Information for term Spanish Language & Culture
Application deadline, and cost information.
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
- Dates: Feb 10 – May 16, 2020 (14 weeks)
OverviewClick to Open
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 homestay 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.
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.
A Certificate of Learning in Spanish
said it made them more mature young adults97%
of alumni said their language skills improved96%
said their independence level increased89%
Location & CultureClick to Open
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 homestay’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 LifeClick to Open
"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.
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ActivitiesClick to Open
- 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.
Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!
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 & FeesClick to Open
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.
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.
|Spring 2020 14 weeks||Rolling Admissions||Feb 10, 2020||May 16, 2020||
|Fall 2020 14 weeks||Jun 1, 2020||Sep 2, 2020*||Dec 7, 2020*|
*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.