The Global Affairs Summer Scholars Programme (GASS) is an intensive, one-week pre-university programme in International Affairs for IB and Bachilleréate students.

GASS is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to gain first-hand exposure to International Affairs and its exciting sub-disciplines, while also getting a first taste of their future life as a university student.

The programme is taught in English, and jointly offered by the Barcelona International Public Policy Hub (BIPP HUB) and the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)

for Applications

June 1, 2018. Early application is encouraged as space is limited to 20 participants

GASS is non-residential and will be offered July 2-6, 2018
GASS is an opportunity for you to:

  • Use your English language skills in a practical context
  • Work collaboratively with highly motivated peers
  • Add a course that will enhance your CV
  • Demonstrate motivation and commitment on university applications
  • Strengthen key communication skills
  • Join a peer network that can be an ongoing resource
To Be Prepared

You will get a taste of life as a university student and develop the critical thinking skills needed to succeed in their future academic studies.

To Be Guided

Over the course of the week, you will be exposed to the various career and internship options in International Affairs and will receive first-hand advice and guidance from experienced practitioners, world-renowned professors and experts in fields such as human rights, international law, diplomacy, international development, conflict prevention, and the environment.

To Be Inspired

Classes will take place in the unique setting of the Sant Pau Modernista Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to many leading international institutions. Classes will also take place on the campus of Pompeu Fabra University, one of Spain’s top-ranked universities and only a 5-minute stroll to the sea.

To Be Challenged

GASS is a demanding summer study experience that offers an in-depth exposure to International Affairs at a level that is similar to what you will experience in university.

To Be Motivated

You get to work alongside other talented and motivated peers who share your interest in International Affairs.

Students will participate in seminars that examine key issues in the sub-disciplines of International Affairs. Seminar titles will include:


  • The Study of International Relations
  • Global Order in Transition
  • Refugees and Global Migration
  • International Security
  • Security in Africa
  • Human Rights and Transitional Justice
  • International Environmental Politics
  • Paris, Trump, China – Climate Change Politics
  • Conflict Prevention and Conflict ResolutioN
  • International Development
  • The Rise of the BRICS
  • Globalisation and the Use of Technology and Social Media
  • International Political Economy
  • Latin American Politics
  • Technology as a tool in Peacebuilding
Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Global Affairs Summer Scholars Certificate that acknowledges their participation in the GASS Programme. Students who make an exceptional contribution may also qualify for a recommendation letter that can be used in support of university and professional internship applications. The Programme does not award grades or course credit.
The application deadline is May 26, 2017. Early application is recommended, as applications are reviewed as soon as they are received and enrolment is limited. Applications will only be accepted when submitted online to:

Applicants should submit the following materials:
Letter of Interest in English (maximum 400 words) explaining their motivation for participating in the programme

The tuition fee is 600EUR. BIPP HUB and IBEI are committed to making the GASS Programme affordable to all motivated students who qualify and will offer reductions in the tuition fee where needed, as well as flexible payment options permitting the tuition to be paid over three months.


Seminars will be delivered by leading academics and international practitioners. Last year’s instructors included:

Robert Kissack
Associate Professor and Head of Studies, IBEI

Robert Templer
Director, Shattuck Center on Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery, Central European University, Founder, Higher Education Alliance for Refugees (HEAR)

Mark Freeman
Executive Director, Institute for Integrated Transitions

Frank Borge Wietzke
Assistant Professor, IBEI

Francesc Badia i Dalmases
Director and Chief Editor, Democracia Abierta

Marta Iñiguez de Heredia
Marie Curie Fellow, IBEI

Annamie Paul
Co-Founder, BIPP HUB