How to apply to Summer School

The information below refers to all Summer School programs. Specific programs may have additional requirements such as prerequisite knowledge or bringing a laptop for practical sessions. Our staff will be glad to assist you with doubts about the general information below and about individual course requirements.

Entry Requirements

The Barcelona GSE Summer School courses are taught at a high academic standard. A strong background in Economics or related fields is a must. Holding a postgraduate degree (MSc, PhD) and/or having related professional experience, are key factors that make an application successful.

As part of your online application, you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Up-to-date CV
  • Proof or reference for each course fee discount that you are entitled to (if applicable)

Courses are taught entirely in English. While no language certificate is required at the moment of application, participants are expected to have enough command of the language to follow and benefit from the course without causing disruption to the development of the class.

Application Process

Online application form

The application process is conducted online and takes just a few moments to complete:

  1. Access the application system and create a new Summer School application
  2. Complete the information in all of the sections of the application form
  3. Upload the required documents:
    • Up-to-date CV
    • Proof or reference for reduced fees, individual or group discounts that you are entitled to (if applicable)
  4. Provide third-party contact details if you will require an invoice for your course fees
  5. Press the "submit" button on the final page.

You will be able to track your application status through the system once you have submitted your complete application.

Acceptance and confirmation

Applications will be evaluated by the summer school program directors. Admission decisions are sent to applicants on a rolling basis.

If your application is accepted, you can confirm your place by paying the course fees. This is done through the section in the apply system titled ‘Application Status & Payment’.

Your place in the course will only be guaranteed once we have received the full payment of the course fees. Upon receipt of your payment, you will receive confirmation of your place on the course from our admissions staff via email. See the next section for payment instructions and available discounts.

Please be aware that course places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis until the maximum class capacity is reached. We strongly encourage you to confirm your place as soon as possible. Applicants will be notified when a course is closing due to maximum attendance, and will be given instructions on how to proceed in order to secure their place.

Certificate of attendance

At the conclusion of the Summer Schools, participants will receive a certificate for the number of hours attended. All Barcelona GSE courses require an average of twice the lecture hours for readings, pre-readings and class preparation. Interested students should check with their universities to see if these hours are transferable into ECTS credits.

Fees, Discounts, and Payments

Regular and reduced course fees

Fees vary by program. Please check the summer school program pages for the individual course fees. Course fees include all the materials required for the course as well as, refreshments provided at a coffee break each day, and a farewell dinner on the Thursday.

A reduced fee is available to all PhD or Master's students, including Barcelona GSE students and alumni. Reduced fees vary by summer school program.

Proof of your student status is required in order to be granted this reduced fee. Examples of proof include: the certificate of enrollment to your course program, a reference letter from your thesis supervisor, or a copy of your student card (your name, name of the institution and student status must be clearly shown).


Discounts are available for individuals and also for groups. If you are eligible for a discount or a combination of discounts, it is important that your application reflects this. If you would like to receive a personal quotation on the discounts you are entitled to, please email our Summer School admissions team.

Discount rates are the same for all summer school programs. The following discounts are available:

Discounts for Individuals
Early bird (book and pay before April 1) 10%
2 courses** 15% 
3 or more courses** 25% 
Barcelona GSE partner organizations 10%

** Applies to individuals booking and paying for more than one course for their own use.

Group discounts

A 10% discount is given when a single employer provides at least 5 representatives to participate in the Summer School. The discount is given to each participant in the group regardless of the course they have selected.

IMPORTANT: The group discount should be requested by email. The email should include a list of the names of participants for the Summer School and sent prior to any application being made. Discounts will then be applied at the moment of acceptance.

Our admissions staff will be happy to assist you with calculating the discount for any group that wishes to apply. Email us to get started.

Payment by a third party

If your course fees will be paid by a third party, such as a sponsor or your company, please provide all details for invoicing when you apply. Please include the contact details of the person who is in charge of invoicing within the organization so that we can process your payment without unnecessary delays.

Changes and cancellations

Please review the Barcelona GSE Summer School Policy information [pdf] paying special attention to the cancellation and course change policies. If you wish to cancel or change the course that you applied for, you may be charged an additional fee.

Venue and Accommodation


The Barcelona GSE Summer School courses take place at the Barcelona GSE Ciutadella Campus within Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). The campus is close to the center of Barcelona and is within walking distance of both the beach and the city's financial, cultural, and governmental centers. See map for more detail.


Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. 

A wide range of short-term accommodation is available near the Barcelona GSE campus for Summer School participants. You can take advantage of discounted offers by booking accommodation with one of our housing partners. These partners will be able to provide various affordable accommodation options tailored to suit different needs, including apartments, hostels, hotels, shared apartments and student halls.

To qualify for discounts, you may requested to identify yourself as a Barcelona GSE student or participant, and may be asked to provide proof of enrollment. Visit each of our housing partners' websites to read more about available options and requirements:

Student halls

Apartments and shares

When you confirm your attendance to the courses, our Summer School team will send you more information and tips about accommodation to help you plan your stay in Barcelona.

Mix and match courses from different Summer School programs! See all programs

Apply to Summer School 2019