- July 1*-July 26, 2015
*Escorted flight departs NY on June 30
- Program Fee:
- $8,295 + 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 the 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 artists such as Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso and, “God’s 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 cafés of Passeig de Grácia, Barcelona possesses a unique energy and style, making it a dynamic and exciting summer home.
- JUNE 30 • GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS NY
- JULY 01 • WELCOME TO BARCELONA!
- JULY 02 • FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
- JULY 05 • TOSSA DE MAR
- JULY 06 • SITGES
- JULY 12 • GIRONA
- JULY 13 • SAN FELIU DE GUIXOLS
- JULY 19 • FIGUERES & ROSES
- JULY 20 • PORT AVENTURA THEME PARK
- JULY 25 • FINAL DINNER
- JULY 26 • DEPART BARCELONA
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 oral skills. Then practice what you learned in the city, earning three college credits for your efforts.
Immerse yourself in Spanish culture with one of our elective courses: Spanish Cinema; Digital Photography; International Business; Spanish Art & Architecture; Spanish Conversation.
Each Saturday and Sunday, we will take trips out of the city to get a proper 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 will show you the best of what Catalonia has to offer.
Every day we will offer options from our eclectic 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.
Through Summerfuel, we weren’t just tourists visiting the main attractions. I truly felt like Barcelona was my home."
Emily K., Ann Arbor, MI
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
Paying close attention to the native Spanish faculty at the UAB
Checking out the fresh produce at La Boqueria, the famous market of Las Ramblas
Enjoying the view from Gaudi’s Casa Battló in Spanish Art and Architecture
Comparing designs at the Chocolate Museum
Sitting down for an evening out at Barcelona’s Olympic Port
Making a splash in the residence’s rooftop pool
Your Summer Home
Your summer home is the Residéncia Universitária Sarriá, the city of Barcelona's most sought-after student residence, located in a safe, affluent neighborhood.
Summerfuel students are housed in double-rooms, all of which enjoy air conditioning, private bathrooms and a television. 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 in the city 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 with a panoramic view of Barcelona. You will also enjoy 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 residence. Lunch is not provided to encourage you to explore dining options in and around the university.
This incredible church, designed by Antoni Gaudí in the late 1800s and still under construction today, is Barcelona’s most famous tourist destination.
Europe's largest soccer stadium is home to what is widely considered 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.
On Barcelona's main shopping boulevard stands this incredible and exotic apartment building, also designed by Gaudí.
The city's most famous park, Parc Guell, offers great views of the city and sea, awe-inspiring architecture, and the world’s longest bench.
The heart of the old city, Las Ramblas, has it all – shopping, dining, and some of Europe's best people-watching.
The Gothic Quarter is full of narrow, winding streets and little boutiques, as well as the city's main Cathedral and government buildings.
A trendy, up-and-coming neighborhood, El Born is full of local designers selling their works, and hip restaurants and cafés.
Experience some of the Spanish artist's most important works in this imposing museum in El Born.
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
Students gearing up for another day of class
Focusing on the subtleties of International Business
Comparing International Relations notes in the UAB’s atrium
Spanish Conversation students trying out a joke in Spanish
Art & Architecture students explore the Contemporary Art Museum
Taking turns posing in the Digital Photography class
Spanish Cooking students preparing a traditional dish
Taking notes for the Barcelona Sketchbook
Analyzing a shot with the Digital Photography instructor
Sailing students out on the Mediterranean
The curriculum is specifically tailored for Summerfuel Barcelona students and taught in its entirety 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 prior to the program. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required to attend Summerfuel in Barcelona, and beginners are exempt from the placement test.
Morning language classes are supplemented by afternoon cultural electives that meet three afternoons a week and are designed to give a deeper insight into Spanish history and culture. Classes are often field-based where possible, ensuring enhanced exposure, immersion and intimate familiarity with your home city for a month. 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 three hours totaling fifty-four hours of class work, comprising grammar, comprehension and oral study. Classes are divided into different levels determined by the results of a placement test provided by the Universidad Autónoma 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.
Spain has a rich film tradition which receives much critical acclaim. Spanish cinema provides a fascinating insight into Spanish culture and life, and you will analyze works by acclaimed directors such as Almodóvar, Saura and Amenábar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Activities & Trips
Staying hydrated before a trip to the beach
Getting a lift in the mountains near Montserrat
A leap of faith with a friend in Tossa de Mar
Capturing the towering Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s most famous site
Exploring the Gothic Quarter with new friends
Twists and turns at the Tibidabo amusement park
Checking out the views from above Gaudi’s Casa Battló
Back to back boating in the beach town of Roses
Getting into the game at the sports complex next door to the residence
Lining up a shot at the residence’s pool table
Game time at FC Barcelona’s stadium, the largest in Europe
People watching outside the Louvre on the Paris Extension
Trying to decide on ice cream flavors in Paris
Each weekend you will 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, people-watching, historical sites and beaches.
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 will see some of the surrealist’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.
Summerfuel offers a wide range of activities each and every day on campus and around Barcelona.
Past favorites include
- Sporting Events
- Ice Skating
At Summerfuel we are particularly proud of our superlative program directors, staff and faculty. We believe that strong, nurturing and experienced leadership sets the tone for a successful program. The senior staff comprises 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 (RAs)
RAs are an essential part of the Summerfuel experience and are hired 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 ten students. RAs are 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 & Supervision
The safety, security and overall well-being of our students is paramount. We implement the following measures to ensure our students are well cared for and safe at all times.
- No more than 1:10 residential staff to student 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