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Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Semester in Palma

Study Program

Dates

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15 weeks

Costs

Credit

13 - 16 semester hours

19.5 - 24 quarter hours

Eligibility

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Dates

TBD

Costs

Credit

13 - 16 semester hours

19.5 - 24 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Tentative Dates

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17 weeks

Costs

Credit

13 - 16 semester hours

19.5 - 24 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Dates

-

17 weeks

Costs

Credit

13 - 16 semester hours

19.5 - 24 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Apply Now

Request Information

Contact Us

Overview

Spend your semester living and learning in Mallorca’s treasured capital, Palma, where you will immerse yourself in one of Spain’s most idyllic communities! Designed for students from all academic backgrounds, the Semester in Palma program is the perfect chance to earn credits toward your degree while immersing yourself in Spanish culture.  

When class is in session, you'll choose from a unique mix of flexible and diverse courses (in English or Spanish) at CIEE Palma and CIEE's renowned partner institution, Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB). You may also enroll in courses with a local flavor, like language, photography, cuisine, or sustainability initiatives. 

Outside the classroom, you'll have every opportunity to bask in island life by exploring all Mallorca has to offer. Immerse yourself in the local culture with optional credit-bearing internships, volunteering opportunities, or language programs. Don't stop there; round out your study abroad adventure by participating in co-curricular and extracurricular activities and off-the-beaten-path trips organized by CIEE to appreciate Palma’s impressive cultural attractions and landmarks.

Unique Experiences

LEARN ABOUT THE TOURISM INDUSTRY

by visiting ParcBit, a technology-based business incubator

BIKE ALONG THE BAY OF PALMA

with other Spanish students to see the Cathedral, harbor, beaches, and old fishermen villages

VISIT THE MAIN FOOD MARKET

to experience Balearic Mediterranean food and culture firsthand

350

MILES OF PRISTINE COASTLINE

300+

ENDEMIC SPECIES OF ANIMALS

1,200

COMPANIES WORK OUT OF PARCBIT

Experience
  • cathedral reflection water palma de mallorca
  • paddleboarding abroad palma de mallorca

Your Destination

Nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean, Palma de Mallorca is a bustling capital city with a laid-back island atmosphere. Its pristine beaches, rich history, fantastic nightlife, and one-of-a-kind gastronomy make it easy to see why Mallorca is a favorite among European tourists.   

The port city of Palma is dominated by an impressive Gothic Cathedral, the elegant Moorish Almudaina Palace, and the round Medieval Bellver Castle. Mediterranean in essence, the palm-fringed marina bristles with masts, and beyond lies a tapestry of Gothic, Medieval, Modernist, and Moorish architecture, tiny shops, and busy squares. The flat terrain makes for easy walking and biking. On the rest of the island, you'll see small villages, stone houses, and the impressive Tramuntana Mountains. In and out of the city, you'll be tempted to adopt the local active way of life and make the most of the beautiful landscapes and azure waters around you.  

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Palma.

The Culture

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OTHER EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Day trip to Alcudia to wander on top of the old walls of the city, discover the traditional flea market, visit Pollentia Roman ruins, and hike La Victoria to see the impressive views of the mountains over the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean 
  • Participate in a wine tasting at a traditional local family-owned winery to learn about the history of the family and their wine, visit the vineyards, and taste their delicious products 
  • Visit two local newspapers (Diario de Mallorca, Mallorca Zeitung) and learn about the role of written press in Southern Europe 
  • Visit the City Hall and the Parliament of the Balearic Islands to learn about Spanish and local Government structures
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PROJECTS

  • Service Learning (non-credit): Beach clean-up with Mar de Fondo to learn about the importance of algae coverage and seagrass meadows, or teach English in public schools 

Students interested in one of the following Academic Projects must submit additional materials as part of their course selection:   

  • Internship: A for-credit internship, in English or Spanish, to gain hands-on work experience in a local organization. Common placements include the tourism industry, business consulting, marketing, or event planning.  
  • Directed Independent Research: Designed for qualified students who have demonstrated academic rigor and curiosity toward a particular research topic; independent research topics will be approved by CIEE Palma and home institution and must reflect a topic that is relevant to Palma de Mallorca or Spain. English or Spanish.

Program Blogs

From CIEE

Valldemossa: A Peaceful Town in Mallorca (by Clara Copano)

By CIEE Palma at CIEE

Nestled in the beautiful Serra de Tramuntana (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Valldemossa is a town that combines history, culture, and natural beauty. From its famous Coca de Patata to its... keep reading

From CIEE

Exploring the Magnificent Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca (by Clara Copano)

By CIEE Palma at CIEE

The Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca, or La Seu, as it's locally known, is a majestic structure on the Spanish island of Mallorca that offers an awe-inspiring journey through time... keep reading

From CIEE

Mallorca Travel Guide: Everything You Need to Know

By College Study Abroad at CIEE

For students looking for a unique study abroad experience, we have just the thing at CIEE: Island life. And what better place to bask in island life than on Mallorca... keep reading

Housing
Academics

Academics

The Semester in Palma program encourages students to link their unique Mediterranean surroundings with their classroom studies. Coursework could include anything from learning about the tourism economy to environmental conservation. Classes are taken at CIEE Palma and the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB).  

Fall classes at the university end in December and official exams can take place in January. Spring classes end in May and official exams can take place in June. Early exams may be possible but must be confirmed on an individual basis with the professor of each course. Students may be able to take their exams early, though only if they request it at the start of the semester and it is confirmed by the professor. Housing will be covered until all exams are completed. However, as it is impossible to confirm exam schedules prior to arrival, we advise students who wish to take their exams early to book an airline ticket with a low change fee or a flexible departure date.  

Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) 
Founded in 1978, UIB is a public study and research institution situated in the Balearic Islands of the Mediterranean. Home to 16,000 students, UIB focuses on sustainability and society. Its campus is well connected to the center of Palma (15 minutes by metro).

GPA

2.5

Language Requirements

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Requirements

  • Students are required to take at least one course at UIB 
  • Students are required to take 4-5 courses total

Program Credit

13-16 semester credits/19.5-24 quarter credits 
(15 semester credits recommended)

Course Credit

  • CIEE Courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours 
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 internship placement hours 
  • CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 internship research hours 
  • Universitat de les Illes Balears Courses: Typically 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; 60 contact hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Local university classes are generally lecture-style, and they can involve less guidance than U.S. students are accustomed to; syllabi can be less detailed and there are fewer assessments. CIEE courses are typically delivered in U.S.-style, with carefully monitored attendance, regular assignments and exams, and participation all being important factors in grading.

Class Format

Courses include lectures, discussions, critical analyses of readings, case studies, audio-visual documents, and field trips, and require active participation from the students. University classes are typically scheduled Monday through Friday. CIEE classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday. Courses taught at CIEE Palma are typically for CIEE students only and attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas. Students should expect to have daily homework assignments and weekly quizzes.

Grading

For CIEE classes, The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. In language classes, students are evaluated based on weekly quizzes, exams, attendance, homework assignments, oral presentations, and class participation. Grades in content courses are based on class participation, a mid-term exam, research papers, oral presentations, and a final exam. University professors assign numerical grades based on a 10-point scale, which CIEE converts to recommended U.S. letter grade equivalents.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English and/or Spanish

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

Course Information

Course notes:

  • For students who want to take classes in Spanish at the Universitat de les Illes Balears, five semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) are required. 
  • For Academic Projects in Spanish, at least four semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) are required.  

Academic Projects

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Academic Projects

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB)  

The following lists are samplings of courses that may be available. Not all courses are offered each semester. 

Spanish Language courses for International Students certified by Instituto Cervantes 

A1 - Beginning Spanish 
A2 - Elementary Spanish 
B1 - Intermediate Spanish 
B2 - Upper-intermediate Spanish 
C1 - Advanced Spanish 
C2 - Proficiency Spanish 

Courses in Spanish* are offered from the following departments: 

Biochemistry
Biology 
Business and Management 
Catalan Studies  
Chemistry 
Economics 
Engineering 
English Studies  
History 
Hotel Management 
International Law
Mathematics 
Philosophy 
Physics 
Psychology 
Spanish Studies  
Tourism 

*For students who want to take classes in Spanish at the Universitat de les Illes Balears, five semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) are required 

Courses in English: 

Fall: 
Introduction to Tourism
Geography of Tourism
Tourism Operations Management
Tourism Marketing I
Tourism Marketing II
Lodging Management
Conference and Convention Management and Organization
Leisure and Entertainment Business Management
Sustainable Tourism
Economics of Tourism and Hospitality
Corporate Social Responsibility
Business Strategy
Strategic Management
Introduction to Markets and Financial Operations
Production and Operations Management
Commercial Management I (Marketing)
E-Marketing, Organizational Design and Human Resources
Financial Accounting I
Balance Analysis and Management Control
Information Technology Management
Economic Environment
Financial Economics
Econometrics
Games and Strategic Decisions
International Economics
Environmental Economics
Macro-econometrics
Economic Data Analysis
Photonics: Lasers and Applications 

Spring: 
Introduction to Business
Corporate Investment and Financing Decisions
Design of Organizations
Industrial Organization
Management Skills
Strategic Management
Financial Accounting II
Quality Management and Customer Service
Microeconomic Analysis of Tourism
Tourism Intermediaries
Environmental Economics in Tourist Areas
Corporate Finance
Organizational Design and Human Resources
Management of Human Resources
Tourism Industry Contracts
Public Law in Tourism
Tourism Marketing II
Electronic Commerce and Internet
Micro-econometrics
Economics of Tourism
Analysis of Economic Data
Macroeconomic Analysis of Tourism
Microeconomics
Industrial Economics
Air Transport Economics
Legal Protection of Tourists
Community Social Law
International Protection of Human Rights
International Trade Law
Populations and Physical Environment
Extension of Cellular Biology
Parasitology and Fauna of Sanitary Incidence
Applied Electromagnetism
Tensor Calculus and Groups
Econophysics, Nanostructures

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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Scholarships

Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant
  • Trailblazer Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application.

Learn more about scholarships

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program Fall 2024 15 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $18,950
Program Academic year 2024-2025 Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date * End Date TBD* Fees & Housing $18,950
Program Spring 2025 17 weeks Start Date * End Date * Fees & Housing $18,950
Program Spring 2024 17 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $18,950

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $12,456**

Housing = $6,000***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $18,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,050

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $120

Books & Supplies = $60

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $260†††

Total Costs = $3,400

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner).

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

†††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $12,456**

Housing = $6,000***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $18,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,050

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $270

Books & Supplies = $120

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $260†††

Expenses during break = $1,300††††

Total Costs = $4,910

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner).

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

†††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

††††Academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break, which is very long considering classes are over on Dec 22, and SP does not start until beginning of February. They could as well fly back to the US, approximately 650$

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $12,456**

Housing = $6,000***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $18,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,190

International Airfare = $1,200††

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $60

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $260†††

Total Costs = $3,520

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner).

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

†††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $12,456**

Housing = $6,000

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $18,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,190

International Airfare = $650††

Local Transportation = $240†††

Books & Supplies = $60

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $260††††

Total Costs = $3,060

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner).

††round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure - current fees direct flight NY-Palma

†††Right now bus is free for locals and students to promote public transportation, but I do not know how long this will last.

††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

What's Included

Tuition

Housing

Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet

Orientation

Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Excursions and/or Study Tours

Travel Protection

CIEE iNext travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support

Staff

Our Staff

Antonia Ferriol, PhD

CENTER DIRECTOR

Antonia brings a great passion for teaching and a wealth of educational experience, having taught Spanish language, linguistics, literature, and culture at Pennsylvania State University, Middlebury College, Denison University, and...

Clara Copano

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Clara worked as a Spanish Teacher at the Instituto Cervantes in Munich (Germany) and has over 3 years of experience teaching at University level and project management. She is passionate...

Get Started Steps

Get Started

Here’s what you need to do to take the next steps:

1

START AN APPLICATION
You're one step closer to an amazing study abroad experience!

2

CONNECT WITH YOUR CAMPUS STUDY ABROAD OFFICE 
Share your plans and confirm you're on track to meet all required steps to go abroad.

3

CONTACT US

Send us an email if you still have questions or need information about applying to this program. 

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