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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"

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!

Gap year in Barcelona

Gap year

Take a break before college 

The gap year program is intended to give student-athletes a break from academics to improve as a water polo player and have time to consider the next steps in their education and career plans. 

Why take a gap year? 

  • An exciting adventure to develop important life skills.
  • Discover a new culture. You will love Barcelona!
  • Step outside your comfort zone.
  • Combine it with Spanish courses (for stays +3 months).
  • High performance training and competition with a local club team.

Like home

The dorm

Sant Jordi | Finestrelles

Our gap year and GBS athletes have the option to live in a university residence, 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 


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."