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There is no better city in Spain for teenagers to spend a summer studying abroad than Barcelona! This summer program for high school students offers the rare combination of academic enrichment, cultural immersion, and college preparation, all while living in a Mediterranean beach town. Attend engaging summer courses for teens at internationally renowned schools while living in the heart of the city. Get a true taste of the college experience on this summer program in Spain, which offers a unique balance of independence and structure for high school students. College is a time of growth and personal choice; why not get a head start? You’ll leave after four weeks with a greater sense of independence and feeling better prepared for college, all while making great friends along the way – the perfect summer!
This 28-day version of the program includes a grand finale week in Costa Blanca, Granada and Madrid.
Experience college life with the balance of engaging courses, group excursions, and free time.
Receive a letter certifying the completion of your courses. Letters of recommendation are also available.
All classes are private to Westcoast Connection students only.
Courses taught by experienced university-level faculty, instructors, and local professionals.
Upscale, centrally located residence and quality hotels.
Complimentary membership to world-class fitness and pool club.
Includes breakfast and dinner daily. Enjoy a variety of options at the dining hall and local restaurants.
Exciting day and weekend excursions are included.
The final week includes some fun-filled exploration in Costa Blanca, Granada and Madrid.
Public transportation and occasional private motor coach.
LIV Student Barcelona Residence
Your summer home is in one of the most exclusive areas of Barcelona with chic cafés, boutiques, parks and theaters only steps away. Each two-person suite at LIV Student Barcelona Residence features air conditioning, a private bathroom, a safe, Wi-Fi and desks. The residence provides 24-hour security, and includes a garden & sun deck, a state-of-the-art gym with indoor soccer, volleyball and basketball courts, a game room, study and computer rooms, and more!
DiR Diagonal Fitness and Pool Club
You'll receive a membership to this impressive, modern facility around the corner from our residence. The DiR Diagonal Fitness and Pool Club has it all: yoga, spinning, Pilates, martial arts, aerobics, cardio, weight training or any of the 250 classes offered. The indoor solarium pool and outdoor resort pool with lounge chairs and shady palm trees are great places to relax as well.
Our Sports Coordinator organizes games of basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer and more.
Prestigious Academic Partners
We have partnered with some of the finest institutions in Barcelona to bring you the best selection of engaging courses possible. Our university-level courses are taught at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the EU Business School, which feature state of the art teaching facilities. Cooking is taught at Barcelona Cooking, a cutting edge culinary school just steps from the Boqueria Market. Digital Photography Journal is instructed by the Institut d'Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya (IEFC).
Positive Social Experience
This program is 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, 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.
Choose one morning and one afternoon course. Your personal schedule and lunch time may vary based on your course choices.
Will attending one of your programs help me get into college?
Attending a summer program is an incredible opportunity to learn and grow into a more well-rounded, mature individual. No matter what type of program you choose, the personal development and experience gained over the course of the summer are valuable resources that could help you with your college essays and applications. If your goal for the summer is to get a head start on college prep, a Career Experience or Pre-College Enrichment program could be just what you need. So while attending any particular summer program will not necessarily get you into your choice school, what you get from it can make a difference!
Who are the staff and what are their qualifications?
Our staff are educators, guidance counselors, coaches, college and university students, former camp counselors, residence life coordinators, community volunteers, world travelers, and other leaders with diverse backgrounds. Many are former participants themselves who couldn’t get enough of the Westcoast experience! Learn more about our summer leaders.
When do I choose my courses?
For fall enrollments, we will send you a course choice preference form around February 15. You will be able to select your first, second and third course preferences. Your course choices will be confirmed in the spring.
For enrollments after February 15, we will send you a course choice preference form upon receipt of your application for enrollment. Your course choices will be confirmed in the spring.