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Barcelona

June 22 — July 10
$8,290 + airfare

Barcelona

June 22 — July 10
$8,290 + airfare

Join us in Barcelona for an insider’s experience of Spain on this Pre-College summer program for high school students. Broaden your horizons with in-depth, field-based seminars and elective workshops as you become part of an inspiring and supportive community of instructors and students from around the world. Choose one seminar and dive into your subject matter through engaging discussions and hands-on projects that immerse you in Catalán life.

• Explore business and marketing in a modern hub of entrepreneurship
• Use your camera to capture the vibrant colors of La Boqueria, a traditional market
• Visit the legendary Camp Nou Stadium, home to F.C. Barcelona
• Practice Castilian Spanish with locals on a cultural scavenger hunt
“Traveling on her own and living in Barcelona for three weeks was a great experience for her. The program was well designed and gave the students an opportunity to participate in activities in the Barcelona area as a group, but with time to explore on their own as well.”
—Susan T., New York, NY

Seminars

Choose a seminar and explore Barcelona and the surrounding Catalán countryside through the lens of your chosen subject. Putney seminars combine experiential learning and global perspective, and are intentionally designed not to be like school, where learning is classroom-centered and text heavy. Instead, Putney students learn by doing. Begin with classroom discussions that frame your seminar concepts and identify key issues. Take the learning beyond the classroom with site visits, meetings with local experts, guest lectures, and field trips. Barcelona’s rich historical, architectural, and cultural background makes it the perfect setting for our field-based seminars. Cap off your studies with a final project or installation to share your work.
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Art & Architecture: Medieval to the Surreal
From stark Romanesque churches that were the initial staging ground of the Medieval reconquest of Spain, to soaring Gothic and later surrealist cathedrals, Barcelona provides a remarkable thousand-year record of the development of European history, art,...
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Business & Entrepreneurship: Barcelona
What makes a business succeed in today’s market and what are the steps between identifying a need and opening your doors? In recent years, larger-than-life characters like Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk have dominated headlines...
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Cuisine & Culture
From manchego cheese to the iconic jamón serrano (hocks of cured ham) that hang in nearly every bodega and taberna, Spain is a country rich in culinary heritage. The worldwide proliferation of tapas-style restaurants and recent phenomenon of molecular...
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Photography & Media: Barcelona
Designed for photographers of all skill levels, this course teaches the basics of photography and composition before diving into more advanced shooting techniques and editing instruction. Whether your passion is portrait, landscape, adventure, or abstract...
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Spanish Language: Out of the Classroom
Designed for students with at least two years of classroom Spanish, or the equivalent, this language immersion course focuses on group and individual fieldwork complemented by extensive, seminar-style discussions on Spanish culture, literature, history,...
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barcelona food sitting on counter
Cuisine & Culture
From manchego cheese to the iconic jamón serrano (hocks of cured ham) that hang in nearly every bodega and taberna, Spain is a country rich in culinary heritage. The worldwide proliferation of tapas-style restaurants and recent phenomenon of molecular...
Read More
spanish-language-seminar_group-practicing-spanish
Spanish Language: Out of the Classroom
Designed for students with at least two years of classroom Spanish, or the equivalent, this language immersion course focuses on group and individual fieldwork complemented by extensive, seminar-style discussions on Spanish culture, literature, history,...
Read More
photography-seminar_student-holding-camera
Photography & Media: Barcelona
Designed for photographers of all skill levels, this course teaches the basics of photography and composition before diving into more advanced shooting techniques and editing instruction. Whether your passion is portrait, landscape, adventure, or abstract...
Read More
business-entrepreneurship_students-writing
Business & Entrepreneurship: Barcelona
What makes a business succeed in today’s market and what are the steps between identifying a need and opening your doors? In recent years, larger-than-life characters like Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk have dominated headlines...
Read More
art-architecture-seminar_touring-museum
Art & Architecture: Medieval to the Surreal
From stark Romanesque churches that were the initial staging ground of the Medieval reconquest of Spain, to soaring Gothic and later surrealist cathedrals, Barcelona provides a remarkable thousand-year record of the development of European history, art,...
Read More
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Instructors

Our Pre-College instructors are accomplished academically and professionally. They bring to each seminar deep content knowledge and experience in their field, as well as enthusiasm for their subjects, a passion for teaching, and a proven capacity to connect with and inspire students. They are dedicated and caring individuals who also live in dormitories with students, sharing in their lives and fully participating in extracurricular activities.

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Instructors

Our Pre-College instructors are accomplished academically and professionally. They bring to each seminar deep content knowledge and experience in their field, as well as enthusiasm for their subjects, a passion for teaching, and a proven capacity to connect with and inspire students. They are dedicated and caring individuals who also live in dormitories with students, sharing in their lives and fully participating in extracurricular activities.

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About the Destination

Spain is known for its rich history, diverse culture, and stunning landscapes. Barcelona, its iconic city on the northeastern coast, reflects this heritage through its iconic landmarks. From the ancient Roman ruins at the Gothic Quarter to the architectural marvels of Antoni Gaudí, from its bustling local markets to beautiful beaches, Barcelona embodies centuries of artistic brilliance and Mediterranean charm.

Language

Castellano, or Castilian Spanish, is the official language of Spain, although other languages are spoken in different regions, including Catalan in Cataluña, Galician in Galicia, and Euskara in the Basque Country.

Climate

Daytime temperatures in Barcelona during Spain’s summer months tend to hover around 80ºF (27ºC).

Cuisine

Spanish cuisine is renowned for its use of fresh ingredients and regional specialties. In Barcelona, the culinary scene is no exception, offering delicious tapas, paella, and seafood dishes. From bustling markets to Michelin-starred restaurants, Barcelona's food culture celebrates Spain's culinary heritage.

About the Destination

Spain is known for its rich history, diverse culture, and stunning landscapes. Barcelona, its iconic city on the northeastern coast, reflects this heritage through its iconic landmarks. From the ancient Roman ruins at the Gothic Quarter to the architectural marvels of Antoni Gaudí, from its bustling local markets to beautiful beaches, Barcelona embodies centuries of artistic brilliance and Mediterranean charm.

Language

Castellano, or Castilian Spanish, is the official language of Spain, although other languages are spoken in different regions, including Catalan in Cataluña, Galician in Galicia, and Euskara in the Basque Country.

Climate

Daytime temperatures in Barcelona during Spain’s summer months tend to hover around 80ºF (27ºC).

Cuisine

Spanish cuisine is renowned for its use of fresh ingredients and regional specialties. In Barcelona, the culinary scene is no exception, offering delicious tapas, paella, and seafood dishes. From bustling markets to Michelin-starred restaurants, Barcelona's food culture celebrates Spain's culinary heritage.

What to Expect

Review specific program expectations here. For more general information:

Our Barcelona Campus

Live among the bright lights and cosmopolitan bustle of Europe’s largest city on the Mediterranean. Barcelona is a gem, known for its unique blend of pragmatism, flair, and civic-mindedness. From our base in the popular neighborhood of La Barceloneta, discover the city’s cafes and restaurants, renowned art and architecture, scenic beaches, and rich Catalán history.

Outcomes & Final Projects

The Pre-College Barcelona program is designed to immerse students intellectually in their chosen seminar topic as they prepare academically and socially for the college experience. Over the course of their three-week Pre-College seminar, each student develops a final project based on their particular interests, which they present to peers and instructors at the end of the program. Display your photography or drawings in a pop-up gallery, present your designs from your Fashion & Culture seminar, or prepare a feast to share with your group.

Afternoons & Excursions

Take a chocolate-making workshop, bike through beautiful city parks, visit the Museo de Picasso, or head to the beach. On weekends, explore the stunning Catalán countryside. Spend a day relaxing on the turquoise beaches of medieval Tossa de Mar and experience the wild and surreal works of Salvador Dalí in his hometown of Figueres.

Workshops

In addition to your in-depth seminar, explore other interests and topics in elective workshops offered by instructors and students alike. Tap into the unique knowledge, skills, and abilities of your peers and instructors to expand your Pre-College experience, learning on topics and skills ranging from making the perfect flan to flamenco dancing.

Guest Speakers

Gain inspiration from the experiences and perspectives of industry leaders and professionals. Guest speakers bring to the program diverse backgrounds with high-level, real-world experiences and insights. Whether a renowned chef or a professional photographer, each speaker structures their workshop or lecture to relate to the seminars and their area of expertise.

Community

Find a community of like-minded peers, invested in personal and intellectual growth. Like you, they are curious about the world and eager to have a positive impact on it. Everyone attends Community Meeting each evening, where the group shares ideas, successes, and goals, and sets plans for the coming day. Become part of a community that supports and nurtures your interests, and make lasting friendships along the way.

Accommodations & Meals

In Barcelona, we stay in a residential dormitory in the popular neighborhood of La Barceloneta. Students and staff reside in singles, doubles, and triples with ensuite bathrooms and access to common meeting rooms. We begin each day together with a traditional Spanish breakfast at a restaurant near our residence. For lunches, seminar groups may eat together or we break into small groups of three or more students to eat at a restaurant of their choice. We eat dinners at restaurants in small groups of staff and students to discover Barcelona’s culinary scene. Please note that lunches are not included in the tuition.

What to Expect

Review specific program expectations here. For more general information:

Our Barcelona Campus

Live among the bright lights and cosmopolitan bustle of Europe’s largest city on the Mediterranean. Barcelona is a gem, known for its unique blend of pragmatism, flair, and civic-mindedness. From our base in the popular neighborhood of La Barceloneta, discover the city’s cafes and restaurants, renowned art and architecture, scenic beaches, and rich Catalán history.

Outcomes & Final Projects

The Pre-College Barcelona program is designed to immerse students intellectually in their chosen seminar topic as they prepare academically and socially for the college experience. Over the course of their three-week Pre-College seminar, each student develops a final project based on their particular interests, which they present to peers and instructors at the end of the program. Display your photography or drawings in a pop-up gallery, present your designs from your Fashion & Culture seminar, or prepare a feast to share with your group.

Afternoons & Excursions

Take a chocolate-making workshop, bike through beautiful city parks, visit the Museo de Picasso, or head to the beach. On weekends, explore the stunning Catalán countryside. Spend a day relaxing on the turquoise beaches of medieval Tossa de Mar and experience the wild and surreal works of Salvador Dalí in his hometown of Figueres.

Workshops

In addition to your in-depth seminar, explore other interests and topics in elective workshops offered by instructors and students alike. Tap into the unique knowledge, skills, and abilities of your peers and instructors to expand your Pre-College experience, learning on topics and skills ranging from making the perfect flan to flamenco dancing.

Guest Speakers

Gain inspiration from the experiences and perspectives of industry leaders and professionals. Guest speakers bring to the program diverse backgrounds with high-level, real-world experiences and insights. Whether a renowned chef or a professional photographer, each speaker structures their workshop or lecture to relate to the seminars and their area of expertise.

Community

Find a community of like-minded peers, invested in personal and intellectual growth. Like you, they are curious about the world and eager to have a positive impact on it. Everyone attends Community Meeting each evening, where the group shares ideas, successes, and goals, and sets plans for the coming day. Become part of a community that supports and nurtures your interests, and make lasting friendships along the way.

Accommodations & Meals

In Barcelona, we stay in a residential dormitory in the popular neighborhood of La Barceloneta. Students and staff reside in singles, doubles, and triples with ensuite bathrooms and access to common meeting rooms. We begin each day together with a traditional Spanish breakfast at a restaurant near our residence. For lunches, seminar groups may eat together or we break into small groups of three or more students to eat at a restaurant of their choice. We eat dinners at restaurants in small groups of staff and students to discover Barcelona’s culinary scene. Please note that lunches are not included in the tuition.

Program Structure

Seminar groups meet each morning to introduce and frame key concepts for the day, then head out into the city or surrounding areas for field-based learning, putting the day’s ideas into practice. Seminar activities are supplemented by fun excursions and immersive cultural experiences.
9:00am
Enjoy breakfast on campus with your group
10:00am
Meet with your seminar in the classroom to identify topics for the day
11:00am
Take learning into the field—on a museum visit, for example, or a meeting with a fashion designer
2:00pm
Break for lunch on the town with friends and your instructor
4:00pm
Join a pick-up soccer game at Playa Barceloneta, followed by a dip in the Mediterranean
7:00pm
Convene for Community Meeting to discuss the day and upcoming schedule
8:00pm
Head out to enjoy tapas with a small group and instructor
10:00pm
Attend a Spanish guitar concert or flamenco show with your group

Program Structure

Seminar groups meet each morning to introduce and frame key concepts for the day, then head out into the city or surrounding areas for field-based learning, putting the day’s ideas into practice. Seminar activities are supplemented by fun excursions and immersive cultural experiences.
9:00am
Enjoy breakfast on campus with your group
10:00am
Meet with your seminar in the classroom to identify topics for the day
11:00am
Take learning into the field—on a museum visit, for example, or a meeting with a fashion designer
2:00pm
Break for lunch on the town with friends and your instructor
4:00pm
Join a pick-up soccer game at Playa Barceloneta, followed by a dip in the Mediterranean
7:00pm
Convene for Community Meeting to discuss the day and upcoming schedule
8:00pm
Head out to enjoy tapas with a small group and instructor
10:00pm
Attend a Spanish guitar concert or flamenco show with your group
“Thank you, Putney, for once again providing my daughters with unforgettable educational opportunities and exciting adventures!”
—Robin & Matthew B., Mount Kisco, NY
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This Program is Directed by

Evan Overton

If you have questions or would like to talk further about this program, please get in touch!

evan-overton

This Program is Directed by

Evan Overton

If you have questions or would like to talk further about this program, please get in touch!

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Barcelona

2024 Dates
June 22 — July 10

Duration
21 days

Tuition
$8,290 + airfare

Eligibility
Currently* in grades 9–12
*Your grade as of the day you apply

Typical Group
40–50 students, 10 instructors

Group Flight
Departs from New York


 

Additional Info

Questions? Visit our FAQ or call us at (802) 387-5000

 

2024 Dates
June 22 — July 10

Duration
21 days

Tuition
$8,290 + airfare


 

Eligibility
Currently* in grades 9–12
*Your grade as of the day you apply

Typical Group
40–50 students, 10 instructors

Group Flight
Departs from New York

 

Questions? Visit our FAQ or call us at (802) 387-5000

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