Future Leaders Program

A Three Month Program of Internship, Entrepreneurship & Spanish Language

Fall 2024: Sep 7th – Nov 30th

Spring 2025: Mar 1st – May 24th


Join us in Spain from September 7th to November 30th, 2024.

Your gap semester will commence with 4 weeks in Madrid, followed by 8 weeks in Barcelona.

The Future Leaders program is designed to help you develop your teamwork and entrepreneurial skills, as well as building your resume. This gap experience combines Spanish language, a work placement in Barcelona, and the creation of a sustainable business model.


Our program is different from other internship programs in that you will always be part of a cohort, you will never be the only student starting your internship at a certain time of year: you all go together and that way you always have friends around. We have partnered with Absolute Internships in Barcelona, to offer you a wide range of options:

You can choose a placement from a variety of industries:

Advertising, Business Development, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Event Planning, Fashion, Finance, Graphic Design, Green Technology, Healthcare, Hospitality & Tourism, Human Resources, Information Technology, Journalism, Marketing, Non-profit, Pharmaceutical, Publishing, Public Relations, Real Estate, Sports Management, Sustainability, Video Production.

Absolute Internship recognizes the importance of academic credit for university students and is partnering with Northern Arizona University, United States to award academic credit to students who wish to earn academic credit towards their degree. The credit-bearing internships involve online coursework and a minimum number of internship hours.

  •  160 internship hours - 3 credits 

Students will be graded for the assignments below according to the University letter grading policy of A-B-C-D-F. Students will receive an official transcript from Northern Arizona University sent to their home address after completion of course. More information regarding the above can be provided upon request.

You will be working part-time: Monday to Friday, from 10am to 2pm. 

Spanish lunchtime is from 2pm, so you can go to lunch with your colleagues after work.

Entrepreneurship Program Stages

We have teamed up with highly experienced business professors and successful entrepreneurs to deliver a comprehensive business incubator experience. Our aim is to help you create a sustainable business model that is built around S.M.A.R.T goals: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. The program is divided in five phases:

Phase 1

Weeks 1 to 3: business essentials course, idea incubator and team designation.

Phase 2

Week 4: intensive entrepreneurial module and introduction to team mentors.

Phase 3

Weeks 5 to 8: extensive entrepreneurial module, with team mentors and team leaders.


End of week 8: each team will pitch their business idea to a panel of experts and one of the ideas will win, securing a small investment.

Phase 4

Weeks 9 to 11: all teams will come together with all the mentors to work on the winning idea and develop it into a business plan.

Phase 5

Week 12: the team will evaluate the business plan with the mentors and present the results to the panel of experts.


During your time in Madrid you will live with a Spanish host family, being immersed in Spanish life, language and culture; For months two and three, you will be staying in student dorms in Barcelona, experiencing independent living with a small group of your fellow gappers.

In both cases, your breakfast and dinners are included, and you can decide what to do for lunch: buy it at the supermarket and prepare it at home (you can take it to work with you, many people bring lunch boxes to the workplace) or you can eat out.

Meet the team Your mentors are ready to guide you

Meet the team
A typical week in Madrid

Weekdays will be dedicated to preparing for your internship, workshopping the key concepts of creating a business and learning Spanish. Weekends will be free for rest, play or exploration. We can guide and advise you on independent travel, activities and adventures.

A typical week in Barcelona

You will intern 4 hours per day, 5 days per week. Through your internship, you will engage with the local community and local businesses to learn about corporate, environmental & social responsibility. Alongside your internship, you will work on designing a sustainable business plan with your peers. Each gapper will have the chance to pitch their plan to a panel, smart-tank style. The panel will choose a winning pitch and the team will work to bring the project to fruition.


You can read our criteria via the link below, but to summarize:

What's included?

Our Future Leaders program fee is €17,400. This includes:

Your Application Timeline

Once you have had an online meeting with us, here is the timeline to expect if you move forward with your application.

    1. You complete our online application form.
    2. We review your application within three working days.
    3. We offer you a place in the program.
    4. We contact you with booking details and request 20% of the program fee in order to formalize your booking.
    5. We arrange a one-on-one interview for health form review, Spanish assessment, internship and homestay preferences.
    6. We send you the flight recommendations, along with the onboarding meeting schedule and the login details for your online culture course and language learning resources.
    7. Placement and Application Timeline
      1. 3 months prior to start date – CV, cover letter, passport and professional photo submission deadline.
      2. 1-2 weeks after material submission – first round of interviews with placement partners.
      3. 4-6 weeks after the interview with our placement partners, interviews with host companies begin.
      4. Students can expect to be placed with their host company 4 weeks prior to their program start date.
    8. Thirty days before the start of the program, we require the paper health form signed by your doctor, along with the balance of the program fee.
    9. You attend the onboarding meetings and receive the program handbook, packing list and internship proposal.
    10. You get ready for travel, you travel and we meet you at Madrid airport.

Ready to find out more? Book a chat with us today!

Spanish Gap Year

Program Features

Onboarding Meetings

We schedule regular onboarding meetings in the run up to your Gap semester to prepare you for your trip and answer all your questions


All Gappers are given a subscription to Lingopie, an online streaming site with Spanish TV shows and movies, so you can improve your Spanish before you travel!

Cultura Go

All Gappers are given access to Cultura Go's Spanish culture course, to prepare them for their Spanish adventure.

Language Gym

All Gappers receive a subscription to the Language Gym - an online platform to help you refresh and improve your Spanish before you travel.

SGY Journal

Our custom made Spanish Gap Year journal is designed to diarize, guide and support your gap semester in Spain.

Online Course

You will have access to our in-house learning platform, with all the course materials, scheduling, travel and cultural information you need.

Gapper Network

Our own social network lets you chat & share experiences with current gappers, and stay connected when you return home.


Our alumni network will be launching soon, allowing you to stay in touch with friends from your Gap semester!

Ready to find out more? Book a chat with us today!

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