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
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Required CIEE Language Courses
Students are required to enroll in one of the following Spanish language courses, but advanced students can enroll in two. Students with 3–4 semesters of Spanish are required to enroll in either Intermediate or Advanced Spanish, determined by an on-site placement test. They may also choose to enroll in Spanish for Business and Tourism, which focuses on tourism and business, with no grammar involved. Language classes include scheduled one-on-one meetings with assigned language partners.
SPAN 1001 PABT
Beginning Spanish Language
This course is aimed at students with 0-1 semesters of college-level Spanish. The course is designed from a communicative perspective to help true beginners with their immersion in Spanish life while developing the four linguistic language skills: listening comprehension, oral communication, reading, and writing. Although the course covers the grammar and vocabulary typically encountered in Beginning Spanish (present, past, imperfect, present perfect, future, direct objects, adjectives, comparatives, prepositions, imperative and present subjunctive), it is specially designed to introduce as well vocabulary related to business, tourism and hospitality areas.
SPAN 2001 PABT
Intermediate Spanish Language
This course is aimed at students with 2–3 semesters of college-level Spanish or with intermediate language skills. The course is designed from a communicative perspective and focuses on real-life application of Spanish to help students improve the four linguistic language skills: listening comprehension, oral communication, reading, and writing. Although the course covers the grammar and vocabulary typically encountered in Intermediate Spanish (present, past, future and imperative tenses, direct and indirect object pronouns, prepositions and adverbs, ser and estar, and selected aspects of the subjunctive and conditional moods), it is specially designed to introduce as well vocabulary related to business, tourism and hospitality areas.
SPAN 3001 PABT
Advanced Spanish Language
This course is aimed at students with 4 semesters of college-level Spanish. The course is designed from a communicative perspective and focuses on real-life application of Spanish to challenge students’ existing linguistic language skills and provide them with an opportunity to expand their knowledge and command of reading, writing, listening comprehension, and oral communication Spanish skills. Emphasis is placed on the following grammatical tools: complex aspects of the various past tenses, the full range of subjunctive and conditional moods, and formal and informal registers. The course covers abstract functions of language such as expressing opinions, resolving conflicts, formulating complaints, making an argument, or negotiating with another party. This course is specially designed to introduce as well vocabulary related to business, tourism and hospitality areas.
SPAN 3002 PABT
Spanish for Business and Tourism
This course consists of an analysis of culturally appropriate vocabulary and discourse related to business and tourism areas (management, administration, banking, marketing, finance, human resources, goods and services). Students are empowered with practical tools that enable them to understand, analyze and practice oral business transactions and written commercial documents in Spanish, including translating and interpreting activities. The course includes cross-cultural communication skills frequently used in the world of business and of special importance for managers and leaders who must make informed decisions. It provides opportunities to observe first hand the different departments of businesses dedicated to tourism. Throughout the semester students develop a business plan.
SPAN 3003 PABT
Advanced Spanish for Business and Tourism
This course is aimed at students with 5 or more semesters of college-level Spanish. This course is designed to enhance comprehension and written expression in an academic business and tourism setting (management, administration, banking, marketing, finance, human resources, goods and services). Students learn strategies for reading and analyzing business texts and develop skills essential for producing professional business communications and reports. Special focus is placed on the use of technical vocabulary in a business and tourism context. The course includes cross-cultural communication skills frequently used in the world of business and of special importance for managers and leaders who must make informed decisions. It provides opportunities to observe first hand the different departments of businesses, as well as companies dedicated to tourism. Throughout the semester students develop a business plan.
Required CIEE Business, Tourism and Culture Courses
The program offers business, tourism and culture courses with a very strong field research and hands-on component. Participants register in either one or more course.
BUSI 3002 PABT
International Meeting and Event Planning
(fall and spring semesters)
This course offers an introduction to the fascinating world of international meetings and events. Students will explore the basic tools and knowledge involved in the different typologies of meetings and events including research, planning, marketing strategies, budget management, and design. Considering the steady development and expansion of the meetings and events industry at present, a special focus in sustainability and accessible events will be a must. Lectures will combine both theory and class discussions. Students will delve into the real professional environment by executing a real project and assisting speakers related to the field during two seminars.
BUSI 3004 PABT
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
(fall semester only)
This is an introductory course intended to provide students with a solid foundation in terms of the vital role played by entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in the 21st century global economy. Further, it is a course that mixes theory with practice. Therefore, students will be challenged to apply principles, concepts and frameworks to real world situations. A specific focus will be given to start-up projects on the Internet. Through case studies and group interaction the course explores the challenges and opportunities related to entrepreneurship and will provide students with the practical knowledge and tools to successfully write and evaluate a business plan. After studying this course, students would be able to understand the entrepreneurial environment but also have a better view on how to successfully launch and subsequently manage a start-up. Entrepreneurship integrates a number of different disciplines, ranging from sociology and psychology to economics, finance, marketing, project management or human resources. Therefore, students from different disciplines interested in developing their business skills and learning how to transform an idea into a real business are welcome to enroll. Additional material and readings will be provided to help students without business background to better understand the basis of the lectures.
HISP 3001 PABT/POLI 3001 PABT
Spain Today: Politics and Society
(fall semester only)
This course attempts to offer an introduction to today’s Spanish political and social structures. These can only be fully understood by taking a look to the main events that affected the country during the last century; the Civil War, the dictatorship and entrance into democracy are just the beginning of the story. Students are encouraged to discuss issues such as the two-party system, terrorism, religion, immigration, gender issues and national identities. Lessons include materials such as press articles, documentaries, social films and field trips.
BUSI 3001 PABT
(fall semester only)
Through a variety of readings and activities, this course introduces and contextualizes the phenomenon of tourism within the broader social, cultural, economic and natural environments. The course engages with the principles of sustainability, not only from a private perspective but also from a public policy point of view as they relate to tourism development, management and planning. The course places emphasis on practical application, using case studies of the Balearic Islands, field visits, and interactive and experiential exercises in Palma.
MKTG 3001 PABT
(spring semester only)
This course describes how environmental conditions (cultural, geographic, economic, political, institutional, and legal) impact international marketing strategies. Students are encouraged to take the role of the marketing manager of a global corporation and analyze strategies to market a product internationally. Through articles, lectures, in-class exercises, analysis of business case studies and visits to Spanish international companies, students learn about marketing mix, brand creation and management, segmentation, targeting, positioning, and entering foreign markets.
BUSI 3003 PABT
International Tourism: Trends for the 21st Century
(spring semester only)
This course analyzes specific world tourism destinations, including their physical, political, economic, and cultural characteristics as these relate to the tourism industry. This course puts the tourism phenomenon into the context of the globalization process and assesses the impact of current events, trends, and developments on tourism. Palma is an ideal location to study how tourism interacts with economic development, politics, environment, and historic and cultural preservation. Students will apply the theories, methods, and ideas introduced in class to the case of the Balearic Islands.
CIEE Elective Courses
Students can choose any of the following elective courses:
INSH 3003 PABT/INSH 3006 PABT
The internship gives students the opportunity to apply their academic and language skills in a professional context while working part-time in a local organization. CIEE places students in an organization or company related to tourism, a hotel, or an organization related to another business discipline. On-site business experience (120-135 or 240 hours) is complemented by a solid academic component which requires the following: participation in a 13-hour seminar; regular meetings with the internship academic advisor; a professional journal explaining the day-to-day activities and observations about the internship; a 15-page final paper about the student’s internship experience; and a PowerPoint presentation in front of a panel of evaluators. The seminar reflects on the world of business and/or tourism, cultural differences and interaction in an international work environment, and on how culture affects business.
Students are required to concentrate on one area during the internship. However, some opportunities for cross-training may be available depending on the size of the company or hotel. Business internships can be in the following departments: marketing, finance, tourism management, business management, new technology companies (internet, e-commerce), and non-governmental agencies (NGOs) working on projects with underdeveloped countries. Areas for tourism-related internships include: hotels, conference centers, banquets and catering agencies, meetings and special events agencies, marketing companies, travel agencies, tour operators, tourist bureaus, leisure, recreation and sport companies. Hotel internships are available within the following areas: culinary (hotel kitchens as a trainee chef); lodging (reception and
reservations); food and beverage (wait staff in hotel dining rooms or bartending); entertainment, marketing
and event planning; administration (such as the maintenance of guest databases).
INDR 3001 PABT
Independent Research Project
This is an independent student project related to tourism directed by a faculty advisor. The project culminates in a ten page written final paper. It may include empirical research, library research, and applied projects. Students develop a plan of study for an individual research project approved by their home institution advisor.
CLST 3001 PALT
Seminar on Living and Learning in Palma
This course is designed to improve students’ intercultural communication and competence while studying abroad by considering how the Spanish are different from and similar to themselves and others. The course offers opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom, to develop insights and the skills necessary to interact effectively and appropriately, and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the cultural richness of Spain and Palma. Offered in Spanish only. Prerequisite: Four prior semesters of Spanish.
CATA 1001 PALT
Introduction to Everyday Catalan
The objective of this course is to help students develop basic oral skills of Catalan language through communicative and real-life activities. Students meet and learn to greet a family in Catalan. Most class sessions meet outside the classroom. Class meets in the market, the train station, a nonprofit organization, the city hall, a little village, and a kitchen. The goal is to start using Catalan in everyday situations. Prerequisite: Three prior semesters of Spanish.
Regular University Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) Courses
Students take one, two, or three classes in English related to business, economics, or tourism at the University of the Balearic Islands. Following is a sample listing of the courses:
Air Transport Economics, Analysis of Economical Data, Business Communication and Culture for Tourism, Business Intercultural Communication, Business Strategy, Critical Thinking, Design of Business Corporations, Econometrics, Economic Environment, Economical Growth, Economics of Information, Economy of Tourism, Environmental Economics, Financial Economics, Geographies of Globalization and Critical Thought, Getting to know the United Nations and Other International Organizations, Industrial Organization, International Tourism Geography, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Econometrics, Introduction to Markets and Financial Operations, Introduction to Tourism, Investment and Business Financing, Macroeconomic Analysis of Tourism, Management of Products and Operations, Management Skills, Managerial Skills for the Hospitality Industry, Marketing Management I, Microeconomics, Promotional Tourism Management, Tourism Industry Contracts, Tourism in the Era of Globalization: Fighting Poverty Through Responsible Tourism, Tourism Marketing I, Tourism Marketing II, Understanding Global Business, Understanding International Tourism Debates from the Balearic Islands Tourism Laboratory, Welfare Economics
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 changes as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. Syllabi for the CIEE courses listed above are available upon request.