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05/26/2014 - 07/21/2014
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Extended to: 04/15/2014
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6 semester / 9 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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Study Abroad in Palma de Mallorca
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Come spend the summer in Mallorca, enhancing your Spanish language proficiency in a professional context while immersing yourself in a professional, Spanish environment.

Through intensive language training, and an internship with a hotel, company, or non-profit organization, students of business and tourism have the opportunity to develop and apply critical management skills, industry vocabulary, and global perspective.

Study abroad in Palma de Mallorca and you will:

  • Experience a professional work atmosphere from a global perspective while working in a company, hotel, or non-profit organization
  • Develop business vocabulary and enhance your Spanish language skills as you work alongside professionals and live in a Spanish homestay
  • Visit and study areas of mass tourism and over-development, rural eco-tourist sites, hotels and their different departments, and non-profit and fair trade organizations
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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:

  • Robert B. Bailey Scholarship
  • Robert B. Bailey Scholarship

    The Bailey Scholarship is awarded to students who self-identify as a member of a group that has traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad, especially ethnic minority students. Award amounts are $1,500 for semester or yearlong programs and $1000 for summer programs, applied toward the awardee’s CIEE program fee.

  • CIEE International Study Programs (CIEE-ISP) Scholarships
  • CIEE International Study Programs (CIEE-ISP) Scholarships

    In an effort to make study abroad opportunities available to the widest possible audience, CIEE-ISP Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate both academic excellence and financial need. $2,000 for semester or yearlong programs and $1,000 for summer programs, applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

  • GAIN
  • GAIN

    CIEE created the Global Access Initiative (GAIN) to help students overcome the major barriers to studying abroad, namely costs and curriculum requirements. GAIN aids in the diversification of study abroad by providing overseas opportunities for students who are economically challenged. The award is $1500 towards an airline ticket with any remaining funds distributed to the student in the form of a check.

  • Kathleen McDermott Scholarship
  • Kathleen McDermott Scholarship

    The McDermott Scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, and who are either a Public Health or Nursing major, and/or are participating in a CIEE Community Public Health study abroad program. Awards range from $1000-$2500, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

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

Engage in an experiential curriculum that allows you to apply new skills as you develop them. Use oral business transactions and written commercial documents to practice your new industry vocabulary and observe areas of mass tourism and over-development

Internship

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Seize the amazing opportunity to work full time in a local Mallorca hotel, company, or NPO. Foray into the world of tourism, gain insight into cultural differences, and gain experience in an international work environment.

Excursions

Enjoy a variety of visits and excursions that supplement classwork and introduce you to the rich diversity of the geography and culture of the Balearic Islands. These include visits in Palma, a one-day excursion by boat to the island and natural park of Cabrera or Dragonera, and a one-day kayaking trip along the coast. In addition, the study abroad program includes day excursions to historical and natural sites around Mallorcas—explore the towns of Valldemossa, Deia, and Alcudia and beaches of Es Trenc, and experience the breathtaking views of Cape Formentor.

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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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Summer 2014 (8 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
05/26/2014
07/21/2014
$8,350

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$6,128
Housing ***
$1,820
Insurance
$102

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
$200
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$900

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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Summer 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
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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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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
  • Demonstrated interest in an internship as expressed in the application letter
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit is 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

During the first three weeks, study abroad students enroll in Spanish for Business and Tourism: an Introduction to Tourism in Mallorca. During the remainder of the program, students complete the internship work (130 hours), meet weekly for a seminar on business, tourism, and intercultural analysis (13 hours), and individually with the academic coordinator (2 hours) to discuss the final project.

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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. The city, with its tiny traditional shops, Modernist facades, and tall buildings crowding the bay’s shore, is a stark contrast to the rest of the island and its small romantic villages with stone houses found in the northern mountains. Blessed with a gentle climate and cosmopolitan urban life mixed with traditional culture, it's no wonder Palma has become an international melting pot with about 25% of its inhabitants coming 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 published articles on the contemporary Spanish novel and taught Spanish language and literature at Middlebury College and Denison University. In 2001, she returned to Spain to teach at the Universitat de Illes Balears. Dr. Ferriol was the resident director of the CIEE Study Center in Alcalá in 2002 and moved to Barcelona in 2003, where she served as the resident director of the CIEE Study Center for two years. Currently she teaches Spanish Cinema and Literature. Antonia speaks Spanish, English, and Catalan.

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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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Josefa Villoslada

Academic Coordinator Josefa Villoslada has been guiding CIEE students’ internships in Palma de Mallorca since 2010. Josefa graduated with a degree in Education from the Universitat de les Illes Balears and earned a postgraduate degree in Human Resources. Josefa is an adjunct instructor at the Department of Applied Economics at the UIB, in charge of tutoring students from Business Administration and Economics majors with their internship and final career project, and serves as a placement officer at the UIB (DOIP).

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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. Mallorca’s economy depends mainly upon tourism which has resulted in a stronger emphasis on such academic and research areas as tourism studies, business, economics, human resources, and environmental sustainability. UIB has a modern campus with libraries, a bookstore, computer labs, sports facilities, medical service, restaurants, and coffee shops. With the Tramuntana Mountain Range as its backdrop, UIB is just a 14-minute metro ride from the city center. The summer program is located in a UIB building right in the city center, a 15- to 20-minute walk from the homestays.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

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Study abroad students live in a Spanish speaking home where three daily meals are provided. On weekdays, the mid-day meal could be a sandwich to take to the University or equivalent. Housing is in the center of Palma. Students can take the 20-minute walk from their homestays to Sa Riera, the University building in which CIEE classes meet. 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. Some hotels are located in a tourist area connected to downtown Palma by public transportation, 20- to 30-minute bus ride.

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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. Meeting with students online, the resident director 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 objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards 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 academic coordinator to advise you on appropriate internship placement.

A mandatory two-day orientation session, conducted at the beginning of the study abroad program, will introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, as well as provide practical information about living in Spain and Palma. Orientation themes include the Spanish family lifestyle,money and banking, safety, health, how and where to shop, and transportation. 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. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You must 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

Visits and excursions supplement classwork and will introduce you to the rich diversity of the geography and culture of the Balearic Islands. Field trips include visits in Palma (Cathedral, Bellver Castle, Almudaina Palace, Arab Baths, City Hall, museums, and the historic district; and a bike tour along the coast), a one-day excursion by boat to the island and natural park of Cabrera or Dragonera, and a one-day kayaking trip along the coast. Day excursions include visits to historical and natural sites—explore the towns of Valldemossa, Deia, and Alcudia and beaches of Es Trenc; experience the breathtaking views of Cape Formentor and the 13th and 14th century traditional Mediterranean gardens of Raixa, La Granja, and Alfabia; and hike the impressive Pareis canyon.

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CIEE also organizes cultural activities designed to bring American and Spanish UIB students together. These include conversation exchanges with Spanish students; a Spanish cooking 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 through firsthand exposure to sites related to business, tourism, and hospitality. Sites may include areas of mass tourism and over-development on Mallorca, rural eco-tourist sites, sun and beach hotels, and environmental and governmental agencies.

Guardian Angels

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

Internship

An internship will give you the opportunity to apply your academic and language skills in a professional context while working full-time in a local hotel. Internship requires 130 work hours and 15 hours of weekly seminar sessions with the professor who also supervises the work. The seminar reflects on the world of tourism, cultural differences, and interaction in an international work environment, and on how culture affects business. The academic component requires the following: attendance and participation in the weekly seminars; a professional journal explaining the day-to-day activities and observations about the internship; and research, write, and present a report about your internship experience in front of a panel of evaluators. You will be expected to speak Spanish at all times in class, at your place of work (whenever specific tasks do not require English), and with fellow students and CIEE staff.

UIB and Tourism

The Universitat de les Illes Balears is rooted in the culture of the Balearic Islands, with a strong commitment to serving society and respecting the environment. UIB School of Business offers a unique and extensive program (both in Spanish and English) in tourism studies, focusing on business and sociological perspectives. UIB also has a Hospitality School, which offers courses related to tourism and a four-year degree in hotel management.

Catalan

Mallorca 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. During orientation, you'll be introduced to Mallorca’s cultural differences and bilingualism.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Summer Internship program is designed for business and tourism students who are interested in enhancing their academic and language skills in a professional context, while being immersed in a Spanish professional working environment. During the first three weeks, study abroad students take an intensive Spanish language course related to business and tourism with an introduction to tourism in Mallorca. This course includes a substantial interactive and practical component. Experiential learning is also promoted with field study activities outside the classroom. This is followed by a five-week internship in a hotel, company, or non-profit organization. During the five weeks, students complete 130 hours of work and meet three hours each week for a seminar with a university professor to discuss the development and impact of tourism on the economy, culture, and environment. In addition, students analyze and discuss interactions with co-workers, recognize cultural differences, observe how their intended professions may be practiced in different cultural contexts, and research and present their final paper to a committee of evaluators.

Academic Culture

Both the language class and the internship seminar are held at Sa Riera, a University building located right in the center of Palma. Class sizes are small and professors are accustomed to teaching U.S. students. During the first three weeks, the class Spanish for Students of Business and Tourism: an Introduction to Tourism in Mallorca meets every morning or afternoon, Monday through Friday, for three hours. There are field visits and guest speakers who introduce students to different aspects of tourism and business in Mallorca. During the remainder of the program, the internship seminar meets for three hours once a week for a total of five meetings. Students also have two individual meetings with the academic coordinator to discuss their final project. Students are assigned readings and field observation exercises; the class methodology includes active participation and group discussion. Students are expected to be prepared for class. Both classes are taught entirely in Spanish, although some of the readings of the seminar are in English.

While extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to the student’s overall study abroad experience, attendance in class is paramount. Any extended travel should take place prior to the start of the program or upon completion of the study abroad program.

Nature of Classes

All courses are for CIEE students only.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

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

Grading System

In the CIEE language course, students are graded on the basis of active participation, a final exam, a PowerPoint oral presentation, the creation of a business plan, vocabulary quizzes, reports on interviews conducted during field visits, and attendance.

In the internship, students are graded on the basis of performance at the hotel or company, participation in seminar discussions based on readings and student’s experience, a PowerPoint presentation, a final paper, a professional diary, and attendance. Grades are given on a 10-point scale.

Language of Instruction

Spanish

Faculty

The language sessions of the course Spanish for Business and Tourism: an Introduction to Tourism in Mallorca (30 hours) are taught by a language instructor from UIB Department of Cursos de Español para Extranjeros, who is a professional in the field of teaching Spanish as a second language. UIB faculty teaches the sessions dedicated to tourism within the same course (15 hours) and the internship seminar.

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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.

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Internship
The internship gives students the opportunity to apply their academic and language skills in a professional context while working full-time in a local hotel, company, or non-profit humanitarian organization. Internship requires 130 work hours, 13 hours of weekly seminar sessions, and two individual meetings (2 hours) to discuss the final project with the academic coordinator who supervises the internship. The seminar reflects on the world of tourism, cultural differences, interaction in an international work environment, and how culture affects business. The academic component requires the following: attendance and participation in the weekly seminars; a professional journal explaining the day-to-day activities and observations about the internship; and presentation of a 10-page research paper about the student’s internship experience in front of a panel of evaluators. Students are expected to speak Spanish at all times in class, at their place of work (whenever specific tasks do not require English), and with fellow students and CIEE staff.

SPAN 3001 PSIN

Spanish for Business and Tourism: an Introduction to Tourism in Mallorca
This course consists of an analysis of vocabulary and grammar related to various fields in the business world (marketing, finance, management, tourism, and administration). It provides students with the culturally appropriate business vocabulary and the opportunity to practice with oral business transactions and written commercial documents in Spanish (30 hours). The course also introduces students to the Spanish business cultural context, taking as case study the tourism industry in Mallorca (15 hours). It provides many opportunities to communicate in Spanish outside the classroom and observe first-hand areas of mass tourism and over-development, rural eco-tourist sites, hotels and their different departments, government institutions, and non-profit humanitarian organizations.

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