1-2 weeks in Barcelona

Advance your education and enjoy your summer at the same time!


Mix and match courses from different summer school programs to fit your goals and interests.

Learn from the best

Instructors are experienced professors and top practitioners.

Global participation

Meet new colleagues from 50+ countries around the world.

Join us for the 10th edition of Barcelona GSE Summer Schools! Apply now

brochureSummertime in Barcelona offers a multitude of rewards. Chief among them is the Barcelona GSE Summer School program, with courses in economics, finance, and number of related fields. Renowned academics and leading practitioners present Summer School courses, drawing together participants from all background for intensive, one-week seminars combining theory and practice.

Our summer programs are geared to address the needs of researchers, professionals, and graduate students alike who are looking to improve their competences in specific fields of knowledge. Courses are perfect for busy experts and consultants in the workforce who may not have the time to undertake extensive academic terms but are still interested in sharpening their skills. PhD and other post-graduate students will also benefit by being able to discuss the latest developments in theories and theses face-to-face with prominent researchers from around the world.

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Customize your Summer School program

Summer courses are grouped into programs, but participants can mix and match courses within the different programs to create the experience they are looking for.

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About Past Participants
  • Intake of students: 400+
  • Nationalities: 50+
  • Average age: 34 years
  • Gender: 59% male, 41% female

Participants' sectors

59% of Summer School participants come from the Research/Academic sector. Others come from central or commercial banks, government agencies, international organizations, consulting and other private firms.




Participants' years of experience

Some participants are still in graduate school, while others have several years of experience in academic or professional careers.



Scholarship Opportunities

The UniCredit & Universities Foundation Summer School Programme offers scholarships in the amount of €1,500 to attend Barcelona GSE Summer School courses. Applications for next year will open in the fall.

Scholarship conditions and application

Language and Location

All Summer School seminars are taught in English.

Barcelona Economics Summer Schools are presented at Barcelona GSE Ciutadella facilities located within the University Pompeu Fabra (UPF) Ciutadella campus. The campus is located in downtown Barcelona, within walking distance of both the beach and the city's financial, cultural, and governmental centers. See the map for more detail.

Registration Process
  • Application Period Begins: February 2016
  • Application Deadline: June 2016
  • After May 30, registration may not be guaranteed

Capacity of the courses is limited. Some courses may close before May 30 on depending on demand.

Applications will be evaluated by the Barcelona GSE's Program Directors, and candidates will be informed of their acceptance decision on a rolling basis.

At the conclusion of the Summer School program, participants will receive a certificate for the number of hours attended. Interested students should check with their universities to see if these hours are transferable into ECTS credits.

All summer courses require an average of double the lecture hours for readings, projects, and class preparation.


Ancil Crayton

The Barcelona GSE Summer School distinguishes itself from other programs through the simple concept of inspiration! A participant in both the Macroeconometrics and Microeconometrics programs, I have been inspired after having received training by the top researchers in the most current research areas, learning the research methods at the forefront—all in the vibrant and sunny city of Barcelona!

Zacharias Bragoudakis

It was really useful and beneficial for me to attend the Macroeconometrics summer course. The instructors are at the forefront of this field and very experienced in modeling macroeconomic and financial time series data. I found the theoretical part of this course to be advanced, but it was rewarding experience. I look forward to being able to apply the knowledge that I have learned in the course to applied macroeconometric research.

Iris Vernekohl

Participating in the Microeconometrics and Labor Economics Summer Schools was a truly enriching and inspiring experience. Not only did I get the chance to gain detailed insights into innovative theoretical and empirical research but I was also able to discuss my PhD thesis face-to-face with some of the most renowned researchers in the world. What I would like to point out specifically and in addition to the high academic standards applied is the extraordinary dedication and outstanding commitment of both the academic and administrative staff involved: they would always go the extra mile to accommodate all our requests with great enthusiasm (even extending the lecture to interested participants after class while enjoying a picnic in the park).