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09/11/2014 - 12/20/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 04/15/2014
Credit:
14 - 19 semester / 21 - 28.5 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
Credit:
15 - 18 semester / 22.5 - 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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01/30/2015 - 05/30/2015
Deadlines:
Extended to: 10/15/2014
Credit:
15 - 18 semester / 22.5 - 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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15 - 18 semester / 22.5 - 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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09/11/2014 - 05/30/2015
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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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Study Abroad in Palma de Mallorca
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Program Overview

Program Overview

See Spain in ways most tourists never dream of. On the beautiful Mediterranean island of Palma de Mallorca with CIEE, you’ll further develop your advanced-level Spanish skills, and pursue your interests in business, humanities, and social sciences. Interactions in Palma’s business and social environment, enrollment at Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB), homestays, an internship, volunteer opportunities, and more fill your days in this idyllic environment, ensuring an authentic Spanish experience.

Study abroad in Palma de Mallorca and you’ll:

  • Choose from a wide range of courses in subjects including business and tourism, Spanish language, literature, cinema, anthropology, and psychology
  • Study alongside Spanish and other international students in small groups
  • Experience extensive cultural activities in and around Palma and an overnight study trip to Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, or another major city
  • Learn how Spanish business is done through a for-credit internship in a major company or nonprofit
  • Gain practical experience in the field of education by teaching English as a second language in a primary school
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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

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

    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.

  • Language Intensive-Focus Track (LIFT) Merit Scholarships
  • Language Intensive-Focus Track (LIFT) Merit Scholarships

    For students who want to pursue an intensive language program for one academic year in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Senegal, Spain, or Taiwan

  • 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

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

CIEE’s Liberal Arts program in Palma gives you access to a wide variety of CIEE-designed electives and UIB courses that allow you to pursue your interests while earning credit toward your degree. Study anything from business and economics to Hispanic philology. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can also choose to pursue an academically rigorous independent research project.

Excursions

Enjoy a number of visits and excursions around the island that will introduce you to the rich diversity of the geography and culture of Palma. You’ll sail along the coast of Palma de Mallorca, see the cliffs of Formentor, visit Roman ruins, a medieval town, hike in Sierra de Tramuntana (a World Heritage site), and take a three-day trip to a major city on the mainland, like Madrid, Granada, Seville, Bilbao, or Barcelona. And that’s just the beginning.

Internships

Gain international, professional experience with a for-credit internship in teaching, marketing, film production, tourism consulting, hotel reception, and more. Students have worked for Amara Marketing, Tresques Comunicació, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Imagine Tourism Consulting, and Hotel Convent de La Missió.

Future teachers: Consider taking a for-credit combined course and internship that will help you effectively teach English as a second language in a Spanish primary school.

Immersion

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We make it easy for you to integrate into the local and university communities. Guardian Angels, Spanish university students, will show you the city and university from the perspective of someone your own age. Together, you’ll go out for tapas, spend a day biking along the Bay of Palma, play games on the beach – anything you’d do with your friends back home. You’ll also take part in volunteer opportunities, study groups, conversation exchanges, and workshops in personal development.

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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 **
$11,487
Housing ***
$3,950
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)
Extended to: 10/15/2014
01/30/2015
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 **
$11,487
Housing ***
$3,950
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 **
$21,787
Housing ***
$7,900
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
  • 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester program is 15–18 semester/22.5–27 quarter hours and for the academic year, 30–36 semester/45–54 quarter hours.

CIEE content courses contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated. Required CIEE language courses and most UIB courses contact hours are 60 hours and recommended credit is 4 semester/6 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated. CIEE language courses meet for 15 hours during the first few weeks and 3 hours per week for the remainder of the semester.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

A full course load is considered four courses. Students may take a fifth course. Students are required to enroll in a CIEE language and content course, and a regular Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) course. Remaining courses can be chosen from a combination of CIEE content courses, an internship, a teaching assistantship, UIB courses for international students, and regular UIB courses. Students can also take the CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership course as one of their electives. Students who are pursuing an internship are advised not to take more than four courses (including the internship). Academic year students replace the CIEE language and content courses with regular UIB courses or other CIEE courses in their second semester.

During the placement test given prior to arrival, students who place at the level of a near native speaker, or who prove they are Spanish heritage students with a bilingual level, may be exempt from the language course requirement and may substitute it with another CIEE or UIB course.

All courses are considered to be at the junior or senior level. For a few of the courses, prerequisites are required for admission. All language instruction in the program is at the advanced level.

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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

Resident Director

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. She 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, Mallorca 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

Resident Coordinator

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.

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

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 . You should take this exam seriously as placement in many upper-level courses depends upon a high exam score.

A mandatory week-long 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, money and banking, safety and health, how and where to shop, 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. Most homestays have Internet access and you will be able to use the Internet at the university building (Sa Riera) where CIEE classes meet. There are also affordable Internet coffee shops and a few free wireless points located throughout the city of Palma.

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Culture

Culture

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You will take part in a three-day study trip to Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, or another major Spanish city. Visits and excursions supplement coursework and 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 area historical and natural sites. You’ll explore the towns of Valldemossa, Deia, and Alcudia, the beaches of Es Trenc, the island of Cabrera’s National Park, and Albufera Marsh and Meadows, 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.

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 the CIEE language and content courses. You’ll get firsthand exposure to sites related to the history of the Mediterranean and tourism. Field trips may include prehistoric sites, monuments and museums, traditional fairs and markets, areas of mass tourism and over-development on Palma, rural eco-tourist sites, sun and beach hotels, social agencies working with immigrants, environmental and governmental agencies, fair trade organizations, a traditional 17th-century farm estate, the old quarter where Jews, Muslims, and Christians coexisted in the Middle Ages, Porto Pí maritime museum in a 14th-century lighthouse, and some of the trails wandered by the writers who traveled to Palma in the 19th century.

Sports

Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) has sports facilities similar to those found on a U.S. campus including an indoor swimming pool, a gym, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, and a football field. You can participate in numerous activities and non-credit courses, such as yoga, Pilates, step, aerobics, aquafit, stretching, and dance.

Immersion

Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels are local university students who accompany CIEE students on group activities and participate in field trips and other events. Guardian Angels will introduce you to the university and culture of Palma.

Conversation Exchange Program

study abroad in Spain

You are encouraged to participate in the Intercambios Lingüísticos program with native Spanish speaking students at the university. Language exchange partners offer you the opportunity to accelerate your progress with practical use of the language, and to integrate yourself in Spanish student life. Often, intercambios result in strong friendships. Intercambios are not required because in many cases you'll make local and international friends in Palma and prefer to meet with them during your free time, where you practice Spanish without the need of a formal exchange.

Internship

For students interested in working in tourism or business, the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) will place you in associated companies. These include tourism and travel agencies, hotel chain or tour operator offices, banks, museums, and non-profit humanitarian organizations. For-credit internships are overseen by a UIB professor. On-site work is complemented by a solid academic component structured in weekly tutorials.

Teaching

The Teach English as a Second Language (TESL) internship helps prepare motivated students for the field of education by giving them teaching experience in a primary school in Palma, as well as an academic training focused on education and intercultural experience. All students are required to work a minimum of 50 hours in a school. Weekly academic sessions (14 hours) focus on explanation and discussion of the Spanish educational system and TESL methodologies.

Volunteering

Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) offers a volunteer program that helps you play an active role in making a positive contribution to causes you believe in, like the environment, development, health, and support for people with disabilities. Another volunteer opportunity is to collaborate with Red Cross Youth, which organizes many events throughout the semester.

Workshops

Each semester, CIEE organizes four informal workshops dedicated to your personal development while living abroad. Workshops address a variety of themes such as cultural identity of the student abroad, the Spanish class, eating culture and local gastronomy, living in a bilingual community, stress management, re-entry, and how to come back to Spain.

Tutors and Study Groups

You'll have access to tutoring and should consult with the resident director if you feel you are falling behind in any Universitat de les Illes Balears class. Some classes require group work. It is perfectly normal for Spanish students to share notes with one another and to work together to prepare for the final exam. This is an excellent way for you to meet Spaniards.

Language

Palma is historically and culturally bilingual, like many regions in Europe. Spanish and Catalan are both official languages of the Balearic Islands. The majority of people are at least bilingual in Spanish and Catalan. Spanish is widely used at the university, and you will be advised on which classes are taught in Spanish. During orientation, you'll be introduced to Palma’s cultural differences and bilingualism.

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Academics

Academics

Established in 2006, the CIEE Study Center at the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) provides an academic program for students with an advanced level of Spanish who are interested in humanities, business, tourism studies, Spanish literature, language, cinema, teaching English, Mediterranean studies, social sciences, and sciences. The academic offering consists of a combination of CIEE Study Center language and content courses, regular courses at the Universitat de les Illes Balears with other Spanish students, and a for-credit internship or teaching assistantship. CIEE courses include a substantial interactive and practical component. Learning by doing is also promoted with field study activities outside the classroom.

Academic Culture

The fall program begins in mid-September with an intensive language session. All CIEE courses, Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) courses for international students, and the internship finish before the third week of December. UIB regular courses continue through mid-January with official final exams taking place through late January or early February. Some university professors allow early final exams in December, and students can find out about these classes when they start their registration a few months before arrival on the program. 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 final exams.

The spring program begins in early February with an intensive language session. 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 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 registration. At this point, students will find out which classes allow earlier final exams.

Classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday (CIEE) and Monday through Friday (UIB), and meet two times a week. Most CIEE field study visits are scheduled for 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, in the sciences, laboratory 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 language and content courses are for CIEE students only. The majority of students in regular university classes are Spanish. University courses for international students are taken with other international students, but may include Spanish students. CIEE class size is small. Classes at the Universitat de les Illes Balears range from 10 to 60 students. Internships are supervised by a university professor. All classes are taught in Spanish.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Spanish at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society.

Grading System

In CIEE courses, students are graded on the basis of in-class participation, homework assignments, vocabulary quizzes, reports on field visits, examinations, papers, oral presentations, and attendance. In the internship, students are graded on the basis of performance in the company, a professional diary, 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 a final exam. Numerical grades are given based on a 10-point scale and converted to the U.S. grading scale.

Language of Instruction

Spanish

Faculty

CIEE language courses are taught by professional Spanish-as-a-Second-Language teachers at the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) Department of Cursos de Español para Extranjeros. All other courses are taught by UIB faculty.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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 canceled 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 CIEE language courses. All language classes are complemented with field interactive activities to learn Spanish with a communicative approach.

SPAN 4002 PALT

Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics
This class is specially designed for students who want to improve their written expression in Spanish. It focuses specifically on the skills needed to write research papers in Spanish (grammar, lexicon, orthography, and stylistics) and on the development of a variety of creative text types (description, narration, explanation, and hypothesis).

SPAN 4003 PALT

Advanced Spanish for Business and Tourism
The main objective of this course is being a tool for learning how to perform most important professional tasks. Students will develop the four communicative abilities (reading, listening, speaking and writing), with focus on the cultural and communicative context of business and tourism. This course is divided in two parts. During the first 15 hours, the course reviews grammar concepts. During the other 45 hours, the course concentrates on enhancing Spanish vocabulary and structure at an advanced level specifically related with the different realms of the world of business and tourism.

Required CIEE Content Courses

Students choose one of the following.

CINE 4001 PALT/LITT 4001 PALT/HISP 4001 PALT

Advanced Contemporary Spanish Cinema and Literature
This course analyzes contemporary Spanish films and novels, both as windows into Spain’s historical evolution and as cultural objects in their own right. The course explores how Spanish film directors and novelists respond to crucial changes within the country, and how the two genres dialogue in their revision of aesthetics, history, and identity.

HISP 3003 PALT

Palma in the Mediterranean: History, Economy, Society, and Traditions
Taking advantage of the historical development of Palma as a crossroads of civilizations and of its rich archaeological record, this course illustrates the relationship of Palma with different cultures in the Mediterranean Basin through the study of its history, economy, politics, art expressions, architecture, and culinary and musical traditions. The class is complemented with field trips to explore the territory from a historical, artistic, social, rural, and traditional perspective.

HISP 3006 PALT

Tourism, Economics, and Environmental Issues: The Balearic Islands, a "Tourism Laboratory"
This course strives to offer students a general overview of tourism and its impact on economy and business, taking as case of study the Balearic Islands. This region welcomes 13 million tourists every year and its service sector, in particular tourism, is the economic engine of this region. Students analyze the main characteristics of tourism on a world scale (trends, growing segments of the market, etc.) and its impact on the economy (impact on GDP, macroeconomic evolution, etc.). The role played by industry in the tourism sector is analyzed. Several field study visits complement this class.

HIST 3001 PALT

Spanish Politics and Society
This course focuses on Spanish history and society starting with the collapse of the Spanish empire in 1898. Students study such topics as the Second Republic, Civil War, Franco’s Spain, Constitution, creation of the autonomous regions, political parties of democracy, and other important social issues of present-day Spain. The course includes field trips to the Senate or Congress in Madrid; City Hall of Palma or Parliament of the Balearic Islands; and an association for abused women immigrants or a fair trade organization.

CATA 2001 PALT

Catalan Language and Culture
(spring only)
The objective of this course is to help students develop the basic skills of Catalan language through task- based communicative exercises. It is designed for students with an advanced knowledge of Spanish. Field visits, readings, and films complement the class and place special emphasis on the socio-cultural environment of Palma. Students have a language exchange partner in order to improve their speaking skills and facilitate their immersion in the culture.

CIEE Elective Courses

INSH 3001 PALT

Internship
Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) places students in an organization or company to get professional experience working in tourism companies, banks, museums, or non-profit humanitarian organizations. On-site business experiences (120-135 hours) are complemented by a solid academic component taught by a UIB professor and include weekly meetings (10-12 hours), a weekly progress report, a 10-page final research paper on a topic related to the internship, and a final presentation. Total contact hours: 130–160. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

ESLT 3001 PALT

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
The seminar on TESL and teaching assistantship helps prepare motivated students for the field of education by giving them teaching experience abroad as well as an academic training focused on education and intercultural experience. Students considering a teaching career can gain practical experience in the primary schools of Palma de Mallorca. The English teaching internship will help those who wish to become teachers explore this professional choice further and in a new cultural context. The placement and the course will offer a methodological, cultural, and educational approach to help students teach effectively in the Spanish educational environment. Teaching experience (50 hours) is complemented by a solid academic component taught by a professor, including a seminar on pedagogy and TESL (14 hours), individual meetings with the academic advisor and the school mentor (8 hours), a teaching portfolio and a final written project, and a final presentation. Total hours: 130. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

COMM 3301 PALT

Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this class, participants will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in Palma de Mallorca as well as in other intercultural contexts. Students will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of their experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that they can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. Participants will increase their own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help them become more effective in an interdependent world. Learning will involve in-class exercises, active reflection, discussion, readings, field reports, short lectures, and out-of-class activities that engage students in the local culture on a deeper level. Contact hours: 42. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

INDR 3003 PALT

Directed Independent Research
CIEE supports qualified students who wish to pursue an academically rigorous independent research project while abroad. In order to enroll in a directed independent research project, students must submit a research proposal including a clearly defined research topic, explanation of research plans, description of preparation in the planned area of study, list of resources, tentative outline of a final paper, and suggested schedule of progress. Students complete a total of 135 hours of work and meet regularly with an advisor to complete an academically rigorous, ethically sound, and culturally appropriate research project and final research paper. Approval for participation in Directed Independent Research must be obtained from the CIEE resident director and the student’s home institution. The deadline to submit an independent research proposal for acceptance by resident staff is May 1 (fall) and December 1 (spring). Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CATA 1001 PALT

Introduction to Everyday Catalan
The objective of this course is to help students develop basic oral skills using Catalan language through communicative and real-life activities such as meeting a family and learning to greet them in Catalan. Most class sessions meet outside the classroom in locations like the market, train station, a non-profit organization, city hall, a small village, and kitchen. The goal is to start using Catalan in everyday situations. Contact hours: 15. Recommended credit: 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours.

Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) Culture Courses for International Students

Exams for the following courses are completed in December and May.
Beginning Catalan Language
Cultural Encounters in Spain: From Prehistory to the Present

Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) Regular Courses

(one required)
All students are required to enroll in at least one UIB regular university course (4 credits). Exams take place in late January/early February for the fall semester, and early/late June for the spring. For some courses, early exams can be arranged, but CIEE can neither facilitate nor guarantee this for all UIB courses. One month before the program starts in the fall, CIEE advises students on which classes allow early exams for students who need to leave in December. In the spring, early exams may be arranged individually with professors. Early exams will only be considered for students who have a solid academic reason for returning home early. In order to choose from the widest range of UIB courses, students must plan to stay until the official end of the university semester. Students are advised that UIB may cancel courses due to limited enrollment, and that some courses may overlap. For this reason, students should have at least two alternate courses approved. There are a few business and economics courses taught in English; students need to get special permission from their academic advisor in order to enroll in one of these courses.

Following is a list of some of the UIB courses available by departments. The actual courses available each semester will be on the course registration form.

Business Studies, Economics
Analysis of Economic Data, Business Finance, Business Strategies, Corporation Quality Management, E-Business: Project Development and Management, Ecological History of Economics, Economics of Information, Economics of the Environment, Electronic Information Systems, Financial Management, History of Business Economics, Human Resources, Industrial Economics, Intercultural Communication, International Accounting, International Economics, International Economy, Development and Cooperation, International Financial Markets, Introduction to Accountancy, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Economics, Introduction to Markets and Financial Operations, Investment, Macroeconomics, Management of Production and Operations, Management of Business Risks, Management of Technologically Based Corporations, Marketing, Mathematics, Microeconomics, NGO Management, Organization and Management, Organizations Design, Political Economy, Regional and Urban Economics, Social Economics, Spanish and World Economy

Hispanic Philology
Contemporary Portuguese Culture and Society, Contemporary Spanish Literature After the Civil War, Contemporary Spanish Literature: the End of the 20th Century, Contemporary Spanish Narrative, Contemporary Spanish Poetic Texts, Contemporary Spanish Sociolinguistics, Contemporary Spanish Women Writers, Critical Study of Spanish Literature (Survey of Spanish Literature), Description and Analysis of Spanish Meaning, Expression Techniques for Written and Oral Spanish, Golden Age Texts, Hispanic American Texts, Introduction to Latin American Literature, Introduction to Spanish Grammar, Introduction to Spanish Lexicon, Introduction to Spanish Pragmatics, Literary Aesthetics, Medieval Spanish Literature, Spanish Literature of the 18th Century, Spanish Literature of the 19th Century, Spanish Literature of the Golden Age: Poetry, Spanish Literature of the Golden Age: Prose, Spanish Literature of the Golden Age: Theater, Spanish Medieval Texts, Spanish Phonetics and Phonology, Spanish Semantics, Spanish Syntax, Spanish Writing and Audiovisual Media, Woman and Literature in Spain and Latin America

Humanities: Anthropology, Art History, History, International Law, Modern Languages, Sociology, Philosophy
Anthropology, Contemporary Ethical Trends, Criminology, Current Developments in the Theory of Science, European Union Institutions, European Union Law, Foundations of Law in Europe, French Language and Literature I and II, Gender and Society, German Language and Literature I and II, Gnoseology, History of the 18th Century, History of Aesthetical Ideas, History of Ancient Greece, History of Law, History of Urbanism, Human Ethnology, International Civil Procedural Law, International Economic Law, International Private Law, International Protection of Human Rights, International Public Law, International Trade Law, Introduction to Spanish Law, Introduction to Trade Law, Legal Sociology, Modern Movement in Architecture, Modern Philosophy, Modern Spanish-American Art, Philosophy and Scientific Knowledge of Contemporary World, Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Politics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of the Mind, Political Ideas, Political Systems and Constitution, Portuguese Language and Literature I and II, Psychology of Art, Roman Law, Social Law of the European Union, Sociology, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Spanish Art: Renaissance, State, Theory of Knowledge, Theory of the State, Urban Geography, Values and Human Cognition, Visual Culture

Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Nursing, Physics, Physiology
Advanced Physical Chemistry, Agricultural and Forest Zoology, Analogical Electronics, Analytical Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry of the Environment, Analytical Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System, Animal Physiology, Applied Bio-Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Automats and Formal Languages, Bio-organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Development, Biochemistry of Membranes, Biological Chemistry, Biosynthesis of Macromolecules and Their Regulation, Botany, Cell Biology, Chemical Bonds and the Structure of Matter, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Climatology, Clinical Biochemistry and Molecular Pathology, Computer Architecture, Computer Graphics, Construction Techniques, Cultivation and Farming, Cytology and Histology, Digital Circuits, Digital Electronics, Digital Systems, Ecology Applied to Agriculture, Economy of Natural Resources and the Environment, Eco-physiology of Plants, Electronic Communication Systems, Energy and the Environment, Engineering in Rural Surroundings, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Studies Applied to Tourism, Environmental Technology, Experimentation in Analytical Chemistry, Experimentation in Inorganic Chemistry, Experimentation in Physical Chemistry, Foundations of Computer Science, General Procedures in Physiotherapy, Geology, Geometry, Global Change, Global Ecology, Graphic Expression, History of the Earth and Life, History of Science, Human Physiology, Immunology, Industrial Vision, Inorganic Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis, Marine Biology, Mediterranean Gardening, Metabolism Regulation, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Metabolic Control, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Pathology, Neuroendocrinology, Neuropharmacology and Biology of Neuroceptors, Neuropharmacology of Neurotransmission Systems, Neurophysiology, Numerical Methods, Operating Systems, Organic Chemistry, Parasitology, Perception Systems, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physics, Physics Applied to Health Sciences, Physics of the Environment, Physiotherapy ad Orthopedics, Plant Ecophysiology, Plant Production Technology, Projects of Restoration in Construction, Quantum Mechanics, Science of Materials, Structural Determination, Technology and the Environment, Technology of Gardening and Landscaping, Telecommunication Instrumentation, Toxicology, Woody Crops, Zoology

Social Sciences: Education, Psychology, Social Work
Art and Craft for Special Educational Needs, Biological Psychology, Clinical Neuro-psychology, Cognitive Psycho-physiology, Contemporary Educational Contexts and Thoughts, Counseling Techniques in Infancy and Adolescence, Couple and Family Problems, Couple and Sexual Behavioral Problems, Design and Development of Flexible and Distance Education Programs, Development and Welfare, Economy of Work, Education Economics, Education of Gifted Children, Educational Technology, Environmental Education Programs, Experimental Designs, Fundamentals of Psychobiology, Group Motivation Techniques, Group Social Work, Health Education, History of Infancy, History of Psychology, History of Social Education, History of Social Work, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Social Work, Law of Torts, Legislation and Practice of Social Work, Managing Change, Media and Education, New Technologies Applied to Education, Pedagogy of Maladjustment, Perception and Attention, Personality Disorders, Philosophy of the Mind, Policies and Legislation in Social Education, Psycho-pedagogical Bases of Special Education, Psychological Treatment for Development Disorders, Psychological Treatment to Improve Thinking Processes, Psychology of Children in the Classroom, Psychology of Development, Psychology of Groups, Psychology of Health, Psychology of Organizations, Psychology of School Age Development, Psychopathology, Psychophysiology and Health, Reading and Writing for Children, Research and Social Diagnosis, Social Case Work, Social Intervention with Minors with Social Inadaptation, Social Psychology, Social Psychology of Groups and Organizations, Social Research Techniques, Social Services, Software in Psychology, Special Education Needs, Strategic Social Intervention, Stress and Personality, Teaching Literature to Children, Teaching Methodologies Applied to Art Education, Teaching to Children with stage acting in the classroom, Teaching Spanish Language and Literature, Teaching Spanish Language in Elementary Education, Teaching Spanish in Secondary School: Strategies for Communication, Techniques of Psychological Intervention, Technologies Applied to Teaching in Elementary School, Theory and Models of Community Social Work, Theory of Education, Welfare in Social Work, Work Strategies in the Family

Tourism Studies, Hotel Management
Area Resources for Tourism, Distribution Systems of Tourism Corporations, Economical Analysis of Sports Tourism, Economics of Tourism, Environmental Studies Applied to Tourism, Finance for Tourism, Geography of Tourism, Groups and Tourism Psychology, Hiring in Tourism, Human Resources (Staff Selection), International Tourism Law, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Tourism Corporations, Introduction to Tourism Studies, Labor Relations in the Tourism Sector, Macroeconomics of Tourism, Management of Cultural Heritage, Management of Tourism Accommodations, Managerial Skills for the Hospitality Industry, Microeconomics of Tourism, Occupational Hazards Prevention, Organizational Design and Human Resources, The Ownership and Running of Hospitality Corporations, Production Operations and Processes of Tourism Corporations, Quality Management and Service, Quantitative Analysis of Tourism Activity, Strategic Management, Tourism Marketing, Tourism Markets, Tourism Promotion, Tourism Public Law, Tourism Regions in the World

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