Spend this summer studying the business of tourism in two of the top vacation destinations in Europe.
You’ll begin in Ireland, a country which attracts up to seven million visitors each year, looking at responsible tourism development as means of bolstering the economy while helping building community and national identity.
Next, you’ll travel to Mallorca, with a population of slightly less than one million, the island welcomes 10 million international tourists every year. As a result, the service sector, and in particular tourism, becomes the economic engine of this region. Here you’ll explore the symbiotic relationship between globalization, human migration, and tourism through a case study of the Balearic Islands.
Study abroad in Dublin and Palma and you will:
- Develop insight into sustainable tourism practices in two of the industry’s leading destinations
- To offer your own diagnosis on the success of innovative techniques and renewal projects
- Gain a greater appreciation of tourism’s power to reinforce traditions and customs that come under threat from the globalization of culture
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Intercultural Comparative Experience
Expand your global perspective. Choose to spend your three-day intercultural weekend in one of these European cities:
- Barcelona, Spain
- Berlin, Germany
- London, England
- Paris, France
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
The program fee includes:
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.
Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes all meals while in Palma; no meals are included while in Dublin
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee *
International Airfare **
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* for meals while in Dublin
** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure; note that students will require a multi-destination ticket
Course contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit for the program is 6 semester/9 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.
All study abroad students take one course during each session. In Ireland: Sustainable Tourism in Ireland: An Analysis of Responsible Tourism Development. In Palma: Globalization, Human Migration, and Tourism: The Balearic Islands as a Case Study
About the City
About The City
An ancient city, Dublin is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing European capitals. With a young and vibrant population of over 1,000,000, it has enjoyed considerable economic growth during the last decade. Dublin may be a city on the move; however, the charm, culture, and heritage of old Dublin is still apparent everywhere. It is perhaps the most literary city in the world with associations that include Joyce, Shaw, Swift, Wilde, and Beckett.
Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca, capital of the Balearic Islands, has inspired musicians, artists, and writers for centuries. The city, with its tiny traditional shops, Modernist facades, and tall buildings crowding the bay’s shore, is a stark contrast to the rest of the island and its small romantic villages with stone houses found in the northern mountains. Blessed with a gentle climate and cosmopolitan urban life mixed with traditional culture, no wonder Palma is so attractive.
Mallorca is the number one tourist destination in Europe, with 12 million tourists per year and 80 percent of its local GDP generating from the tourism service sector. Some of Europe’s major tourism enterprises, such as Air Europa, Air Berlin-Spain, Barceló, Hotel Beds, Iberostar, Orizonia, Sol Meliá, and Viajes Iberia have their headquarters in Palma. During the height of the tourist season, the international airport becomes one of the busiest in Europe.
A tourist destination for nearly 100 years, Mallorca experienced rapid tourist growth beginning in the 1950s, with the island being transformed from one of the poorest regions in Spain to one of the wealthiest. Mallorca seeks new ways to protect its treasures by promoting upscale tourism, convention and meetings, cultural heritage, eco-tourism, and sports tourism. Since 1991, Cabrera Island became a natural park, and in 2011 the Tramuntana Mountain Range was declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO for its great physical and cultural significance.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Antonia Ferriol earned her Ph.D. in Spanish literature from Pennsylvania State University. Antonia has taught Spanish language and literature at Middlebury College, Denison University, and Universitat de Illes Balears. Dr. Ferriol was resident director of the CIEE Study Centers in Alcalá and Barcelona.
If I were to define my own identity, I would just say, “Mediterranean.” For me, Palma embodies the essence of a modern Mediterranean island: a melting pot of cultures and history that date back to the Romans and the Arabs. Sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs, charming mountain towns and castles, windmills and farms in the fields, Cabrera Island’s national park, marsh and meadows which preserve autochthonous species. Traditional fiestas, craft markets, winding streets, and lively squares with musicians and artists.
Palma is big enough to support a large cultural offering and host immigrants from all over the world, yet welcoming and approachable for a period of study, to form friendships, and become immersed in the culture. Most past participants especially value how sincerely the locals have welcomed them, especially the families with whom they live and their Spanish friends, who helped them get to know Palma and to love the island and its culture.
If you want to know why Majorcans travel and live around the world, but in the end always come back to their island, as I did, you will have to come and find out for yourself. You will definitely fall in love with the people, the city, the landscapes, the pace of life, and the history, and you also will desire to keep coming back.
Antonia Ferriol, Resident Director
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
Established in the early 1980s, Dublin City University (DCU) has approximately 10,000 students. DCU offers its students multi-disciplinary programs, creating an environment that stimulates entrepreneurial awareness and activity through strong links with local and international businesses. The 85-acre campus compares to a traditional U.S. campus with central green areas, cafés, theater, a sports center, and a library. DCU is located 20 to 30 minutes by bus from downtown Dublin. Public transportation is easily accessible.
Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) is a young university with a population of 13,000 students. Mallorca’s economy depends mainly upon tourism which has resulted in a stronger emphasis on such academic and research areas as tourism studies, business, economics, human resources, and environmental sustainability. Its modern campus has libraries, a bookstore, computer labs, sports facilities, medical service, restaurants, and coffee shops. With the Tramuntana Mountain Range as its backdrop, UIB is just a 14-minute metro ride from the city center. The summer program is located in a UIB building right in the city center, no more than a 15- to 20-minute walk from the homestays.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
In Dublin, study abroad students share apartments in an on-campus student residence. In the residence, students have their own room and small bathroom with a shared living/kitchen/dining area. There are three to six individual rooms to each shared area. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. There are dining facilities and a small grocery store on campus.
In Palma, students live in a Spanish speaking home where three daily meals are provided. On weekdays, the mid-day meal could be a sandwich to take to the university or equivalent. Housing is in the center of Palma. Students can walk from their homestays to Sa Riera, the University building in which classes meet (no more than a 20 minute walk). Homestays are an important contribution to the students’ commitment to cultural and linguistic immersion. By living with a Spanish family, study abroad students practice in day-to-day life the Spanish learned in the classroom, and experience Spanish culture first-hand.
Students have internet access on campus, in their dorm rooms, and at most homestays. All students are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop.
Courses in Dublin include daily lectures, readings, films, and frequent outings in the city. Each session includes a field trip linked to the coursework. CIEE courses are taught on the DCU campus by the CIEE Resident Director, but are not part of the DCU curriculum.
In Palma, courses meet every morning or afternoon for three hours from Monday through Friday, with occasional outings. CIEE study abroad courses combine lectures, readings, films, active participation and group discussion, class-related visits and study trips, and laboratory analysis. Attendance is mandatory and absences affect final grades. CIEE classes provide a detailed syllabus, and students are expected to be prepared for class.
Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.
Sustainable Tourism in Ireland: An Analysis of Responsible Tourism Development
With up to seven million visitors per year, tourism is a vital part of Ireland’s economy and has significant impacts of the socio-cultural and ecological environments of the country. With international tourism flows expected to reach 1.6 billion a year by 2020, tourism growth in Ireland is expected to continue and increase. Tourism is one of the most effective ways of redistributing wealth, by moving money into local economies from other parts of the country and overseas. Ecotourism can place a greater focus on the conservation of natural resources through the recognition of their importance to visitor experiences and their economic value to the local community. Tourism development encourages a positive sense of community and national identity, and can reinforce distinctive traditions and customs that come under threat from the globalization of culture. Recognizing the economic and socio-cultural benefits of tourism, and being equally aware of the negative impacts of mass tourism, Ireland has embraced and developed tourism products that are “clean and green” and developed an international reputation in the development of heritage, rural, cultural, and ecological tourism. Using a variety of learning including seminars, sites visits, field trips, and industry presentations, these courses examines the success and innovative nature of Irish tourism since its inception.
Palma de Mallorca
Globalization, Human Migration, and Tourism: The Balearic Islands as a Case Study
With international tourism arrivals expected to reach 1.6 billion a year by 2020, this is becoming the world’s leading industry. This course explores the high symbiotic relationship among globalization, human migration, and tourism in the contemporary world through the case study of the Balearic Islands, Europe’s most popular tourist destination. Tourism and migration are two major social phenomena in the context of globalization. As such, they also present key economic, political, social and environmental dimensions for understanding our contemporary world. In this sense, the Balearic Islands constitute an excellent laboratory in which to analyze both the industry of tourism and the movement of people it requires. These islands have become a crucial meeting point for the global and the local since not only do they contain the most recent manifestations of how to produce a tourism destination and how to consume it but they also offer a relevant example of what it looks like once this tourism destination matures and of how its know-how is exported across the globe. By paying attention to the voice of the different people involved in the making of the Balearics as a mature mass tourism destination, this course will examine how the relation between consensus and conflict pervades the whole process.