta, GA


Spanish Language Study

The Spanish language course meets five days a week for 3 hours and consists of 54 hours of class work combining all aspects of grammar as well as reading and oral comprehension. The classes are divided into different levels determined by the results of a placement test provided by the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB). Students also participate in project-based work and complete a short film, magazine or journal. Classes are taught by UAB faculty and students receive a certificate of participation and college credit upon successfully completing the course.


Barcelona Sketchbook

Designed for students of every level, this course focuses on the essential techniques of sketching. Students will strive to master the art of figure drawing, still life, portraits and abstractions, and will have the opportunity to create their own portrayals of the stunning natural landscape and innovative architecture of Barcelona.

Digital Photography

Pursue your passion for photography and improve your skills in this course designed for intermediate and advanced students. Master the fundamentals of composition and explore your own style taking pictures around Barcelona.

International Business

How do large international corporations such as GE and Google make business decisions? This course looks at differences in consumer taste, competition in the digital age and the changing face of business in a globalized world. You will learn and critique basic theories of international business with a focus on successful Spanish corporations such as Banco Santander, Zara and Iberdrola.

International Relations

In this course, students will study current events relating to issues like war and terrorism, diplomacy, the economy and climate change, with a particular emphasis on positions taken by the European Union and Spain. Readings and lectures will be complimented with debates and student presentations to help students better grasp the intricacies of international affairs and politics.

Spanish Art & Architecture

Through a combination of discussion and field-based work and visits, this course will introduce students to three of Spain's most significant and influential artists, Picasso, Miro and Dali, as well as the renowned architect Antoni Gaudi. Their philosophy and unique vision changed 20th century art history and architecture and continues to influence generations of artists today.

SAT Preparation

Welcome to your one-stop, all-inclusive SAT preparation course with The Princeton Review. Each class provides instruction in the math, critical reading, and writing strategies that you will need to perform at the highest level. In addition to 18 hours of small-group classroom lessons and individual consultation, you will take 3 full-length SAT tests and receive a personalized score report with your analyzed results and suggestions for further study. The Princeton Review guarantees that if you have attended all classes and practice tests, completed all homework assignments and view an online wrap-up session in the fall, and you are not satisfied with your score on the October SAT, you may take an SAT Refresher Course or extend membership to the online student center free of charge. ($695 supplement)

Spanish Conversation

Interested in improving your Spanish? This course, taught by native Spanish teachers, will give students the tools they need to thrive while they're in Spain. Conversational Spanish will be the emphasis, with equal focus on both speaking and listening. Appropriate for students with a beginner's or basic level of Spanish.


Spanish Cooking

Gain exciting insight into Spanish food and culture. Under the guidance of a professional chef, learn recipes and techniques to prepare local favorites. ($200 supplement)


Students learn to sail small catamarans in the Mediterranean under the guidance of professional instructors. ($200 supplement)

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Staying hydrated before a trip to the beach

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Getting a lift in the mountains near Montserrat

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A leap of faith with a friend in Tossa de Mar

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Capturing the towering Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s most famous site

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Exploring the Gothic Quarter with new friends

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Twists and turns at the Tibidabo amusement park

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Checking out the views from above Gaudi’s Casa Battló

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Back to back boating in the beach town of Roses

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Getting into the game at the sports complex next door to the residence

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Lining up a shot at the residence’s pool table

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Game time at FC Barcelona’s stadium, the largest in Europe

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People watching outside the Louvre on the Paris Extension

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Trying to decide on ice cream flavors in Paris

Included Trips

Each weekend you’ll travel to fantastic, historic sites to make sure you see the best Catalonia has to offer.

Tossa de Mar

North of Barcelona lies Tossa, a beautiful seaside village with an imposing castle overlooking the pebble beach.


The hip beach town of Sitges has it all – great food, great people watching, and great sun and swim options.


The medieval town of Girona is home to cobblestone streets, delicious cafés, and a historic Jewish quarter.

San Feliu de Guixols

A seaside village near the French border, San Feliu offers a long stretch of white sand and bright blue water, as well as a bustling market.


Figueres is home to the Dalí museum, where we’ll see some of the outrageous artist’s most fascinating works.


One of the region's most beautiful and important destinations, Montserrat is the home to a famous monastery and cathedral, as well as incredible hiking routes.

Something Extra

Summerfuel provides the following optional trip at an extra cost. Space is limited, and registration takes place on a first-come, first-served basis.

Paris Extension: July 26-30, $1,395

What better way to complement your month abroad in Europe than to travel to one of the continent’s cultural capitals? Enjoy a five-day visit to the City of Lights, featuring organized tours and activities highlighting Paris’s greatest monuments and some of its more off-beat attractions. Climb the Eiffel Tower, visit Notre Dame and experience some of Europe’s greatest museums. In the evenings, take a cruise on the River Seine, explore Ile Saint Louis or just watch the world go by from a Parisian café.

Daily Activities

Summerfuel offers a wide range of activities each and every day on campus and around Barcelona.

Past favorites include

  • Swimming
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Films
  • Concerts
  • Sporting Events
  • Museums
  • Cooking
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Hiking
  • Tennis
  • Ice Skating
  • Billiards
  • Discos
  • Shopping

Program Staff

Senior Staff

At Summerfuel we are particularly proud of our extraordinary program directors, staff and faculty. We believe that strong, nurturing and experienced leadership sets the tone for a successful program. The senior staff is comprised of a Program Director, Assistant Director and Activities Director. Our Program Director, Alyssa Holan, has worked with Summerfuel since 2007 and teaches American students studying abroad in Sevilla during the academic year. Our Activities Director, Montse Gesti, was born and raised in Barcelona and has worked for Summerfuel since the program’s inception in 1998.

Resident Advisors

Resident Advisors (RAs)

RAs are an essential part of the Summerfuel experience and are hired solely to support and act as role models to our students. RAs are college upperclassmen or recent graduates with Spanish fluency and experience in residential life. They live on each floor, with one RA for every eight to ten students. RAs will always be available to organize activities, provide tours around Barcelona, answer questions and make sure our students get the most out of their summer.

Safety and Supervision

Safety & Supervision

The safety, security, and overall well-being of our students is our top priority. We implement the following measures to ensure our students are well cared for and safe at all times.

  • 1 to 8 student to residential staff ratio
  • 24-hour front reception and maintenance in residence
  • Gated residence, open only to residents and staff
  • Designated zone in which students can travel
  • Buddy system to ensure students never travel alone
  • 11pm daily curfew
  • Zero tolerance for drug or alcohol use