Compass Program: Barcelona

Tour three European cities and live like a local in this energetic seaside city.

Program Info
  • Program Length:
    6 weeks

  • Program Fee:
    $7,995, flights included

  • Program Dates:
    Spring 2022: 4/2 – 5/14

Grow personally while living in one of the most vibrant cities in Europe. Build your independence, expand your skill set, and make friends for life. You’ll return home with a clearer understanding of yourself and your goals—whether it's making decisions about your future, or continuing to travel and see the world.

  • Confidence and independence

    Get out of your comfort zone and discover what you're capable of.

  • Global skills

    Gain language skills, experience new cultures, and expand your horizons.

  • Self-discovery

    Understand how to leverage your strengths and begin to define your life path.

  • Life readiness

    Learn how to live and travel on your own and build skills that will help you later in life.

What you’ll experience

Europe essentials

Your program begins with an Orientation Tour across London, Paris, and Barcelona. Your EF Tour Director will give you an insider's perspective on each city and help you contextualize your travels within local history, culture, and beyond. (Even if you've been to these cities before, you'll see them through totally new eyes—we promise!) You'll also have free time to explore on your own or with your new friends.

Note: This itinerary is subject to change due to availability and local conditions at the time of departure.

Orientation Tour 1 Week


2 nights

Take a walking tour of London, from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, to its hip artistic neighborhoods.


3 nights

Tour La Tour Eiffel, eat delectable French pastries, and glimpse the Mona Lisa at the Musée du Louvre.


2 nights

Visit Antoni Gaudí's architectural masterpieces, an integral part of the backdrop of Barcelona. Get acquainted with your home for the next 5 weeks.

Barcelona Immersion 5 Weeks

Language Study and Exploration

5 Weeks Barcelona

Dive into Catalan culture during your substantial stay in Barcelona. Hone your authentic accent by living with a homestay, feast at the markets, and bask in the coastal breeze.

Live the language

After your Orientation Tour, you'll move to a homestay and take language classes on the EF campus. Our language school in the hip Eixample district is just a four-minute walk away from a vibrant downtown area and two Metro stops from La Sagrada Família.

  • Elevate your Spanish

    Learn Spanish from native speakers through lessons, interactive tools, and cultural immersion—all levels welcome!

  • Explore during your free time

    Classes are a few hours per day, giving you plenty of free time to explore. Your EF Campus will host regular optional excursions and activities as well.

Get to know Barcelona

Located between the Pyrenees Mountains and the sun-drenched beaches of Costa Brava, this Catalan city boasts an incredible food scene, easily accessible beaches, and views for days.

While living in Barcelona, be sure to try different tapas, enjoy its beautiful boardwalks and public spaces, and experience its thriving arts scene. You’ll also be a short train or plane ride away from other cities in Europe and beyond.

Learn more
Grow personally & professionally

Through a combination of weekly facilitated workshops and your own experience living abroad, you’ll find your strengths, learn more about the world, and chart your own path forward.

Cultural immersion

Experience Catalan culture through living with a local host, as well as activities such as a cooking class or facilitated visit to a Spanish business.


Discover your unique strengths and how to leverage them for personal and professional success. Reflect and define your own life goals.

Skills for the real world

Build the foundations of independence by learning how to navigate a new city, stick to a budget, and manage your time. These skills will help you in college, your career, and beyond.

Program Fee

The tuition for this 6-week program is $7,995.

Tuition includes:

  • Flights and transportation

    Round-trip flights and local transportation during group excursions

  • Room and board

    Your accommodations and some of your meals on the trip

  • Course at an EFLanguage Campus

    5 weeks of classes at EF Barcelona, as well as the opportunity to earn 3 college credits

  • Personal development programming

    Weekly workshops and activities designed to help you discover your strengths and goals

  • Activities and excursions

    Guided group activities such as walking tours, museum visits, and a boat cruise along the Seine

  • EF Global Support Network

    One-on-one mentorship and 24/7 travel support before and during your program

Ready to get started?

Our Gap Year Consultants are ready to answer any questions you have and enroll you on our program.