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Summer 2022

Barcelona: The Historical Encounter

Barcelona: The Historical Encounter

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Open enrollment will begin in January 2022. To learn more about how to enroll in this particular program, please contact us for more information.

July 10 - 17, 2022

Program Dates

This Barcelona: Historical Encounter program is designed to give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of Barcelona’s history, art, and culture. You’ll learn how these aspects have shaped Barcelona into one of the most popular tourist destinations it is today. This 8-day program will take you to some of the most well known historical sights and museums including La Sagrada Familia, the History Museum of Barcelona, and Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In addition to exploring historical sites, we’ll experience famous cultural traditions unique to Spain such as a Paella cooking class plus a Flamenco dance class. A lot of travel memories occur just by wandering to nearby restaurants, barrios (neighborhoods), and gathering with city locals. Through these excursions and more, you’ll leave Barcelona more educated and equipped about the world around us and the cultural differences we must embrace and adapt to.

Excited, yet? You should be. We are certainly excited to see you in Barcelona. What are you waiting for? Take the next step to becoming a global citizen.

  • Program Destination:
  • Program Date:
    July 10 - 17, 2022
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable and light
  • Included:
    Activities & Excursions
    Airport Transfer
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Pre-Departure Training
    Travel Medical Insurance
  • Not Included:
    Community Service Hours
    Language Certificate
    Personal Expenses
    Trip Cancellation Coverage

Program Plan


Welcome to Barcelona

Welcome! You will arrive in Barcelona, Spain and be met at the airport by your soon to be favorite program leaders. A reserved shuttle will transfer the group to begin orientation where you’ll get acclimated with your leaders, peers, and the program expectations. After a gratifying lunch, a short walking city tour will follow to help digest the numerous tapas you have enjoyed. You will end the day checked-in to your hotel room, where a relaxing night of sleep awaits after all your long travels.

Antoni Gaudi

Your second day in Barcelona will be dedicated to learning about and exploring the marvelous works of Antoni Gaudi who is the architect behind Barcelona's most well-known buildings. These include Park Guell, La Sagrada Familia, and Casa Batllo.

Typical Tourist

Everyone wants to be a cliche tourist when they first visit a new place. This day is no exception as your day will be filled with visiting Barcelona’s most famous tourist attractions.

Live Like A Local

After being a typical tourist, it’s time to encounter local living. Following breakfast, you'll meet your "family for the day" to be whisked away. You'll get a brief rundown of the day then you'll get whisked away for your day of local living. Each participant will experience a truly unique day based on their local family's schedule, routines, and hobbies!

Watch and Learn

On this day participants should welcome a change of pace. Discover the art of Flamenco (a traditional Spanish dance) as you too learn the ropes of this fascinating dance. Following your dance class, you'll have a chance to watch professionals in action. Dinner and a show! You'll end the day with a Magic Fountain show in the old bullfighting barrio (district) named Las Arenas. But don't forget your extra cash because you'll have a little time to shop for souvenirs.

Night at the Museum

Brace yourself, for this day you'll take on the Spanish museums: History Museum of Barcelona, Picasso museum, Museu de la Xocolata or better known as "the famous chocolate museum." You name it! The historical encounter wouldn't be fit without museums.

Reflect and Recover

The final full day in Barcelona will allow you to slow down the pace and head over to Barceloneta Beach where you'll be free to have a little fun in the sun (and water). One can't experience Barcelona without having a proper beach day. It's the perfect day to wind down before departure, after a particularly productive week.

Global Citizen Status Achieved

It'll be "so hard to say good-bye to yesterday," but you'll have achieved your goal of becoming more global-minded. On this final day, you'll leave Barcelona filled with lifelong memories, experiences, and friends to last you a lifetime while feeling grateful, enlightened, and empowered.

Program Location

Barcelona is a city settled in the country of Spain. It is positioned between the Mediterranean seacoast and spectacular mountain tops. It has an area range of 39 square miles with a city population of a whopping 1,620,343. The program location will be held mainly in Barcelona with excursions to the city of Madrid and Costa Brava.

History of the City
History indicates that the Iberian Laietani was the first tribe to inhabit the area. The Romans claimed it and named it the capital of the region. Interestingly, the Roman influence is still felt to date. As the city continued to thrive, there was a great demand for more political freedom. When the industrial revolution began to take shape around the 19th century, Barcelona grew to a great, powerful city. A tour to Barcelona City History museum should take you through Barcelona’s ancient history in detail.  


This GBA program offers one (1) accommodation option: a shared room at the preferred hotel selected by GBA. The shared hotel will house one other participant. Each room will serve as double occupancy and will accommodate a shared bathroom.   For safety cares, we do not disclose the names or locations of participant accommodations, publicly. Each participant will have access to their accommodation information after the final confirmation and prior to the program departure.

Program Terms and Conditions

Each participant must agree to the Program Terms & Conditions outlined here. Upon acceptance into a program, participants and or if the participant is a minor, then the parents/guardian must endorse it on their behalf.

Program Payment & Refund

GBA accepts program tuition in full at any time. Payment options are also available to participants who require an extended amount of time. There is a two-month deadline for all program payments whether paying in full or paying with the following three (3) payment plans:

1. Max10 - allows participants to secure ten monthly installments with the final installment paid no later than two months before the program start date.

2. Super5 - allows participants to secure five monthly installments with the final installment paid no later than two months before the program start date. 3. Accel4 - allows any participant who registers after the after five-month time frame and wishes to take advantage of a payment plan. This is an accelerated installment and all payments must be arranged biweekly to meet the final payment deadline.   Upon completion of the application and enrollment fee, if a participant opts to pay the outstanding program amount in full, the entire amount must be paid no later than 30-days following program acceptance. For participants who would like to take advantage of the GBA's payment plans, the initial payment must be paid no later than 30-days following program acceptance. GBA accepts full-tuition enrollment after the two-month deadline upon availability.

(For example: If the program start date is July 15th and a participant enrolls on or after April 15th, the entire program amount will be due upon acceptance).

  Any enrollment made prior to January 30th is eligible for a full refund. After January 30th, the enrollment fee is non-refundable however is eligible for transfer to another program within the same year and up to the following year. Enrollment fees will no longer be transferable after one year.   Program payments are refundable minus any non-refundable expenses paid on a participant's behalf. Non-refundable expenses may include but are not limited to an application fee, deposits made on accommodations, activities, transportation, meals, etc. Trip cancellation (by the participant) on or after the program start date is non-refundable. GBA recommends purchasing an extra layer of protection by acquiring trip cancellation coverage. Click here for more details.   No refund is given for any unused program features, whether because of participant's choice, bad weather, or any other reason. Participants should understand that they are responsible for any costs if early program departure occurs, whether for medical reasons, participant dismissal, personal emergencies, or otherwise.

Airfare & Group Travel

Each participant will be responsible for the purchase of their airfare to and from the program destination. GBA will make efforts to advise participants on when the best time to purchase flights. To avoid flight misfortunes, participants should wait to purchase their flights until they have been notified by GBA.   Participants will have an option to travel with either their Program Leader or a GBA representative to the program destination. A memo will be sent out (6 months prior to departure) detailing the city, state, and airport. Those wanting to take advantage of the group travel option will meet at the designated airport. From there, the group will travel to the program destination.

Travel Insurance

Travel "Medical" Insurance is provided in every abroad program. GBA has partnered with IMG (International Medical Group) to provide exceptional medical insurance while abroad. This is a required component of the program and GBA will not supplement nor reimburse participants should they already have medical insurance. Participants will automatically be registered in the insurance plan upon program enrollment. GBA recommends purchasing an extra layer of protection by acquiring trip cancellation coverage. Click here for more details on travel insurance and trip cancellation coverage.


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