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

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Whether you’re looking to begin your study of Spanish, or you’re an intermediate to advanced student ready to take your Spanish proficiency to the next level, come spend your summer in beautiful Palma de Mallorca.

In Palma you’ll find intensive language instruction, and a rich selection of area studies electives that are supplemented with substantial interactive and experiential components. That means stepping out of the classroom into fieldwork that encourages learning by doing. And homestays, site visits, cultural activities and excursions will provide you with a unique academic and intercultural experience abroad.

Study abroad in Palma and you will:

  • Study Spanish while living in the Mediterranean coastal city of Palma de Mallorca; all levels offered, including business Spanish
  • Take classes which include visits to sites of socioeconomic, natural, and cultural importance related to tourism, the marine environment, history and traditions of the Mediterranean, and contemporary history, culture, and literature of Spain
  • Become immersed in Spanish culture through a homestay, the inclusion of Spanish university students in CIEE activities, and language exchange partners
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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

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Travel with friends to a new city to explore history, art, architecture, culture, and social challenges. Part of every short-term program, our three-day Intercultural Comparative Experiences are an ideal way to highlight cultural differences and sharpen critical thinking skills.

Expand your global perspective. Choose to spend your three-day intercultural weekend in one of these European cities:

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Berlin, Germany
  • London, England

Coursework

Choose from a variety of courses in the humanities and social sciences, taught in both English and Spanish, on subjects ranging from globalization and tourism to Mediterranean history, travel writing, and politics.

Excursions

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Enjoy a variety of visits and excursions that will 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 Mallorca—visit the towns of Valldemossa, Deiá, and Alcudia and beaches of Es Trenc, and experience the breathtaking views of the Cape Formentor.

Immersion

Study abroad in Palma de Mallorca provides various activities and programs to help integrate you into the local and university communities, including "Guardian Angels," conversation exchanges, a Spanish cooking class, game, movie, and tapas nights, beach picnics, visits to flea markets, and participation in traditional celebrations around the island.

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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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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer 2015 Session I
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$3,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,512
Housing ***
$925
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 *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$525

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 Session II
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$3,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,512
Housing ***
$925
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 *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$525

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 Session I, II
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$6,930

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 **
$4,667
Housing ***
$1,850
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 *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$240
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,050

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
  • For CIEE content courses in Spanish, at least 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for each session is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours. Total recommended credit for both sessions is 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

Contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Study abroad students choose one language or content course per session. Some of the content courses are taught in Spanish and some in English, while the language courses are taught entirely in Spanish.

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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 is so attractive.

Mallorca is the number one tourist destination in Europe, with 12 million tourists per year and 80% of its local GDP generating from the tourism service sector. Some of Europe’s major tourism enterprises, such as Air Europa, Air Berlin-Spain, Barceló, Hotel Beds, Iberostar, Orizonia, Sol Meliá, and Viajes Iberia have their headquarters in Palma. During the height of the tourist season, the international airport becomes one of the busiest in Europe.

A tourist destination for nearly 100 years, Mallorca experienced rapid tourist growth beginning in the 1950s, with the island being transformed from one of the poorest regions in Spain to one of the wealthiest. Mallorca seeks new ways to protect its treasures by promoting upscale tourism, convention and meetings, cultural heritage, eco-tourism, and sports tourism. 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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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, 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

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

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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. Its modern campus has 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

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 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 first-hand.

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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 are 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 language or content courses.

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 Palma de Mallorca. Orientation themes include the Spanish family lifestyle, money and banking, safety and 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 providedby 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

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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. In addition, the program includes day excursions to historical and natural sites around Mallorca—explore the towns of Valldemossa, Deia, and Alcudia, beaches of Es Trenc, and Albufera Marsh and Meadows; 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.

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. They may include prehistoric sites, historic villages, coastal shores from sandy to bottom ecosystems, maritime natural parks, an aquarium and a research fishery, monuments and museums, traditional fairs and markets, areas of mass tourism and over-development on Mallorca, rural ecotourist sites, social agencies working with immigrants, environmental and governmental agencies, fair trade organizations, a traditional 17th century farm estate, the old quarter where Jewish, Muslims, and Christians coexisted in the Middle Ages, Porto Pí maritime museum hosted in a 14th century lighthouse, and some of the trails wandered by the writers who traveled to Mallorca in the 19th century.

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.

Internship

If you’re interested in participating in an internship, check the Summer Internship program in Palma de Mallorca.

Language

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 will be introduced to Mallorca’s cultures differences and bilingualism.

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Academics

Academics

Established in 2006, the CIEE Study Center at the Universitat de les Illes Balears provides an academic summer study abroad program for students interested in tourism studies, environmental studies, Spanish literature, Spanish contemporary history, and/or Spanish Mediterranean culture. Participants also have the opportunity to develop or improve their Spanish language skills, while learning about Spain through living in Palma. Spanish language courses are offered at all levels. CIEE courses include a substantial interactive and practical component. Learning by doing is promoted with field study activities outside the classroom.

Academic Culture

Classes are held at Sa Riera, a University building located in the center of Palma. Class sizes are small, and all professors in the CIEE Language and Culture summer program are accustomed to teaching U.S. students. The program comprises two sessions, and students may choose to participate in one or both. Courses meet every morning or afternoon, Monday through Friday, for three hours, with occasional outings. CIEE courses combine lectures, readings, films, active participation and group discussion, class-related visits and study trips, and laboratory analysis. Attendance is mandatory and absences affect final grades. CIEE classes provide a detailed syllabus, and students are expected to be prepared for class.

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, or upon the completion of, the program.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with other CIEE students only. Language classes are taught entirely in Spanish. Content classes are offered either in Spanish or in English.

Language Environment

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

Students are graded on the basis of class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, examinations, papers, and in some cases oral presentations, much like in the U.S.. Grades are given on a 10-point scale.

Language of Instruction

Spanish
English

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. Content courses are taught by UIB faculty.

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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.

Session I

CIEE Language Courses

CIEE language courses provide many opportunities to communicate in Spanish outside the classroom.

SPAN 1001 PALU

Beginning Spanish
This course is designed for students with zero to one semester of college-level Spanish. This beginning language course is designed to bring students to communicative competency in the Spanish language and to facilitate their immersion in Spanish life.

SPAN 2001 PALU

Intermediate Spanish
This course is designed for students with two to four semesters of college-level Spanish. The primary objective of this intermediate course is to allow students to achieve maximum communicative competency in the Spanish language and to facilitate their immersion in Spanish life.

SPAN 3004 PALU

Spanish for Business and Tourism: an Introduction to Tourism in Mallorca
(prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent)
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 with 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 observe firsthand the different departments of businesses dedicated to tourism.

CIEE Content Courses

POLI 3002/HISP 3005 PALU
Spain Today: Politics and Society

(in Spanish)
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 at the main events that affected the country during the last century; the Civil War, dictatorship, and our triumphant 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.

ECOL 3001 PALU/ENVI 3001 PALU
Mediterranean Marine Environment

(in English)
This course provides an introduction to the Mediterranean marine ecosystem. Special emphasis is dedicated to human environmental impacts, preventive and corrective actions, sustainable development and conservation, marine protected areas, and restoration. The course includes fieldwork at coastal shores from sandy to bottom ecosystems, along with visits to an aquarium, a research fishery, and a marine national park. Practical skills will be worked out by analyzing species and studying ecosystems from seagrasses to temperate coral formations. Discussion and evaluation of case studies is carried out. No background in biology is needed for the course, although biology and environmental studies students are welcome.

HISP 3006 PALU / CULA 3001 PALU
Mediterranean Cuisine in Spain: Cooking and Wine Tasking

(in English)
This course introduces students to Spanish Mediterranean Cooking and wine. It includes a historical and anthropological perspective to the Mediterranean diet. Through the hands-on experience of cooking and wine tasting, and getting in direct contact with the culture around food and wine, this course aims to develop cultural, culinary and wine knowledge and skills, related to the Spanish Mediterranean world. It includes a survey of the history of food in the Mediterranean; cooking and enjoying dishes from various regions of Mediterranean Spain; films; and field visits to a vineyard and cellar, and a traditional Mediterranean market.

Session II

CIEE Language Courses

CIEE language courses provide many opportunities to communicate in Spanish outside the classroom.

SPAN 3001 PALU
Advanced Spanish

This course is designed for students with at least five semesters of college-level Spanish. This advanced language course is designed to provide students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and command of the Spanish language in all areas—reading, writing, listening comprehension, and oral communication.

CIEE Content Courses

HISP 3002 PALU
Palma in the Mediterranean: History, Economy, Society and Traditions

(in Spanish)
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. This is accomplished through the study of its economy, politics, history, art expressions, architecture, and culinary and musical traditions. The course includes fieldwork in a traditional 17th century farm estate, and visits to the Cathedral, glass factory, museum, Arab Baths, and Medieval Jewish quarter.

HISP 3003 PALU
Globalization, Human Migration, and Tourism: The Balearic Islands as a Case Study

(in English)
With international tourism arrivals expected to reach 1.6 billion a year by 2020, this is becoming the world’s leading industry. This course explores the high symbiotic relationship among globalization, human migration, and tourism in the contemporary world through the case study of the Balearic Islands, Europe’s most popular tourist destination. Throughout the course, each student analyzes the renewal project of the beach of Palma, promoted in 2008 by the Spanish Ministry of Tourism. Looking towards the year 2020, the mission of this project is turning the mature destination of the beach of Palma into a prosperous and sustainable tourism area, which may work as a world reference for other mature destinations. Students have access to actual material related to the project, and have to offer a diagnosis on the current situation of this mass tourism destination.

ECOL 3001 PALU/ENVI 3001 PALU
Mediterranean Marine Environment

(in English)
This course provides an introduction to the Mediterranean marine ecosystem. Special emphasis is dedicated to human environmental impacts, preventive and corrective actions, sustainable development and conservation, marine protected areas, and restoration. The course includes fieldwork at coastal shores from sandy to bottom ecosystems, along with visits to an aquarium, a research fishery, and a marine national park. Practical skills will be worked out by analyzing species and studying ecosystems from seagrasses to temperate coral formations. Discussion and evaluation of case studies is carried out. No background in biology is needed for the course, although biology and environmental studies students are welcome.

resent a final scientific report.

INDR 3003 PALU
Directed Research Project in Mediterranean Environment and Sustainability

(in English; prerequisite: Mediterranean Marine Environment offered in Session I)
Students present a proposal of a research project (including relevant literature and methodologies) to explore and analyse practical cases of human environmental impact, preventive and corrective actions, sustainable development and conservation, development of protected areas, or restoration of the ecosystem. During the course, students conduct observation and begin fieldwork with a marine biology professor. Students focus in field observation, data collection, record keeping, and data analysis in order to study a topic related to the ecology of the Mediterranean marine environment. In the end, they present a final scientific report.

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