This summer, come explore pressing environmental issues and the measures that two different European countries are taking to combat them.
You’ll begin in Groningen, exploring the Dutch experience defining spatial problems and devising, implementing, and monitoring spatial policies to investigate more widely applicable aspects of national, urban, and regional planning. Next, you’ll travel to Palma to examine marine ecosystems: the human environmental impacts, preventive and corrective actions, sustainable development and conservation, and restoration.
Study abroad in Groningen and Palma and you will:
- Study with specialized staff from the Department of Spatial Sciences
- Conduct field work at costal shores
- Gain insight into and analyze the effectiveness of sustainable and conservational practices
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 Groningen
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 Groningen
** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure; note that students will require a multi-destination ticket
- Overall GPA 2.75
- For CIEE content courses in Spanish, at least 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
Total recommended credit for this program is 6 semester/9 quarter hours. Each course has 45 contact hours.
Students take one course each session. In Groningen, Society, Environment, Transportation & Space: The Dutch Experience. In Palma: Mediterranean Marine Environment
About the City
About The City
Located in the north, Groningen is a lively city offering everything you would expect from a city with many cafes, shops, historic monuments, theaters, parks, and markets. Groningen is the youngest city in the Netherlands with about half its population under age 35.
About 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
Growing up in a small town in the north of the Netherlands, after high school Renée decided to move to Amsterdam to study. Although she has great memories of her home town, she was sure she wanted to explore more and go beyond the borders of what she knew. While doing a bachelor’s in Communications she was lucky enough to go abroad twice; one semester taking part in a PR program at Seneca College in Toronto, Canada, and one semester doing an internship in the tourism industry in Cape Town, South Africa. She loved to be in an international environment, learn new things, and meet new people. When she got back to the Netherlands she went on to earn an international master’s degree in Sociology (with a special focus on Migration and Ethnic Studies) at the University of Amsterdam.
In 2008, she was appointed resident coordinator at CIEE. From 2008 onwards she has seen the Amsterdam Study Center grow from one program in Social Sciences to several semester and summer programs in both Amsterdam and Groningen. During these years she got to know all aspects of the programs; academics, housing, program development and overseeing the office as a whole.
Renée loves working with international students; seeing the excitement on arrival day and the comfort upon departure; She truly believe it’s a fascinating process how one makes a place his or her new home.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
Students will study at the CIEE Study Centers in Groningen, Netherlands and Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the program fee. In Groningen, study abroad students are placed in single rooms in residence halls with shared shower and kitchen facilities. Residence halls are within a short commute by foot, bike, or bus to the University in Groningen. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Meals may be taken at affordable restaurants, in the University cafeteria, or prepared in the residence’s kitchen facilities.
In Palma, study abroad 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).
Students have access to internet on campus and at residences and homestays and are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.
Both courses include a combination of lectures, active participation, guest speakers, and guided site visits. Students visit organizations related to the themes covered in the courses and are asked to give a presentation of their findings.
Nature of Classes
Study abroad students take classes with other CIEE participants only.
Students are graded on the basis of class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, examinations, papers, and in some cases oral presentations, much like in the United States. Grades are given on a ten-point scale.
Language of Instruction
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.
Society, Environment, Transportation & Space: The Dutch Experience
The core course uses the Dutch experience of defining spatial problems and devising, implementing, and monitoring spatial policies to investigate more widely applicable aspects of national, urban, and regional planning. It is taught by specialized staff from the Department of Spatial Sciences and coordinated through weekly tutorials and seminars. Lecture topics include Population Dynamics, Cultural Geography of the Netherlands, Physical Geography of the Netherlands, Dutch Water Management Policies, Transportation and Mobility, International Position of the Netherlands, Spatial Planning, Environmental Planning, Energy and Space, Death and Space, Rural Areas and Agriculture in the Netherlands, and Regional Economic Policies.
Palma de Mallorca
Mediterranean Marine Environment
This course provides an introduction to the Mediterranean marine ecosystem. Special emphasis is dedicated to human environmental impacts, preventive and corrective actions, sustainable development and conservation, marine protected areas, and restoration. The course includes fieldwork at coastal shores from sandy to bottom ecosystems, along with visits to an aquarium, a research fishery, and a marine national park. Practical skills will be worked out by analyzing species and studying ecosystems from seagrasses to temperate coral formations. Discussion and evaluation of case studies is carried out. No background in biology is needed for the course, although biology and environmental studies students are welcome.