Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Spanish Language & Culture

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Information for term Spanish Language & Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

June 1, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 3 – Dec 1, 2019 (13 weeks)*

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Feb 1 – Apr 30, 2019 (13 weeks)

Application Deadline

October 15, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Feb 1 – Apr 27, 2020 (12 weeks)*

Application Deadline

June 1, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 3, 2019 – Apr 30, 2020 (34 weeks)*


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Soak up the Mediterranean way of life in Spain’s Mediterranean gem.

Stunning scenery and a sunny climate provide the perfect backdrop for exploring this Mediterranean treasure. The heart of the island, Palma offers much to explore as you perfect your Spanish and discover cultural treasures in a city where most tourists barely scratch the surface.

Whether your level of proficiency with Spanish is beginner, intermediate, or advanced, you’ll improve by leaps and bounds, with interactive coursework five days a week with local language classes and everyday conversations with your host family at home.

Twice per week, you’ll complement your coursework with cultural activities in and around Palma. As you soak up the sun, you’ll also absorb Mallorca’s rich multi-layered history – it’s been conquered in turn by Romans, Moors, and Christians. And whether you’re following a narrow medieval street or a bone-white beach, you’ll feel the bright Spanish spirit, find fabulous Mediterranean fare, and savor spectacular views.

The Take-Aways

  • Language Proficiency

    18-20 hours per week of Spanish instruction, spanning three levels of instruction

  • Global Citizenship & Cultural Competence

    Completion of CIEE’s Global Competence Course, verifying a strong foundation in the core components of intercultural learning.

  • Certificate

    A Certificate of Learning in Spanish

  • said it made them more mature young adults

  • of alumni said their language skills improved

  • said their independence level increased


Location & Culture

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Nurture your newfound independence in the City of Calm.

Half of the island’s population – some 400,000 people – call the Oceanside city of Palma home. It bustles with tourism and commerce, from its palm-fringed marina bristling with masts, to its tapestry of Modernist, Moorish, Gothic, and Medieval architecture, tiny shops, and busy squares.

The city is dominated by three magnificent structures – the impressive Gothic Cathedral, the elegant Moorish Almudaina Palace, and the round Medieval Bellver Castle. Flat terrain makes for easy walking and biking. With these options plus easily accessed bus, it takes just 5 to 20 minutes to get from your host family’s home to the Language Center located in downtown Palma.

Daily life is punctuated with time-honored traditions and festivals, including colorful Day of the Dead events, religious Easter parades, the Day of the Balearic Islands at the Medieval Market, Palma carnival, and the festive Day of the Angel, dating back to 1407.

In contrast to busy Palma, the rest of the island features small villages and stone houses among Mallorca’s mountains, valleys, and coves. Natural treasures include the Tramuntana Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and of course, the surrounding sapphire waters.

In or out of the city, it’s easy to adopt the local active lifestyle – walking, running, kayaking, cycling, surfing, and sailing are common – and its distinctly Mediterranean diet featuring pasta, rice, eggs, vegetables, meats, fish, fruits – and plenty of olive oil.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"After my trip with CIEE I have definitely grown in ways I never could if I had stayed in the US."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog.


  • Housing

    Private bedroom in home of carefully screened host family.

  • Local Support

    CIEE resident staff available 24/7


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Sample Activities

  • Practice your Spanish while you sample pan-fried calamari and fresh sushi in Palma’s central market, Mercado del Olivar.
  • Wander through the galleries and gardens at the Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation museum, where you can visit the studio where Miro painted until 1983.
  • Satisfy your cultural appetite and hone your culinary skills with a college level course in Mediterranean cuisine.
  • Learn basic urban art skills from a local graffiti artist, and learn to interpret the murals you see all over the city.
  • See Mallorca from a new angle, as you kayak off Can Pastilla beach or sail the sparkling blue waters of Palma Bay.
  • Dig Mallorca’s multi-layered history at the Palace of Alumudaina, a fortress that has been rebuilt twice since its original construction in 123 BC.
  • Celebrate fire and noise with dragons and bonfires at the local Palma Festival Mare de Deu de la Salut.
  • Tour picture-perfect Valldemossa village in the Tramuntana mountains, which inspired a host of artists and writers and even had its share of pirates.
  • Learn to make Spanish paella the way locals do, with step-by-step instruction from a local chef.

Every semester our program includes two one-day trips and one overnight excursion to a unique part of Mallorca or the Spanish mainland.

Past groups have enjoyed day trips to the Drach Caves of Porto Cristo, the walled city of Alcudia, the flee market of the beautiful villageof Pollença, the cliffs of Formentor, the historic center of Santanyí, the fisherman village at Cala Figuera, the Natural Park of Mondragó, and Sierra de Tramuntana, and multiday excursions to Madrid, Granada, Menorca and Valencia.

What People are Saying

  • “I’ve learned to live stress-free. I’ve learned a whole lot of Spanish. I’ve learned how to learn about other cultures, to realize that if people do things differently, that’s not wrong, it’s just different. I’ve learned that the world is a hell of a lot bigger than the 4% of people who live in the United States."

    Smith C., CIEE Gap Year Abroad alumna

Eligibility & Fees

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Eligibility & Fees


Fall: Rolling Admissions
Spring: October 15
Contact CIEE for more information.


  • High school graduates in good academic standing.
  • Students must demonstrate, through the application and interview process, flexibility and maturity.
  • Students must be 17 years or older at the time of their departure.
  • No previous language experience required.


Application Fee


You can create a duo program by combining any two CIEE Gap Year Abroad semesters and get 10% off the second semester.

Apply four weeks before the application deadline and receive $400 off the cost of your program.

Program fee includes iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Spring 2019 13 weeks Rolling Admissions Feb 1, 2019 Apr 30, 2019


Academic Year 2019 34 weeks Jun 1, 2019 Sep 3, 2019* Apr 30, 2020*


Fall 2019 13 weeks Jun 1, 2019 Sep 3, 2019* Dec 1, 2019*


Spring 2020 12 weeks Oct 15, 2019 Feb 1, 2020* Apr 27, 2020*

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

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