Over 18

"A year abroad in Barcelona to improve your Spanish, water polo and get you ready for college" 

Our programs

  • 3 months (with tourist visa)
  • +3 months: Water polo + studies (with student visa) 

Like home


Universidad de Salamanca

Spanish classes in small groups and a flexible schedule. By taking this course, athletes can obtain a student visa in order to stay longer than 3 months. 

The dorm


Our gap year athletes live in a university dormitory, situated in a great location with proximity to our water polo facilities. 

Public transportation


The quickest, simplest and most convenient way to get around the city. Barcelona has a well-developed and safe urban transportation system. 

A typical day

  • 7:45 am Morning practice
  • 9:45 am Dryland training (3 days a week) 
  • 11 am Free
  • 1 pm Lunch
  • 3 pm Spanish classes (only for athletes with student visa requirements)
  • 7:30 pm Evening practice with Academyclub team (3 days a week)
  • 7:30/10 pm Dinner 

(!) Services included: Watlicam / Physical therapist - recovery session / Nutritionist


Hannah Babasa

California, USA

"The coaches know what they're doing and you can obviously see it. They're really passionate about getting you to be the best water polo player you can be. This can definitely help me as a national team player. The playing style here is similar to Thailand, where I was originally born."

Jack Brodersen

Washington, USA

"BIWPA has been an amazing opportunity for me to progress my skills in water polo along with living in a new city and learn a new language. The gap year program has been great so far, learning every day from my coaches and playing at a high level. It's been a great fit and I'm excited to come back in January."