Summerfuel Summer Programs: Study Abroad Programs for High School Students



July 03*-July 29, 2016
*Escorted flight departs NY on July 2
Program Fee:
$8,495 + airfare
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Summerfuel Barcelona is an exciting opportunity for high school students to live in one of Europe’s most magical beachside cities and study Spanish and business at ESADE, one of the top business schools in the world. Summerfuel provides students the chance to select their own curriculum, focusing on international business studies, Spanish language instruction or both. This is a unique opportunity for high school students looking for an exhilarating and globally inspired experience – all on the shores of the Mediterranean.

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, Pablo Picasso and, “God’s Architect,” Antoni Gaudí. 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.

Program Schedule

  • JULY 10 • SITGES
  • JULY 16 • GIRONA

Learning at ESADE

While in Barcelona, you will have the chance to build your academic experience by selecting a morning and an afternoon course. The curricular offerings are varied – from Entrepreneurship to Spanish Conversation – and are designed to allow you to specialize in an area of interest or do a little of everything. Spanish language study is not required but is offered as a pick-and-choose course or as academic focus for the summer.

Course Extras

No matter which morning course you choose, your learning experience will be complemented by an integrated workshop in communication and leadership. Business courses will be enhanced by a diverse offering of weekly guest lectures and trips to company headquarters – like FC Barcelona and Hewlet-Packer - which are open to all program participants.

Exploring Spain

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.

Barcelona Adventures

Every day you will get to participate in opportunities 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

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Student Life
Life in a day

At ESADE, you'll choose from morning courses in Business or Spanish. The dorm is just a short walk away!

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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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Some afternoons, you will hear from guest speakers from some of Spain's most successful companies.

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Enjoying some candy floss at Tibidado overlooking the city of Barcelona

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

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Taking in a Mediterranean sunset at the beach

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. Our on-site team of directors and resident advisors are always on-hand to make sure that you have the most comprehensive and enjoyable residential experience available.


You will be housed in a double-room, which features air conditioning, private bathrooms and a television. Your roommate will be selected based on your pre-program housing questionnaire and taking into account age and geographic diversity. 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. Summerfuel Senior Staff will also live in residence and are always available to address student questions, concerns and emergencies.


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 daily at the residence and offer a wide-range of meal options to accommodate most dietary restrictions and preferences. Lunch is not provided to encourage you to explore dining options in and around the university. Our staff and faculty are always ready with recommendations!

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 what is widely considered the world𔃏s 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, also designed by Gaudí.

Parc Guell

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.

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.


All courses are taught in partnership with ESADE Business School, just a short walk from your dorm.

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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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Students are encouraged to work collaboratively and creatively

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Spanish Conversation students trying out a joke in Spanish

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Enjoying a cheeky break from class on the lawn

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ESADE facilities are state-of-the-art and offer some of the best classroom space in all of Spain.


The Summerfuel Barcelona curriculum is specifically tailored for Summerfuel students and taught in its entirety by faculty from Spain's most prestigious business school, ESADE. The program has been adapted from the university's undergraduate offerings to offer high school students the unique opportunity to prepare for their academic and professional future and develop a more global understanding.

You will select a morning seminar, which will meet four mornings a week and an afternoon seminar, which will meet Tuesday and Thursday. Seminars are field-based, where possible, ensuring that you will get out of the classroom and enhance your exposure, immersion and intimate familiarity with Barcelona. You are welcome to focus your learning on a specific subject or pick-and-choose your courses from different areas to gain a broader set of skills. While coursework is challenging, homework is limited to ensure that you are able to make the most of your time abroad.

Academic Tracks

All courses are offered independently, but you may choose to focus your learning by completing one of our suggested tracks:

  • SPANISH LANGUAGE: AM Advanced Spanish | PM Spanish Conversation (Advanced)
  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP: AM Global Entrepreneurship | PM E-Commerce & Technology
  • INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS: AM International Business | PM International Marketing

Company Visits

This is your chance to see how global businesses are really run. Meet with company executives to hear their take on effective marketing and management strategies and tour their company headquarters. One week you may be visiting the world’s most popular sports team and the next you may be visiting a manufacturing plant. We work with our partners to ensure you are exposed to a diverse range of top companies during your time in Barcelona. These visits aren’t only for our business students – all are welcome!


AM Intermediate Spanish

This course is designed for students who have had one to two years of high school Spanish. The class integrates classroom lectures, audio materials, video presentations, workbook exercises, and a variety of texts from the Spanish press to develop fluency in all aspects of the Spanish language. Classroom time is divided into the following areas: practical grammar, written comprehension and expression, vocabulary and conversation. Taught in Spanish.

AM Advanced Spanish

This course is designed for students who have had two to three years of high school Spanish. The class integrates classroom lectures, audio materials, video presentations, workbook exercises, and a variety of texts from the Spanish press to develop fluency in all aspects of the Spanish language. Classroom time is divided into the following areas: practical grammar, written comprehension and expression, vocabulary and conversation. Taught in Spanish.

AM Global Entrepreneurship

Launching a business is difficult, but building a venture with a global culture and mission is even more complicated. Join this course, which examines the extended factors and strategies that contribute to a global organization’s success or failure. Taught in English.

AM International Business

What is global capitalism and how does it work? Examine the dynamic world of international business - supply and demand, market structure, trading, and investment - and some of the institutions that keep it in check, such as national governments, the WTO, and the IMF. With your classmates, you'll solve interesting business problems and form your own strategies for some of the world's top organizations. Taught in English.


PM Spanish Conversation (Advanced)

Practice your spoken language skills in this advanced level conversation class. The course will be structured around group work and presentations and field-trips out into the city to further practice fluent conversation. Students should have studied two to three years of high school Spanish and be comfortable communicating only in Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

PM E-Commerce & Technology

E-commerce has exploded in the last ten years and is now core to how the modern world buys and sells goods. In this course, you will be introduced to the size and scope of the industry, identify the main levers and stakeholders and understand the key drivers and the role of innovation in the sector. Taught in English.

PM International Marketing

This course will introduce and explore the current landscape and strategies in the world of international marketing. You will consider what helps a brand “go global” and what other factors are involved in a company’s success, including product management, distribution channels, communication and price-setting. Taught in English.

PM International Relations & Global Governance

Current national relations and governance polices can be a key factor in a global company’s growth in the international market. You will study historical and current events relating to global finance, diplomacy, independent governance, human rights, and aid for the developing world in order to think critically about how each affects a global brand and company. Taught in English.

Activities 01

Performing acrobatics on the Mediterranean

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How do you say “danger, ancient balcony, only one at a time!” at Gaudí’s stunning Parc Güell?!

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Chilling con sus nuevos amigos!

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Why, hello there! Anyone fancy a quick splash at Tossa De Mar?!

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Enjoying the magnificent vistas with new friends

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Taking a leisurely ride with friends at the Olympic Port

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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 San Feliu

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

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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

Once classes are over, you will have a full and varied schedule of extra-curricular opportunities to choose from. All trips and activities are included in the program fee, so you will never be at a loss for something to do. We also offer optional workshops to further enhance your summer in Spain.

Included Trips

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.


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


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.

Daily Activities

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

Led by a Barcelona native, our activities team will work closely with students to provide students with the best community building and ’only-in-Barca’ experiences available. We make sure that you always have something to, but also make time for rest and relaxation.

Past favorites include

  • • Daily beach trips
  • • Cinema trips and at-home screenings
  • • Professional sports matches
  • • Run Club
  • • Pool parties on the roof
  • • The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
  • • Tour of Camp Nou (Home of FCB)
  • • The Chocolate Museum
  • • Football (soccer) tournament
  • • Food walking tours
  • • All Things Gaudi
  • • The Gothic Quarter
  • • Festival in the Plaza
  • • Concerts from local bands
  • • Shopping on Las Ramblas
  • • Paddleboarding


Supplement your summer in Barcelona with one (or two!) of our Barcelona Workshops. Each workshop will meet once per week during the afternoon activities block.

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)

Instagram Masterclass

With high-quality built-in cameras, it has never been easier to capture stunning images and videos with your phone. This workshop will introduce you to some of the best editing apps available including VSCO, SnapSeed and Instagram's own external apps. Additionally you will learn how to use equipment like lens attachments and gorillapods to get the best shot possible. Ultimately, you will complete the workshop with new production and editing skills and some fantastic photos and videos of your time in Barcelona. ($50)


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

Our summer staff members are at the heart of all that we do. Supported by our New York headquarters, our program directors and resident advisors create an exciting and balanced residential, academic and extracurricular experience each summer.

Program Staff

Senior Staff

At Summerfuel we are particularly proud of our exceptional program directors and senior staff. We believe that strong, nurturing and experienced leadership sets the tone for a successful program.

The Summerfuel Barcelona 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 undergraduate 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.

Meet Alyssa

Resident Advisors

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 and Supervision

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.

  • 1 to 8 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
  • Read our full rules & policies here