Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Marine Science & Field Work

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Information for term Marine Science & Field Work

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 10 – 30, 2018 (3 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 8 – 28, 2018 (3 weeks)


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From this island paradise in the Mediterranean, you’ll do research, conservation and field work on the coast and at sea. 

There are few better places in the world to study marine life. Teeming with biodiversity, the Mediterranean Sea supports more than 15,000 different species, several of them unique to this area. On the beautiful island of Mallorca you’ll study this valuable ecosystem up close, combining ecology, biology and environmental studies in your multidisciplinary work.

Snorkeling in marine protected areas, you’ll discover which key species are under threat from marine pollution and human activity – and how to make a difference. Your days will consist of field work out at sea and in coastal areas, combined with lectures and hands-on conservation work. On dry land, you’ll have time to explore the spirited island culture, enjoy Mediterranean cuisine or the daily island catch, discover modern art or ancient architectural sites, and chill or play sports on the white-sand beaches.

For two weeks your home base will be Palma, a coastal city frequently listed among the world’s most livable cities. It’s easy to get swept up in the island lifestyle, with locals and visitors alike making the most of the great outdoors: running, hiking, cycling or mountain biking; kayaking, sailing, surfing or stand-up paddle boarding.  For your last week, you’ll stay in a camp with other young students from Mallorca at the Albergue La Victoria summer camp.


The Take-Aways

  • Exploration

    Identify human pressures on coastal marine ecosystems and species.

  • Research

    Conduct and implement scientific surveys for marine pollution.

  • Natural Wonder

    Explore natural beaches and trek along unspoiled coastal trails.

Location & Culture

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This beautiful Mediterranean island off the coast of Spain has a booming tourist industry yet several protected natural reserves.

The biggest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Majorca is known for its dramatic coastal landscapes, sunny climate, and laid-back lifestyle. It’s also know for tourism, and it supports the third largest international airport in Spain. This combination of factors make it an ideal place to study the impact of tourism on the natural world.

While you’ll spend plenty of time doing field work on the water, back on dry land you’ll be based in the city of Palma, the island’s cosmopolitan hot spot, where there’s lots to explore.  

A crossroads of cultures over the centuries, Palma has a fascinating multicultural flavor. Magnificent sites include a Gothic cathedral, a Moorish palace, and a Medieval castle among Modernist buildings. Founded by Romans in year 123 BC, the city’s rich Islamic past is still evident within its Old City district. The Old Gothic quarter contains many hidden treasures, including small museums, courtyards, and an 800-year-old olive tree.

Visitors flock to Palma’s marina, palm-lined promenade (hence its name) and urban beaches.

On the rest of the island, you’ll discover small romantic villages and stone houses among mountains, valleys and coves as you head off on excursions with your peers. 

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 posts above.

  • Housing

    Hostels in Palma and Alcudia

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members


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Sample Activities

  • Help clean up a natural beach as part of the “Keep this island a paradise” campaign.
  • Explore the Natural Park Cabrera Island, one of the best preserved coasts in the Mediterranean.
  • Study flora and fauna at the s’Albufera des Grau Natural Park on the island of Menorca, a beautifully unspoiled gem in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Trek along the unspoiled trails of the coastal Tramuntana Mountain Range, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.



  • Embark on a three-day excursion to the island Menorca, declared “Biosphere Reserve” for its unique and well preserved flora and fauna.  There you will bike in Cala En Turqueta, explore Xoroi Cave, participate in a Gymkhana in the beautiful city of Ciutadella, learn about the ecosystem of the marsh and meadows of S’Albufera des Grau, and visit a cheese factory.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Ability to comfortably swim, as program is centered around the sea
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.
  • This program involves engaging in moderate to high intensity physical activities such as hiking, boating and snorkeling. Ability to swim is not required but strongly encouraged to enjoy the program and location at its fullest.




Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2018 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 10, 2018 Jun 30, 2018


Summer Session II 2018 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 8, 2018 Jul 28, 2018


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