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

January 14, 2022
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: January 14, 2022
  • Dates: Jun 12 – Jul 2, 2022 (3 weeks)
$5,450

Application Deadline

January 14, 2022
weeks
days
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: January 14, 2022
  • Dates: Jul 10 – 30, 2022 (3 weeks)
$5,450

Overview

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From this island paradise, you’ll explore the biodiversity of the Mediterranean Sea and coast, while getting swept up in the active island lifestyle.

There are few better places in the world to study marine life than in the Balearic Islands. Teeming with biodiversity, the Mediterranean Sea supports more than 15,000 different species, several of them unique to this area. On the beautiful islands of Mallorca, Cabrera and Dragonera, you’ll study this valuable ecosystem up close, combining 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.

For three weeks you’ll live like a local in Palma de Mallorca, a coastal city frequently listed among the world’s most livable cities. You’ll share authentic meals with your homestay and learn first-hand about island traditions.

Your days will consist of field work out at sea and in coastal areas, combined with in class discussions, group work and case studies. On dry land, you’ll have time to explore the spirited island culture in Palma de Mallorca. Roman ruins, a Moorish palace and the Gothic cathedral and castle each highlight a distinct part of Mallorquin history. The Mediterranean plays a vital role in the local lifestyle - walking, running, kayaking, cycling, surfing, and sailing are common. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun with a picnic along the shore or join in a spirited beach volleyball tournament. In Alcudia, you’ll enjoy two days of water sports and activities as we hike, swim, kayak and snorkel along the coast.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

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The Take-Aways

  • Exploration

    Identify human pressures on coastal marine ecosystems and species.

  • DISCOVER

    Explore the biodiversity of the Mediterranean sea and coast.

  • Natural Wonder

    Explore natural beaches and trek along unspoiled coastal trails.

Location & Culture

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The biggest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Mallorca is known for its dramatic coastal landscapes, sunny climate, and laid-back lifestyle.

It’s also known for tourism, and it supports the third largest international airport in Spain. This combination of factors makes it an ideal place to study the impact of tourism on the natural world. 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.

Flat terrain makes for easy walking and biking. With these options plus easy access to the bus and metro, it takes only 5 to 30 minutes to get from your homestay to class at the CIEE Study Center, located on the downtown campus of Universitat de les Illes Balears.

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

    Carefully Screened Homestay

  • Local Support

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

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Activities

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Sample Activities

  • Observe up close the more than 8,000 animals and 700 different species at the Palma Aquarium.
  • Enjoy the views as you bike along the Bay of Palma to Es Carnatge, and learn about coastal flora and fauna along the way.
  • Clean a natural beach in Mallorca to help the island maintain its treasures. Learn from a biologist about Mediterranean Environmental main threats, and follow scientific procedures during our beach cleanup.
  • Experience local art and culture firsthand at Es Baluard museum, and a traditional ball de bot dance class.
  • Step into the Central Market in Palma, Mercado del Olivar, try tapas that go from the most traditional pan-fried calamari to fresh sushi, and practice your Spanish!
  • Visit an authentic Medieval castle while learning more about Palma’s history, architecture and ancient civilizations. Bellver Castle is just outside of the city center and offers a bird’s eye view of the city and port.

Excursions

  • Explore Cabrera Archipelago, the only maritime-terrestrial National Park in Spain, and one of the best-preserved coasts in the Mediterranean.
  • Take a day trip to Dragonera, a natural park named after the small lizards that call the island home.
  • Study the marsh and meadow ecosystems at S’Albufera de Alcudia, Mallorca's paradise for ornithologists. You’ll learn more about the wetlands as you spend the morning birdwatching and implementing new methods for studying animals.

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, covid-related measures and restrictions 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!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

ELIGIBILITY

  • 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 FEE

$25

Program

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Costs

Summer Session I 2022 3 weeks Jan 14, 2022 Jun 12, 2022 Jul 2, 2022

$5,450

Summer Session II 2022 3 weeks Jan 14, 2022 Jul 10, 2022 Jul 30, 2022

$5,450

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