Over 18

Water polo and higher education

"Play water polo in Barcelona and study a Bachelor's/Master's degree or take a gap year to get ready for college"

Our programs

  • Bachelor's/Master's degree and high performance water polo
  • Gap year: High performance water polo and Spanish classes
  • Trial (weekly)

Water polo and higher education

Geneva Business School

A business school for the world's future leaders

The BIWPA Academy and Geneva Business School have joined forces to offer a unique opportunity that combines a high-performance water polo program and higher education in Barcelona (Bachelor's or Master's degree). 

Athletes wishing to improve their water polo skills and compete will have the chance to study in a Swiss-quality business education school, located right in the middle of the action in Barcelona. 


Bachelor's or Master's Degree

All BIWPA-GBS student-athletes have access to special pricing and conditions in the academics and the sports program tuition fees. Besides, both the Bachelor's and Master's programs are adapted to the training schedules with adjusted timetables.

After high school - Bachelor's 

A high performance water polo program combined with a 3-year Bachelor of International Management with 6 different specializations. Learn more >>

After college - Master's

Keep playing water polo and competing at the highest level after college while studying a 1.5-year Master of International Management with 5 different specializations. Learn more >>

Daily morning practices focused on the individual skills with the BIWPA coaching staff, evening trainings with the club team and weekly competition. Come to one of the water polo capitals of the world!

September 2021 Intake

Register now!

Gap year in Barcelona

Gap year

Elevate your game and get ready for college 

The gap year program is aimed at athletes over 18 years old with an open mindset and wishing to take a break between high school and college to become a better water polo player.

A year to focus on water polo, learn a new language and explore an exciting city such as Barcelona. Athletes will immerse themselves in a high performance water polo program with two practices a day, strength and conditioning sessions and competition with a local club team. 

Besides, gap year athletes will have the chance to take Spanish classes at the Universidad de Salamanca 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.

Like home

The dorm


Our gap year and GBS athletes have the option to 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

Bachelor's or Master's program

  • 7:45 am Morning practice at the BIWPA Academy
  • 9:45 am Dryland training (3 days a week) 
  • 11 am Free time
  • 1 pm Lunch
  • 2 pm Class
  • 7:30 pm Evening practice with club 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."