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09/11/2014 - 12/20/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 04/15/2014
Credit:
16 - 18 semester / 24 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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04/01/2015
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16 - 18 semester / 24 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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02/03/2015 - 05/30/2015
Deadlines:
10/01/2014
Credit:
16 - 18 semester / 24 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Deadlines:
10/01/2015
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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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09/11/2014 - 05/30/2015
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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Study Abroad in Palma de Mallorca
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Develop your skills to become a leader in business, hospitality, or recreation management in a city known for its tourism industry – and for its beauty! The coastal Spanish city of Palma de Mallorca is an ideal laboratory for students. By enrolling directly with local Spanish students in specially designed English-taught classes and taking part in visits to local business focused on the hospitality and tourism industries, you’ll develop critical management skills, industry vocabulary, and a global business perspective.

Study abroad in Palma de Mallorca and you’ll:

  • Learn Spanish at your level – focusing on developing your tourism and business vocabulary – while living on the Mediterranean coast
  • Study business, tourism, hospitality, meeting, and event and recreation management in English with Spanish and other international students
  • Experience a professional work atmosphere while pursuing a for-credit internship in a company or hotel
  • Explore natural and cultural sites, international and new-technology companies, areas of mass tourism and over-development, rural eco-tourist sites, and hotels
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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:

  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants
  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants

    For minority students from minority-serving institutions who demonstrate financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship
  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship

    The Michael Stohl Research Scholarship is awarded to students studying for a semester or year who are self-identified as a 1st generation college student, demonstrate financial need, are a non-traditionally aged student, have a non-traditional background, and/or are planning to conduct research as part of the study abroad program. Preference is given to students from public higher education institutions. Awards range from $1000-$5000, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

  • CIEE Global Ambassadors Merit Grant
  • CIEE Global Ambassadors Merit Grant

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    Awarded to motivated students who are eager to share the many transformative benefits of studying abroad when they return to campus. Awards are based on personal statements from student applicants that demonstrate motivation and financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC).

    CIEE Alumni Ambassador Grant awardees are required to either:

    Maintain an official CIEE blog during their semester abroad OR

    Act as a CIEE Alumni Ambassador on their campus after returning from studying abroad

  • CIEE Business, Finance, and Management Merit Scholarships
  • CIEE Business, Finance, and Management Merit Scholarships

    For high-achieving students in business, management, finance, and accounting programs who enroll in programs that focus on business or economics

  • CIEE International Academic Internship Merit Scholarships
  • CIEE International Academic Internship Merit Scholarships

    For high-achieving students who want to combine an academic internship and study abroad

  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships

    For first-generation college students who want to combine research and study abroad. Preference is given to students with diverse ethnic backgrounds.

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Whether you’re a beginner or more advanced level Spanish speaker, CIEE’s Business and Tourism program in Palma offers language learning courses that suit your abilities and introduces vocabulary relevant to business, tourism, and hospitality. You’ll also have your choice of CIEE electives in subjects including international marketing, entrepreneurship and innovation, sustainable tourism, international meeting and event planning, international tourism, and contemporary Spanish politics and society.

Internship

study abroad in Spain

Put your new Spanish language skills and academic knowledge to work with an internship. Work in the human resources or corporate social responsibility department at the headquarters for Riu Hotels, the second-biggest Spanish hotel chain. Help with marketing analysis, database maintenance, and research at Amara Marketing, a small local marketing agency. Or assist at the reception desk at Puro Hotel, an urban spa hotel famous for its lounge music bar. You’ll gain important skills, and experience Spain in a whole new way.

Excursions

Explore the Roman ruins of Pollentia, the World Heritage site of Sierra Tramuntana, and spend a day sailing along the coast. Take a three-day trip to the mainland, and visit Madrid, Granada, Seville, Bilbao, or Barcelona. Visit international and new-technology companies, areas of mass tourism and overdevelopment, hotels, and the Microsoft Innovation Center of Tourism Technologies. Day excursions on the island include visits to historical and natural sites, like the imposing cliffs and breathtaking views of Formentor. And that’s just the beginning. You’ll also explore the towns of Valldemossa, Deia, and Alcudia, the beaches of Es Trenc, and hike the impressive Pareis canyon.

Volunteering

Red Cross Youth will help you find an area that moves you to action. It could be the environment, AIDS, drugs, children, or women and gender issues – you name it and you’ll find a volunteering opportunity that’s right for you.

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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.
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Costs
Fall 2014 (14 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
09/11/2014
12/20/2014

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

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Fall 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$15,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$11,787
Housing ***
$3,650
Insurance
$113

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,350
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,800

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.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2015 (17 wks)
10/01/2014
02/03/2015
05/30/2015
$15,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$11,787
Housing ***
$3,650
Insurance
$113

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,350
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,800

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.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2016
10/01/2015
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

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Academic year 2014-2015 (37 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
09/11/2014
05/30/2015

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

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Academic year 2015-2016
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$30,100

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$22,387
Housing ***
$7,300
Insurance
$113

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,350
Local Transportation
$600
Books & Supplies
$600
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$5,600

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.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 2 semesters of college-level Spanish recommended. Students on this program with 5+ semesters of Spanish (or the equivalent) may take direct enroll business courses in Spanish. Students with 5+ semesters of Spanish (or the equivalent) also have the option to enroll instead in the Liberal Arts program, offered entirely in Spanish.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester program is 16-18 semester/24-27 quarter hours and for the academic year, 34-37 semester/51-55.5 quarter hours. For students doing an internship in the fall semester, total recommended credit is 13 semester/19.5 quarter hours. For students doing a 6-credit internship in the spring semester, total recommended credit is 16 semester/24 quarter hours. Contact hours for CIEE courses are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours. Contact hours for UIB courses are 60 hours and recommended credit is 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

CIEE students take a total of five courses per semester. Study abroad students are required to enroll in a CIEE language and content course, and a regular course at Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB). Remaining courses can be chosen from a combination of CIEE language and content courses, UIB courses, and an internship. Students participating in the internship in the fall, who plan on leaving before Christmas, and in the spring doing the 6-credit internship, are advised to take only three additional courses (a CIEE language and content course, and a UIB course). Academic year students replace the CIEE language and content courses with regular university courses, other CIEE courses or an internship in their second semester. Some UIB courses have prerequisites.

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About the City

About The City

Palma de Mallorca, capital of the Balearic Islands, has inspired musicians, artists, and writers for centuries. Sophisticated, and bursting with life, this island in the Mediterranean Sea features a beautiful marina, palm-lined promenade, and rocky inlets, perfect for relaxing and exploring. A maze of streets in the Old City hint at the island’s Moorish past. Known for its tourism (which supplies 80 percent of its GDP), Palma is the ideal laboratory to study business, hospitality, and recreation management. 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 where you’ll find small romantic villages and stone houses among mountains. The gentle climate and cosmopolitan urban life mixed with traditional culture have drawn diverse inhabitants. Twenty five percent of Palma’s population comes from other countries.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Antonia Ferriol

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.

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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

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Susan Estay

Susan Estay joined the CIEE staff in 2006. A native of Chile, she has lived in Palma de Mallorca for the past 30 years. Susan studied psychology at the Universitat de les Illes Balears. She coordinates student housing, cultural activities, and excursions.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) is a young university with an enrollment of 13,000 students. Palma de Mallorca’s economy depends mainly upon tourism, which has resulted in a stronger emphasis in academia and research on tourism studies, business, economics, human resources, and environmental sustainability. Its modern campus has libraries, a bookstore, computer labs, sports facilities, medical services, 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 UIB School of Business offers two programs, business and tourism, in English.

Palma de Mallorca is the number one tourist destination in Europe, with 12 million tourists per year. Eighty percent of its local GDP is generated 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, Palma 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. Palma seeks new ways to protect its treasures by promoting upscale tourism, conventions and meetings, cultural heritage, eco-tourism, and sports tourism. In 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.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

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. There is only one student per homestay. Housing is in the center of Palma and within walking distance to public transportation to the university. Students can take either the metro (14 minutes) or a bus (20 minutes) to the university. Homestays are an important contribution to the students’ commitment to cultural and linguistic immersion. By living with a Spanish family, students practice in day-to-day life the Spanish learned in the classroom, and experience Spanish culture firsthand.

Academic year students have the option of living in an apartment during their second semester. It is required that they share the apartment with at least one Spanish-speaking roommate. Students are responsible for finding, leasing, and managing the apartment.

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Orientations

Orientations

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You'll begin your study abroad experience in Palma de Mallorca even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

Prior to departure for Palma, you will be required to take an online language placement examination. The purpose of this exam is to determine your level of Spanish, and enable the resident director to advise you on appropriate CIEE language course and internship.

A mandatory, weeklong orientation conducted at the beginning of the program will introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, as well as provide practical information about living in Palma de Mallorca. Orientation themes include the Spanish family lifestyle, university system, banking, safety and health, how and where to shop, money issues, transportation, and cultural adaptation. The Spanish language oral placement test is administered during this time. Orientation includes both structured activities and independent sightseeing. Spanish students collaborate with CIEE in these activities. You will also attend the Universitat de les Illes Balears orientation for international students, where you'll meet students from around the world. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff for individuals and groups throughout the study abroad program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop with you. Most homestays have Internet access and there are also affordable Internet coffee shops and a few free wireless points located throughout Palma. You'll also receive a university email account and have free access to all university computer labs.

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Culture

Culture

You’ll take part in a three-day trip to Madrid to visit places related to the academic component of the program including the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce, and Madrid Stock Market; Prado and Reina Sofía Museums; Royal Palace; and Congress.

Visits and excursions supplement classwork and will introduce you to the rich diversity of the geography and culture of Palma. Field trips include a hiking excursion with an overnight stay in a refuge in Palma’s mountains; visits in Palma to Cathedral, Bellver Castle, Almudaina Palace, Arab Baths, City Hall, museums, and the historic district; and a bike tour along the coast. Day excursions include visits to historical and natural sites around Palma. You’ll explore the towns of Valldemossa, Deia, and Alcudia, the beaches of Es Trenc, the island of Cabrera’s National Park, the breathtaking views of Cape Formentor, and the 13th- and 14th-century traditional Mediterranean gardens of Raixa, La Granja, and Alfabia. And you’ll hike the impressive Pareis canyon.

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CIEE also organizes cultural activities designed to bring American and Spanish university students together. These include conversation exchanges with Spanish students, a Spanish cooking class, a salsa class; game, movie, and tapas nights; beach picnics, visits to flea markets; and participation in traditional celebrations around the island.

Field study visits are organized to complement your academic studies (particularly for the CIEE language and tourism courses) with firsthand exposure to sites related to business, tourism, and hospitality. Sites may include areas of mass tourism and over-development on Palma, rural eco-tourist sites, events and meeting organizations, sun and beach hotels, and environmental and governmental agencies.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Program

The study abroad program is designed for business, tourism, hospitality, or recreation management students. CIEE students are provided the opportunity to study, in English, various aspects of business or tourism in a direct enrollment environment with local Spanish students, and in courses taught by CIEE faculty. Learning by doing is promoted with field study activities outside the classroom. CIEE courses include an important hands-on experience to observe different companies and institutions dedicated to international business, tourism and recreation.

Academic Culture

The fall program begins in mid-September. All CIEE courses and the internship finish before the third week of December. Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) regular courses continue through mid-January with official final exams taking place through early February. UIB allows CIEE study abroad students to take their exams by the end of January for regular university courses. At the end of the fall semester, academic year students have a break for the late December and early January holidays. Students who are enrolled in university classes must be back in Palma in early January after the holiday break to continue their classes and take their final exams.

The spring program begins in early February. CIEE courses finish by the end of May. UIB classes run through early June with final exams through the end of June. During the spring, one 11-day vacation period takes place at the University: Semana Santa.

While extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to the student’s experience, attendance in class is mandatory. Early departure for, or late return from, vacations is not allowed. Any extended travel should take place prior to the start of the program, during vacation periods, or upon completion of the program.

In some cases professors may be willing to administer the final exam even earlier (before Christmas in the fall and early-June in the spring) but CIEE is not responsible for arranging or guaranteeing early exams. CIEE will be in contact with students prior to arrival to complete their registrations. At this point, students will find out which classes allow earlier final exams.

Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday and meet twice a week. Most CIEE field study visits are scheduled on Fridays. Attendance is mandatory and absences affect final grades. CIEE classes provide a detailed syllabus, and students should expect daily homework assignments. University classes normally combine lectures, tutorials, seminars, and study case classes. Spanish academic tradition involves more independent work on the part of the student, although there is a trend towards making courses more interactive. Typically, the syllabus includes an outline of the themes, a list of recommended readings, and grading criteria; a detailed calendar is usually not provided.

Nature of Classes

CIEE courses are for CIEE study abroad students only. The majority of students in regular university classes are Spanish. CIEE class size is small. Business classes at the Universitat de les Illes Balears range from 20 to 50 students. All classes are taught in English except language classes.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

As students gain proficiency in Spanish, resident staff encourages them to use their language skills in everyday settings. This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society.

Grading System

In the CIEE language and content courses, students are graded on in-class participation, reading assignments, vocabulary quizzes, a dialogue journal, reports on the field visits, attendance, final exam, and additional presentations as required by course. In the internship, students are graded on performance at the company or hotel, a professional diary, participation in the internship seminar, regular meetings with the internship academic advisor, a final paper, and an oral presentation.

In regular university courses, there may be term papers, group projects, or class presentations, but at least half of the final grade is based on an oral or written final exam. Numerical grades are given based on a 10- point scale and converted to the U.S. grading scale.

Language of Instruction

English
Spanish

Faculty

CIEE language courses are taught by instructors from UIB Department of Cursos de Español para Extranjeros, who are professionals in the field of teaching Spanish as a second language. Internship seminar, CIEE tourism courses, and UIB courses are taught by UIB faculty and business professionals.

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

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.

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

Sustainable Tourism
(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

International Marketing
(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

Internship
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

(one required)
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.

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