Pre-College Enrichment: Barcelona

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  • YOU WILL VISIT

    Barcelona, Madrid, Figueres, Montserrat, Girona, Sitges

    PROGRAM SUMMARY

    There are many great places in Spain, but if you had to pick just one to spend your summer, our students say – hands down –  there is no better city in Spain to spend a summer than Barcelona! It offers the rare combination of sophistication, vibrancy and culture along with unique architecture and the charm of a Mediterranean beach town. College is a time of growth and personal choice; why not get a head start?  You’ll leave after four weeks feeling more independent and better prepared for college while making great friends along the way – the perfect summer!

    Your Curriculum

    Major Course (14 Classes) – 10AM – 1PM

    • Spanish Language*
    • Digital Photography: Barcelona*
    • Business Management*
    • Fashion Design*
    • Barcelona Artist Workshop
    • Cooking: The Food and Culture of Spain

    * Optional college credit available.

    Electives (9 Sessions) – 3PM – 5PM – Choose One

    • Spanish Culture
    • The Princeton Review SAT (and ACT too!)*
    • Barcelona Digital Photography Journal
    • Independent Workout
    • Barcelona Soccer Academy
    • Community Service

    *A supplementary fee of $795 applies for the SAT Preparation elective course.

    Your Home – Residence Collegi Major Sant Jordi

    Forget the idea of a typical dorm; this is a residence that will impress! Your summer home is in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods of Barcelona with chic cafés, boutiques, parks and theaters only steps away.  Each two person suite features air conditioning, private bathroom, internet connection, a safe for your valuables, and work desks along with individual beds for a great night’s rest. The residence provides 24-hour security, and features include a garden & sun deck, a state-of-the-art gym with indoor soccer, volleyball and basketball courts, a game room with ping-pong, foosball and pool tables, a snack café and dining hall, a theater, a laundry room and a library, study and computer rooms. CLICK HERE TO REVIEW THIS INCREDIBLE RESIDENCE.

    Your Gym – DiR Diagonal Health Spa and Pool Club

    You will receive a complimentary membership to this incredible, modern facility around the corner from the residence. Enjoy yoga, spinning, Pilates, tai-chi, aerobics, or any of the 250 classes offered. Cardio, free weights, Hammer Strength equipment – the gym has it all. The solarium indoor pool and outdoor resort pool with lounge chairs and shady palm trees are great places to relax after class. CLICK HERE TO REVIEW THIS INCREDIBLE FACILITY.

    Your Weekend and Day Excursions – All Included in Your Tuition!

    Local day trips and exciting weekend visits to Madrid and the Mediterranean Beach Resort of Sitges allow you to experience even more of Spain.

  • Flight To Barcelona, Spain

    As a participant on our Pre-College Enrichment: Barcelona program, you will have the option to fly overseas on our chaperoned group flight that leaves in the early evening from the New York area to Barcelona. Our staff will be with you from the time you check in onward. For the many travelers from outside the New York area, you can choose to join the chaperoned flight and we are happy to assist you with arranging connecting flights into New York; or if you prefer you may meet us in Barcelona and we will help you coordinate your flight and times and greet you after you proceed through immigration and customs.

    Major Course (14 Classes) – 10AM – 1PM

    You will choose a Major course from the choices listed below. All classes are private and exclusive to 360° Student Travel students only.

    Pre-College Enrichment: Barcelona – Summer College Program

    Spanish Language (eligible for optional college credit)

    The main objective of this course is to improve your Spanish communication skills. Emphasis is on the development of both conversational and written skills. Attention is given to grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing with the ultimate goal of enhancing verbal skills. We don’t just want you to know Spanish, we want you to be able to use it. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course is taught at International House Spanish Language School (IH), a center of learning for over 39 years. IH is centrally located, just steps from Plaza Cataluña and Las Ramblas and is one of Spain’s leading teacher training centers, which makes them highly effective when it comes to helping students maximize learning. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS SCHOOL

    On the 28 day program only, you may choose to earn 3 college credits. Credit is through the University of Southern Mississippi and is transferrable to many colleges and universities. The decision to accept credits is ultimately made by the school you attend upon high school graduation. There is a $575 fee for the credit option.

    Business Management (eligible for optional college credit)

    This course is designed to engage students in learning about the importance of management in a global business environment. Students will develop managerial skills through case studies, role-plays, in-class discussions, guest speakers and active class participation. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course is taught at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB). UAB is one of the most prestigious universities in Spain, offering the highest quality professors, facilities, and curriculum in Barcelona. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS SCHOOL

    On the 28 day program only, you may choose to earn 3 college credits. Credit is through the UAB and is transferrable to many colleges and universities. The decision to accept credits is ultimately made by the school you attend upon high school graduation. There is a $575 fee for the credit option.

    Digital Photography: Barcelona (eligible for optional college credit)

    Students will develop their technical skills as well as their artistic vision. Students will learn an in-depth knowledge of digital cameras, the basics of composition, how to retouch images, and will be inspired by the historical masters of photography. The skills mastered will culminate in an individual photography project to be completed by the end of the course. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course is taught at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB). UAB is one of the most prestigious universities in Spain, offering the highest quality professors, facilities, and curriculum in Barcelona. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS SCHOOL

    On the 28 day program only, you may choose to earn 3 college credits. Credit is through the UAB and is transferrable to many colleges and universities. The decision to accept credits is ultimately made by the school you attend upon high school graduation. There is a $575 fee for the credit option.

    Fashion Design (eligible for optional college credit)

    Students will learn the essentials of sketching, figure drawing, conceiving a collection and assembling a simple fashion portfolio. Taking inspiration from the stunning variety of imagery offered by Spanish art and architecture, students will explore a variety of techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, relief, and diverse approaches in the creation of a range of fashion designs.  CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course is taught at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB). UAB is one of the most prestigious universities in Spain, offering the highest quality professors, facilities, and curriculum in Barcelona. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS SCHOOL

    On the 28 day program only, you may choose to earn 3 college credits. Credit is through the UAB and is transferrable to many colleges and universities. The decision to accept credits is ultimately made by the school you attend upon high school graduation. There is a $575 fee for the credit option.

    Cooking: The Food And Culture Of Spain

    This course is taught at Barcelona Cooking Culinary School. This course is designed for students with an interest in Spanish food and culinary traditions. Expert chefs will not only teach you technical skills in the kitchen, but you will also develop a foundational understanding of Spanish Culture as it has been shaped by the country’s culinary traditions. Each class will focus on a different region of Spain. Students will learn how to prepare one of the region’s signature dishes, such as Valencian paella and tapas from Catelonia. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION

    About Barcelona Cooking Culinary School

    Located right on Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas, Barcelona Cooking is a unique culinary school that offers intimate and hands-on culinary experiences in the heart of the city. The contemporary, spacious kitchen is just steps away from the Boqueria Market, one of the most famous and beloved food markets in the world. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS SCHOOL

    Barcelona Artist Workshop

    This course is taught at Estudio Nómada Art Center. This course offers students the chance to navigate the artistic process under the mentorship of resident master artists. The curriculum explores the technical challenges of printmaking, painting, and sketching. You will find inspiration from the vibrant city around you, as well as from the previous artists who have made Barcelona the artistic center it is today. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION

    About Estudio Nómada Art Center

    Located in an old palacio in the cobbled streets of the Gothic Quarter, Estudio Nómada is a working, learning, and exhibition complex for traveling artists. So much more than just a school, Estudio Nómada operates as an artistic center where artists and students collaborate, inspire, and learn from each other. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS SCHOOL

    Electives (9 Sessions) – 3pm – 5pm

    You will choose an elective from the choices listed below. All electives are private and exclusive to 360° Student Travel students only.

    Pre-College Enrichment: Barcelona – Summer College Program

    Spanish Culture

    Spain’s culture is incredibly rich and varied. This course will explore contributing factors to Spain’s cultural uniqueness, including artistic traditions, folklore, social customs, architecture, and history. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION

    The Princeton Review SAT (and ACT too!)*

    Improving your performance on the SAT comes down to one thing: becoming a better test taker. The Princeton Review’s experts have spent countless hours thoroughly researching the test so that they can teach you how to crack it. You’ll learn The Princeton Review’s exclusive strategies and get the study tools you need to practice on your own and master what is covered in class.

    Your Princeton Review instructor will help you master the test through in-class practice, drills and test reviews. You will better understand math, critical reading and writing concepts tested on the exams and your instructor will teach proven test-taking techniques. All lessons are focused on beating the SAT! In addition to your course, you’ll be getting the following materials and extras:

    • Talented, dynamic instructor and proven Princeton Review methods and strategies
    • 10 practice test and 3 proctored SATs, with detailed computer analysis of the results
    • Princeton Review SAT Student Manual
    • Access to the Online Student Center where extra lessons and drills are available 24/7
    • The Princeton Review satisfaction guarantee!

    New for summer of 2015 – ACT Live-Online Course included with your summer SAT prep.  If you’re thinking of taking the ACT too, you can sign up for The Princeton Review’s comprehensive ACT Live-Online prep for no additional fee.  You can complete it during the summer or take your time and do it in the fall.

    *A supplementary fee of $795 applies for the SAT Preparation elective course.

    Barcelona Digital Photography Journal

    Capture the city of Barcelona from behind the lens. Learn to frame, light and compose photos in the inspiring surrounding of art, architecture and Spanish culture. Create a journal under the direction of internationally recognized photographer Katherin Wermke. Katherin and her staff teach the course amongst the backdrop of Barcelona and from her impressive professional studio. You must supply your own digital camera for this elective course. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION
    CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS STUDIO

    Independent Workout

    If you eat right and exercise, you’ll feel great. Plan a work-out regimen including weight training and aerobics to help you meet your fitness goals. If you commit the results will follow!

    Barcelona Soccer Academy

    Barcelona Soccer Academy is a soccer school founded by a group of professionals who have a long and recognized history of teaching this exciting sport. You will train with highly skilled professional athletes and increase your skills and level of soccer knowledge. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS ACADEMY

    Community Service

    This is your chance to give back to the communities in and around Barcelona. Work with children, young people and families by developing educational and recreational programs after school and/or during the summer. You can make a real difference in the lives of these individuals by facilitating activities, games, continuing education and/or English classes. A certificate of completion recognizing 18 hours of service and a signed letter detailing the projects accomplished will be issued after the trip. Westcoast Connection / 360˚ Student Travel is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

    Weekend and Day Excursions – All Included in Your Tuition!

    These exciting weekend visits allow you to experience even more of Spain:

    Madrid

    Your group’s weekend excursion to Spain’s exciting capital of Madrid is one that you’ll never forget. Check into the beautiful Hotel Opera in the center of all the action, just steps from the Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace and Gran Via. Explore Puerta del Sol, the Prado Museum, El Retiro Park, and an opera dinner show.

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    Sitges Beach Resort

    End your summer in style at the Sitges Beach Resort known for its incredible pool and luxurious beach. You will quickly appreciate why this town is such a big hit with our groups.

    Enjoy the following day trips:

    Montserrat

    Take a funicular ride to the top of this beautiful mountain retreat for breathtaking views of the Pyrenees and coastal islands. Visit the famous monastery and enjoy a beautiful hike and relaxing picnic.

    Figueres

    Be intrigued by the unique and quirky works of Salvador Dali; this is not just a museum, it’s an experience. The building itself is a work of art.

    Girona

    Explore the labyrinth of cobblestone streets in the old quarter of this medieval city.

    Port Aventura

    Stroll through the internationally themed regions of Spain’s biggest theme park, with six thrilling roller coasters and 24 other exciting rides including Furious Baco and Sea Odyssey.

  • Barcelona

    Barcelona is situated on the Mediterranean Sea with various mountains behind it and is in the region of Catalonia on the Northeast corner of the Spanish peninsula, near France. Catalonians have their own identity and a very rich, ancient culture that dates back to the tenth century. Barcelona has a population of just over 1.6 million people

    Barcelona is dominated by two hills within the city itself, Montjuic and Tibidabo. Montjuic is the busiest of the hills overlooking Barcelona. Close to the city center, the name means ‘Jewish mountain’, this hill is famous for housing a majority of the 1992 Olympic events but also houses many art galleries, the Palau Nacional and many fountains and has a spectacular view of the city. Tibidabo is a bit farther away and much higher – it is dominated by a radio tower as well as a church attempting to resemble and rival Sacre Coeur in Paris.

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    Las Ramblas is the very exciting main street that runs from the statue of Christopher Columbus near the waterfront, through the older town to the beginning of the modern part of the city and the Plaza de Cataluña. On both sides of the street are the older sections of Barcelona where a lot of the history & culture exist. The main attraction is the Gothic area of Barcelona – Barri Gotic. It is the centre of the old city of Barcelona and retains a labyrinthine street plan, with many small streets opening out into squares. You will enjoy exploring both Barri Gotic and Las Ramblas.

    Gaudi is the most famous Spanish architect, born in 1852, whose main work initially began when he was commissioned by the Guell family. There are many buildings that he designed throughout Barcelona, namely Casa Batlló and Casa Milà. Park Guell, where some of Gaudi’s masterpieces are displayed, was originally built to be the city yards for around 60 families. It was never finished and the city took control of it in 1923. Sagrada Familia is Gaudi’s most famous work and he devoted his full time to it starting in 1883 up until his sudden death in 1926. Some estimates put the final date of completion at over 75 years from now!

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    Barcelonetta is the old sailor’s quarter and where the Port Olimpic is. The harbor was built for the 1992 Olympics. According to Travel Channel, Barcelonetta beach is “the best urban beach in the world” and overall “third best beach in the world”.

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    Madrid

    Madrid is the capital of Spain, one of the fashion capitals of the world and the place where some of the best soccer players practice their art. Madrid is a cosmopolitan city of over 3 million people. The main street that cuts the center of the city is called the Gran Via. This modern busy street is filled with high-rise buildings, hotels, shops and restaurants. If Spain is truly considered nocturnal then Madrid must be considered the city that comes closest to this!

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    The Prado Museum is one of the largest museums in Europe. This former natural history museum now hosts over 7000 works of art, the most famous of which belong to the 17th and 18th century Spanish masters Velázquez, Goya and da Ribera. The Royal Palace – Palacio Real, was originally built for the Bourbons. This is a very impressive palace, the grounds and rooms are spacious and beautiful. This place has a whopping 870 windows, 240 balconies, 44 sets of stairs and 110 doors over an area that covers 135,000 meters!

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    Sitges

    Sitges is a bohemian artsy beach town, and favorite getaway of the local young Barcelonans. With a population of about 25,640 people, it is a small city about 40 kilometers south west of Barcelona. Between the hills and the sea, it is known for its much-frequented beaches, nightspots, and historical sites. While the roots of Sitges’ artsy reputation date back to the late 19th century, when Catalan painter Santiago Rusiňol took up residence there, the town really came into its own during the 1960s, when it was the only center for the counterculture on the mainland of Spain. Since Spain was still under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, Sitges became known as a sort of “Ibiza in miniature”.

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    There are 15 golden fine sand beaches along more than 2.5 miles of coast in the city centre and another 7 beaches in the rest of the district. The European Union honors the Sitges’ beaches every year with several blue flags, crediting the good-quality and environmental health of the waters enjoyed by bathers.

    Montserrat

    Montserrat literally means jagged mountain” in Catalan. It describes its peculiar aspect with multitude of rock formations which are visible from a great distance. The mountain is composed of strikingly pink conglomerate, a form of sedimentary rock. The Benedictine Monk retreat at Montserrat offers you some of the most spectacular mountain views of Catalunya. Not only is the Montserrat Monastery of significant religious importance but the natural beauty surrounding the monastery is simply breathtaking.

    Figueres

    Figueres is surrealist Salvador Dalí’s hometown and houses the Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí, a large museum designed by the man himself. Dali had many friends including the famous Pablo Picasso. Dali and Picasso were friends on and off for most of their lives. They first met in 1925 when Picasso, already famous at the time, came to see Dali’s first solo exhibition in Barcelona and liked what he saw. Dali was also strongly influenced by the writing of Sigmund Freud, and the unconscious mind is evident is much of his work. He died in 1989 while living in the tower of his own museum in Figueres. This is not just a museum, it’s an experience and the building itself is a work of art!

    Girona

    The origins of the city of Girona go back to the time of the Romans. The Goths settled here in about the 6th Century. The 12th century saw a flourishing of the Jewish community of Girona, with one of the most important Kabbalistic schools in Europe. The Rabbi of Girona was appointed Great Rabbi of Catalonia and today, the Jewish ghetto is one of the best preserved in Europe. This city is an alluring labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets, walled with medieval history, and mirrors the roman city.

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  • An Exclusive Neighborhood Where You Will Live Like A Local

    Your modern and upscale residence is located in the heart of the Sarria district with tree-lined streets, charming cafes and quaint shops. You will be living like a local in the most desirable residential quarter of the city.

    Just a short distance from the hustle and bustle of downtown, this quiet and picturesque neighborhood will charm and delight you.

    Residence Collegi Major Sant Jordi – Barcelona

    This is beyond your typical dorm, it is a residence that will impress! Your summer home is in one of the most exclusive areas of Barcelona with chic cafes, boutiques, parks and theaters only steps away. Each two person suite features air conditioning, a private bathroom, a safe for your valuables, internet connection and work desks along with individual beds for a great night’s rest.

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    Hotel Opera – Madrid

    Hotel Opera is right in the heart of Madrid among the historical buildings of the Royal Palace, the Opera Theatre, Puerta del Sol and the picturesque Rastro.

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    Meliá Sitges – Sitges

    The Meliá Sitges is located right in the heart of the marina district and has wonderful views of the seaside resort town of Sitges and the beautiful Mediterranean beach.

    Check It Out!
  • Safety and Supervision, Our #1 Priority – No Ifs, Ands, Or Buts About It

    At Westcoast Connection / 360° Student Travel nothing else comes first. From our extensive trip planning department through our management team and our front line leaders, it is our single biggest priority!  Safety procedures, equipment, helmets – we’ve got it covered.  All trip leaders and Directors are certified in First Aid and CPR.  We are extremely proud of our safety record and welcome all questions you may have in this area. Please see more under Safety First.

    Trustworthy Staff – Leaders Worth Following

    Once you are on your program, you will have sensitive leaders that are caring, approachable and always there for you. Your Program Director, Resident Advisors, and Program Leaders are people with incredible backgrounds including teachers, guitar players, IRONMAN triathletes, SCUBA divers, volunteers, and so much more.

    Every staff member takes part in and must complete our extensive training weekends that review our philosophy and procedures to provide a well-supervised and fun-filled program.

    Our Program Directors, the individuals responsible for overseeing each itinerary, take on the roles of teachers, coaches, camp counselors, mentors, concierges, and hosts. They’ve been trained to provide individual attention, help you navigate your courses and pre-college life, and create an inclusive environment within the residence and each class. There’s a definite art to building dynamic groups, and we’ve worked hard to master it!  We want you smiling on day one right through to a teary goodbye at your farewell banquet.

    Our leaders are non-smokers. To learn more about our staff, please visit our Summer Leaders section.

    The Social Experience

    Our Pre-College Enrichment Programs are designed to give you a taste of the excitement and independence you will experience in college. Just like in college, you will be part of a large group of students, live in a residence, be assigned a roommate, and have your choice of classes. And like in college, you will enjoy a warm, family environment within your residence where you enjoy many opportunities to socialize with other students within your residence and classes. Our staff hiring and training emphasizes social safety and establishing an inclusive culture. We are extremely skilled at this. You can expect a group of 60-90 students. We take great care in crafting an environment that simulates and prepares you for life as a college student, both academically and socially.

    Our School Partners

    We have partnered with some of the most prestigious schools in Barcelona. You may choose to study Spanish at The International House, centrally located and just steps from Plaza Cataluña and Las Ramblas. This is one of Spain’s leading teacher training centers, and boasts some of the best Spanish teachers in the city. Choose one of several university level courses taught at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB), and enjoy state of the art teaching and facilities, in addition to earning college credit. Explore your inner artist at Estudio Nomada, a one-of-a-kind artist mecca where you can study and create under the tutelage of professional artists. Or, you may choose to embrace the rich food and dining traditions of Spain and study cooking at Barcelona Cooking, a cutting edge culinary school just steps from the Boqueria Market.

    Typical Weekday Schedule

    7:30 AM – Wake up
    8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Breakfast
    10:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Major Course
    1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Lunch
    3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Elective Class
    5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Students Choice (Sports, Pool & Health Club, City Exploring)
    8:15 PM – 9:30 PM – Dinner
    9:30 PM – 11:30 PM – Evening Activities (Group or Several Options)
    12:00 AM – Curfew

    A Taste of the College Life

    Talk about an incredible summer. This program is the perfect balance of study, cultural immersion, college preparation and touring highlights. You will have the unique opportunity to study at internationally renowned schools while living in the heart of Barcelona. While staying in a college residence, eating in the dining hall, working out at the gym, going to class, and utilizing public transportation, you will get a true taste of the college experience.

    Today’s Travelers, Tomorrow’s Leaders

    As you travel to new places and experience different cultures, your journey may challenge your ideas and preconceived notions. We recognize this and strive to provide an environment where you are free to question and learn. This is nurtured by our leaders’ open and non-judgmental guidance.

    Our experience lends itself to trying new things and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. While living, working and learning together, you are afforded the chance to interact with very different communities. Everybody grows in their social acceptance of others. Your perception will change as your understanding of and empathy for others grows. Whereas prior to your travels, you may have held stereotypes for some communities, your new first-hand experience will enable you to see we often share more in common with others than we may have known.

    Value & Over the Top Service

    There really is a difference in how different summer programs operate! Motivated students going away with qualified leaders is a given. But what sets us apart is the depth of our qualified personnel that allow us to perform with the greatest consistency at the highest level.

    Your Program Director, Resident Advisors, and Program Leaders are with you throughout your program. They have daily contact with one of our two 24-hour Communication Centers and are in regular contact with our Company Directors. Our Company Directors are the most seasoned veterans who each oversee specific programs providing support to program staff and to assist with any situations that may arise. Our Company Directors alternate between traveling to visit programs and being reached in the office. Program visits enable us to provide ongoing support and development to our Program Directors, allows program staff to have a sounding board for their own progress in reaching trip goals, helps us to identify any challenging areas for improvement while it still has relevance to your summer rather than as a mention on your end-of-summer survey, and helps us to identify the future Directors from the current crop of all-star summer staff.  These visits are by Company Directors along with our Regional Supervisors, who are former Program Directors with further experience out in the field. Collectively our planning, supervisory and management team is an incredible resource with over 350 summers of combined teen travel experience. Last year we had 180 scheduled supervisory program visits to make sure all was running well, provide ongoing support to our staff in the field, and have fun! This investment in depth of personnel is unrivaled in teen travel and is a critical element to achieving consistent, excellent program quality and surpassing client expectations!

    Included in the trip tuition are all activities and entertainment described, breakfast & dinner daily, lunches as indicated on your specific program, gratuities, taxes, land transportation, accommodations, and fanatical customer service from our full-time team and summer Communication Centers. This can add up to tremendous value!

    Where We Stay

    Forget the idea of a typical dorm; this is a residence that will impress! Each two person suite features air conditioning, private bathroom, internet connection, a safe for your valuables, and work desks along with individual beds for a great night’s rest. The residence provides 24-hour security, and features include a garden & sun deck, a state-of-the-art gym with indoor soccer, volleyball and basketball courts, a game room with ping-pong, foosball and pool tables, a snack café and dining hall, a theater, a laundry room and a library, study and computer rooms.

    Your summer home is in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods of Barcelona with chic cafés, boutiques, parks and theaters only steps away. From here it is a short walk or metro ride to your classes, which are located throughout the heart of Barcelona. Students ride in groups with staff from the residence to the school.

    On your weekend excursions, you will enjoy the finest centrally located properties. Participants have their own bed to ensure a proper night’s rest. For more detailed information on the specific program that interests you, please visit the section marked Where We Stay.

    The DIR Diagonal Health Space & Pool Club

    You will receive a complimentary membership to this incredible, modern facility around the corner from the residence. Enjoy yoga, spinning, Pilates, tai-chi, aerobics, or any of the 250 classes offered. Cardio, free weights, Hammer Strength equipment – the gym has it all. The solarium indoor pool and outdoor resort pool with lounge chairs and shady palm trees are great places to relax after class. Click here to review this incredible facility.

    Food & Meals

    A big part of your Pre-College Enrichment program’s success depends on how well you eat. We are proud of the fact that year after year we are complimented for our quality, quantity and choice of food! Breakfasts in Spain are eaten at the dining hall or hotels and are buffets with a variety of hot and cold choices. For dinners, on most school nights, you will dine at the residence hall. On other nights, either the whole group goes to the same restaurant or we divide into smaller groups with staff to sample quainter places with a variety of different cuisines. For lunch, you enjoy the choice of eating in smaller groups and choosing from local cafes and small restaurants. Food options are varied and plentiful; taste seafood from the coast, paella, incredible fresh fruits and plenty of fresh vegetables and meats. But don’t worry, they also have North American style options on the menu.

    We have satisfied the choosiest of eaters and gladly accommodate most special dietary requests including vegetarian, anaphylactic food allergies, lactose intolerance, celiac disease and kosher style. We welcome discussing your individual requirements with you and have extensive personal experience in this area. International travel may present more challenges than domestic locations and we are happy to review your personal needs and help you select an appropriate itinerary.

    Getting Around

    During the day, students travel in small groups by public transportation for the short ride from their residence to classes. In the evenings, our staff travels together with students on any public transportation. Our staff is there to support and guide you at all times.

    On day and weekend excursions you’ll ride in a charted deluxe, air conditioned motor coach with a professional driver.

    Laundry

    You only need to bring one week’s worth of clothing as outlined in our packing list as we have the opportunity to do laundry at your convenience. You can drop off your laundry at a local wash and fold service and then pick it up clean, folded and ready to go or you will have the opportunity to do laundry in your residence hall.

    Keeping in Touch Over the Summer – 24/7 peace of mind

    While you’re out having the summer of your life, your parents should feel like they are in on the action as well.  We post updates to our blog and Facebook page and e-mail photos throughout the summer so those at home can be in on the fun. Parents also have access to our dedicated office Trip Monitors 24/7 for any questions and/or concerns. We’re as in touch as any program operator could possibly be via smartphones with e-mail and text. The goal is uncompromising safety and peace of mind, day after day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Participants may bring their personal cell phones.

    We Deliver, 98% Approval

    Planning teen travel is of course a science. But it is also an art. As you review our different itineraries, know that we have worked year after year to make every minute of every day just right. In last summer’s surveys, 98% of responding teens and parents said they would recommend us to others. We must be doing something right!

Price Listed in U.S. Funds Includes

All lodging, breakfast and dinner daily, recreation & entertainment listed (including day and weekend excursions), classes, lab fees, books, airport transfers, gratuities and taxes.

Exclusive Classes

All of our classes are private and exclusive to our students.

Accommodations

Residence (21 Nights) & Hotels (5 Nights)

Certificate of Completion

A certificate of completion recognizing the hours of class time completed and course level completed will be issued after the trip. Our staff is always happy to write letters of recommendation for college admission.

Optional College Credit

Students on the 28 day program have the option to earn 3 college credits for the following classes: Spanish Language (through the University of Southern Mississippi), Comprehensive Digital Photography, International Business Management, and Fashion Design (through the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona “UAB”). College credit is transferable to many colleges and universities. The decision to accept credits is ultimately made by the school you attend. There is a $575 fee for the credit option.

Similar Program

If you prefer to come for the first three weeks of this itinerary, please check out our Pre-College Enrichment: Barcelona -21 Day option.


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