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.
June 26–July 16, 2022
Safety in a Time of COVID-19
Since Putney’s founding 71 years ago, we have approached each participant’s summer experience with the same attention to safety and security that we give our own children. This summer is no exception. Please read our FAQ to learn more about 2022 programs, our refund policy, and our successes in offering programs in this new travel environment.View FAQ
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.learn more
Choose a seminar and dive deep into a subject that inspires you, from Art & Architecture to Spanish Language, Cuisine to Fashion. 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 Pre-College students learn by doing. Cap off your studies with a final project or installation to share your work.learn more
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. Travel to Castellar de n’Hug, a scenic mountain town nestled in the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenées, to hike and explore the quiet cobblestone streets. 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.learn more
“The freedom, activities, learning, and connections I made exceeded any expectations and are far better than other programs I have been part of. The instructors were amazing and the activities in Barcelona were absolutely incredible.”
— Asheley G., Lorenzo Walker Technical High School, Naples, FL
Putney Pre-College Barcelona brings together motivated and like-minded high school students to grow intellectually and personally as they immerse themselves in a subject, experience a new culture, learn from inspiring instructors and guest speakers, prepare for college, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.