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Expert bartender and modern cocktail preparation

Master modern cocktail making and the latest techniques of avant-guard cuisine applied to the preparation of cocktails.

This university degree course is a complete programme to become a modern barman. 

An intensive programme with a duration of 2 months, which includes study visits, master classes by prominent bartenders, a final project supported by tutors and work experience in the industry.

The degree is jointly awarded by Mondragon University and the Faculty of Gastronomic Sciences of the Basque Culinary Centre.



Graduates in catering, gastronomy and other disciplines who wish to specialise in the cocktail industry and professionals from the sector (bartenders, front of house staff, etc.) with the ambition to progress and acquire new skills.


    To acquire basic knowledge of the operation of a bar, customer service and team management and motivation.

    To acquire in-depth knowledge of the main products used in a bar; the key alcoholic drinks (rum, liqueurs and fermented beverages), wine and coffee, from their raw materials to main production areas, manufacturing methods, their properties and derivatives, and service.

    To master the classic and avant-guard techniques in cocktail preparation.

    To develop creative and sensory skills to produce signature cocktails as well as their own creations (alcoholic drinks, bitters, etc.).

    To learn and apply the gastronomic possibilities to cocktail preparation, both to desserts and savouring blends.

    To define and analyse the production processes (planning, stocks, costs) as a function of the type of service, business model and customer expectations (grand events, shows attended by the customer, cocktails in series, etc.).


Positions of bartender or head bartender can unquestionably be undertaken.

Adviser to the cocktail industry, brand ambassador for various brands, or the development of new products are other possible career opportunities.


A study plan that will provide you with a global vision that will enable you to master all the technical aspects of cocktail preparation and understand the business as well as the cocktail bar customer.

For further information on the study plan download



TERM TIMES: from October to December 2021.

TIMETABLE: Monday to Thursday from 15:15 to 20:15h


REGISTRATION: the registration is opened 

•   Very practical: cookery shows, tasting of alcoholic beverages, fruits, cocktail shaker training, mixtures, practical workshops and creativity sessions.

 •   Master classes run by prestigious guest bartenders.

 •   Study visits: there will be a visit to a distillery to experience in situ the distillation and the production process of some of the alcoholic beverages studied in the training modules, as well as other production centres connected to the module content.

 •   Project: the creation of a cocktail for a cocktail bar. Technical details of cocktails: 


The academic team is made up of:

    Expert course coordinator and senior lecturer. Patxi Troitiño, Spanish Champion 2009.

    Cookery, patisserie and front of house tutors for the Basque Culinary Centre.

    Experts in sensorial analysis and creativity.

    Experts in the different types of alcohol beverages and mixes: oenologists, mixologists, bartenders, brand ambassadors, etc.

    Experts in costs, team management and customer service.

Master class in cocktail preparation

During the course, renowned bartenders will share with students their knowledge and experience in the creation of cocktails, organisation of a competition, the secrets of their business model, etc.

This programme of studies has been assessed by a group of experts at the forefront of the sector and consists of:

    Javier de Las Muelas. Dry Martini, Barcelona.

    Pepe Dioni. Vice-President Europe IBA, San Sebastian.

    Marc Alvarez.  Director fundador Drink´s Atelier.

    Carlos Moreno. “Bar Manager Coctelería Catarsis,Grupo Larrumba”, Madrid.

    Javier Caballero. “Liquid Experience: Coctelería evolutiva”.

    Juan Vals. Bar Manager El Niño Perdido Cocktail Bar.

Throughout the course, some of these experts and other distinguished bartenders will share their experience, creative methods and the keys to their success.

The total fees for the programme are €3,190 which must be paid as follows

    €150 at the time of applying for a place (refundable in full in the case of not being admitted).

    40% of the total, that is €1,216  as a reservation fee payable at the time of confirmation of admission.

    The remainder of the fees, €1,824 two weeks prior to the start of the programme.

This price includes:

    Teaching material


    Study visits

Financing options

The Basque Culinary Centre has special financing agreements with various financial organisations.

Options for Discount

Refundable (partly or wholly) through the Fundación Tripartita.

Assistance with Accomodation

The students’ information office of the faculty will provide the necessary information and will assist students with their search for accommodation and shared flats.

The Basque Culinary Centre has a system of admissions that aims to ensure that our students have the academic level and personal competences required to complete the study plan successfully.

1 Pre-registraion:

Students wishing to be considered must send the following to
    The completed application form.
    Documentation to be attached to the application.
    Registration fee (fully refundable in refundable in full in the case of not being admitted). This fee is 150 euros.

2 Period for applications:

The period for application will remain open until all places have been allocated. The maximum number of students to be admitted is 18. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within a period of one month.

For any further enquiries regarding course requirements or the admission process, please do not hesitate to contact us on

Culinary House

New residence opened in the academic year 2017/2018.

Located just a step away from the Basque Culinary Center and with excellent downtown connections, the residence has 73 well-equipped studios designed for those who desire luxury student living. All rooms feature the latest trends in interior design and technology and include double beds, flat screen TVs, modern furniture, in-room kitchenettes, private bathrooms, and outward facing views. The facilities are also equipped with a fitness center, meeting and study rooms, a large shared kitchen space for culinary practices, as well as a community living area where residents can socialize and relax.

Some of the amenities include:

  • Weekly jacket cleaning
  • Weekly room cleaning
  • High-speed wireless internet
  • Heating, air conditioning, and basic utilities included
  • Laundry facilities with washers and dryers
  • Concierge services and 24-hour surveillance

Preferential fees will apply to BCC students

More information at



These types of residence are small and have restricted entrance times. The rooms can be single or double and they do not always have an ensuite bathroom. Those that offer full board may not offer all the meals at weekends. Admission to these residences entails a personal interview with the families.

The prices given below are approximate.

Camino de S. Bartolomé, 24
Tel 943 464795
Regimen full board
Precio aproximado €625/month
Avda. Gral. Zumalakarregi, 11
Tel 943 210800
Regimen full board
Precio aproximado €580-€615/month
Residents must leave the residence at weekends with the exception of examination periods.
Paseo de la Fe, 34
Tel 943 456072
Regimen full board
Precio aproximado €350-€490
Paseo de Heriz, 95
Tel 943 210866
Regimen half board or full board
Precio aproximado from €450 to €590/month
No se ofrecen comidas durante el fin de semana aunque hay una cocina a disposición de las residentes.
Ilumbe, 8
Tel 943 456600
Regimen full board
Precio aproximado €540-€605/month
C/ Aldapeta, 49
Tel 616 369 815
Regimen Pensión completa
Precio aproximado 932€/mes
No hay cocinas disponibles para las residentes pero las estudiantes de BCC podrán realizar prácticas de cocina.
Paseo de Ayete, 25
Tel 943 242400
Regimen pensión completa
Precio aproximado 370€
El precio del alojamiento y pensión se costea trabajando en el servicio de alimentación. Admisión mediante entrevista.
Pº Ayete, 25
Tel 943 21000
Regimen Pensión Completa
Precio aproximado 1.055€/mes
Pº Maddalen Jauregiberri,2
Tel 943 454400
Regimen habitación y desayuno
Precio aproximado 320€-380€/mes


These are mixed and are larger than the religious residences. As a general rule, they do not have entrance times.

Portuetxe, 35
Tel +34 627298552
Regimen acommodation in studio with fully furnished kitchen and private bathroom
Precio aproximado desde 530€ hasta 880€/mes
New residence in year 20/21. Individual studios with private bathroom and fully equipped kitchen with oven. Excellent common areas include two cooking practice rooms for BCC students. Price includes utilities, cleaning and weekly change of linen.
Pº Ondarreta, 24
Tel 943 003300
Regimen alojamiento y desayuno, media pensión o pensión completa
Precio aproximado desde 498€ hasta 1.090€/mes
El precio incluye la limpieza del uniforme de cocina. No hay cocinas disponibles para los residentes aunque los estudiantes de BCC podrán hacer prácticas de cocina en un espacio debidamente equipado para ello.
Pº Berio, 9
Tel 943 563000
Regimen alojamiento
Precio aproximado desde 403€ hasta 690€/mes
Residencia de la Universidad de País Vasco; alojan prioritariamente a los estudiantes de la UPV pero pueden tener plazas disponibles desde la reciente ampliación.


Prior authorisation from interested parties, the BCC Students'Office favours contact among admitted students so that they can organise themselves to share flats. Traditionally, students have created groups in social media to contact each other. The BCC also informs students about rented flat offers that the owners send us.
The average price per student in a shared flat in Donostia-San Sebastian is around €300 per month.

Students from European Union member countries, Norway, Switzerland. Liechtenstein and Iceland will not require a visa to reside in Spain.

Other international students will have to request a long-term student visa which will allow them to reside in Spain for a period longer than 180 days.

Visas should be requested from, and issued by the Diplomatic Missions and Spanish Consul Offices abroad.  It is important to obtain information on the required documentation and gather it as soon as possible, since the relevant authorities may take up to two months to notify that visas will be granted.

Once students have arrived in Donostia-San Sebastian, they have one month from the time of their arrival to request the foreign students’ card at the Foreign Residents Office in Donostia-San Sebastian. The students’ office of the BCC will provide the necessary information to students in this matter.

Through the MU Sports Service, students can access team sports as well as individual sporting activities and Group trips (weekend skiing, surfing trips….).

Donostia-San Sebastian also has an extensive offer of municipal sporting facilities. The Kirol Txartela (sport card) permits access to all the city’s municipal facilities at a very economical price. For more information, go to the following link.


Information on the COST OF LIVING in San Sebastian is given below:


The best way to move around the city is with the network of urban buses. The company which provides this service is Compañia del Tranvia de Donostia-San Sebastian.

Their web page contains all information on routes, timetables and tariffs. The web page also enables the calculation of the bus route between two points and its estimated duration.

Students can benefit from monthly season tickets which reduce the cost of travelling by bus.

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Donostia-San Sebastian offers accommodation in student residences. It is advisable that those interested in this type of accommodation make their reservation as soon as possible.

A document containing information on some of the residences in the city can be found below.

Download: Accommodation in San Sebastian

Donostia-San Sebastian is the administrative capital of Gipuzkoa, one of the territories that integrates the Basque Country. There are two official languages: Spanish and Basque.

On the banks of the Bay of Biscay,, Donostia-San Sebastián is a small town within a natural framework of incomparable beauty. A holiday destination for monarchs and nobles during the Belle Epoque, Donostia-San Sebastian arose as a lordly city where tradition and modernity exist side by side.

Images courtesy of San Sebastian Tourism
If there is something that can compete with its spectacular beauty that is its gastronomy: cradle of the “new Basque cuisine”, Mecca of culinary avant-garde and the world capital of the pintxo, Donostia-San Sebastian is the city with the most Michelin stars per square metres in the world. The importance of its restaurants, its famous gastronomic societies and the quality of its raw material convert Donostia-San Sebastian into a gastronomic reference in the world. Not in vain, the British magazine, “Which”, chose Donostia-San Sebastian as the best gastronomic destination in the world.

Over the last few years, innovation and sustainability have been the two main pillars for the development of Donostia-San Sebastian, which has fostered an ideal city of pedestrians and bicycles.

Images courtesy of San Sebastian Tourism
  • Because in Donostia-San Sebastian, as in the rest of the Basque Country, gastronomy forms part of society and good food is present at any event and celebration. Donostia-San Sebastian, a city of 185,000 inhabitants, has 120 gastronomic societies.
  • Because four of the eight restaurants with three Michelin stars in Spain are in the Basque Country, three of them in Donostia-San Sebastian.
  • Because of its cultural offer, which includes internationally renowned film and jazz festivals. Donostia-San Sebastian has been named as European Capital of Culture for 2016.
  • Due to its beaches, ideal for practicing surf all year round.
  • Due to its mountains, just 2.5 hours from the Pyrenees.
  • Because it is a safe, accessible and welcoming city.

Images courtesy of San Sebastian Tourism
Donostia-San Sebastian is connected to the main Spanish cities by bus, train and plane.

The airport of Donostia-San Sebastian is 20 kilometres from the city. It is a small airport with direct flights from Madrid and Barcelona. It has a bus service to the city centre.

The international airport of Bilbao is one hour from Donostia-San Sebastian, and it is connected to the city with a frequent bus service from the actual airport.

The international airport of Biarritz is 45 minutes away although it only offers a direct bus to Donostia-San Sebastian once a day.
   Bilbao – 99 km
   Biarritz – 50 km
   Madrid – 450 km
   Barcelona – 570 km

donostia Images courtesy of San Sebastian Tourism

During their study years, BCC students will have access to the BCC Student APP. Through this APP students will be informed about grants and scholarships, job opportunities, extracurricular learning opportunities, events, invitations to exclusive Master Classes... They will also be informed on student discounts, BCC Cafeteria or Restaurant reservations, transportation, etc.



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